Ableton vs. Mainstage

Ableton

justinjkent

over 8 years ago (edited)

Ok LC, let's get ready to RUMBLE! Why would I use Mainstage over Ableton OR Ableton over Mainstage? Discuss...
mrdister

over 8 years ago (edited)

Love the question. Mainstage is a nice solution for people who like to push one button and have the song play from top to bottom but still have options to repeat sections on the fly or jump to a different section. It's also easy to put together setlists and import/export songs and create custom workflows based on how you like to run loops. You could play a song top to bottom in live in Live's Arrangement View but I don't see as many options to perform with. In Session View, you would have to set up follow actions after every clip in order for it to play a song from top to bottom. Live is awesome if you need to have the one-touch control to jump from the end of the song into the first verse. You can assign a MIDI button to that scene and jump right to it. You cannot do that well in Mainstage at all. Plus, Live lets you easily transpose on the fly. You can only transpose in Logic and not Mainstage. Conclusion: I love them both. If I were a drummer in a band, I would only use Live. As a worship leader, I use Mainstage.
mike

over 8 years ago (edited)

IMHO, at the end of the day, Ableton is just a better product. It's a single application with two playback modes that you can use based on your performance preference. You can jump around and have a set run straight through in session view with follow actions or in arrangment mode and laying things track next to track. 

Even if you're already a heavy logic user learning to use Ableton for live performance is no more, and arguably less complicated than learning Mainstage.

That's my 0.02.

scoottie

over 8 years ago (edited)

I would compare Mainstage to a color by number book. It's created to do one thing and make it overly simple to figure out but you are confined to the templates. Ableton Live is like a blank canvas. It will take a little longer to figure out. However, once you do the possibilites and applications are endless. I have a couple peers that use Mainstage and I've heard numerous horror stories of crashes.
justinjkent

over 8 years ago (edited)

Thank you all for your comments! Definitely some things to think about.
mike

over 8 years ago (edited)

I would highly recommend you check out some past livestreams on the blog or in the training center for both introduction to Ableton and Mainstage!

Arely

almost 3 years ago

So... for a beginner, is better mainstage? easy and simple?