There are a few installation steps you'll want to complete as you get started with the Simple MainStage Template. Check out all three installation videos and the rest of the video tutorials over on the Simple MainStage Template Resource Page.
Check out the video or the steps below it to learn more about how to connect your keyboard inside the Simple MainStage Template:
It only takes a few seconds to connect your keyboard, mod wheel, and sustain pedal to the The Simple MainStage Template. After you do it once you won’t have to do it again unless you’re using a different keyboard or something else about your set-up changes.
If you’re using a newer keyboard or midi controller it’s likely that you can use a USB cable between your controller and computer, without any set-up required. If you’re not sure how your keyboard is designed to connect to a computer, use Google to look up the User Manual and check the table of contents for the word “MIDI”. Once you locate that section of the user manual you should be able to find all the info you need.
Before you start assigning your gear, use the “Midi In” display at the top center of the screen to make sure that MainStage is receiving data from your gear. Make sure that you see note names on screen when you press a note on your keyboard, then that you see numbers when you press your sustain pedal and move your mod wheel.
If you don’t see anything at all in the “Midi In” display, check to make sure your keyboard is connected to your computer, then check the user manual for your keyboard for specific things to check that could fix the issue.
A couple common reasons your keyboard may not be recognized by MainStage are:
- the keyboard isn’t connected to the right port on the back of the keyboard
- the keyboard has a specific “send midi” mode that hasn’t been turned on
- the keyboard has a MIDI driver that needs to be installed on your computer in order for the keyboard to be used as a midi controller
In MainStage the connection between your keyboard or midi gear and its parallel onscreen is called an Assignment. To make assignments to the keyboard, sustain pedal, and mod wheel in The Simple MainStage Template, follow these steps:
- Click on the word “Layout” in the top left corner.
- Assign the keyboard by clicking the on-screen keyboard with your mouse and note the blue outline around it. On the top left side of the screen click the button that says “Assign” and you’ll see it turn red. Then play a few notes on your keyboard. If your controller is connected properly you’ll see the display below the "Assign" button change and you’ll also see the onscreen keys responding to your keypresses. Press "Assign" again to make sure you don’t accidentally assign the keyboard to something else.
- Next, click on the onscreen sustain pedal and repeat the process. Press "Assign" then step on your pedal a few times and note the visual feedback on screen. Press "Assign" again so you don’t accidentally change the assignment.
- Lastly do the same for the mod wheel. If your keyboard doesn’t have a built-in mod wheel you can still get the same functionality by setting up a different knob, fader, or expression pedal to act as your mod wheel instead. If that’s you, check out this video to set that up: “Replacing Your Mod Wheel with A Knob, Fader, or Pedal”:
- Now, go back to Edit mode. To make sure you don’t have to re-assign your gear the next time you open your concert, click on File in the top toolbar and then Save your concert.
If you know how to connect the audio gear you want to use, you can do that now, or if you’re new you don’t need to worry about that yet. You can use the headphone jack on your Mac along with a pair of headphones or an adaptor cable to connect to your soundboard as you learn how to use the Simple MainStage Template. Once you are ready for more info on getting audio to your soundboard you can check out Video 7: Connecting An Audio Interface to the Template on the Simple MainStage Template Resource Page.
If you’re new to MainStage, you can start playing the sounds by clicking on a patch name from the left side column in Edit mode.
When you’re ready to learn about the features in The Simple MainStage Template, head over to the Simple MainStage Template Resource Page to find short videos just like these that explain the features, terminology, sounds and workflows that make The Simple MainStage Template the foundation of your worship keys rig.