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 Logic Pro by Apple is an Audio Plugin Host for Mac OS X. It can host Audio Units Plugins. It supports ReWire.
Logic Pro
Product Logic Pro
Developer Apple
Price (MSRP) $199.99
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Instruments
 
Can Host
Effects
 
ReWire Mixer Application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 10.0.7  Downloads Released
Miscellaneous Information
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Logic Pro is a comprehensive software package that delivers everything a musician needs to write, record, edit, mix, and perform in the studio and on the stage.

Streamlined Interface

  • Unified window design consolidates multiple edit and browser areas.
  • Library browser makes it easy to find audio files, channel strip settings, and plug-in settings.
  • Inspector provides convenient access to region and track parameters as well as primary mix functions via the innovative Dual Channel Strip.
  • Assign tools to mouse and view current assignments directly in the Arrange window.
  • Simple multiple track creation and setup.
  • Customizable tool and transport bars.
  • Context-sensitive shortcut menus.
  • Definable startup behavior.
  • Enhanced plug-in headers for all instruments and effects.
  • Global Tracks for graphical editing of key and time signatures, markers, tempo, and transposition.
  • Selectable time- and/or beat-based bar ruler for time-linear and/or beat-linear display in the Arrange window.
  • Waveform zoom slider for improved visibility of low-level signals.
  • Extensive zoom tools and functions.

Ultimate Writing Studio

  • Extensive MIDI composition
    • Region-based quantize, transpose, gate, swing, and velocity control.
    • MIDI Groove templates.
    • Creative MIDI processing and routing in the Environment.
    • Caps Lock Keyboard for note entry using computer keyboard.
    • Custom and Hermode tuning.
    • MIDI step entry.
  • Full support for Apple Loops
    • Apple Loops browser for finding and previewing loops based on tempo, key, style, and mood.
    • Export of MIDI and audio regions as Apple Loops.
    • Edit plug-ins and MIDI performances for Software Instrument loops.
    • Independent loop transposition.
    • Comprehensive loop tagging and editing with Apple Loops Utility.
  • Complete music notation
    • Real-time transcription.
    • Instrument transposition.
    • Guitar tablature.
    • Drum notation.
    • Chord symbols.
    • Adaptive lyric input.
    • Automatic multibar rests.
    • Comprehensive palette of slurs, crescendis, and other ornaments.
    • Staff Styles for easy recall of multiple stave attributes.
    • Score Sets allow instruments to be combined for editing and print.
    • Layout and printing of complete professional scores.
  • Robust video playback features
    • Embedded or floating video window display.
    • Digital Cinema Desktop for display of full-screen video on second monitor.
    • External video output via FireWire or DVCPRO HD.
    • Global video thumbnail track.
    • Scene detect option to mark video transitions automatically.
  • Fast and intuitive region looping.
  • Global chord track with automatic chord recognition.

Production Powerhouse

  • Over 980 definable key and MIDI commands.
  • 90 recallable screen configurations.
  • Audio file and I/O resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz.
  • Internal audio resolution: 32-bit floating point; 64-bit precision where required.
  • Comprehensive surround support up to 7.1, with flexible surround mixing facilities.
  • Extended project length: 6 hours at 96kHz; 13 hours at 44.1kHz.
  • .Mac backup and sharing of preferences and settings.
  • Use of an Apple Remote to control Logic Pro 8 from a distance, with the ability to play, stop, record, rewind, fast-forward, and move to the next or previous track.
  • High-end POW-r dithering algorithm.
  • Seamless punch-on-the-fly recording.
  • Low latency mode to remove plug-in induced latency during recording.
  • Graphic beat mapping for creating tempo maps from existing audio.
  • Well-designed collection of production-ready templates.
  • Multiple documents open at once.
  • Bounce to AIFF, WAV (Broadcast Wave), CAF, SDII, MP3, M4A (Apple Lossless, AAC).
  • Fast, offline bouncing of single or multiple tracks.
  • Burn any bounced audio directly to CD or DVD-A (PCM only).
  • Master and author professional, Red Book-standard CDs with WaveBurner, included in Logic Studio.
  • Asset management simplifies consolidation and transport of projects and their dependent assets.
  • MIDI note extraction from audio for drum replacement and melodic transcription.
  • Freeze Tracks feature releases CPU resources by invisibly rendering tracks.
  • Distributed audio processing (DAP) aggregates processing power of multiple computers on a network.
  • Serial-based copy protection.
  • Powerful folders to facilitate organization and streamline various arranging tasks.

Extreme Compatibility

  • Open GarageBand songs directly in Logic Pro.
  • Support for Apple Core Audio and Digidesign DAE/TDM hardware.
  • Support for TDM and AudioSuite plug-ins with DAE/TDM hardware.
  • Support for Audio Units plug-ins.
  • Support for AAF, OMF, Open TL, and XML (Final Cut Pro).
  • Streamlined ReWire support for optimized integration with Reason, Ableton Live, and other ReWire-compatible applications.

Precision Editing

  • Intuitive region-based MIDI and audio editing.
  • Comprehensive set of editing tools assignable to left, right, and key-modified mouse buttons.
  • Effortless take management:
    • Region-based take recording and management in automatically generated take folders.
    • Pack existing tracks into take folders.
    • Single-click take selection.
    • Colorize takes on the fly.
    • Intelligent unpacking of take folders onto separate tracks.
    • Move and edit entire take folders like any other region.
  • Revolutionary Quick Swipe Comping
    • Build a comp track from multiple takes.
    • Create comps on the fly.
    • Audition comps in real time.
    • Automatic, customizable crossfades between phrases.
    • Flatten function replaces take folder with regions that represent the current comp.
    • Flatten and Merge function replaces take folder with newly created audio file.
  • Multiple MIDI editors:
    • Piano Roll.
    • Score.
    • Hyper.
    • Event List.
    • Transform.
  • Graphical time stretching and compression in the Arrange window.
  • Sample-accurate editing in the Arrange window.
  • Definable relative or absolute snap grid.
  • Nondestructive graphical fades and crossfades.
  • Snap-to-transient selection.
  • Shuffle and Auto-Crossfade Arrange Edit modes.
  • Destructive sample editing using built-in or external sample editor like Soundtrack Pro 2.
  • 10,000-step undo history.
  • Time-linear and/or beat-linear display in the Arrange window.

Professional Mixing and Automation

  • Track Mixer views simplify mixer channel navigation.
  • Dynamic channel strip creation accelerates mixer setup and configuration.
  • Easy setup of multi-output software instruments.
  • Signal Flow view option shows all channel strips (e.g., Aux, Output, Master) within the audio signal path of the selected channel strip.
  • Save/Load complete plug-in configurations using channel strip settings.
  • Sample-accurate, track-based 32-bit automation.
  • Track- or region-based solo and mute.
  • Track mute/solo in either Fast or CPU-Saving mode.
  • Solo safe mode for any channel strip.
  • Direct insert patching of external hardware instruments and effects.
  • Exponential or dB-linear level meter scaling.
  • Busses as sources for recording.
  • Inline input monitoring.
  • Up to 255 independent mono, stereo, or surround audio channels.
  • Up to 255 independent software instrument channels.
  • Up to 255 auxiliary channel strips.
  • 64 busses.
  • 15 inserts, 8 sends per channel.
  • 32 multi-assignable channel groups for mix and edit.
  • Extensive control surface support with autolearn.
  • EuCon protocol support for Euphonix MC and System-5-MC control surface systems.
  • Support for Smart AV Smart Console.
  • Support for active control surfaces via CS plug-ins.
  • Curve tool for refining automation.
  • Powerful automation features include:
    • Group automation recording.
    • Linked editing of grouped automation.
    • Automation Quick Access for easy hardware control of currently selected parameter.
    • Automate any channel strip parameter or plug-in parameter on the fly or manually input parameter values using a breakpoint interface.
    • View multiple automation parameters for a single track at once.
    • Simultaneously view and edit automation for single or multiple tracks.
    • Read, write, touch, and latch automation modes.

Comprehensive Surround

  • Support for all standard surround configurations, including LCRS, Quad, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1.
  • Support for multichannel interleaved and split surround audio files.
  • Play back, record, or process multichannel interleaved audio files.
  • Surround level metering.
  • Multichannel signal routing via sends, busses, and auxiliaries.
  • Graphic Surround Panner to manipulate mono or stereo streams within a surround field.
  • Graphic Surround Balancer to simultaneously balance all channels of surround input.
  • Support for Logic Studio True Surround plug-ins.
  • Built in multi-mono support lets you use any mono or stereo Logic Studio or Audio Units plug-in in a surround project.
  • Surround bounce and burn to DVD-A (PCM only) disc.
  • Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding and preview with Compressor.
  • Easy mixdown to stereo and surround formats using Down Mixer plug-in.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

10 March 2012 at 6:55amConslaw

Nobody has anything to say about Apple Logic Pro? I'm incredulous. For $199.99, there's a LOT of stuff here. You have a pro-level DAW, with a full suite of effects including a convolution reverb, custom amps and roll-your-own guitar pedals. You get a sampler with gigabytes of content (EXS-24). You get a very nice jack-of-all-trades synth, ES-2. You get a physically modelled synth, electric piano and clav. There's a drum machine (Ultrabeat), and more loops than you'll want to sort through. There are only two things that I don't like about Logic. (1) It doesn't import General MIDI files well. (2) You don't have all the fun freeware VST instruments that are available for Windows.

20 May 2012 at 4:37pmdrtimwaters

Conslaw, I agree with your 2 complaints about Logic. However, I have found some good workarounds:

1. I use energyXT on a PC to get samples, loops, etc. from certain PC VSTs, then convert those audio files into things Logic can use (EXS24, Apple Loops, etc.).

2. ReWire seems to be a good option for running Logic along with other DAWs at the same time.

Tim Waters

9 August 2012 at 4:59ammastertrackspro

Love Logic, have used it since v6 after moving from Nuendo when that studio closed.

I also recommend Reason to be used alongside Logic. Low on CPU usage and great sound design possibilities.

16 July 2013 at 4:41pmtommym

The download queue's will probably be pretty slow for a few days. I remember upgrading Mainstage to v.2 was multi-gigabyte, counting the 'Additional Software" - which was well worth it! Does anyone know if Logic X requires OS 10.8.4 minimum, like Apple says (the new) Mainstage 3 does? I'm a big fan of Mainstage 2.2. But I'm still running 10.6.8 OS X because of compatibility with other apps I use occasionally. I just upgraded MOTU's Flagship DAW, Digital Performer, which gives you great control, less instruments for sure though.. . and now works on PC's too, to v. 8. So I need Logic even less. DP has had pitch correction for a long time, and it works great. Not automatically like Auto-Tune. You draw it in. There are plenty of ways to make music these days. Is one best? Maybe...but it depends on which feature set you use most, and what you've already built your workflow and rig around. Different for everyone. Enjoy.

8 August 2014 at 2:33pmmusiktro123

Just a quick question. Is it possible to develop your own MIDI FXs to Logic Pro X, such as an arpeggiator that can export MIDI to the track?

8 August 2014 at 6:44pmpboy

Yes by scripting, but someone has already done it so why "invent the wheel a second time"? It is an AU MIDI plugin called "MIDI FX Freeze" from the company Audio CR. http://www.audiocr.com/index.php

You just slap it on the MIDI signal path where you want to record MIDI and then you run the piece and drag the captured MIDI onto a new MIDI arrange track. I'm finding it super easy and it actually stopped me wishing for that function in Logic.

8 August 2014 at 2:59pmtommym

I'd like to add to my last post about Mainstage 2 vs. Mainstage 3. I have heard that, while in Mainstage 2 you can hold keys down making a sound, then switch the Patch to a different sound, and the sound of the previous Patch keeps sounding, in Mainstage 3, this very useful feature doesn't work. Is that true? Thanks.

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