I’m a keyboard player who does mostly pit orchestra gigs. I’m looking at migrating from Mainstage to Gig Performer. So far, it has been a good experience, and setting up patches has been pretty straight forward. However I have one thing I’m struggling with.
As I understand it, the best option in Gig Performer would be to set up a rackspace for each instrument/patch/sound that I need. For example, I’d have a piano rackspace, a strings rackspace, “soft pad” rackspace and on and on to cover the “sounds” called for in the score. I can also have some variations where there might be some small differences or tweaks to the widgets for different parts of songs, etc.
Then, I’d assemble all those rackspaces/variations into songs. So, song 1 needs piano, then strings, then piano and back to strings, so I set it up that way, and go through the song.
In Mainstage, I could send all of my patches to an “Aux Bus”, then apply any final FX or adjustments on that bus, which was then sent out. Sometimes I get to the venue, or we get into tech rehearsal and I need to make an adjustment - maybe there is too much reverb overall, or I need to just bring the volume down or the sound guy is asking for some overall change - whatever it might be. In Mainstage, I could apply those FX/adjustments uniformly across everything by adjusting that “Aux Bus”.
I’m not sure how to best do that in Gig Performer. I can put the plugins/fx on each rackspace, but then if I need to make a change “overall” I have to go to each rackspace (and perhaps variation?) and make those adjustments. When a show can easily have 100+ “patch changes” that can get… tedious.
Any tips? Some part of me thinks the “multi-instance” might be the right direction, but I’m not totally clear.