Apple introduces the second iteration of Logic Studio

If you keep track of the Apple world, you'll know their online store went down worldwide some hours ago. This generally means one thing... a new release of sorts. Apple quietly introduces smaller products, though generates hype by keeping their store down for an hour or two, instead of the conferences they hold for major announcements. This most recent introduction was a long awaited product, the second version of Apple's Logic Studio, and comes with a bunch of new features, as MacWorld happily reports.

There's a bunch of new features in this iteration (over 200, apparently), all of which will appeal to musicians. According to MacWorld, "the suite includes Amp Designer and Pedalboard plug-ins, features similar to the guitar tracks and stompbox effects introduced with iLife '09's GarageBand. Amp Designer includes 25 amplifiers and 25 matched cabinets that can be captured with one of three virtual microphones. You can mix these amps and cabinets—for example, to play a Mesa Boogie-like amplifier through a Marshall cabinet. Each amp includes 5 EQ and 10 reverb presets."

If you're a proficient live musician, you'll have a couple new tools at your disposal; MainStage 2 comes with two new plug-ins. The first of which is for triggering pre-recorded backing tracks, which can be trigged either by using a MIDI controller, or a USB one. The second is called Loopback, and it allows you to record something whilst on stage, and then tack on additional audio layers with each 'pass of the virtual tape'. It finishes off by bringing in a wealth of handy new functionality to make studio recording that much easier. Drum Replacer will replace a drum track with a triggered sample, apparently, and Flex Time will allow you to move audio snippets forwards and backwards in time, as well as a few other things.

The new version of Logic Studio costs $499, though to upgrade it'll only cost $199. If you own Logic Express, you can upgrade for $299.

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I'm still trying to figure out how someone made this leap -> Logic Studio = pro-level music editing apps. TBH, it sounds more like a UML or circuit modeller package.

it used to be emagic logic. apple bought them out, and it became apple logic, logic studio is just a package. I think logic may have to do with part of the modular interface it had, but im not sure. i wasnt a huge logic user back in the day.

metal_dragen said,
I'm still trying to figure out how someone made this leap -> Logic Studio = pro-level music editing apps. TBH, it sounds more like a UML or circuit modeller package.


at least I'm not the only one that thinks it sounds like a circuit designer

For a complete history of Logic see http://www.tweakheadz.com/history_of_notator_and_logic.html or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_Pro .

Logic has for years been one of the most used Sequencer packages by pro musicians. Most movie soundtracks are produced with it, and for a short list of sound designers and pro who use it look at: http://www.logicprohelp.com/vip_users.php
I think it only lists 50-60 big name people like Depeche Mode, BT, Mark Isham, David Frank, etc.
Logic came out in 1987 as Notatar which then became Emagic Logic. Apple bought them in 2002. Since the majority of studios used the Mac version as opposed to the PC version, Apple dumped the PC version. I think Cubase and Sonar come in 2nd and 3rd as far as Pro sequencers go although they have been moving more and more into the Digital Audio Workstation arena for a few years now. Pro Tools is still king, but not everyone uses their sequencing package. Of course there is more competition now with Reason and Ableton Live for instance.

jon419 said,
I came here to post the same thing. Apple article with Microsoft Hohm logo on the front page.

It's an invitation to a flamewar!

cakesy said,
No, windows sucks :P

....I don't think I am doing it right!

What you said still makes sense at some point. I just wouldn't agree with it :P

cakesy said,
No, windows sucks :P

....I don't think I am doing it right!

QNX TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD BY STORM, 2010 WATCH THAT SPACE.

ccoltmanm said,
The thing is, a pc is more customizable and macs are probably easier to use. I don't know because I'd never get one.

Windows is easy too !