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This is about live performance rigs. I have used Apple MainStage for a number of years to do programming for theater, which I still continue to do. I've also used it a number of times for live gigs. It's great for keyboardists who want to get the most out of their rig in live situations. Recently I've been working on live duo project, and MainStage just wasn't cutting it. The audio playback for backing tracks is broken in the most recent version, and Apple has not been responsive. I decided to try Gig Perfomer instead, and I'm amazed! Aside from an audio interface, I can completely replace a hardware rack, and do just about anything I want - keyboard layers/splits, vocal processing, fancy routing, you name it. I have separate "rackspaces" for our vocals, my guitar, and keyboard rig. just wanted to put it out there for anybody wanting to go more computer-based in their live situations. It's rock solid, and you can not only have audio backing tracks, you can also plug NI EzPlayer in and use it to play midi tracks, which I use to control a vocal harmonizer, but you could also use it to control anything midi, even lighting. It also has a scripting language, so if you can program, you can use it to do some amazingly complex things. It's the best thing I've added to my setup in a long time, so I had to share.
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Thanks for this post! I do quite a bit of live stuff, and have ALWAYS thought mainstage was lackluster in so many ways. I feel like it’s the red headed step child that Apple refuses to pay any attention to for some reason.
I’ll have to check out Gig Performer!
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