7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2011 8:27 PM by Thomjinx
gra_boy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,
I'd like to use some of the sound effects (e.g. gun shots, crowd noises etc..) for a theatre production that are defined in Logic Studio but access these from Mainstage instead of Logic.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

I've tried exporting these effects as channel strips which I can then see in Mainstage but no sound comes out!

I've also tried exporting the effects as WAV files and importing these into iTunes...I've successfully done that but the channel strips method seems to be more elegant...if I can get it to work.

MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Novation MkII MIDI controller
  • 1. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    littleeden Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Hi there

    you could play them as audio files using a playback plug-in on a software instrument channel strip, but the easiest way would probably be to load them up as samples in EXS24 and trigger them from a midi keyboard.
  • 2. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    gra_boy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi thanks....any chance you can expand on the steps for the EXS24 method? Sorry but I'm a new user...I've read the manuals honest, but could do with some detailed instructions.

    Thanks
  • 3. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    dingdangdawg Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)
    The EXS24 is certainly the plug-in of choice for one-shot sound effects in MainStage.

    The Logic documentation covers the EXS24 far better than mere mortals can .... its a deep plugin, but the instructions in the docs explain it very well. I really recommend spending time with it, as it would take many paragraphs to explain it in a forum, and you really need illustrations and screen shots.

    There may be some good YouTube videos as well??
  • 4. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    gra_boy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, managed to open the EXS24 interface in Logic and save a sound effect via the helpful instructions at the link below:

    http://www.co-bw.com/RecordingLogic_Create_CustomInstrument.htm

    Can't seem to see the new ESX instrument in Mainstage though. Do I need to add this as a channel strip or should it just show up as an instrumnet patch in Mainstage?
  • 5. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    lccmusicman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    You're almost there.

    Yes, you need to add a channel strip in MainStage. Just click the + box at the top of the channel strip section and choose "Software instrument." Be sure you've selected the proper MIDI Input if you're using more than one keyboard.

    Once you've added the channel strip, go to the I/O portion just above the level meter. On the top box, choose EXS24, either Mono, Stero or Multi Output; load up your patch; and you're cookin' with gas.

    Forgive me if you already know how to do all this ... basically yes, you need to add a channel strip.

    Good luck!
  • 6. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    gra_boy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    Yup...cooking on gas now. Thanks for your help.
  • 7. Re: Using logic sound effects in Mainstage
    Thomjinx Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    I do a lot of live theatre, as a sound designer, composer and pit musician.

    One thing to be aware of (which you may already have figured out) in EXS is the velocity setting, which is the lower fader of the volume fader.

    With a 'normal' velocity setting, the sound will be louder or softer depending on how hard you hit the key. With sound effects for theatre, I normally want the same volume every time, so I turn the velocity response off. (lower fader up against the main fader) If I want the same sound at a different volume, I assign it to a different key and adjust the volume in the EXS editor. That way I get a consistent level not matter how hard I strike the key.

    -Thomjinx