MainStage 3.1.1 – quiet release

MainStage 3.1.1 release notes


Learn what’s new in MainStage.

MainStage 3.1.1

MainStage 3.1.1 includes the following changes. For more information, see

  • Allows you to disable Screen Saver when in Perform Mode
  • Fixes an issue where expression pedals could not control the input level of audio channel strips 
  • Resolves an issue where the Download Manager could appear empty
  • When more than 10 Drum Machine Designer patches are loaded, all channels show their associated sub-channels
  • MainStage no longer shows an error that the Concert file is corrupted when loading certain concerts created in previous versions
  • Next/Previous screen control buttons for changing patches and sets not assigned to a MIDI channel reliably respond to mouse clicks again
  • MIDI output now works when a channel strip setting file that includes an External Instrument plug-in is loaded
  • MainStage no longer outputs an audio pop when switching between certain patches
  • Pan works properly again with mono audio channels
  • The Instantly Silence Previous Patch setting works when moving from a patch using External MIDI to one using a Software Instrument
  • There is now a link to the AutoSampler documentation in MainStage Help

MainStage 3.1

MainStage 3.1 includes the following changes. 

New Features and Enhancements

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in with scalable, Retina-ready interface and a new compressor model. 
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 Mellotron instruments.
  • New Auto Sampler plug-in converts hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments.
  • Custom shortcuts can be assigned and managed using the new Key Command editor. 
  • It is now possible to copy and paste ranges in the layer editor.


  • MainStage no longer quits unexpectedly when selecting all patches.


  • MainStage no longer drops out of Full Screen Performance mode when you use a KVM switch to change the display to another computer.
  • When moving the MainStage window from a 4K display to another display, the window width now properly adjusts to the new display size.
  • Mouse clicks in a plug-in window are no longer passed through to the Patch Browser in Performance mode.
  • Window positions are now properly recalled when opening a saved concert.
  • Parameter text fields are now displayed correctly when the first patch or set is skipped.
  • Text in the Graph Editor now renders properly when the window is resized.

MainStage 3.0.4

New Features and Enhancements

  • Adds auto-assignment profiles for the following MIDI devices:
    • Roland A-49 keyboard
    • Korg Taktile 25 keyboard
    • Korg Taktile 49 keyboard
    • Samson Graphite MD13 controller
    • Novation Launch Control controller
  • The Quick Start Templates are now accessible with VoiceOver
  • It is now possible to adjust sliders in the Mixer when controlling MainStage via screen sharing, Apple Remote Desktop, or other VNC clients.

Stability Improvements

  • MainStage no longer sometimes quits unexpectedly when:
    • Deleting patches from a concert
    • Closing certain concerts

General Improvements

  • Commas are now usable as decimal separators when typing values into controls on the Mixer.
  • Sculpture and ES2 no longer sometimes shift pitch the tails of held notes when releasing other notes and using non-Equal Tempered tunings.
  • Closing a concert now also closes the Musical Typing window.
  • Channel Strip insert slot 15 now displays the correct bypass state when toggled via a mapped Smart Control.
  • Using different audio interfaces for input and output now works more reliably.
  • The Quick Start Templates are now accessible with VoiceOver.
  • Screen Controls mapped to Loopback’s Record Button now reliably display the correct parameter state.
  • The distortion knob is no longer automatically assigned to respond to channel pressure with some controllers in templates that include organ drawbars.
  • Loopback recordings in which the recording is stopped by pressing the spacebar are now reliably retained when played back.
  • MainStage more accurately timestamps incoming MIDI messages, making stuck notes less likely.
  • Playback now reliably loads saved plug-in settings files. 

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