We can all agree that Stagelight is a great software. It’s as simple or almost as complex as you need it. You can start making music without thinking about the manual. Advanced features are present, but they don’t stand in your way when you feel creative. Hats off to Open Labs for this achievement.
Here are a few ideas that could make Stagelight even better than it is right now.
Obviously. I’m not the first or the last to wish for tempo changes. It’s an important feature for composers and even more for live performers.
So, how to implement it?
Using the Master Track
Stagelight has a Master Track which you can currently use only to add master effects, like limiters, EQs or stereo enhancers. But the Master Track can be much more.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could add patterns, like we can on audio and instrument tracks, set tempos and write automation for master effects or fades?
Using the “Scene Launchers”
Another idea is to use the “Scene launchers”. Tap the Menu icon, go to Tempo and set it right there.
The tempo would be visible on the Launchers too. Launchers without defined tempo would inherit it from the first previous Launcher where the tempo is defined.
Both ways would keep the user interface consistency. No clutter added, just tasty features. Yummy!
Loop Builder Track
That’s right! A Loop Builder track in the timeline view. Create audio and MIDI sequences as complicated as you want, add a pattern to the Loop Builder track which is automatically reflected in the Loop Builder view.
Instead of rendering new audio files for audio tracks, virtual audio files could be created, with information about used files, their start and end points and positions in the pattern.
Send Effects Automation
We can write automation for insert effect, but sends can only be controlled via MIDI. An extra item called “Send Level” in the automation menu would be very welcome.
They simply make complex mixes more manageable and allow for more complex routing when you need it.
Improved Piano Roll Interface
The background pattern where dark and light take turns is somewhat confusing when you are drawing notes into the piano roll.
A pattern that reflects black and white keyboard keys would be more user friendly.
In my How to Use a Vocoder in Stagelight 3 tutorial I had to figure a workaround to properly send audio to the vocoder because, in Stagelight, pan is post-fade. I really can’t think of a situation where pre-fade pan would bother me. It just seems like a more reasonable solution.
Control Mode for the Android version
Not everybody has a laptop with a touch screen or a high-end Surface tablet to enjoy both the high-power CPUs and the benefits of touch controls. Nobody on Mac, for sure. But, some, like I do, have an Android tablet or phone beside a laptop or desktop computer.
I’d really love to be able to control Stagelight on my laptop with my Android tablet. It sounds like a perfect match to me.
- Sidechaining input for the compressor.
- Stretchable volume fader for more resolution, making fine level adjustments easier.
- Better support for mouse use, especially the scroll-wheel.
- Saving songs in the background without interrupting the playback.
How about you? What would you love to see in Stagelight?