Apple Updates Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 With New Features

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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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22 months ago
I love Logic Pro X, it’s the main reason I have a Mac. There really is nothing else like it.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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22 months ago
Honestly I feel like Logic Pro is some of the most impressive and user-focused software Apple is making these days. It's such a relief that Apple still sees its professional Mac apps as a priority for the company.

I never understand though why MacRumors relegates Logic Pro announcements to the Mac blog when every tiny iOS announcement gets front page treatment.

UI of Logic out of place now with dark mode. Needs darkening.

This seems to happen with every update. I believe the Logic team is still based in Germany, and it's always seemed that they're not really included in the loop about upcoming OS features. I imagine in the next update we'll see Mojave feature support.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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22 months ago

Cheers guys I got mine.

Really?! Mine's still on 10.4.1.



Ah man don't tell me I'm gonna have to delete it and redownload it to get an update. I've looked at the release notes and it was 17 hours ago.

Are you on Mojave?

EDIT: I went to the "Updates" tab on Mojave and pressed CMD + R a few times. Refreshed the search and it's there, if anybody else is having the same problem. Didn't work by CMD + Q'ing & reopening, but CMD + R's your girl.

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22 months ago
Glad to see that Logic is not being abandoned by Apple!
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22 months ago
Thanks for the heads up guys, wouldn’t have known otherwise.

Sadly, not showing for me as of yet... I was hoping the App Store on Mojave would be a bit faster. Still saying no updates. Even searching it in the App Store just says “Open”.

Waiting just a few minutes for an update to become visible is like waiting for a pizza when it’s passed the expected delivery time. It’s never usually long from there but boy is it frustrating.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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22 months ago

Thanks for the heads up guys, wouldn’t have known otherwise.

Sadly, not showing for me as of yet... I was hoping the App Store on Mojave would be a bit faster. Still saying no updates. Even searching it in the App Store just says “Open”.

Waiting just a few minutes for an update to become visible is like waiting for a pizza when it’s passed the expected delivery time. It’s never usually long from there but boy is it frustrating.

Just open the App Store go to the Updates tab and press command + r.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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