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Apple Moving Toward Release of Logic Pro X?

Japanese site Mac Otakara reports that Apple may be finishing up work on a new version of its Logic professional audio software, with the new version being named Logic Pro X. According to a rough English translation provided alongside the original Japanese-language report, a source familiar with the status of the project appears to report that the news comes from a source involved in a "customer interview" with Apple's Logic team.

The report indicates that Apple will be discontinuing the Soundtrack Pro component of Logic Studio with the update, which would mirror the move taken with the release of Final Cut Pro X earlier this year. Soundtrack Pro 3 had been offered with both Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio, but is no longer included as part of the Final Cut Pro X application set.

As far as other Logic Studio components, Logic Pro X is also said to fold some of the existing production tools such as WaveBurner directly into the core Logic Pro application. MainStage, Apple's software for bringing virtual instruments and effects to live performances, is reportedly set to be spun out as a separate standalone application.

The report does not specify how Apple plans to distribute Logic Pro X, although it seems reasonable to assume that it would be a Mac App Store release like Final Cut Pro X. MainStage would likely also be offered via the Mac App Store much as Motion and Compressor are offered separately from Final Cut Pro.

No rumored release date for Logic Pro X is given in the report, with the only concrete detail being that Apple will not be incorporating a GarageBand-style user interface for the revamped application, likely sticking to a more complex interface more appropriate for the professional-level nature of the software.

Apple launched Logic Pro 9 as part of a revamped Logic Studio suite in mid-2009, and brought 64-bit compatibility to the software in early 2010 in the form of Logic Pro 9.1.

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101 months ago
...and all sound technicians hold their collective breath.
Rating: 30 Votes
101 months ago
If true Apple appears to have learned a lesson from the FCP X mess.

Apple will not be incorporating a GarageBand-style user interface for the revamped application

Rating: 19 Votes
101 months ago
I am genuinely terrified....
Rating: 18 Votes
101 months ago

Im a sound tech and im not botherd i dont think logic is that great only the plug ins for instruments ill stick to abelton and pro tools :rolleyes:

They don't teach punctuation in sound tech school, huh?
Rating: 11 Votes
101 months ago
Get ready for Garageband Pro
Rating: 8 Votes
101 months ago
Hopefully this will work out a little better...
Rating: 7 Votes
101 months ago
Firstly, a few people seem to have got their facts wrong on the history of the app.

Apple bought out Emagic when they were on version 5 NOT version 7.
They continued to put out PC updates until version 6 when it became Mac only.
They changed the branding from Emagic to Apple with version 7.

Now I'm still on version 8 here but have been using Logic since it was still called Notator and looked like this:

It was a genuine please to use up until version 6, version 7 had some issues that took some getting used to, 8 fixed some and introduced more like the unified window system (oh how I hate thee).
I don't have enough experience with 9 to give a full and valid opinion but I dread to think what will happen with version 10 (or X if they go with that).

On the one hand I think going at it fresh from the ground up could be a great thing to do, there's still buggy code in there that's been hanging around for almost 2 decades!
But on the other hand, I'm terrified they'll balls it up and I'll have to put aside almost 20 years of use and learn something else to stay current :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
101 months ago
Here is a preview of Logic Pro X I smuggled out of Cupertino. Much like Final Cut X, Apple has greatly streamlined the product in order to appeal to a larger audience.

Rating: 5 Votes
101 months ago

Well, Logic currently has bugs in so many places that a complete rewrite would make a lot of sense.

It's a fairly common misconception that a complete rewrite will have less bugs than an older program. You might rid yourself of some old bugs but are guaranteed to introduce a bunch of fresh ones in the process. It’s just the nature of the beast: Any code-project of a certain size/complexity will have bugs. Frankly the older app should have a fair chance of having fewer of them, simply because a lot of the earlier bugs will have been corrected during updates…
Rating: 5 Votes
101 months ago

Well, Logic currently has bugs in so many places that a complete rewrite would make a lot of sense. The features in Logic 9 are great for the price....

I've been in the software buzz for ages. Mostly aerospace relates (radars and what not) These are some good, validated industry models of bugs. Given some input we can guesstimate how many bugs will be introduced and how long it will take to discover and correct them and how many new bugs the correction introduces. Given a large number of developers on a project the statistics "'works".

Bottom line: If the code is re-written we should expect quite a few more bugs, not less. Most will be found quickly some will hide for years.
Rating: 5 Votes

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