MainStage offers some great visual flexibility, providing features for complete customization of what you see when you perform.  This also factors directly into sound control, patch management, and live mixing. This overview video shows how to take MainStage from the ground-up, creating an 8-sound layout that can mimic or replace a $4000…(Read More)

You don’t have to consider yourself a Power User to use Automator.  I’ve written a handful of posts in the past regarding this little-known – yet powerful – Mac app.  Here’s a great example of how you can, with just a couple clicks, create a custom Service that allows you to batch rename…(Read More)

Mainstage 3 is an Apple software, designed specifically for the live musician looking to add studio-quality sounds and features to their live performances. For me, it’s best the best $29.99 I’ve spent in a long time and has become the central part of my new keyboard rig. It delivers and easy…(Read More)

I’ve been playing keys in church groups and worship teams since the summer before I went to college. There has always been the typical stage piano – 88 weighted keys, a couple decent piano sounds, maybe a string or pad worth mixing in, and a bunch of other terrible patches. Unless you have a $3500…(Read More)

It’s not often I create a post just to share someone else’s thoughts (that’s what Twitter is for, right?), but one of my favorite authors wrote a piece recently that really spoke to me. “…I’ve learned the only way life can actually get better is if I face reality, face my…(Read More)

With the addition of the new, high-quality voices in Mac OS X Lion, an idea on how to best implement these new features jumped into my head – why not use Automator to create custom, high-quality narrations?  For those of us who don’t feature a rich, enticing set of pipes to create entrancing…(Read More)

For those of you who have upgraded to the latest version of Mac OS X since its launch last week, there are quite a few things to become accustomed to, most of which I’m beginning to be a fan of (more on that in a future post…).  One of the items I found missing…(Read More)

In a previous post, I detailed some various ways of using Automator to enhance your productivity and efficiency in the Mac environment.  One of the built-in workflows shipped with every Mac is Automator’s Print Plugin for Saving a PDF to iPhoto – a great tool for taking a document on your computer, converting it…(Read More)

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