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September 27, 2018

Apple Updates Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 With New Features

by John_A

Apple today updated Logic Pro X, its software designed for professional audio editing. Version 10.4.2 of Logic Pro X introduces several useful new tweaks and updates to Logic Pro X features.

Users can now relocate the Sound Library to an external storage device if desired, and Smart Tempo is able to analyze tempo data across multi-track recordings to define a Project Tempo. Smart Tempo also now analyzes the tempo of MIDI performances recorded without a metronome, and a new mixer mode lets channels strip fader and pan controls.

A full list of everything that’s new in the Logic Pro X update is below:

– The Sound Library can be relocated to an external storage device
– Smart Tempo can analyze tempo data across multi-track recordings to define the Project Tempo
– Imported multi-track stems can follow or define Project Tempo
– Smart Tempo now analyzes the tempo of MIDI performances recorded without a metronome
– Alchemy provides drag and drop hot zones that let you select re-synthesis and sampling options while importing audio
– Alchemy allows numerical editing of parameter values
– Dragging one automation point over another now aligns them vertically
– New mixer mode allows channel strip fader and pan controls to be used to set send level and pan
– Automatic Slurs can be applied to selected notes in the Score Editor
– Add a photo to track or project notes to help remember key session details or studio hardware settings
– This update also contains numerous stability and performance improvements

Apple has also updated MainStage 3, which accompanies Logic Pro X and is designed to turn the Mac into a live rig. A long list of new features have been added to MainStage, as outlined in the release notes listed below:

General
– Channel Strip MIDI input inspector allows any MIDI CC data to be filtered, transformed or passed through
– Text notes can be added to the bottom of channel strips
– The Metronome is now fully configurable, with separate settings for Bar, Group, Beat, and Division
– This update also contains numerous stability and performance improvements

Sound Library
– The Sound Library can be relocated to an external storage device
– 2 vintage brush kits for Drum Kit Designer
– More than 800 new loops in a variety of instruments and genres
– New Visions library for Alchemy adds 150 cinematic presets

Plug-Ins
– ChromaVerb is a sophisticated new algorithmic reverb with a colorful, interactive interface for creating rich acoustic spaces
– Space Designer offers a new design and a scalable, Retina interface
– Step FX adds rhythmic multi-effect processing using 3 powerful step sequencers and an X/Y pad
– Phat FX makes your tracks bigger and bolder using 9 effects that add warmth and punch to your sounds
– The Vintage EQ Collection provides 3 accurate models of vintage analog EQs from the 1950s to the 1970s
– Studio Strings and Studio Horns are deeply sampled, realistic ensemble instruments with custom articulation controls
– Mellotron is now available as a standalone instrument plug-in
– Retro Synth now offers 18 different filter models
– The length of individual steps in the Arpeggiator plug-in are adjustable
– Loopback now applies a small crossfade at each loop cycle to reduce the likelihood of clicks or other audio artifacts

Alchemy
– Alchemy provides drag and drop hot zones that let you select re-synthesis and sampling options while importing audio
– Alchemy allows numerical editing of parameter values
– Alchemy adds 12 new synthesized formant filter shapes
– Alchemy now offers a side chain input that can be used as a source for envelope followers
– Alchemy includes an automatic time align feature for improved morphing
– New additive effects in Alchemy expand the options for filtering and modulating sound

Logic Pro X can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $199.99. [Direct Link]

MainStage 3 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]
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