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I've only been on these forums a week or so, but I've been running ableton live for several years. I just recently became aware of mainstage. To be quite honest, I wish I had found it years ago. I'm in the process of getting all of our tracks into mainstage, because I feel that its a better fit for what we are doing. It's much easier to operate and much more customizable. I know that ableton live would do what you need it to do, but yes it is VERY expensive, and it doesn't seem quite as easy to manage. Mainstage is a drop in the bucket, very simple, and the price is good. If you have a MacBook, I would suggest you go ahead and drop the money on mainstage and try it out. Don't even bother with the default templates built into mainstage, I COULD NOT get them to work for me. GET THE LOOP COMMUNITY MAINSTAGE TEMPLATE!!! It will save you a HUGE amount of frustration. From there, if you decide its working for you, and you want to do some "more advanced" things, you could look into ableton live. Live is better for more spontaneous stuff, it allows you to quickly and easily manipulate the key and tempo of songs, but it really is more of a "DJ" program. Mainstage still gives you the capabilities to do things like repeat a chorus on the fly, and apparently you can jump around within the song too, but I haven't gotten into all that. Ableton Live definitely feels more "geeky". If you are using PC, I think another option for you might be propellerhead's "reason". Again, its sort of "geeky", but I don't know exactly what capabilities it has. I know some people are using it, and it is designed for live use, but I've never messed with it. There is a less expensive basic version also (essentials), which may be worth looking into. I don't know if it has the same limitations that Live intro does, but it looks like it supports unlimited tracks. There are demos available for reason and live. There is no demo for mainstage, but at $29.99 there isn't much to loose. I think, if you have a mac, you would be best to start off with mainstage and the LC template ($40 investment total) and see where that gets you. There are good tutorials and info on this website to get you started. Otherwise, check out the demos for live and reason. All three programs have mac versions, but only ableton live and reason have PC versions. HOWEVER, I just noticed this: 3. Sequence an entire worship set, with seamless transitions between songs. This might be difficult with mainstage. You can quickly start another song when one song ends, but I don't know how seemless you can make it. It DOES stop the previous song when you start the next one. We typically try to end our songs with a sort of "acoustic" chorus or refrain, letting the tracks run out, to make the transition into the next song. Do you use traditional monitors or in-ears? Having a click track makes these things much easier.