Imagine Logic Pro re-imagined as a live performance powerhouse. That’s exactly what Apple’s MainStage 3 is all about! See all the cool new features, the absolute power and ease of use that MainStage brings to your stage performance setup!
MainStage and Logic now work as one integrated production and live performance duo. If you know Logic Pro X then you understand the power of MainStage 3’s Smart Controls. If you create MainStage patches then you get the deep new features introduced in Logic Pro X. They work together, share the same content and deliver a powerful solution for performers of all kinds of music.
This course is designed by Matt Vanacoro – in consultation with Apple – to get you up and running with MainStage fast! You learn about every aspect of MainStage, from its newly designed GUI to its powerful live performance music tools!
See how to set it up and configure your system and preferences. Then hold on tight as Matt gives you the whirlwind MainStage 3 tour. From there you’re into a section that demystifies and explains Concerts, Sets and Patches. Next, you learn all about the Layout, Edit and Performance screens. Matt then shows you how to customize MainStage to build your own custom sound banks. He explains multi-keyboard setups with their assignments and mappings. He then dives deep into MIDI and audio setups where you learn how to use the Playback plugin and the cool new MIDI FX.
As this course comes to a close, you'll have everything you need to seamlessly deploy MainStage into your live performances and make it the heart of your live rig!
Section 1: Section 1: Introduction / Setting Up MainStage
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Elijah Perdomo wrote on July 6, 2018
Great Explanation of software I though was going to be impossible to learn, I feel ready to use MainStage in so many different areas!
Vaan wrote on August 26, 2017
Wow! Really a great course, very useful and complete for people that want to understand Mainstage 3 in depth. Many examples that cover all aspects of the software. Great job!
Rolandkeys88 wrote on May 28, 2017
Excellent course to get me started. Would love to see an advanced course exploring the different midi controllers (including wind controllers) and integrating MS with other DAWs - Ableton Live.
Mark wrote on December 29, 2016
Fantastic tutorial. Very clear explanation on all the features of Mainstage 3. The humor Matt provided made the tutorials very engaging and entertaining at the same time. The only thing I didn't see covered was the Loopback plugin. He didn't go over how that works. I didn't realize how Mainstage and Logic work together. That will be very useful for me since I have both programs which I love. Now I can be drummer and keyboard player in my band at the same time using midi controls or commands from my iPad in Logic Remote as I am at the drum set. Thanks for an awesome tutorial. I learned a lot! I wish Matt did Logic tutorials too. His pacing and explanation is spot on for a beginner learner. Now it is time to play with Mainstage! I can't wait to set up my own concert, sets, and patches. MacPro Video has the best instructors.
Ben Rico wrote on May 7, 2016
Matt Vanacoro always does a great job of explaining how to utilize the best features of every piece of software he uses. For anyone using Mainstage as their trusted live performance software, it got a heck of a lot better with version 3. If you have a newer macbook or macbook pro 2013-present, you are in good shape. An SSD flash drive is a plus and if your buying a new mac, get as much Ram as you can afford. Great video series!
David Senn wrote on February 18, 2016
Great teaching, I've learned so much.This is one of the best tutorials i have watched. Thank you Matt
Brad Smith wrote on August 9, 2015
Very helpful. Got me from ground zero to several patches with 2 keyboards 5 volume pedals, 2 switches with layers and splits controlled by the pedals.
Tom wrote on July 27, 2015
Loved the tutorial! My band is flying to a gig, and I was unable to take my keyboards (along with about 200MB of custom samples, splits, layers, etc.) Within several days of watching these tutorials, I was able to totally recreate my rig, and create a 20 song playlist. Now I can show up with a laptop, interface, plug into any keyboard, and know I'm good to go. Great job balancing simplicity with technology!! Thanks.
d'Composer wrote on November 22, 2014
This course does a wonderful job showing the ins and outs of Mainstage 3. I found it to be very thorough and I highly recommend it!
Chris wrote on September 6, 2014
Helpful for what is here. But I need more than 8 playback channels so I added a ninth but get no sound??
Maybe the next tutorial could be on building from scratch so we can learn the ins and outs of how things are routed in each instance?