This is a thread for those who are using Mainstage or considering using Mainstage (part of the Logic Studio bundle) on live gigs. I know many people are nervous about using a computer running virtual instruments and effects on a live gig... which is exactly what Mainstage is designed to do. This is a place to discuss the Pros and Cons, the failures and successes, so we can all learn if this application will work for our particular needs.
Very cool to add this Discussion. So far I have tested the MainStage and switch the sounds using my mouse. Now I'm getting ready to test MainStage out using my Bradshaw RS10 and see how fast the sounds will switch Via Midi.
The way I look at MainStage is no different than having a small rack full of gear (i.e.) Eventide in on rack space, TC G-force in the next, Lexicon PCM 80, switching system and a controller. This is all a Computer in a rack like a main frame. If MainStage switches presets and sounds fast, than all us players will need is a small analog pedalboard, Lap Top, Interface, fav amp and cab.
I'll keep you updated,
Chris "Nashvillerocker" DiMella
I use Mainstage every week in our contemporary service at church. I've loved it so far. My controller is a CME UF80, and they work very nicely together. I love the user interface! My favorite feature is how your able to setup sounds (like playlists) in any order/combination for each song — great for a live gigs!
I'm planning on using Mainstage this summer but haven't tried it yet. I was using a full desktop PC in my old live setup, so I'm looking forward to installing Logic on my MacBook, using an Apogee Duet as the audio interface. So much easier :-)
In case you were not aware, Mainstage 2 is part of the new Logic Studio release. Many of the features I have been wanting have been added like support for external MIDI devices, the ability to trigger audio, looping, rewire support, and much more. Please contact me if you want to upgrade or need more information about Logic Studio 2.