Logic Pro X has more than just a new look — it gives you new options you’ve never had before. You can work the way you always have, with the full power and depth of Logic Pro. Or if you’re exploring ideas, you can choose to work with a more streamlined set of controls to keep things moving right along. You can also personalize Advanced Tools to make your workflow match your creative flow.
The new design also makes it easier to get things done. Transport controls are now located right at the top of the main window. You can easily browse and add more sounds from the Sound Library, conveniently placed next to other track-related controls. Visual snap guides help you quickly align and edit regions. A more responsive, more accurate tuner is just a click away. And Autosave keeps all your work safe and sound. Want to know how something works? Just hover your cursor over any part of the interface for Quick Help tips. To dive deeper, pull up the relevant section of the user manual with a single keystroke.
Keep your sessions better organized by consolidating multiple related tracks — for example, all the drums or vocals — into a new track format called a Track Stack. Choose to have your Track Stack routed to a new auxiliary for quick and convenient submixing. Or use Track Stacks to create rich, layered, or split instruments that are easy to manage, save, and reuse. And your Track Stack can be collapsed for simplicity or expanded at any time for more control.
Other new track-based features add even more functionality. Choose a track as the Groove Master for your song, then select any other track to follow and adapt to its timing. Use the new Arrangement Track to quickly move or delete the verse, chorus, bridge, or any other section of your song. Now that volume, pan, and send controls can be right in the track header, you can also quickly adjust tracks before going to the Mixer for deeper control.
Finish tracks faster with the more intuitive Mixer. Now you can simply use your mouse to select, open, close, bypass, or re-order plug-ins. No need to reach for a modifier key. And channel strips serve up more useful information at a glance. Plug-in and routing menus have been re-ordered to better reflect signal flow. A new gain-reduction meter helps you keep an eye on dynamic processing. And the nonsegmented metering design gives you more accurate and higher-resolution level feedback.
The Score editor has been enhanced to improve visibility and functionality. With the new track-based design, it’s easier to see and edit notes on tracks with multiple regions. Notes within looped sections are also displayed. And empty staves fill the space between regions to help you stay oriented within a project. The Wrapped view makes maximum use of space by dynamically reflowing the staves to conform to the window size. The new design of the Staff Style editor shows the results of your settings before you apply them in the preview window. New tab symbols for string bends let you indicate just how far a string needs to bend.
Getting your music out there has never been easier. You can now share songs to your SoundCloud account right from Logic Pro. And the Media Browser lets you seamlessly move Logic Pro X assets to Final Cut Pro X or other Apple apps. Thanks to new support for the MusicXML format, scores with markings and ornamentations transfer to other notation applications completely intact.
Introducing the first virtual session player that sounds so realistic, everyone will think you worked with a real drummer in the studio. Created using some of the industry’s best session drummers and recording engineers, Drummer delivers impeccably performed, natural-sounding drums. It can listen to any selected track and come up with the perfect complementary groove. And it takes your direction.
Choose one of 15 drummers from the rock, alternative, songwriter, and R&B genres for your song. Each drummer has a custom kit, delivers his or her own signature sound, and can perform over a million unique groove and fill combinations. Simple controls let you adjust everything from the drums they play on to the intensity and complexity of their playing style. So you get exactly the performance you want.
While Drummer does the playing, Drum Kit Designer provides deeply sampled, realistic-sounding drum kits. Thousands of varied strikes were recorded from each piece. The result? Extensive layers of samples that faithfully re-create the character and sound of the originals — including how they respond to the nuances of a drummer’s performance.
Open Drum Kit Designer and select a kit. You can swap pieces to build a custom kit, choosing from a diverse variety of snares, kicks, toms, hi-hats, and cymbals. Finesse the sound of each drum by adjusting the tuning, dampening, and gain. And enable stereo or mono room and overhead mics. Each kit comes with its own unique mix designed by an industry hit maker. Choose a more elaborate Producer Kit and it loads with a Patch that gives you access to the full multi-channel mix, along with all the processing and routing the producer used. Once you see how the pros get their signature sounds, you can go with their techniques — or tweak away.
Find the perfect tone with a new plug-in that accurately models some of the most popular vintage and modern bass amps and cabinets. Bass Amp Designer gives you plenty of ways to customize your sound. Mix and match cabinets and amps. Position one of three microphones on different speaker cones. And blend between amp and DI box signals, just like in the studio.
Logic Pro X adds seven classic stompboxes to your collection. Looking for dynamic pitch transposition or dive bomb effects? Go with Wham. For iconic distortion, there’s Grit. Crank up the woolly blues or a sizzling lead with Tube Burner. Get funky with Dr. Octave, which produces tones one and two octaves below what you played. Capture the classic sound of ’80s flangers with Flange Factory. Tweak the tone with the Graphic EQ stompbox. And for a psychedelic backwards delay effect, turn to Tie Dye Delay.
The vintage keyboard collection is better than ever, thanks to beautiful new interfaces and sonic refinements that bring a new level of authenticity to your sounds. The most important interface controls on the Vintage B3, Vintage Electric Piano, and Vintage Clav are now front and center, while the full depth and flexibility of the real-time models are just a click away.
Re-create the sound of classic vintage synthesizers with an intuitive set of controls. Get the rich warmth of a vintage synth in Analog mode — perfect for dense basses, sweeping pads, and smooth leads. Analog Sync mode gives you the thick, fuzzy metallic character of ’80s synth pop. Wavetable mode lets you generate airy pads, glassy leads, and complex evolving sounds. And FM mode produces the bells, plucky bass, and brash leads of digital synthesizers from the ’80s.
A powerful, full-featured arpeggiator opens up a world of possibilities for creating contemporary electronic and urban music tracks. Easily shape the performance by selecting professionally designed presets. Or tweak it yourself by adjusting the rate, note order, octave range, and scale. You can also choose a note order mode — up, down, back and forth, inside out — or create your own. For more rhythmically interesting grooves, use the Step Grid editor to create patterns with up to 128 steps that can alternate between single notes or full chords at different velocities. And you can create variations spontaneously using the remote keyboard features, which let you control it all directly from your MIDI keyboard.
With Flex Pitch, there’s no reason to get hung up on a performance that’s less than ideal. Roll over any note you want to edit and all of the Flex Pitch parameters show up, ready to adjust. You can fine-tune pitch. Smooth out, add, or increase vibrato. Or even create or remove pitch slides between notes. All without having to constantly switch between tools. To make performances more consistent, simply adjust the gain of individual notes — no need for excessive compression or meticulous automation editing. You can also snap selected notes to a definable key and scale.
If you use the Piano Roll editor, then you know how to use Flex Pitch. Out-of-tune notes are shown with the offset from perfect pitch, so it’s easy to identify problem areas. And Convert-to-MIDI lets you double or harmonize a vocal or any other monophonic audio track with your favorite software instrument.
Smart Controls are innovative new sound-shaping tools that let you make simple or elaborate creative changes without having to dive into multiple plug-in interfaces. A single Smart Control can adjust several plug-in parameters at once, so it’s much easier to create complex transformations. And Smart Control mappings can be customized to suit your workflow — just choose from a variety of themed knobs, buttons, and backplates to reflect the type of instruments or effects being controlled.
The Sound Library and loop collection has been rebuilt from the ground up by some of the world’s most creative sound designers. The new Patch architecture makes it possible to layer different effects on different instruments and get much more sophisticated results. And Library Patches are built to take full advantage of new features in Logic Pro X like the Arpeggiator, other MIDI plug-ins, and Track Stacks. Each Patch loads with a custom set of Smart Controls, so you can easily create the perfect sound. When you come up with a great sound, save it as a Patch. Then you’ve saved not only your track or multi-channel Track Stack, but also all the processing, mixer routing, and Smart Controls related to it.
The Logic Remote app lets you wirelessly pair your Mac and your iPad — giving you the freedom to control Logic Pro from anywhere in the room. Swipe and scroll through the massive Logic Pro Sound Library. And play any of the software instruments with your choice of several Multi-Touch musical interfaces. Smart Controls are located just above the instrument you’re playing, so you can easily shape your sound. To get to any location in your song, simply tap the transport and drag the playhead. Ready to record or mix? Logic Remote gives you all the controls you need to do it from the vocal booth — or from any sweet spot in the room.
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