Get started with layouts

Each MainStage concert includes a visual interface, called a layout, with screen controls that you use to modify your patches in live performance. You can customize the arrangement of screen controls, and make connections between your MIDI hardware and your concert.

Layout Mode, showing the Screen Control Inspector and Screen Controls Palette.

To work with the layout of a concert, you switch to Layout mode. In Layout mode, you can add and arrange screen controls in the workspace, and make assignments between controls on your MIDI hardware and the screen controls in your concert. Below the workspace, the Screen Controls palette contains different types of screen controls you can add to your layout. The Screen Control Inspector appears to the left of the workspace, where you can learn controller assignments and edit layout parameters.

You can drag screen controls into the workspace in any order. If you plan to perform with a keyboard controller, you might want to first drag a keyboard screen control into the workspace, position it near the center, and then drag screen controls for the faders, knobs, wheels, buttons, and other physical controls on the keyboard controller.

For more information about working in Layout mode, see Layout mode overview.

Switch to Layout mode

  • Click the Layout button at the upper-left corner of the MainStage window.

Add a screen control

  • Drag the screen control from the Screen Controls palette to the workspace.

    As you drag the screen control to the workspace, a white outline appears, showing where it will be added. You can use the alignment guides to align the screen control with other items in the workspace.