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Logic Pro X for Mac Gets Major Update With New Drummers, Tools for Electronic/Hip Hop Music Creation

Logic Pro X for Mac today received its most significant update in the last year and a half, adding a slew of new features to the pro-oriented audio software produced by Apple.

Version 10.1 of the software, which is available for free for existing users, introduces new drummer profiles and more tools to make music creation a simpler task, plus it adds in new sounds with a focus on electronic and hip hop music.

There are 10 new drummer profiles to use in the new version of Logic Pro X, which can be used to produce beats in styles like Techno, House, Trap, and Dubstep, and there's also a new drum machine plug-in for tweaking drum sounds and making mixes. Each drummer has eight preset patterns, but they can be customized and users can create their own patterns as well.

Logic Pro X screenshot courtesy of CNET

The update introduces 200 synth patches and 10 new Mellotron instruments, and features like the piano roll editor have been improved. The Compressor plug-in now has a Retina-ready interface, and there's a plug-in manager to keep frequently-used plug-ins at hand and organized.

An expanded Logic Remote toolset offers a new plug-in view for use with the iPad, with multi-touch gestures able to manipulate tracks using the Visual Equalizer.

A full list of changes is below:
- 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
- Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
- New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles
- Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor
- New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name
- Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor
- Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime
- Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance
- Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
- Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
- Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments
- Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively
- Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders
- Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
- Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces
- Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times
- The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu
- Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects
More in-depth reviews on the new features in Logic Pro X can be found over at Macworld and CNET, sites that got a hands-on look at the update ahead of its release.

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

MainStage 3 for Mac has been updated with minor bug fixes. [Direct Link]

Logic Remote for iOS has been updated new features that integrate with Logic Pro X, including a new plug-in view, multi-touch gestures for manipulating track tone with Visual EQ, remote plug-in controls, and more. [Direct Link]

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57 months ago
And people said it was dead. :p :cool:
Rating: 9 Votes
57 months ago

nice - i dropped protools a while back when they were lagging updating their software to Mavericks. haven't looked back since. logic is unbelievable for the price. for my purposes, anyway.

Yeah Logic is highly underrated. It's really competitive for the price and the fact you don't have to use an iLok does it for me.
Rating: 7 Votes
57 months ago

Great. Now my 256GB rMBP SSD is going to be even more crammed full. Is there anyway to store this stuff on a secondary drive? I use Logic rarely and it's gigabytes of stuff is killing my available space.

Yes you can move Logics library to an external drive by using aliases.

This shows you how.
Rating: 4 Votes
57 months ago

Any particular features that would make switching from Ableton worth it?

No, no, no - apart from sculpture - Ableton Live (with M4L!) is good and needed on it's own. It can do stuff LPX can't and vice versa. I prefer both in my toolbox. :cool:
Rating: 3 Votes
57 months ago

Yeah Logic is highly underrated. It's really competitive for the price and the fact you don't have to use an iLok does it for me.

most 'problems' people have with it are usually not reading the Logic manual. most protools features are well represented in slightly different ways.
Rating: 3 Votes
57 months ago

Pro Tools 12 just announced - damn I guess they'll need another six months to qualify that lol

And I'm having a hell of a hard time figuring out what's new that's actually related to audio. The only thing so far that I recognize as being new is the cloud collaboration stuff and that's not interesting to me at all.
Rating: 2 Votes
57 months ago

Oh, I really can't say... "comfortable using the basics of both" maybe? They are both quite deep if you want to.

Logic is probably the easiest if you have seen a midisequencer before, it works like sequencers have done for ages.

Ableton Live have a bit of a different GUI with the "session view" as the main composing area (it looks more like Logic in it's other view - "arrange view").

It all depends on what you want to do. You will probably be able to learn the basics and get around quite comfortably in both apps in half a year.
(really understanding and programming all synths yourself, know how to use eq, fx and mix well is more of a lifetime project...;) )

For me, coming from "traditional" midisequencers and mostly making various forms of electronic music, I still prefer working with Ableton Live nowadays even though this program is the newest one for me. It's so quick for trying out new ideas and quickly get somekind of a rough sketch to keep working on. Ableton Live's dead easy mapping for midicontrollers can't be matched on any other digital audio workstation as far as I know. Ableton Live could be used as an whole instrument for live performance jams and recording of them.

I use Logic for working with older projects where hardware synths are involved. I prefer Logic's mixing and eq-tools when doing audio recordings of my old hardware. Compared to Ableton Live, Logic is more of a studio with instruments and a mixer & fx in it. Suits a more "linear" way of working, when you from the start pretty much know where you want to go.

Hey entropi, thanks a lot for taking time to answer that question of mine, very much appreciate it! I have both but have never spent the time delving in as I should. Was always worried ableton was a toy next to logic and logic being too heavy. I think this is because all of Ableton's in-house videos, they use awful drum sounds and synths and it sounds just terrible, like an old casio in the 80s, back when that wasn't cool.

I'll dive in, thanks again, you are a good person.
Rating: 2 Votes
57 months ago

who made this GUI ...

Probably the same guys who made it back when when 10.0 was released a year and a half ago.
Rating: 2 Votes
57 months ago

Yes you can move Logics library to an external drive by using aliases.

This shows you how.

Thanks! This worked perfectly. I don't know why they don't just give you that option in the first place - especially in this era of non-upgradeable HD/SSD Macs. Surely they can't be expecting me to buy a new notebook just to get a few new drummers onto my computer... Surely...
Rating: 2 Votes
57 months ago
Much appreciated updates Logic team. Thanks.

Next if you could update all the instrument GUIs and allow us to rearrange tracks/channels in the mix window that would be great.
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