9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2012 8:40 AM by dingdangdawg
d.rew80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I was wondering what is the Best Midi Foot Controller for Logic Mainstage?

 

I am very new to it, and just needed to know the best pedal to switch sounds in mainstage live? 

 

One more question, can I use VST's from Kontakt in Mainstage?

 

Thanks in advance!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    dingdangdawg Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)

    foot controller: SoftStep

    VSTs: no, AU plug-ins only (reliably, without a workaround or wrapper)

  • 2. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    d.rew80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much for the Reply!!

     

    Well, maybe "VST'S" was the wrong terminology. If I use Kontakt and other Synths from Komplete (native instruments) I can't use those with Mainstage 2???

  • 3. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (9,015 points)

    Hi

     

    Provided you have installed the Audio Unit versions of these plugins, they will work fine in both Logic and Mainstage

     

    CCT

  • 4. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    d.rew80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cool! Thanks so much for the reply!

     

    Would I be able to use a Roland FC 300 With my Keyboard to control Mainstage 2??

  • 5. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    Medhat Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

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    This is horrible and may be irreplaceable in my case.

  • 6. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    androidmedia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Absolutely you can use the Roland FC300, with your Keyboard to control MS.

    I'm using the Behringer FCB1010 at the moment, and multiple MIDI devices to control MS.

  • 7. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    museofitall Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi, the Roland FC-300 is high end and great. Anything you can think of it will do. It has many outputs in the rear for external switches and Expression or Volume Pedals. You can even use stomp box effects in a chain just like you would do with any setup with stomp boxes. What you need to do is "sync' what you have setup with Mainstage to the FC-300 then you can recall the mappings and they will all be just as you left them providing you don't do a re-set or SAVE the control map. You should be well versed in midi for this pedal as it is the top of the line I have found. here isn't anything I haven't been able to do with Logic, MainStage or even

    Guitar Rig 4.

     

    This is not a pedal for the beginner at all. Although it will last a lifetime as it is well built.

     

    You must pay close attention to detail when mapping and write down things you may need to remember until you have it down. You can use this pedal with multiple packages even map it to keyboards for loops, mappings and sounds. It is an amazing piece of gear. If you don't take or have the time then don't bother. If you do I haven't found a better solid piece of gear that does what it is capable of. Roland surely got this one right.

    The red and green lights don't blind you and are very easy to see. Learn the banks and your half way there

     

    Anything you own that can be controlled by midi it will do. Getting the right settings to communicate may be a bit tricky but set it and forget it ONLY if you saved the mapping.

     

    Cheers

     

    v

    PS: The GIO may be what your looking for. It is made specifically for MainStage but is very good for recording and home use. I wouldn't take it to the stage only because it is so light weight and I'm not sure if would stand up to rigourous live playing, moving etc...

    It works excellent and doesn't get any easier and also has Audio outputs (save money on an audio device) that will connect headphones from 1/4 inch to RCA, even to 3.5mm with an adapter.

    d.rew80 wrote:

     

    Hello, I was wondering what is the Best Midi Foot Controller for Logic Mainstage?

     

    I am very new to it, and just needed to know the best pedal to switch sounds in mainstage live? 

     

    One more question, can I use VST's from Kontakt in Mainstage?

     

    Thanks in advance!

  • 8. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (9,015 points)

    museofitall wrote:

     

    Hi, the Roland FC-300 is high end and great.

     

    ..snip...

     

    PS: The GIO may be what your looking for. It is made specifically for MainStage but is very good for recording and home use. I wouldn't take it to the stage only because it is so light weight and I'm not sure if would stand up to rigourous live playing, moving etc...

    It works excellent and doesn't get any easier and also has Audio outputs (save money on an audio device) that will connect headphones from 1/4 inch to RCA, even to 3.5mm with an adapter.

    Hi

     

    Agreed the Roland is very flexible and built like a tank.... but it does not support bi-directional MIDI comminication from MS etc (so the pedals will not automatically light up to display the current settings on MS).

     

    The GiO does support this, but the audio specs are not great (and the build quality?).... mono input, stereo out through 1 socket etc etc.

     

    A much, much better bet is NI Rig Kontrol.. does bi-directional, has an expression pedal, 2 line/instrment I/O etc etc. and built like a tank.

     

     

    my 2cents.

     

     

    CCT

  • 9. Re: MIDI Foot Controller Help!!!
    dingdangdawg Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)

    These all look like acceptable solutions. In my case, I needed a few requirements to be met for a foot controller:

    - low cost

    - very small footprint

    - sturdy and reliable enough for live gigging

    - works with any DAW or software, including MainStage

    - ability to customize what the pedal sends (CC, program change, patch change)

    - at least 6 buttons and an expression pedal

     

    The SoftStep was the controller I selected, and it has worked perfectly for me, so I give it glowing reviews. The only negative for me was that you have to study the manual to figure out how to customzie what it sends. But that wasn't all that difficult, just took some time.