Apple brings out long-awaited audio software Logic Pro X

16 Jul 2013

Apple has brought out the long-awaited next version of its Logic Pro professional audio software, Logic Pro X. The new version comes with new creative tools for drumming, synthesisers and pitch editing.

This is the first major update to the software since Logic Pro 9 was introduced in 2009.

“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.”

New design and creative features of Logic Pro X

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Logic Pro X comes with a new feature called Drummer that provides a virtual session player that automatically plays along in a variety of drumming styles and techniques.

Another new feature, Flex Pitch, provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings. 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.

Logic Remove is a new way to play and control Logic Pro X from an iPad, allowing musicians to edit and mix music anywhere in the room.

The software has been designed with a modern new look and streamlined interface and Track Stacks lets musicians organise and collapse multiple tracks into one.

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

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.

“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 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.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years