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Logic Pro X Gets Refresh for Upcoming Mac Pro

Apple today launched a new version of Logic Pro X, its music production and editing software designed for professionals. The new update includes performance optimizations that Apple says are designed to take advantage of the "groundbreaking power" of the upcoming Mac Pro.

Logic Pro X 10.4.5 now supports up to 56 processing threads, allowing music producers and film composers to work on demanding music projects with "unprecedented ease."


Apple says the Mac Pro with Logic Pro X 10.4.5 will allow pro musicians to do things that were never before possible. On the new Mac Pro, Logic Pro X can run up to five times the number of real-time plug-ins compared to the previous-generation machine.

Logic Pro X 10.14.5 increases the available track and channel count for all users, maxing out at 1,000 audio tracks and 1,000 software instrument tracks, a 4x increase.

The new software also supports 1,000 auxiliary channel strips, 1,000 external MIDI tracks, and 12 sends per channel strip. Apple has also improved the responsiveness of the Mixer and Event list when working with large sessions, as well as projects with multiple time edits and tempo changes. Additional features are highlighted below:
- The loop browser can filter by loop type and allows drag and drop of multiple loops into your project simultaneously.
- The redesigned DeEsser 2 plug-in provides more options to reduce sibilance on audio tracks.
- MIDI beat clocks can be sent to individual ports, each with unique settings like timing offset and plug-in delay compensation
Apple's announcement includes statements from several composers and producers who are excited about the new Mac Pro. "Black Mirror" composer Daniel Pemberton said time is "incredibly valuable" when working on scores for TV shows and movies, and that he's excited about the performance improvements coming in Logic Pro X 10.4.5 with the new Mac Pro.

Oak Felder, producer for Demi Lovato, Drake, and Alicia Keys, said that it's clear Apple is committed to the pro community.
"As someone who uses Logic for everything I create musically, I got a huge kick seeing all the performance tweaks coming in Logic Pro X 10.4.5. And the expandability of the new Mac Pro will give it longevity and a home in my studio for a long time to come. It's clear that Apple is committed to the pro community, and I love that they are really listening and paying attention to our needs." -- Oak Felder, producer for Demi Lovato, Drake, Alicia Keys and Rihanna
Logic Pro X 10.4.5 is available today as a free update for all existing users, and new users can purchase it from the Mac App Store for $200. [Direct Link]

The new Mac Pro, and its accompanying Pro Display XDR, will be launching sometime this fall.



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10 weeks ago

That is great.!

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Very few musicians will be able to afford a Mac Pro. So basically all the "Pros" are still with no good hardware options.

Thank you Apple for your continuing neglect.

If you’re a real pro you can afford a Mac Pro. I guess you’re just not “Pro” enough ;-)
Rating: 27 Votes
10 weeks ago

That is great.!

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Very few musicians will be able to afford a Mac Pro.


A Pro deducts these purchases as professional expenses.

For chrissakes...the comments people post.
Rating: 20 Votes
10 weeks ago

That is great.!

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Very few musicians will be able to afford a Mac Pro. So basically all the "Pros" are still with no good hardware options.

Thank you Apple for your continuing neglect.


It's a nice upgrade.

For professional musicians (not hobbyist), it's a business expense.

If the musicians can't afford it or the music is a hobby, the new Mac Pro is probably not for them.

In that case, Apple has other cheaper computer models or the musician can use a solution outside of Apple.
Rating: 17 Votes
10 weeks ago
No more comments about Apple ignores the pros :p

Looking good!
Rating: 16 Votes
10 weeks ago
That is great.!

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Very few musicians will be able to afford a Mac Pro. So basically all the "Pros" are still with no good hardware options.

Thank you Apple for your continuing neglect.
Rating: 13 Votes
10 weeks ago
Massive improvement
Rating: 12 Votes
10 weeks ago

That is great.!

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Very few musicians will be able to afford a Mac Pro. So basically all the "Pros" are still with no good hardware options.

Thank you Apple for your continuing neglect.

I don't understand this sentiment. I might have before the iMac Pro and new Mac Mini were released, but not anymore.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 weeks ago

Now the "Pros" need some computers they can actually afford.

Considering that some pros are producing albums using GarageBand on iOS, on iMacs and on MacBooks, there’s a HUGE swath of systems suitable for pros. Very very VERY few musicians will ever work in a capacity where they NEED a Mac Pro. If they ever do, they’d be smart to include the purchase of a Mac Pro as part of that VERY lucrative contract :)
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago

I am happy that Apple is supporting the "Pro" community and glad that Logic is still being robustly supported. If you can't afford the new Mac Pro (raises hand), then there are plenty of other Apple options. Even a basic Mac Mini can run Logic (albeit a limited number of tracks/plugs). And if your Audio I/F offloads the Mac CPU by running plugs on an external CPU (UA Apollo series), then that can help raise the performance ceiling of Logic for ANY Mac you are using.

Mac Mini 6-core can run Logic and not very limited either.

Mac Mini 6-core i7 when released was only overpowered by the iMac Pro.
It has more CPU juice than 2012 cheese grater and 2013 trashcan.
Mini is no slouch.
It was a computer made for audio. And it's perfect for project studios because it's very silent and you can tuck it behind the desk.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago

Not really. Mac Mini requires a eGPU, is barely upgradable, does not have PCI, just to mention a few things.
And it is way overpriced for what it is.
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Neither the Mac mini nor the iMac are good enough, neither they are expandable.
We need a middle power machine that is in between the new Mac Pro and the Mac mini.

That is expandable (with 3 PCI slots and maybe 512RAM). The Mac Pro is an overkill intended high level studios or
This new Mac Pro is to replace the old Mac Server line up. It does not replace the old Mac Pro due to its difference in pricing.
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I know many very succesful people that are actually able to pay if they want to. But are NOT willing to pay that kind of money since it is quite expensive and It is an overkill for their needs.

Neither iMac pro nor the iMac are professional level computers that can replace the old Mac Pro. They are barely expandable, SSD cannot even be upgraded, no PCI, and the iMac Pro has not many things Pro about it. Same 10 year old external design that can not even adjust the vertical position. Furthermore, many require to have 2or 3 similar monitors side by side which cannot be achieved with the iMacs.
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Your comments clearly show how little you know about music and music plugins. If you do not know, please refrain from making misleading comments. Current sound libraries can easily choke an iMac Pro with 32GB RAM.

If you cannot do professional audio work on a Mac Mini i7, you are technically illiterate and even Mac Pro won't be enough.

You don't need eGPU for audio at all.
Most of high-end interfaces (apogee symphony, RME flagships, UAD) all come in Thunderbolt flavors. PCI is redundant.
Frankly, there's no RME UFX+ replacement in PCIe form, so even if i had PCIe i'd still opt for thunderbolt.



No really dude, if you bypass kontakt prebuffer to 6KB, you can easily get by with even 8GB of RAM.
If you can choke 32GB iMac Pro with some half-assed orchestral library then you dont know how to manage your resources well.
Samples nowadays could be streamed from NVMe drives if only developers enabled it, not needing ram AT ALL.
As far as CPU goes, MacBook Pro 2012 retina quadcore (my old computer) could play 600 voices from Kontakt. If you know how to orchestrate, not just layer samples, then this is plenty to make good and convincing sounding orchestra.

I love it how orchestral mockup composers and trailer music composers act like they need as much processing power is 3D-renderers and color graders, its hilarious
Rating: 7 Votes

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