Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Learning MainStage 3.
If you're a Premium member of lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. They are available by downloading the zip file from this course's page on the web site. Double click the zip file to uncompress it. Inside will be a series of mainstage concert files corresponding to the chapter and video. For instance, 0204 is the concert file for chapter two, video four. You will also find an audio files folder that has a few files that some of the concerts will automatically access. If any of these concerts alert you that they are having trouble locating any associated audio files this is where you will want to point main stage.
I've also included a few of my concerts from the video in the exercise files, except I've switched out the instruments for instruments that come with main stage, as I use some 3rd party plugins. If you're a monthly member or an annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to these files. But you can still follow along and create your own concert files.
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