Apple Launches Logic Pro X, Adds iPad Integration

Apple has launched its most advanced version of its music software called Logic Pro X, complete with a whole new interface and a wealth of creative tools.

The Logic Remote app is a new way to play and control Logic Pro X from an iPad. Apple said the software will give musicians the flexibility to create and mix their music from anywhere in the room. Photo: Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. has launched a new version of Logic Pro on Tuesday with a ton of new features. Logic Pro X, the latest version of the music production software comes with a streamlined user interface, new features, and a companion app for iPad that offers remote control functionality.

Notable new features include Drummer, a virtual session player that accompanies songs with a variety of drumming styles and techniques. This should be useful for those who lack the skill to manually program convincing drum patterns and don’t want to use sampled loops.

A Flex Pitch function offers pitch editing for your songs, and the Logic Remote allows users to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X from anywhere in the room, you can even control Logic Pro X from your iPad.

Smart Controls allow users to to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. And 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 also has nine new MIDI plugins, including the Arpeggiator and there are new Retro Synth and Vintage Keyboards plug-ins.

A 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, says Apple Insider.

There’s a new Bass Amp Designer too and an entirely unique Sound Library and effect Patches to take advantage of as well.

Other new additions include Track Stacks to collapse multiple tracks or create layered instruments, and an array of new plugins and sounds.

Finally, Apple introduced MainStage 3, a live performance companion app for Logic Pro X. The software turns a user’s Mac into a live rig that can make it easy to bring sounds from the studio to the concert stage. The new version of the app has a new user interface and is compatible with new Logic Pro X plugins, Patches and Smart Controls, reports Mashable.

“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 Apple marketing chief Philip Schiller.

“Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”

Providing music software for professionals to partner the GarageBand products aimed at those who like to dabble in music composition, previous Logic Pro versions have been heralded by professional musicians.

“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 Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon.

Logic Pro X launches in the Mac App Store today for $199.99, with live performance companion app MainStage 3 priced at $29.99. The Logic Remote companion app for iPad is available free through the iOS App Store. Apple has also removed the previous versions of Logic Pro and MainStage from the Mac App Store.

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