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Apple on Tuesday launched Logic Pro X, the latest version of its digital audio workstation and MIDI sequencer for Mac, packing in new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, and the accompanying Logic Remote for iPad, all for $200 on the Mac App Store.

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Logic Pro X's new Drummer feature allows users to access a virtual session player that automatically plays along with a song in a variety of drumming styles and techniques. And the Flex Pitch functionality offers integrated pitch editing for audio recordings.

The Logic Remote app is a new way to play and control Logic Pro X from an iPad. Apple said the software will give musicians the flexibility to create and mix their music from anywhere in the room.

"Logic Pro X is our most powerful version yet, with advanced tools and a modern new interface designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music," said Philip Schiller, Apple?s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator."

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Apple said Logic Pro X has been designed with a modern new look while preserving and expanding the power and features that professional users rely on. The streamlined interface is said to provide access to advanced tools and functionality for more technical tasks, or it can be hidden to allow musicians to focus on being creative.

Flex Pitch can help users fix out-of-tune vocals and even change the melodies of recorded audio by manipulating individual notes within an audio waveform. And Track Stacks will allow users to organize and collapse multiple tracks into one ? or to create rich, layered instruments.

Smart Controls allow users to to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. And an improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts.

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Apple also said Logic Pro X will expand Logic Pro?s rich collection of synthesizers and keyboards with more new instruments. The Arpeggiator is one of nine new MIDI plug-ins and can transform a simple keyboard chord into an elaborate performance.

A new Retro Synth emulates some of the most popular classic synthesizer tones from the '70s and '80s, and Vintage Keyboards offer realistic models of electric pianos, B3 organs and clavs, with sophisticated tone-shaping controls. Bass Amp Designer allows bass players to play and record using vintage and modern bass amps, with cabinets and microphones that can be configured to build a custom bass rig.

Logic Pro X also features an entirely new Sound Library with an updated loop collection and over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches that make creative use of Track Stacks, Smart Controls, the Arpeggiator and other new plug-ins.

Logic Remote



The accompanying Logic Remote app is touted as an innovative new way to extend the creative power of Logic by using your iPad. Designed to take full advantage of the iPad multi-touch display, Logic Remote gives users new ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X from anywhere in the room, turning their iPad into a keyboard, drum pad, guitar fretboard, mixing board or transport control.

MainStage 3



Also released on Monday was a major update to MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X. The software turns a user's Mac into a live rig that can make it easy to bring sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

The newly updated MainStage 3 features a new user interface and maintains compatibility with the new Logic Pro X plug-ins, patches, and smart controls.

Pricing and availability



Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are now available from the Mac App Store for $199.99 and $29.99, respectively. Logic Remote is also available as a free download from the App Store.
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Nothing on Apple.com yet about it. Let's see some demo clips so we can get a better idea of what they did to the program.
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Nothing on Apple.com yet about it. Let's see some demo clips so we can get a better idea of what they did to the program.

Well, it's only 5:45am in Cupertino, so the web developers are still waking up, getting ready to go to work. I'm sure they'll have the site updated by noon.

 

The Press Release was probably done by end of business yesterday.

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That was smart to have the iPad as a remote.  I'm sure Apple will also come out with a Remote app for Final Cut Pro, even though there are other apps that do that.

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About bloody time.

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Oh my ... what a long way we have come since I used one of these ...

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Oh my ... what a long way we have come since I used one of these ...

But a lot of bands are going back to old tape machines for their "vintage" sound.


Go check out Auria software.  It can do this on a freaking iPad for $50.  http://auriaapp.com

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That was smart to have the iPad as a remote.  I'm sure Apple will also come out with a Remote app for Final Cut Pro, even though there are other apps that do that.

 

Saved me $50 on getting a 3rd party app to control Logic Pro 9. Of course, that money will most likely be spent on Logic Pro X.

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But a lot of bands are going back to old tape machines for their "vintage" sound.


Go check out Auria software.  It can do this on a freaking iPad for $50.  http://auriaapp.com

Cute app, weighs a bit less than the analog version too! LOL Skeuomorphism at its finest too!

Well it was all fun back in the day I admit so perhaps some bands must still enjoy the equipment for its own sake. I can understand that. That said, a Studer tape deck like that is a fraction of the requirements. The racks of equipment used in conjunction filled a room not to mention the mixing desk. The wire harnesses alone were a sight to behold.

Every time I play with Garage Band I never fail to get flash backs to the smell over heated equipment in the back of my brain somewhere ... that and the smell of endless chain smoking of everyone there at the time.
Edited by digitalclips - 7/16/13 at 6:08am
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Oh my ... what a long way we have come since I used one of these ...


I use a virtual version of the Studer 800 on my Macs, Virtual Tape Machine by Slate Digital.

I've used the real Studers before also, and the plug in is pretty damn good, not to mention not having to buy really expensive tape that only lasted for around 16 minutes in length.
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But a lot of bands are going back to old tape machines for their "vintage" sound.


Go check out Auria software.  It can do this on a freaking iPad for $50.  http://auriaapp.com

I have Auria on my iPad, it's a pretty sweet app. It's like walking around with a protools system in the palm of your hands.
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As for this new logic software, it's about time! I'll be getting it as soon as I can. Looking forward to checking it out.1smoking.gif

I also like that Apple made their own remote for iPad. 1wink.gif
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It's LIVE on the App Store.

 

Go get it.


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It's on the App Store.

Go get it.

I can't. I'm on vacation and only brought along my iPad this time. I'm going to have to wait for at least another month. 1hmm.gif
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I have Auria on my iPad, it's a pretty sweet app. It's like walking around with a protools system in the palm of your hands.

For some reason Android users can't get Auria on it, can they?  Oops.

 

I have a question, have you tracked 24 tracks at the same time?  If so, what equipment did you use to do to that with?

It would be cool if Mackie and Auria got the two together to create the ultimate iPad based mixing console/recording app.  They could take various iPad mixers like the DL1608 and do 16 track recording on Auria on the same iPad... And then come out with a larger mixer to track up to 24 tracks, etc.

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For some reason Android users can't get Auria on it, can they?  Oops.

I have a question, have you tracked 24 tracks at the same time?  If so, what equipment did you use to do to that with?


It would be cool if Mackie and Auria got the two together to create the ultimate iPad based mixing console/recording app.  They could take various iPad mixers like the DL1608 and do 16 track recording on Auria on the same iPad... And then come out with a larger mixer to track up to 24 tracks, etc.

Android?1biggrin.gif Android can't even handle one audio track without latency I bet. 1biggrin.gif

As for Auria, I have never recorded 24 tracks at the same time on it, as I don't have an interface that allows me to do that. I have imported many 24 track sessions into Auria, and that works fine, but as I said, never recorded 24 at once.

On the Auria homepage or blog, there is a long list of audio interfaces that are compatible with Auria, everything from 2 input interfaces and up.
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Android?1biggrin.gif Android can't even handle one audio track without latency I bet. 1biggrin.gif

As for Auria, I have never recorded 24 tracks at the same time on it, as I don't have an interface that allows me to do that. I have imported many 24 track sessions into Auria, and that works fine, but as I said, never recorded 24 at once.

On the Auria homepage or blog, there is a long list of audio interfaces that are compatible with Auria, everything from 2 input interfaces and up.

I was just wondering what your experience was, that's all.  I've been to their site many times over the past few months.

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I was just wondering what your experience was, that's all.  I've been to their site many times over the past few months.

My experience has been good, but I do need to stress though that you can easily max out the power of an iPad if you begin to start loading up plugins on Auria. There's no way that I would be able to mix with it. But for tracking and recording or editing, it works pretty good.

I use Auria mostly on an iPad 3 , and I can max it out in no time, just loading a few plugins in.

That's why I'll definitely be getting the iPad 5 whenever that comes out. I need the power.
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Well it was all fun back in the day I admit so perhaps some bands must still enjoy the equipment for its own sake. I can understand that. That said, a Studer tape deck like that is a fraction of the requirements. The racks of equipment used in conjunction filled a room not to mention the mixing desk. The wire harnesses alone were a sight to behold.

Every time I play with Garage Band I never fail to get flash backs to the smell over heated equipment in the back of my brain somewhere ... that and the smell of endless chain smoking of everyone there at the time.

 

Did you catch Sound City? Great doc!

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That looks like a terribly skeumorphic UI too!
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So just to be clear...is Soundtrack Pro officially dead and does Logic Pro X have all the functionality of Soundtrack?
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Any word on the price to upgrade from Logic 9?

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So just to be clear...is Soundtrack Pro officially dead and does Logic Pro X have all the functionality of Soundtrack?

Dunno, but if FCP is any guide, they'll have discontinued Soundtrack (Shake) and given its successor in Logic (Motion) some (most) of what it could do with further updates pending.
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Any word on the price to upgrade from Logic 9?

$199.

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Oh! I just realized something.

Here's somewhere that Apple can't ever afford to get rid of skeuomorphism. And here's whence Jony will be taking a leaf or two when iOS 7 doesn't pan out as well as he wants.

Logic is skeuomorphism done right. It always has been. So was iOS, mainly. I really don't think the drastic pendulum shift of iOS 7 was warranted across the board. They'll fix it in 8, though.

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post #25 of 100
The information is up at the Apple site. I guess the web developers had to get to work a little earlier than normal.
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Nice. Now how about releasing Aperture 4, which is about two years late...
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Jim Dalrymple did a great review here: http://www.loopinsight.com/2013/07/16/review-logic-pro-x/
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Yep, I'm really looking forward to Aperture 4 too.

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Yep, I'm really looking forward to Aperture 4 too.

 

 

Someone soon will chine in and say iWork X!

 

Yeah, an Aperture update would be nice. 

 

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Has anyone heard of any rumors regarding a new aperture?
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It's LIVE on the App Store.

Go get it.

Installing now 1smile.gif

Hoping it works as well with MIDI Guitar App as Garage band does.

\UPDATE: Jeez it's slow to get the main stuff! The app isn't large once you launch it starts the real downloading. I have high end FiOS and it is taking forever ... I guess a few others are hitting the servers too!
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Has anyone heard of any rumors regarding a new aperture?

Not me, have there been any? I assume you mean an 'Aperture Pro X' type thing?
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Oh! I just realized something.

Here's somewhere that Apple can't ever afford to get rid of skeuomorphism. And here's whence Jony will be taking a leaf or two when iOS 7 doesn't pan out as well as he wants.

Logic is skeuomorphism done right. It always has been. So was iOS, mainly. I really don't think the drastic pendulum shift of iOS 7 was warranted across the board. They'll fix it in 8, though.

Agree 100% ... even if it could be made 'flatter' I love all the graphics ... 1smile.gif

To be honest I am used to iOS 7 now, using it on iPhone and iPad all day. It took a while, for example I couldn't find calendar at first. Now the old iOS looks clunky to me. The few apps still using leather etc. in iOS 7, such as Find Friends, looks positively weird to me now.
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That looks like a terribly skeumorphic UI too!

LOL ( I assume you are referring to the Studer not the app mentioned in a related post)

I tell you if you dropped one of those tape reels on your foot the language was very skeumorphic! too! 1biggrin.gif
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post #35 of 100
Just a question: would the current lowest-spec iMac be able to run this reasonably well for home recording purposes? I have a musician friend who's interested but he doesn't have a lot of $$ to blow on a higher-spec Mac.
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Has anyone heard of any rumors regarding a new aperture?
Yes I heard it will be called called "Aperture X".
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Someone soon will chine in and say iWork X!

 

Yeah, an Aperture update would be nice. 

Aperture = Abandonware....

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It's a shame there's no way to demo the product before committing the money to it, and I won't buy it without opening up the hood and kicking the tires.
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Yes I heard it will be called called "Aperture X".

I heard it will called " a figment of everyone's imagination". In all seriousness, lots of pro shooters have jumped ship and started using LR5. Nothing in Aperture can match the tools in LR5. Maybe the file structure and workflow are clunky but the tools make switching worth it.

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It's a shame there's no way to demo the product before committing the money to it, and I won't buy it without opening up the hood and kicking the tires.

So basically like nigh on every other piece of software, then. 1rolleyes.gif

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