Logic & MainStage

Mainstage Click

Logic & MainStage

nicklawmusic

about 8 years ago (edited)

What is the best way to run a click track in Mainstage? I've tried several things: 1) Creating a click track the length of the song in Logic then importing that into a Playback instance in Mainstage. Works well but means my click tracks take up unnecessary room on my hard disk. 2) Create an Ultrabeat sequence. Have given this a go. Although this means each song doesn't new to have yet another Playback plugin, I was having some syncing issues. Occasionally, the Playbacks would be out of time with each other. In the instances when they weren't, Ultrabeat would keep playing even when I stopped the Playbacks or, worse, when I changed patch, carry on playing. If I could get this method to work ad all sync up without issues, it would be my preference. 3) Creating a short AIFF click loop and running it through playback. This works well until I want to cycle a section if the song, after which the click disappears because it thinks I wanted to turn it off. Any ideas what would work best? Does loop back do anything like this?
mrdister

about 8 years ago (edited)

I would just do one Playback plugin at the concert level (click the concert name in Edit mode) with 1 bar of click. In that Playback plugin options, hit the Cycle button so that it always cycles and make sure it's sync'd. Then, each patch would be a separate song with its own tempo set in patch properties. Your problem listed above would be resolved by having this Click track be on a random group (Group Z) with all your loop track being on a different group (Group A). You start a song by hitting the master play/stop button. It starts everything at once. In the middle of the song, if you want to cycle the chorus, you hit your button assigned to loop cycle(loop --> Playback --> Play Options --> Cycle). This cycles your loop track but would not also un-cycle Click since it's on a different group :) The only downside to this setup is that when a song ends, the click would still have to be stopped manually by hitting the PLAY/STOP button. For that reason, I prefer workflow 1 that you listed above. Does that all make sense?
mrdister

about 8 years ago (edited)

Also, to answer your question, the Loopback plugin wouldn't do that. That's more live looping during performance (similar in function to a boss rc-30)
nicklawmusic

about 8 years ago (edited)

That's helpful thank you.