MainStage 2 - Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Minimum requirements to install all applications

  • Mac computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor (PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, or Intel Xeon processor highly recommended)
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
  • Display with 1024-by-768 resolution (1280-by-800 or higher recommended)
  • Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
  • QuickTime 7.2 or later
  • DVD drive for installation
  • PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire based audio interface recommended

Additional recommendations for MainStage

  • At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments
  • USB musical keyboard, control surface, or guitar pedal board (or suitable MIDI control device and interface)
  • Standard graphics card in any Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac with Intel Core Duo, Power Mac G5, or iMac G5

Available disk space

  • 7GB to install all applications and required content
  • Additional 39GB to install all optional content (large content packages can be installed on separate disk):
    • 10GB for Jam Pack collections
    • 16GB for sound effects
    • 6GB for surround music beds
    • 7GB for other optional content


  • DVD containing Logic Pro 8, MainStage, Soundtrack Pro 2, Studio Instruments, Studio Effects, WaveBurner 1.5, Compressor 3, Impulse Response Utility, Apple Loops Utility, QuickTime 7 Pro, and required content
  • Six content DVDs containing Jam Pack collections, sound effects, surround music beds, EXS24 samples, and impulse response files
  • Demo content DVD
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Revolutionary Interface

  • Full-screen performance view optimized for the stage
  • Windowed performance view for simultaneous operation of multiple applications
  • High-resolution, resizable 3D graphics
  • Dynamic lighting highlights screen controls in use

Sounds for the Stage

  • Perform using the entire selection of Studio Instruments
  • Process audio using all appropriate effect plug-ins from Studio Effects
  • Audio Units support for all third-party plug-ins
  • Up to 32 total keyboard layers per Patch, with up to 8 layers per split
  • Floating keyboard splits that dynamically adjust during a performance
  • Channel strip setting crossfades for blending between sounds with a single controller move
  • Busses for advanced audio routing, submixing, and effects processing
  • Signal Flow view displays all channel strips within a selected audio signal path
  • Full-screen software tuner for guitars and basses
  • Tap tempo using any MIDI or USB controller device or your computer keyboard
  • Receive tempo from incoming MIDI clock messages
  • Professional templates featuring extensive combinations of instruments and effects
  • Seamless patch switching during performance without disrupting sound output or held notes
  • Patch selection via MIDI program change messages
  • CPU, MIDI input, and memory displays embedded in the MainStage toolbar

Hardware Integration

  • Hardware compatibility with any MIDI or USB controller
  • Automatic device detection for many popular controller devices
  • Automatic controller assignments for recognized devices
  • Layouts to assign controllers to specific parameters, then reassign controllers when equipment changes
  • Learn function for fast assignment of MIDI hardware

Performance Customization

  • Save and load full performance setups in the form of Concerts
  • Organize sections of your performance by grouping Patches into Sets within Concerts
  • Import and export Sets, Patches, and Layouts to customize Concerts
  • Concert-level or Patch-level parameter mapping
  • Parameter mapping via browser or direct selection from the plug-in interface
  • Load and save channel strip settings for use in MainStage and Logic Pro
  • Browser for searching and loading channel strip settings
  • Contextual Inspectors that provide editing options according to mode and object selected
  • Customizable Patch icons
  • Resize, group, lock, and color functions for screen controls
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Keyboard transposition
  • Velocity range and velocity offset options on a per-channel strip basis
  • MIDI controller transformations:
    • Expression Scaling
    • Modulation
    • MIDI Volume
    • Breath Control
  • MIDI message filtering on a per-channel strip basis:
    • Pitch Bend
    • Modulation
    • Aftertouch
    • Sustain
    • Expression
  • Broad range of customizable screen controls, including the following:
    • Keyboard
    • Mod/Pitch Wheel
    • Sustain Pedal
    • Foot Pedal
    • Foot Switch
    • Round Knob
    • Directional Knob
    • Vertical Fader
    • Horizontal Fader
    • Button
    • Drum Pad
    • Meter
    • Parameter Text Box
    • Free Text Box
    • Patch/Set Selector
    • Image Box


Published Date: Jul 15, 2014