Apple updates Logic Pro X & MainStage with external Sound Libraries, more

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in Mac Software edited September 27
Apple on Thursday issued rare updates to two of professional audio apps, Logic Pro X and MainStage, adding new features as well as smaller improvements.

Apple Logic Pro X


Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations. Alchemy has picked up numerical editing for parameter values, and drag-and-drop hot zones for resynthesis and sampling options when importing audio.

Some additions unique to Logic Pro X include Smart Tempo detection for multi-track recordings in order to set project tempos, and similarly, the ability to import multi-track stems that either follow or define a project's tempo.

Dragging automation points over each other aligns them vertically, and a new mixer mode lets channel strip fader and pan controls set send level and pan. Automatic Slurs can be added to notes in the Score Editor, and finally, photos can be added to track or project notes in order to jog a user's memory.

MainStage's Channel Strip MIDI input inspector lets MIDI CC data be filed, transformed or passed through. Text notes can now be added to the bottom of channel strips, and the Metronome tool has gained more configuration options, split into Bar, Group, Beat, and Division categories.

Content additions include two vintage brush kits for Drum Kit Designer, over 800 new loops, and a Visions library for Alchemy with 150 "cinematic" presets. New plugins include ChromaVerb, Step FX, Phat FX, the Vintage EQ Collection, Studio Strings and Studio Horns, a standalone Mellotron, and a version of Retro Synth with 18 filter models. Musicians can adjust individual steps in Arpeggiator, and Loopback will insert a brief crossfade for each cycle in order to minimize artifacts. Space Designer has been redesigned with a scalable Retina interface.

Other Alchemy changes include 12 new synthesized formant filter shapes, side chain input usable as a source for envelope followers, an automatic time align feature, and more additive effects.

Logic Pro X is $199.99 for new owners, while MainStage -- a companion app intended for live performances -- is $29.99.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?
    spheric
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Roger_FingasRoger_Fingas Posts: 106member, editor
    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?
    Our apologies - we've updated to fill in details.
    spheric
  • Reply 3 of 9
    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?
    Our apologies - we've updated to fill in details.
    Saw the update. Thanks.
    spheric
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Is Sierra still the minimum Mac OS version supported or have they bumped it up to High Sierra?
  • Reply 5 of 9
    claire1claire1 Posts: 483unconfirmed, member
    "Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations."

    VERY VERY useful with people on laptops with little space. These libraries could easily take a 4th of your 
    drive if you're on a MacBook. 

    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    MisterKit
  • Reply 6 of 9
    claire1 said:
    "Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations."

    VERY VERY useful with people on laptops with little space. These libraries could easily take a 4th of your drive if you're on a MacBook. 

    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    Used to be in their Soundtrack Pro app, which I still have... and it still runs! It really is a terrific bit of software.


    edited September 27
  • Reply 7 of 9
    sphericspheric Posts: 1,671member
    claire1 said:
    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    Space Designer predates Apple's 2002 purchase of Emagic, the makers of Logic, by a few years. It used to be a 350€ purchase, IIRC. 

    When Apple bought the company, they took Logic and all the plug-ins (the whole thing — Logic Platinum plus all the instruments and FX plugins — used to be about 4500€) and rolled them all into a single package they called Logic Pro. 
    edited September 28
  • Reply 8 of 9
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,774member
    claire1 said:
    "Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations."

    VERY VERY useful with people on laptops with little space. These libraries could easily take a 4th of your drive if you're on a MacBook. 

    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    That's great to know.  All applications that use a lot of space should allow external relocation of data!
    claire1
  • Reply 9 of 9
    claire1claire1 Posts: 483unconfirmed, member
    claire1 said:
    "Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations."

    VERY VERY useful with people on laptops with little space. These libraries could easily take a 4th of your drive if you're on a MacBook. 

    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    Used to be in their Soundtrack Pro app, which I still have... and it still runs! It really is a terrific bit of software.


    spheric said:
    claire1 said:
    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    Space Designer predates Apple's 2002 purchase of Emagic, the makers of Logic, by a few years. It used to be a 350€ purchase, IIRC. 

    When Apple bought the company, they took Logic and all the plug-ins (the whole thing — Logic Platinum plus all the instruments and FX plugins — used to be about 4500€) and rolled them all into a single package they called Logic Pro. 

    WOW thanks for the info guys! I always felt Logic was a bargainl for the price. 4500 sounds like what it's worth. 
    Except Apple has updated the program and gives us FREE updates!! It's a fu**ing STEAL!!!

    MacPro said:
    claire1 said:
    "Both apps now support relocating the Sound Library to an external storage device, useful for people who need to switch between workstations."

    VERY VERY useful with people on laptops with little space. These libraries could easily take a 4th of your drive if you're on a MacBook. 

    Space Designer is one of the oldest features Apple has had in their pro audio software. What about it has been specifically changed?

    Didn't know it was old. This is my favorite plug in. It's so damn good for being bundled with Logic. Could easily replace a $100 reverb plug in. 
    That's great to know.  All applications that use a lot of space should allow external relocation of data!

    Sound libraries are no joke. You could easily fill up 1TB with them if you're a serious musician.
    spheric
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