MainStage Default Key Commands

The following sections show all of the default key commands for MainStage, grouped by function. These can significantly accelerate your workflow, particularly when creating large or complex projects.

Concerts and Layouts

Includes key commands for creating, opening, and saving concerts and for exporting and importing layouts.

Default key command
Function
Command-N
New concert
Command-O
Open concert
Command-W
Close concert, or close the active plug-in window
Command-S
Save concert
Command-Shift-S
Save concert as
Command-Control-O
Import layout
Command-Shift-Control-S
Export layout

Patches and Sets (Edit Mode)

Includes key commands for adding, selecting, exporting, and importing patches and sets.

Default key command
Function
Command-Option-N
Add a new patch
Command-Option-S
Add a new set
Command-I
Import patches or sets
Command-E
Export patch, export set, or export as set
(depending on what is selected)
Command-Up Arrow
Select the previous patch
Command-Down Arrow
Select the next patch
Command-Left Arrow
Select the first patch in the previous set
Command-Right Arrow
Select the first patch in the next set
Command-Shift-Option-S
Create a new set from selected patches
Command-Shift-Option-R
Reset program change numbers

Editing

Includes key commands for cutting, copying, pasting, and other common editing functions.

Default key command
Function
Command-Z
Undo the last command
Command-Shift-Z
Redo the last undone command
Command-X
Cut
Command-C
Copy
Command-V
Paste
Command-D
Duplicate
Command-A
Select all

Actions

Includes key commands for some MainStage actions.

Default key command
Function
Control-P
Panic
Control-T
Tap Tempo
Control-M
Master Mute
Control-R
Toggle Recording
Space bar
Toggle Play/Stop

Parameter Mapping (Edit Mode)

Includes commands for learning mappings and locating mappings in the Parameter Mappings browser.

Default key command
Function
Command-L
Map the selected parameter (turn on mapping)
Command-F
Find in Parameter Mapping browser
Command-G
Find again

Channel Strips (Edit Mode)

Includes commands for adding channel strips.

Default key command
Function
Command-Option-A
Add audio channel strip
Command-Option-I
Add software instrument channel strip
Command-Option-F
Show/Hide signal flow channel strips

Screen Controls (Layout Mode)

Includes key commands for learning controller assignments and for grouping and ungrouping screen controls.

Default key command
Function
Command-L
Learn controller assignment (turn on the Learn process)
Command-Option-G
Group screen controls
Command-Shift-Option-G
Ungroup screen controls
Command-Option-H
Select the next screen control, select the Add hardware label checkbox, and select the Add hardware label text field for entering text

Full Screen Mode

Includes key commands for selecting patches and sets, sending MIDI panic, muting/unmuting audio, and exiting Full Screen mode.

Default key command
Function
Up Arrow
Select the previous patch
Down Arrow
Select the next patch
Left Arrow
Select the first patch of the previous set
Right Arrow
Select the first patch of the next set
P
Send MIDI panic
M
Mute/unmute all audio
Esc
Exit Full Screen mode

Window and View

Includes key commands for switching modes and for showing Inspectors and other areas of the interface.

Default key command
Function
Command-1
Layout mode
Command-2
Edit mode
Command-3
Perform mode
Command-4
Full Screen mode
Command-5
Show/Hide Inspectors
Command-6
Show/Hide the Channel Strips area
Command-T
Show/Hide the Tuner
Command-M
Minimize the MainStage window
Command-Comma (,)
Open MainStage preferences
V
Show/Hide the active plug-in window

Help and Support

Includes the key command to open the MainStage User Manual.

Default key command
Function
Command-Question Mark (?)
MainStage User Manual