I am quite confused by the signal flow in mainstage. The main problem I have is this: I want to be able to control the level of the patch, independent of the other patches in my concert. I need to be able separately address and save the output level of each patch, so that I can.... balance them all. Or maybe there is a better way to do that. Anyway, I thought the most natural way would be to change the output of each channel in a patch to a bus, or aux, send that bus to the main output, and use it as my master output level for that patch. Problem I find is that if I select a new bus from the menu in the output box of the channel strip of an instrument in my patch, a new bus is created at the concert level. Doesn't work, because then it's not separately controllable for this particular patch.
Even if I create the aux using the + button in the channel strips pane, I can't seem to select it as an output for my channel strips, a new aux keeps getting created at the concert level.
I'm sure part of this has to do with how incredibly confused I am by this whole bus/aux terminology. I've got channels that are bus 3, for example, but called Aux 4. If I create a new aux, what bus is it? I don't know how to tell. And I really can't follow the logic of having a bus seeming to need to have itself as it's input. What? Why does an aux even need an input, isn't its input what is fed to it by the sends on the channel strips? Or by the output selection in the channel strips.
Yikes. I'm not doing well. And I am taking this whole rig before a fairly large TV audience in a couple of weeks, and a major tour after that. So I have to brush up, fast. Sorry for the rambling, but I'm really not even sure what the exact problem is here.
Maybe there is some kind soul who can explain any little piece of this for me, and I thank you in advance.