MainStage for PC and Mac

Published by Apple on 2023-12-07

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 10.12
  • Category: Music
  • Licence: $29.99
  • Software version: 3.6.6
  • File size: 1.20 GB

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MainStage Overview

What is MainStage? MainStage is a Mac app designed for live performances, providing a full-screen interface optimized for live performance, flexible hardware control, and a massive collection of plug-ins and sounds that are fully compatible with Logic Pro. It allows users to perform live with 100 instrument, effect, and MIDI plug-ins, add sounds from Logic Pro and GarageBand, and support the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro. MainStage also offers hardware control, designed for the stage, instrument and MIDI plug-ins, creative and production effects, guitar and bass gear, and a sound library with over 5,900 instrument and effect patches, 1,200 meticulously sampled instruments, and 14,750 Apple Loops in a wide range of genres. The app requires 6GB available disk space for minimum install and 72GB hard disk for full Sound Library installation.


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MainStage Features and Description

1. MainStage lets you take your Windows to the stage with a full-screen interface optimized for live performance, flexible hardware control, and a massive collection of plug-ins and sounds that are fully compatible with Logic Pro.


  • - Love this app and have used it for years.
  • - It has allowed me to bring my live-keys playing to the next level.
  • - Once you figure out to use it as it is designed, using aliases a d busses to economize CPU load, the program is solid.
  • - I use it every week for live performance outside with a MacBook Pro 2012.
  • - It does not run lights but since when should musicians do a pro lighting job.
  • - There are many updates and it seems Apple is trying to keep it working and tweaked.
  • - People reporting bugs are not using it correctly or have too many patches open at once.
  • - It is not buggy and the latency is low.
  • - I have a MacbookPro mid 2012 with mainstage that runs amazing.

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


MainStage - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By Madtux

    Midi and video playback

    I have used Mainstage onstage in 6 different cover bands for my entire keyboard rig and for playing backing tracks with click to drummer. 100’s of gigs and not one single crash. Simple setup of 2 live USB keyboards and anywhere from 2-8 wav file backing tracks playing. I now want to add sequenced lighting and video screen playback in sync with backing tracks and any simple plug in similar to the audio playback would suffice but nothing. Microsoft has chosen to stay in the “Toy” world and sell a cheap app with limited use. This is a great program but lacks pro features that other software has. It has it’s uses but I will be finding something else as the recent update just ignores user requests just so they can port over already developed items from Logic Pro into Mainstage and call it an update. If you want a Toy to play with get MainStage, if you want a pro level piece of software to run your live show look elsewhere.

  • By richardbates1

    BUGS, Bugs, bugs.

    I like this this program and how you can use it for performances but OMG it is buggy! I have to keeping reverting back to saved so that the sound from the app can replace the distorted sound from using too long. So I can’t see anyone actually using this on stage because of all the bugs. I would hope that who ever are the programmers can try to work all of this out, it is a great program that I can use for around 20 minutes and then……distortion of sound, even high resonace apperaring ovet time. I would never use this on the Main stage, I couldn’t rely on it. This is an Microsoft application, you would think it would be more reliable and able to function over time with the app being open for awhile? I really don’t know who the developers are? is it Microsoft ? or a 3rd party working for Microsoft? But guys, you need to do some work to fix this in the future.

  • By trptgk

    A great tool

    For the price, look at what you get: you get ALL of the synths featured in Logic Pro, the effects racks that come with Logic Pro, it works with Logic Pro Remote, and is endlessly customizable to your needs. I use this with high school kids. It is the centerpiece of my jazz ensemble and high school bands. We can get things programmed in a matter of minutes. I can program backing tracks for pieces that call for them in my high school band, set them up to be controlled via our keyboard controls, easily make patches for my jazz band when funky keyboards are needed. It is very simple to use and figure out. The last version would have occasional crashes; those problems seem to be fixed. A perfect solution to the emerging needs being generated by modern composers. In the practice room, I have it set up to run a drone and imitate concert hall acoustics so that intonation and playing to the hall can be practiced the RIGHT way: by LISTENING. For me, it's a must and a no-brainer. I know of no other app that does what MainStage does- on any platform. Especially at this price point.

  • By Jorpagan

    Version 3.4.3 - They removed the muti-select option

    Manstage used to have the ability to select mutiple objects in Layout view and change thier properties all at once, now with version 3.4.3 you have to select each object one by one to change each individual property. For example if you have 16 faders and you want to change the text color you have to select each fader one by one vs selecting all and making just one change.

  • By Iriemahn

    Not sure what happened..

    I have a MacbookPro mid 2012 with mainstage that runs amazing. Now I have a 2020 PC M1, so now when I open Mainstage it lags for about 3 min before there is no lag. The worse part for me is when I play the trombone from Kontakt and some othe sounds the whole volume compresses to where the sound loses so much body I cant even use the PC live anymore. This issue has been driving me crazy! I do not have any compressor set anywhere for this to happen. Its almost as if this PC has a built in compressor impossible to toggle off. Can anyone help?

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