Hi, I have made a quick draft, that can hopefully help a few of the basic questions for Noobs (Like Me). Feel free to add extra info, that I have missed, however, I give permission for this to be used as a Document/Wiki/Sticky etc.
Guide to transitioning from Mainstage to Gig Performer
- Why leave Mainstage?
A. Firstly, Mainstage is a brilliant program that is great for beginners, and extremely powerful, and has a powerful user base, especially amongst the Christian User community, however, the fact that you are reading this indicates that you have had issues.
- What are the advantages of Gig Performer over Mainstage?
A. Firstly, Mainstage is MacOS Only and works best with 16GB. Apples newest Silicon based processors, despite being Powerful, struggle with only 8GB of Ram. Mainstage is very CPU/Resource hungry.
B. Most Windows devices these days have Touch screen compatibility, thus making it easier to use, and not relying on OSC via the iPad.
C. Gig Performer has a built-in Midi File Player
D. CPU usage is optimised for live use
E. You can run multiple instances of Gig Performer
F. Routing plugins is as simple as ‘patching cables’
G. Links with Ableton Live
H. Support for the popular Chord Pro format
I. 14 Day trial available
J. Quite a few plugins are Windows only
K. And much more
So, I’ve downloaded the trial, What Next?
a. Watch a few YouTube videos. A simple Google Search will provide many guides and tutorials.
b. Experiment and play, you won’t kill the Computer
Mainstage has a great sound Library, where do I start?
a. There are some fantastic free Plugins available, and quite often most users received plugins as part of buying hardware, whether it be an Audio Interface, or Keyboard Controller.
Mainstage has some great Internal Plugins, what are the best alternatives?
• Arpeggiator – BlueArp is a MacOs alternative that is quite as powerful
• Chord Trigger – Ripchord is very easy to use ana available on both platforms
• Modifier - TBA
• Modulator - TBA
• Note Repeater - TBA
• Note Randomizer - TBA
• Scripter - TBA
• Transposer – Built-in
• Velocity Processor – Built-in
o Sampler TBA