We’re excited to announce the release of a major update to the Nashville MainStage Mapping Standard, version 2.0. This update splits automatic parameter mapping into two useful modes: Patch Mode and Performance Mode.
One of the handy features of MainStage is its ability to split and layer dozens of sounds across your keyboard. For instance, you could put a synth bass in the bottom half of the keyboard, and a piano sound layered with a pad in the right. Here’s how to create your first keyboard split:
There are so many amazing synths on the market that it’s easy to get lost in the subtleties of each one. In my humble opinion I believe you can know almost everything you need to know about classic synths by studying these 5 retro synths:
I received this email from a reader this week:
I'm trying to determine what kind of monitors I should use with my MacBook Pro and MainStage. Do I need powered monitors? I have an apogee quartet and a UAD Apollo twin to choose from for interfaces.
Using plugins and massive sample libraries live have huge advantages sonically, with one achilles heel: it’s easy to crash your computer without setting it up well. Here are some best practices for using MainStage live:
It took awhile, but it’s finally here. Today we launched our first ever collection of song-specific patches to the world in Cover Band Pack 1. These patches are recreations of 10 classic cover band tunes, including patches inspired by:
MainStage patch building is a pretty small community of people- there’s only a handful of really great designers out there, and we tend to all know each other. One of those great designers is David Pfaltzgraff, and he’s just launched a really well thought out MainStage training series.
MainStage is an incredibly deep program- it’s easy to learn the basics, but there’s a whole other layer underneath. Here are 5 things MainStage can do that you probably haven’t done before with it: