We thought Apple’s decision to sell Logic Pro 9 in its Mac App Store for $200 made it a fantastic bargain.
But the real bargain is the second app that Apple released in the App Store yesterday, MainStage.
MainStage hasn’t received a lot of attention as part of the Logic Studio bundle and a lot of people probably don’t know what it does. That may change, though, now that it’s being bundled with 19GB of software synths, sampled instruments and loops.
At that price, it’s easily one of the biggest bargains in music software.
That 19GB includes some highly regarded plugins from Logic, including:
- EXS24 Sampler
- Sculpture physical modeling synthesizer
- Ultrabeat drum synth
- EVOC20 Vocoder
- And a variety of virtual versions of vintage synth & keyboard
MainStage basically turns a Mac into a live performance rig, with broad hardware control and a massive number of plugins and sounds. The video above takes a look at how Nine Inch Nails has used MainStage as part of its live performance reg.
If you’re a MainStage user, let us know how you use it – and what you think of the new pricing!
- Perform live with 120 instrument and effect plug-ins or work with your Audio Units plug-ins
- Combine instruments and live audio, such as keyboard and vocals, in a single patch
- Design rich keyboard patches using splits and layers
- Use 40 built-in instruments including synths, vintage keyboards, a drum machine, sampler, and more
- Trigger Apple Loops and stereo or multitrack backing tracks using the Playback plug-in
- Create and layer your own loop recordings with the Loopback plug-in
- 80 effects including reverbs, delays, EQs, dynamics, amps, stompboxes, and more
- Add backing tracks using more than 15,000 royalty-free Apple Loops
- A huge library of more than 1700 sampler instruments
MainStage is $30 in the Mac App Store.
via reader stellan0r