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Logic 9 Using Logic for Live Performance

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by MoscowLogic, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. MoscowLogic

    MoscowLogic New Member

    I've recorded a bunch of demos on Logic. And there are certain sounds I've created on the logic instruments that i want to be able to use in my live show.

    What is the best way of doing this?

    A friend of mine gave me his Novation Remote 25SL to use as a controller but I've had some serious problems with the Automap assignments.

    I also need to run some backing tracks off of Ableton Live. Will i be able to run the two programmes at the same time. And will be be able to control them independently?

    Im used to just a playing a guitar live! Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks!
  3. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

  4. Brian Stone

    Brian Stone Member

    Yeah, MainStage is the key. According to Apple, MainStage is created specifically because there were a large number of Logic users making use of Logic as their live performance application. There are a lot of people who want the exact same sounds used in Logic projects when playing those songs live.

    MainStage 2 can now play backing tracks with the plug-in "Playback".

    Channel strip settings from Logic open directly into MainStage and visa versa. Bounced backing tracks from Logic can be made to display Logic's markers and it supports multiple tracks as well as stereo.

    I've done a lot of work with MainStage 2 and the latest update is rock solid. Discovered recently that your backing tracks can be added directly to the mixer without creating audio channel strips first. Just drag and drop in an empty area and MainStage will create audio channels, add an instance of playback including the audio file.

    As for device support, no application on the Mac has more better integration with keyboards. Any standard MIDI signal (except sysex) can be used to control the on screen controls in MainStage. These widgets on screen can then be mapped to any plug-in or channel strip parameter on a patch by patch basis.

    check it out, I think you will find its just what you have been looking for.. there are some pretty good videos on youtube talking about it.


    One last thing.. The various layouts you see in the templates are easily changed to do what you need. You can delete or add controls. I think the concept of MainStage is that you build a kind of "control panel" that doesn't contain any junk you don't need for your performance. When you are ready to rehearse or perform, there is a full screen view that looks very nice on stage. There's something quite refreshing about not staring into a DAW when working the computer live.

  5. MoscowLogic

    MoscowLogic New Member

    Thanks for this! Sounds like exactly what i need.

    Now i wish i hadn't spent all that cash on Ableton! :)

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