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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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3 days ago at 10:40 am

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: 26 Votes
3 days ago at 10:48 am

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: 18 Votes
3 days ago at 10:40 am

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
3 days ago at 10:25 am
No more comments about Apple ignores the pros :p

Looking good!
Rating: 15 Votes
3 days ago at 10:31 am
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
3 days ago at 10:23 am
Massive improvement
Rating: 12 Votes
3 days ago at 10:49 am

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: 8 Votes
3 days ago at 12:40 pm

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
3 days ago at 10:48 am

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: 7 Votes
3 days ago at 02:13 pm

Do any pro editors or photographers use apple pro apps anymore? It seems like the whole pro apps by apple (final cut, motion, aperture) has gone bust... other than logic I mean. Thoughts?


Yep we do and will continue to do so. Done 2 gigs in the last 10 days. One as a commercial shot shoot - Injest and Rushes handled by 2 x trashcan MP on set. Edited and graded on FCPx and Resolve. Other was a muti-person podcast panel from a conference. Audio captured and edited using Logic and RX7 and live streamed with MBPs / Blackmagic gear.

Only thing I'm 'upset' about is losing Aperture - that was not called for.

If you look at my profile you can see that I've been here a while and been a 'creative pro' for about 30 years. First mac was a Classic SE. So don't you worry about us... we just like things that work, we don't really care about the costs of Mac hardware vs. production costs / payback times. Number of lost production days using Macs since 1990 due to 'computer issues' = 0 :)
Rating: 7 Votes

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