After a long wait and much speculation - including widespread rumours of the software's demise - Apple has finally released Logic Pro X.
Pro X features a redesigned interface, expanded sound library and several notable new tools such as Drummer, Flex Pitch and the new Logic Remote iPad app.
The streamlined interface is the most instantly obvious change in Logic Pro X. Apple has made it easier to tweak inserts and effects, and has improved the way tracks function, allowing them to be moved around and group easily using the new Track Stacks feature. The library browser has also been redesigned, supposedly allowing much easier navigation of sounds and loops. The software appears to have been given an all-round sleeker and more modernised look too.
Of the new tools, Flex Pitch, which allows users to edit the pitch of any monophonic audio recording, is probably the most interesting. Its interface appears to function in a similar way to Celemony's Melodyne - allowing the correction and repitching of individual parts of an audio sample by dragging the waveform around a piano roll-style editor.
Drummer, meanwhile, is a function aimed at songwriters and composers, which emulates a realistic studio drummer. The tool has a number of parameters which allows users to shape and direct their own drum backing track to suit a variety of different of genres and needs, with sounds sourced from the "industry's top session players and recording engineers".
Similarly, the new Drum Kit Designer plug-in, allows users to build their own drum kits by mixing and matching drums sampled from a variety of kits.
Somewhat predictably, Logic Pro X also comes with a free associated iPad app, Logic Remote. The app allows users to control various features of Logic wirelessly using the iPad's touchscreen, turning the device - in Apple's words - "into a keyboard, drum pad, guitar fretboard, mixing board or transport control."
Pro X also features nine new MIDI devices, including a powerful-looking Arpeggiator, the new Retro Synth, Vintage Keyboards, Bass Amp Designer and more.
For more info on Logic Pro X, check out the press release below and stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks.
Apple Logic Pro X press release
Apple to day unveiled Logic Pro X, the most advanced version of Logic Pro to date, featuring a new interface designed for pros, powerful new creative tools for musicians, and an expanded collection of instruments and effects.
Logic Pro X includes Drummer, a revolutionary new feature that provides a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, and Flex Pitch, which provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings. Apple also introduced Logic Remote, an innovative new way to play and control Logic Pro X from your iPad, giving 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."
"Logic Pro was critical to writing and recording our debut album Night Visions, so we couldn't wait to get our hands on Logic Pro X," said Wayne Sermon, guitarist of the Platinum-selling band Imagine Dragons. "We love the new design, and the creative features of Logic Pro X have already been inspiring us to write new material while we're on tour."
New Look, More Power
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 provides access to advanced tools and functionality for more technical tasks, or can be hidden to allow musicians to focus on being creative. Flex Pitch helps users fix out-of-tune vocals and even change the melodies of recorded audio by manipulating individual notes within an audio waveform. Track Stacks lets you organize and collapse multiple tracks into one, or can be used to create rich, layered instruments. Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. An improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts.
Logic Pro X provides a collection of new creative tools for songwriting and music production. Drummerdelivers professionally produced, realistic drum tracks that respond to your direction and can perform millions of unique grooves in rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres. Drummer is powered by the performances and sounds of some of the industry's top session players and recording engineers, including legendary mixer/producer Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Designed to work with Drummer, the new Drum Kit Designer plug-in lets you build your own custom kit using a diverse collection of professionally recorded snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals that you can mix, match and fine tune to get the right drum sound for your song.
Logic Pro X expands 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. The 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.
This is 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, a major update to MainStage, is the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, turning the Mac into a live rig that makes it easy to bring sounds from the studio to the concert stage. MainStage 3 features a new user interface and maintains compatibility with the new Logic Pro X plug-ins, Patches and Smart Controls.
Pricing & Availability
Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available today from the Mac App Store for $199.99 (US) and $29.99 (US), respectively. Logic Remote is available today as a free download from the App Store. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit: www.apple.com/logic-pro.