Apple on Tuesday released an advanced version of Logic Pro, called Logic Pro X, with a revamped interface, new creative tools and an expanded set of instruments and effects.
Available now for $199.99 (£132), Logic Pro X notably includes Drummer, which provides realistic drum tracks from popular session players and recording engineers, as well as pitch editing with Flex Pitch, Track Stacks for organising and collapsing multiple tracks into one, and the Arpeggiator MIDI plug-in that transforms a keyboard chord into an intricate performance.
Logic Pro, a MAC OS X professional digital audio app originally created by developer C-Lab and later Emagic, became an Apple product when Apple purchased Emagic in 2002. Apple's GarageBand is another app using Logic’s audio engine, and it comes bundled in the iLife suite. There is no longer a boxed version of Logic Pro, as it has only been available through the App Store as a digital download since 2011.
Logic Pro is thought of as premium digital audio workstation because of its sheer power, as well as plug-in and audio loops bundle and overall flexibility. Although many DAWs, such as Avid, have become quite good, and professionals both have their favourites and create expert results with them regularly, the same level of power, usability, sound and customisability is not available in any other software for under $200 (£132).
Nevertheless, Logic Pro has some tough competition in the Pro Tools arena. Apple is likely hoping to entice more music experts to the software with its new Logic Pro X update. Apple's Phil Schiller said the latest version was "designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music".
Also releasing on Tuesday was a free Logic Remote app for iPad that extends the power of Logic to the iPad, and a new user-interface update to the Main Stage live performance companion app for Logic Pro X. The $29.99 companion app essentially turns any Mac into a live rig, allowing concert stages to have studio-like sound.