Apple Launches Logic Pro X – What do you think?

So it’s finally here. Logic users have been craving for this update for over three years and today Apple have released the beast, the beast that is Logic Pro X. It’s launching today for just £139 direct from the Mac App Store, which its quite a bargain compared to the previous costs of Logic Pro 8 and 9.

So does Logic Pro have the ‘X’ Factor or is it just a GarageBand Pro? Tell us what you think.

Design

Apple have certainly made the design more in line with Garageband, however one glance tells you this is no entry level software. I think Apple have worked hard to avoid the same stick they got when launching Final Cut Pro X.

There’s a few changes, such as the transport bar, which has moved from the bottom to the top of Logic Pro, and the library pain has also been shifted to the left. (which looks much better in my opinion.)

Features 

Taken from Apples site: Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated new tools for professional songwriting, editing and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

Powerful New Interface
• Consolidate and control multiple tracks or create rich, layered instruments with Track Stacks
• Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move
• An enhanced Mixer lets you move, copy and bypass channel inserts more efficiently
• Quickly re-order song sections and try new ideas using Arrangement Markers
• Autosave keeps your work safe and sound
• See and edit more of your performances in the Score editor with a new Wrapped view

Professional Music Production
• Fix out-of-tune vocals and change the melodies of recorded audio with Flex Pitch
• Manipulate the timing and tempo of any recording with ease using Flex Time
• Record and seamlessly punch in and out of one or multiple tracks
• Keep takes organised with take folders and build comps quickly with Quick Swipe Comping
• Record automation for any channel strip or plug-in parameter on the fly
• Create and mix music from anywhere in the room using Logic Remote on iPad
• 64-bit architecture supports large projects containing hundreds of tracks and sampled instruments

Drum Production
• Create drum tracks that play with your song using Drummer, a virtual session player
• Choose between 15 unique drummers that can take your direction and perform millions of unique grooves
• Build your own kit with Drum Kit Designer using a diverse collection of deeply sampled, professionally mixed snares, toms, kicks, hi-hats and cymbals
• Produce electronic drum sequences with Ultrabeat

Keyboards and Synths
• Instantly turn a simple chord into a rich performance with the Arpeggiator
• Transform simple ideas into elaborate performances using nine MIDI plug-ins
• Create classic ’70s- and ’80s-style synthesizer tracks using Retro Synth
• Play faithful models of vintage keyboards with Vintage B3, Vintage Electric Piano and Vintage Clav
• Get inspired by a collection of synths that provide analog, wavetable, FM and physical modelling synthesis
• Play or create a wide variety of rich sampled instruments with the EXS24 Sampler

Guitar and Bass Gear
• Build your own guitar or bass rig with Amp Designer using vintage and modern amps, cabinets and mics
• Design a custom Pedalboard from a collection of delay, distortion and modulation stompboxes
• Access the Tuner with just a click to quickly get in tune

Creative and Production Effects
• Play your sounds through realistic acoustic spaces using Space Designer convolution reverb
• Use a range of multi-tap, vintage tape and stereo delays
• Add movement to your tracks with a variety of modulation effects
• Get the perfect mix with a collection of EQs, dynamics and other mixing tools
• Put the finishing touch to your project using a collection of mastering plug-ins

Sound Library
• Over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches
• More than 800 sampled instruments
• 30 urban and electronic drum machine Patches
• 3,600 Apple Loops in modern urban and electronic genres

Compatibility
• Expand your instrument and effects library with third-party Audio Units–compatible plug-ins
• Import and export XML to support Final Cut Pro X workflows
• Export and share your songs directly to SoundCloud
• Open projects from Logic 5 or later

 

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