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MainStage Mondays: Sending Program Changes

MainStage Mondays: Sending Program Changes

I received this question from one of my readers this week:

Hi Eric,

I use a very similar live setup to yours using 3 controllers - one of them being a Nord Electro 3. I use that NE3 for its Native Organ Sounds, but would love to have Mainstage reach out and change the patches for me using the midi program change function in Mainstage - have you had any luck having mainstage send midi messages to change the patches on your Nord?


Hi Paul,

Love your setup, and yes, there’s a very simple way to send program change messages using Mainstage. Here’s how: 

1. Open MainStage, and select a template or your project.

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2. Under the Channel Strips window on the RH side of the screen, and click the “+” button to add a new channel strip.  

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3. Select External Instrument as the channel strip type, then set which output you want to send your program change message through. 

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4. Under the “External Instrument Inspector Window” at the bottom of the page, select midi output, or the >> if your screen isn’t huge. Then set the program change number you want to use.

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Just repeat this for each step, and you’ll be good to go. Good luck! 

5 Steps For Working Up Rock/Pop Songs on the Keyboard

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