Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the Library and Settings tabs in the Channel Strip Inspector, part of Learning MainStage 3.
The Channel Strip Inspector is similar to the Patch Inspector in that it gives easy access to a library of channel presets, editing parameters, and attributes. But while changes in the Patch Inspector are reflected through the patch, changes in the Channel Strip Inspector only apply to the selected channel strip. The first tab in the Channel Strip Inspector is a library. Much like the Patch library. Whereas the Patch Library will load a patch with multiple channel strips, the Channel Strip Library will only load a single strip on the selected channel. They are broken down into folders which vary on the type of channel strip they selected.
So, you see, I have the audio channel strip selected here and what's available is the Audio Channel Strip Inspector. If I were to select an instrument channel strip, we have the Instrument Channel Strip inspector. Let's go back to the Audio Channel Strip Inspector. Each Channel Strip Library has a user folder where all your saved channels strips will live. You may also have a folder called Legacy, which includes any settings from Logic and Garage Band instruments you may have installed, along with jam pack from previous versions of Logic. Selecting one of the presets here will not only shift your channel strip, but will load inserts that come with the preset.
So if I were to pick, let's say voice, you'll see I have a bunch of presets here, and I were to pick Compressed Vocal, the entire channel strip is changed. Something important you should know about, is that your busing assignments will not change when you change the preset on a channel strip. And let me demonstrate. If I were to, let's say, send to Aux 1 here, and then change the preset to the Natural Vocal, you'll see the busing assignment remains consistent. Also it's important to note: you cannot change the type of channel strip you've created to the library.
You will need to create a new channel strip to do that. Also, the Channel Strip Library can be accessed, as we saw on the last video, through the Settings tab on each specific channel strip. Take a look at that right up here. You see, it's an identical library. The Gear menu in the Channel Strip Inspector allows you to find, find next, and refresh the browser, just like in the Patch Inspector. It also has some other options that will help you sort through the library. Let's take a look at them now. We can decide whether we want to show our User Settings. By clicking this you'll see the user folder disappears, we can also decide whether we want to show Apple Sound Library content or show Jampacks.
You see they all disappear when we click here. Let's reveal them again. Lastly, there's a function called Set as Default Channel Strip. And what that lets you do is, you can designate what the default channel strip is every time you load a new instance, and this setting can be set for each type of channel strip. So just to demonstrate, let's go over to the Instrument Channel Strip and let's select a piano. So if I were to set this as default channel strip. If I were to add a new instrument. You'll see right here. It's a piano, a neat little trick that might come into play here, is that through the Main Stage menu you can opt to download additional content.
There's a ton of extra instruments you can download this way. Let's take a look at that really quickly. Right here you'll see Download Additional Content. What will pop up, is a dialogue box, which is an additional content manager. This will tell you what you have installed on your computer or not. You can chose what new instruments you want to load and which ones you want to leave out. The Attributes tab in the Channel Strip Inspector is extremely simple. It allows you to change the name of the channel strip. Which can also be done by double-clicking on the name on the bottom of the channel strip, as we saw in the last video. Adjust the color of the channel strip. Which can be extremely useful when keeping layers of sounds organized in your work space, as well as change the icon on the channel strip.
So if I want to take this aqua blue piano and make it red, voila. Same thing with the icon. And now you see I've changed it. In the next video, we'll move on to part two of our examination of the Channel Strip Inspector. One of the more powerful and useful features of Main Stage, the Layer Editor.
Julian begins with a quick-start guide for getting a live show ready. He covers the basic tools of the MainStage interface, including patches, channel strips, in-depth uses of the various inspector areas, MIDI mapping, and MIDI FX. He also explains how to design your own MainStage workspace—a critical piece of being comfortable on stage. Finally, he demonstrates how to use the Playback and Loopback plugins, as well as record your performances in MainStage.
- Choosing your MIDI controller and audio interface
- Configuring and optimizing preferences
- Creating concerts, sets, and patches
- A breakdown of the channel strip area and channel strip inspector
- MIDI mapping
- Customizing your MIDI interface in Layout mode
- Using markers, flex mode, and groupings in the Playback plugin
- Live looping with Loopback
- Recording your performance in MainStage