When setting up a new show, I find there are certain tools that are absolutely indispensable for the work I do onsite. For a moderate sum of money, it’s easy to assemble a basic toolkit to bring to the theatre that will cover nearly everything you need. I usually put my tools in a small […]Continue readingMore Tag
Tag: Keyboard Programming
Buying a Used or Refurbished Apple Computer for MainStage
I often see posts in Facebook forums concerning which Apple computers could work well for Apple’s MainStage software for live music performance. More specifically, which Apple computers could function well if purchased used or refurbished. This is a tricky proposition as there are a number of things to consider. First, you’ll need to consider whether […]Continue readingMore Tag
Can I Use A Windows Computer For Music Production and Keyboard Programming?
I’m often asked whether it’s absolutely necessary to use an Apple computer for music production and keyboard programming. This question is certainly understandable given how much Apple products tend to be associated with creative professions and the tendency for content creators to gravitate toward the Apple ecosystem. However, I would argue that the answer to […]Continue readingMore Tag
KVM Switches for MainStage Keyboard Programming
I’m often asked about the best way to create a redundant computer rig for live theatre. Specifically, for use with MainStage keyboard programming and Ableton Live. A redundant rig with a functioning main and backup scenario would always include two computers, two audio interfaces, a MIDI splitter box such as the MIDI Solutions Thru, an […]Continue readingMore Tag
Review: The Pelican Case
So it’s time to share my love affair with one of my favorite products: the Pelican case. As you already probably know, Pelican makes ultra sturdy watertight equipment cases that have become the standard in audio, video, and military use. They’re virtually indestructable, come in all different shapes and sizes, offer excellent protection for your […]Continue readingMore Tag
Do I Really Need A UPS for MainStage Keyboard Programming?
An issue that comes up frequently when I’m setting up MainStage keyboard programming for new theatrical productions is whether or not to use a UPS for the keyboard and backing track rigs. There are several ways of approaching this issue, and after setting up shows both with and without UPS units, I have some insights […]Continue readingMore Tag
Networking for Live Theatrical Productions
With the increased use of MainStage keyboard programming in live theatrical productions, it has become essential to be able to set up a local area network onsite when setting up a new production. There are three major uses for such a network: 1. Mixing keyboard and track outputs and making quick edits remotely from the […]Continue readingMore Tag