MainStage Mondays

Mainstage Mondays: 7 Tips On Balancing Your Levels

One of the biggest problem with a program as powerful and flexible as Mainstage is balancing your levels to make them even from patch to patch. As a professional Mainstage patch designer, it's still one of my most difficult tasks. Here are 7 tips for making sure your levels match up: 

 1. Play at least 7 notes at the same time as loud as you can. Make sure that they peak at no louder than 0 db, since this will keep you from clipping. 

2. Change the velocity curve. Each instrument does this differently, but making your velocity curve more "flat" will help keep you from sudden spikes.  

3.  Use an EQ to get rid of troublesome frequencies. Always reduce, don't ever boost.  

4. Turn down, not up. Make sure you don't boost your faders too high- it's fine to keep things quiet.  

5. If you have to, use a compressor. This is my last resort, since most leveling compressors will degrade your overall dynamics live.  

6. Review your levels before you play live. Sometimes things will sound different onstage, and last minute tweaks make a big difference.  

7. Be conscious of whether you're running mono or stereo. Each will have different effects on your levels, especially on patches with a wide stereo field.  

MainStage Mondays- How to Get a Gritty Rhodes Keyboard Sound

MainStage Mondays- How to Get a Gritty Rhodes Keyboard Sound

There’s nothing like a good Rhodes MKII sound, and there’s no easier program to make it with than MainStage 3. Here’s how to do it: 

MainStage Mondays: Layering Instruments

MainStage Mondays: Layering Instruments

Combining sounds together make them thicker and more interesting. Fortunately for us, MainStage does this in a super easy way. Here’s how to layer a piano and a pad sound over the top of each other: 

MainStage Mondays: Transferring Concerts Between Different Computers

MainStage Mondays: Transferring Concerts Between Different Computers

This week I show a reader how to quickly transfer MainStage Concerts among different computers.

MainStage Mondays: Using a Guitar and Keyboard Together in MainStage

MainStage Mondays: Using a Guitar and Keyboard Together in MainStage

I don’t personally play guitar, but I’ve had many people ask me how they can use MainStage for electric guitar effects while still playing keyboard patches at the same time. Here’s how to set that up:

MainStage Mondays: Maximizing Polyphony Without Crashing Your Computer

MainStage Mondays: Maximizing Polyphony Without Crashing Your Computer

I love MainStage, but if you’re not super careful it’s easy to overload your computer by playing too many notes at once. Here are some ways to minimize this problem: