MainStage Mondays: Adding A Master Limiter

We’ve all had that moment onstage when our output level jump from quiet to ear-searing for no apparent reason. There’s a lot of reasons why this could happen (I’d be happy to set up a consultation with you if you need in-depth help with this problem) but the best solution is putting a “brick-wall” limiter on your master output. Here’s how to do it: 


1. Open MainStage. Select a template, or open one of your projects. 

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2. Under Patch List in the LH corner, click on the orange folder. 

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3. Under Channel Strips on the RH side of the screen, find output 1-2. Insert the limiter plugin (note: DO NOT put in the adaptive limiter-it’ll make your audio super laggy). 

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4. Set your limiter like this: 

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Now when your audio gets to dangerous output levels, it’ll be reduced (and sometimes distorted) to a safe level.