> Sascha: "My basic system is quite boring actually. Previously I used a lot of different things for vocal effects and I used to take a Nord Modular onstage. This time I wanted to have everything in one piece so I'm using Apple Mainstage. I've built myself a patch for every song so it has the vocal effects already in there and all the keys for all the songs. Now, since it works 95% of the time, it's very convenient but it took a fuck of a long time to set up! That was mainly because of some bugs but now it actually works.more
For orchestral stuff, there’s great libraries around, although some of the streaming libraries are so big and so unwieldly that I’d like to get smaller versions of them. So I’m sticking with that, and a lot of combinations of things. I still use the Akai S5000 software, although I’ve now got a couple of versions of Apple MainStage, and they’re playing some samples and doing some sounds.more
Is there enough space to write how I feel about Mainstage? Hands down - AWESOME!!! So versitle and easy to use and the instruments are incredible. Editing and tweeking sounds is a breeze. Not only use Logic Pro and Garage Band, but you can also add other VSTs. Buy an inexpensive USB to MIDI converter cable and connect older Midi synth (my Korg DS-8, 01Wfd, Akai AX60) to combine internal sounds and mix with MainStage is so powerful and inexpensive solution! I love the feel of my old synths and they are more rugged then most USB controller keyboards out today. In fact, I have had four keyboard running from MainStage via USB and MIDI/USB running at one time without any latency! Using the internal sounds from the keyboards mixed with the virtual sounds from MainStage gives you limitless choices to match a sound from a recording your are learning for your next band practice or coming up with very unique voice for your own project. Not expensive, so why not add it to your Mac?
MainStage was one of the biggest reasons I choose to use a Mac. I can easily turn mastered tracks in Logic into a fully playable song/show as all instruments/VTS's available in Logic are in MainStage. I Also use it for all my bass and guitar effects and use it for live looping.
Synth rack, guitar amps & fx, vocal fx, sampler. I use it in sync with Ableton Live 9 through IAC internal midi driver in OSX to automate the scenes changes and on/off fxs or instruments.