Despite rumours that Apple had abandoned Logic, an updated version of this trusted DAW was released. Logic Pro X has been a long time in the making, with users noticing the program falling behind its competitors while Apple focused on improvements to GarageBand and more consumer oriented apps. Users, myself included, were worried that the next version of Logic would be dumbed down to cater to GarageBand users.
It turns out that these fears were unfounded. Logic has received some spit and polish from the folks at Apple, and users are reacting with rave reviews. This review from MacWorld gives a good point by point review of Logic X.
That’s lot of great new features (added to an already impressive set of existing features) at a price that even starving musicians can afford. But features aside, who is Logic Pro X for? It’s hard to imagine a musician or producer who won’t benefit from it. Thanks to its easier-to-use interface, it becomes a viable next step for GarageBand users. Those seeking drum tracks that sound like the real thing rather than loops will be impressed by Logic’s Drummer tracks.
There are far too many things that have me excited about this new version of Logic to talk about here. For starters, this version introduces Stacks. With a stack, you can pack several MIDI instruments into something akin to a Folder. Once inside the stack, all the instruments are chained to the same MIDI controller, enabling some pretty creative sounds, like layered synths.
A new drum sequencer, called Drummer, makes more realistic sounding drum programming. Audio editing has come miles from Logic 9. Arpeggiator is no longer hidden in the Environment window. MIDI effects are way more intuitive and easy to use. A new feature, called Flex Pitch, allows for more interactive pitch correction. Updated instruments and a new synth, the DX-7 Retro Synth, open up a whole new palate for dedicated Logic users.
Did I forget to mention the interface? Dark colors and a more intuitive layout have brought Logic into the 21st century.
There are very few minuses. On this new version, Logic makes the leap to 64 bit, so any 32 bit plug-ins you are using must be updated. Logic X has no support for 32 bit. Also, there is no upgrade for existing Logic owners, but with a purchase price of $200, who’s complaining? Logic Pro X is available as a download from the Apple App Store.