I seem to be getting a lot of volume spikes that are almost ruining my love affair with MainStage, which have people reaching to block their ears at gigs and sessions -- not a way to get asked back. They're transient, big short spikes probably associated with percussive attacks of elecric pianos, pianos,
organs with perc on, certain synth patches, etc., for which I've tried various configurations of compressors, limiters, etc. I'm probably mid to advanced level in my use of MainStage, so I've tried a number things, but none seem quite right, so I want to ask here for tried and true ways to get the sounds but quell the volume spikes without messing up the beauties of the software instruments and samples.
I am a hard player, so I probably dig in to 127 a lot, especially on Electric Piano -- Scarbee in EXS24 with Overloud VKFX -- and Wurli, but also on funky wah Clav and others. I have tried various compressions and limiters on the channel strip, on the output, and both, with marginal results. they either compress the life out of the sound -- esp leslies and panning fx -- or they only help a little but not enough.
I have also tried scaling the velocity curve down to max or to flatten with some slope at about 100, and 86, etc, which works ok but especially on the Scarbee samples it doesn't let the best samples trigger, the top barking ones.
I'e tried just turning the volume back to -6 and -12, but at gigs the sound isn't enough unless it's turned up on the board, so ear splitting spikes still come through.
again, I know there are various solutions with compressors and limiters and such, but u wanted to get some of the tried and true solutions here please. Feel free to skip to the advanced level, I can handle it :-).