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Apple Logic Pro X for Mac

By Apple $199.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 28, 2012

Logic Pro 9 is the latest version of Apple's music recording, editing, and mixing suite. This is not a cheap package, but you get a lot of power built in. Logic Pro 9 installs easily and the interfaces are all Apple-quality, meaning easy to use and understand.

Logic Pro 9 starts with the writing and recording component. You can see traditional musical notation on the screen if you want to compose, or you can play instruments through a MIDI interface and see the resulting notes in real time (really cool!). You can record to separate tracks, or multiple tracks at the same time. There's a huge library of effects and samples you can deploy, too. Once you've recorded the basic tracks, you lay them out in the sound editor and manipulate the different tracks to achieve the ideal sound. There's a lot of power in Logic Pro 9 for this task, including Flex Time, which lets you adjust timing easily. There's a virtual mixing console that gives you the same power as external mixing boards. You can even manipulate surround sound easily. Finally, you can add various effects and save your resulting masterpiece.

Logic Pro 9 has lots of interfaces and plug-ins for other devices and effects, and it also works with GarageBand tracks. For musicians amateur and professional, Logic Pro 9 is one of the easiest and most powerful audio suites available, and even after working with it for a year we have still not seen all it has to offer.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 10.1.1

General

Release March 2, 2015
Date Added March 2, 2015
Version 10.1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Logic Pro X has been designed with a modern new look while preserving and expanding the power and features that professional users rely on. The streamlined interface provides access to advanced tools and functionality for more technical tasks, or can be hidden to allow musicians to focus on being creative. Flex Pitch helps users fix out-of-tune vocals and even change the melodies of recorded audio by manipulating individual notes within an audio waveform. Track Stacks lets you organize and collapse multiple tracks into one, or can be used to create rich, layered instruments. Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. An improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts. Logic Pro X provides a collection of new creative tools for songwriting and music production. Drummer delivers professionally produced, realistic drum tracks that respond to your direction and can perform millions of unique grooves in rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres. Drummer is powered by the performances and sounds of some of the industry's top session players and recording engineers, including legendary mixer/producer Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Designed to work with Drummer, the new Drum Kit Designer plug-in lets you build your own custom kit using a diverse collection of professionally recorded snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals that you can mix, match and fine tune to get the right drum sound for your song. Logic Pro X expands Logic Pro's rich collection of synthesizers and keyboards with more new instruments. The Arpeggiator is one of nine new MIDI plug-ins and can transform a simple keyboard chord into an elaborate performance. The new Retro Synth emulates some of the most popular classic synthesizer tones from the 70s and 80s, and Vintage Keyboards offer realistic models of electric pianos, B3 organs and clavs, with sophisticated tone-shaping controls. Bass Amp Designer allows bass players to play and record using vintage and modern bass amps, with cabinets and microphones that can be configured to build a custom bass rig. Logic Pro X also features an entirely new Sound Library with an updated loop collection and over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches that make creative use of Track Stacks, Smart Controls, the Arpeggiator and other new plug-ins.