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Logic Studio apps Mainstage equipment?

Discussion in 'MainStage' started by Robert Wilson, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    Hi folks,

    I thought it might be worthwhile to compare what equipment we use with Mainstage.

    My current set-up is my Macbook, connected via USB to an M-Audio Ozone combined MIDI controller keyboard and audio interface.
    Although it's quite limited it does give the convenience of somewhere to plug in my mic and guitar as well as controlling effects and playback from one box.

    So what do you lot use?
  3. Per Boysen

    Per Boysen Senior member

    Macbook 2.2GHz Santa Rosa with 4 GB ram, Behringer FCB1010, Faderfox LV1, RME Fireface400, Akai EWI4000s, Alto Flute with Technics fly mic, line in electric guitar. Mobius freeware Looper/ Live sampler for on-the-fly recording. This is very close to a dream set-up for me. I just don't like that MS2 blocks computer key commands for third-party plug-ins, so I still have to use MS1 on stage. But I'm working on a MS2 setup; transferring my Mobius key commands into external MIDI controller objects for MS2. I need to patch up another MIDI controller to in order to use MS2, a Faderfox LX1 (the one with only buttons)
  4. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Mainstage 2.
    RME Fireface 800, MOTU MidiExpress.

    Acoustic nylonstring Guitar with a mic and a Fishman piezo system. Both go to a FMR preamp and compressor and to Mainstage. A DI-box between the piezo preamp and the FMR.

    WX5 wind controller, wireless MIDI to Mainstage, in parallel to a MU100R synth and audio via DI-box to Mainstage.

    Electric Guitar with MIDI pickup. Audio via DAV preamp and compressor to Mainstage. MIDI to a Axon 100 converter, from there MIDI to Mainstage and audio via DI-box to Mainstage.

    Electric bass through a Sansamp RBI to Mainstage, in parallel to a Rocktron Blue Thunder and DI-box to Mainstage.

    Electric fretless bass with MIDI pickup. Audio through a Sansamp RBI to Mainstage. MIDI to a Roland GR-20 converter, from there to Mainstage and audio from the GR-20 via DI-box to Mainstage.

    Microphone through DAV preamp/compressor to Mainstage.

    Doepfer R2M, MIDI to Mainstage.

    Behringer FCB1010 foot controller, I plan to add a second foot controller.

    Up to four musicians can play simultaneously over this system. All hardware is in two rack cases, including a Furman line conditioner. Mixing is done in Mainstage or via a separate 16-channel mixer (also in a case). The PA receives normally a stereo signal, if the mixer is involved I can deliver up to 3 different stereo signals.
  5. pjl

    pjl Member

    I'm new to Mainstage and am configuring my setup for a prog rock band a la Ozric Tentacles. I'm using:

    Mac Book Pro (17", 2.8GHz, 4 GB RAM)
    Apogee Duet (1 input for guitar, 1 for mic)
    TC Helicon Voice One processor (in-line with mic input)
    Behringer FC-1010 foot controller
    M-Audio Axiom keyboard to control soft synths

    I'm trying to make the system as minimal as possible as I'm sick of a lifetime of hernia riak from transporting too much gear.
  6. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    Hi Per,

    I'm looking at getting one of these but it means I'll need a new MIDI i/f as the M-Audio only has MIDI out.

    I hadn't heard of this software but have now noticed a audio clip featuring it on your web-page. Looks pretty cool.

    I wasn't aware of this either.
    Thanks for the info.
  7. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    Hmm, the Behringer FCB1010 does seem to be a popular beasty, right enough!
  8. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    Certainly not the best one but a good price and two pedals. And you can buy it everywhere. There is a free Mac Editor available btw, called iFCB. Does not work with every MIDI interface but makes programming much easier (haven't tried it under Snow Leopard yet).
  9. deanglover

    deanglover New Member

  10. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    iFCB is a software editor for the Behringer FCB1010 controller.

    In the class of the FCB1010 are several other controllers. Roland, Yamaha, Rocktron for example. With and without pedals.
  11. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    I just ordered a Nobels MF1 MIDI Foot Controller, which I've no idea if it will even work with MS. Will let you all know how I get on with it.
  12. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    Only Program Changes or 8 notes, no Control Changes and no pedal connection? This was not a good idea if you want anything else than changing patches. But if this is all you want, it will definitely work.
  13. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    I take it that means the switches can't be assigned to, for example, a transport control?
    Can't the 8 notes even be assigned to Ultrabeat sequences the way keys on a keyboard controller can?

    I got it pretty cheap on eBay. I guess it will make playing live a little easier, if nothing else.
  14. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    You can do everthing a Program Change can do in Mainstage and this is not much apart from changing patches (which is necessary though). I don't know about notes for Ultrabeat but according to Nobels' manual notes are a special mode and it reads as if you have only 8 notes in this mode and nothing else.

    If you record in Logic you can use the board as a remote control because Logic lets you do much more with Program Changes.
  15. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the reply:
    Ah, right. Oh well, better than nothing I suppose.

    Yes, I was hoping I could assign these notes to Ultrabeat patterns for triggering on stage. Looks like it may not be possible as Ultrabeat's pattern range is from C-1 to B0.


    I do record in Logic so I may well end up using it for that. Otherwise it'll probably end up back on eBay! :brkwl::D
  16. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    OK, I've just connected up the MF-1 and have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. This despite two pedals not working - 'bank up' and No.1.
    So far I've managed to assign 'bank down' to change patch, No.6 to Play/Stop on the playback plug in and the other 8 pedals to MIDI notes c-1 upwards, assigned to Ultrabeat patterns.

    This is a huge step forward for me.

    Unfortunately I don't have a portable MIDI interface with MIDI IN so it'll be confined to the home studio for now.
  17. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member


    I managed to get them working again. A couple of internal screws had come a little loose. Opened it up and the problem quickly became apparent.
  18. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Senior member

    I've now added an Mbox, Yamaha GO44 (audio/MIDI) and a Nobels MF-1.
    This gives me four inputs and additional MIDI control.
    I still use the Ozone as a controller but am no longer using the audio inputs and don't need to connect it to the USB port, just take the MIDI out to the MIDI in on the MF-1, which in turn goes to the GO44.

    I have a feeling this set up will continue to evolve...... :eeek:
  19. deadphish

    deadphish New Member

    I just got a fcb1010 and i downloaded ifcb but I cant seem to figure out what I'm doing trying to get it set up to work with mainstage. It's no problem to learn commands in logic. I really want to use MS though can anybody help me get it set up with the basics. Can I just upload a sysex file?
  20. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    There are a couple of presets. I use a neutral one: hold the switches 1+6 down while the FCB1010 boots. But the device sends by default only program changes and these are only useful for patch changes in Mainstage. You have to program your own messages. I found that notes work quite well.

    Just a hint:
    Let for example the upper row send program changes and the lower row notes. Or vice versa. That way you can switch between 5 patches in one FCB bank and enable/disable effects in the other row. Or take only 4 buttons per row and leave the remaining two for tap tempo, tuner, whatever you need.

    It's a matter of organization, you have to think about your demands. There is no universal way.
  21. deadphish

    deadphish New Member


    That should work for me. I wanted to use the bottom pedals to trigger stomp boxes on and off and the top pedals to set up a looper. I wanted to use the bank pedals to toggle through my presets and the expression pedals one as a Wha and one as a volume pedal. Does all that sound possible and how hard would that be to set up?


    Aaron :hippy:

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