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Using Your Computer With Your Keyboard

By Peter James

In this session, Peter James will show you how to get started with using your Computer for keyboard sounds. He’ll walk you through what gear is needed and how to set up a basic MainStage template for keys.

0:38 Intro

  • Nord Stage2 EX 88

0:48 What Makes up a Keyboard

  • MIDI Keyboard
  • Computer
  • Audio Interface

2:08 Why use a Computer for Keys Sounds?

  • Power
  • Options
  • Sounds
  • Plugins
  • Audio Interface
  • Expandability
  • Flexibility
  • Portability

5:40 Intro to MIDI Controllers

  • Doesn't Produce Sounds
  • Doesn't have an Audio Interface in it
  • MPK88
  • Code61
  • Advance61
  • Connecting Your Keyboard to your Computer

6:04 via USB

6:54 MIDI-USB Cable

  • MIO

7:51 Intro to Audio Interfaces

  • iConnectAudio4p
  • AudioBox1818
  • UltraLite3Hy

8:58 Using a MIDI Controller with MainStage

  • Korg Nano Kontrol
  • XTouchC

10:26 What is MainStage?

10:52 Using MainStage

  • MainStage

12:26 Time Machine

13:25 Pro Tip-Create a Template that recreates your MIDI Controller Virtually

13:59 MainStage: Edit Page

15:14 Pro Tip-Minimize your Template to only use sounds you need for that Service

15:50 Setting Buffer Size

  • What is Latency??
  • What is a Buffer Setting?

17:39 Pro Tip-Set Buffer as low as you can without CPU Spikes

18:43 What Specs Should your Computer Have?

20:00 Pro Tip-Run Logic and MainStage Together to host CPU intensive plugins in Logic at a higher Buffer setting

20:57 Troubleshooting Suggestions

21:12 Pro Tip: Use the CPU Meter for a visual of the stress you're putting on your computer

21:42 Pro Tip: Increase the Buffer Setting to allow your computer time to process CPU intensive sounds

21:52 Pro Tip: When setting Buffer Size, Test with the most CPU intensive sound you have and set accordingly

23:01 What is PolyPhony?

  • PolyPhony

22:45 Pro Tip: Keep Voices/Polyphany lower on Pads to help reduce CPU

25:07:00 Pro Tip: Watch for Clipping on your Channel Strip, Plugin, and Master Bus

25:35:00 MainStage Setup Tricks & Tips

  • Master Output Plugins
  • Sunday AM Walkthrough

25:52:00 Why Should you Use a Computer?

  • It's Portable

26:23:00 It's Customizable

26:40:00 Upgrading is Cheaper

28:00:00 Combining Different Sounds/Software

28:40:00 It's Affordable

29:47:00 Pro Tip: Use a Solid State Drive if Possible

  • PDX
  • OWC

32:56:00 Pro Tip: Use a Keyboard with Sounds as Backup

33:51:00 MIDI Mapping in MainStage

36:46:00 Using a Low-Pass Filter

36:50:00 What is a Low Pass Filter?

37:50:00 Tip: Use an AutoFilter instead of Volume on Pads

39:26:00 I Surrender

42:27:00 If you're Using Logic and MainStage Together how do you route the MIDI control?

43:43:00 Can you use MainStage 3 patches in MainStage 2?

45:50:00 Do you have a Favorite Patch?

  • Bright Wide Oberhelm Pad
  • Analog V Pad MainStage
  • Analog Shimmer Pads is hosting an incredible gathering for worship leaders, keyboard players, and anyone interested in using their computer for Sound Design. The event features both Peter James (from Hillsong) and Ian McIntosh (from Jesus Culture). They’ll be talking about how to get started with using your computer for keys sounds, creating great sounds, and will be sharing tips & tricks they’ve picked up throughout the years. This is an incredible opportunity for both you and the keys players on your team to learn from two of the best musicians and sound designers in worship music today.

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