Apple unveils new Logic Studio (incl. Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2 and Soundtrack Pro 3)

23rd July 2009

Apple has unveiled the next version of Logic Studio with major upgrades to Logic Pro, MainStage and Soundtrack Pro and more than 200 new features that simplify complex tasks.

"The new Logic Studio is ideal for professional musicians, live performers and GarageBand enthusiasts who want to take their music to the next level," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Guitar players are going to love Amp Designer and Pedalboard and the new Flex Time tools allow you to quickly improve your recordings and create tighter performances."

Amp Designer and Pedalboard
The new Amp Designer and Pedalboard plug-ins give guitar players new recording and sound design capabilities.

Flex Time
Flex Time is a new collection of tools that allow musicians to quickly manipulate the timing and tempo of recorded audio, including vocals and instruments, to create tighter performances. Using the Flex Tool, individual beats in a waveform can be moved effortlessly with a mouse click, without the need for tedious slicing and editing. Audio Quantize can instantly fix or adjust the timing of an entire performance by aligning notes and beats to a musical grid with a single menu selection. Varispeed provides the ability to slow down and then speed up an entire multi-track production to help record challenging parts. Flex Time also enables recorded tracks to be moved between different Logic projects and matched together, even if they were performed at different tempos. All Flex Time edits are performed non destructively and in real time, even when using the highest quality settings.

MainStage 2
MainStage 2 lets musicians use all the instruments and effects from Logic Studio to turn their Mac into "the ultimate live performance rig".

Soundtrack Pro 3
Soundtrack Pro 3 adds powerful new audio editing tools including Voice Level Match which extracts volume information from the vocal content of one clip and applies it to another without altering any other audio content, so editors can easily correct mismatched voice levels. An enhanced File Editor includes new tools to make sophisticated edits and fine tune volume adjustments by targeting specific frequencies such as the rustle of a paper or the bump of a desk without affecting dialogue. The new Advanced Time Stretch feature stretches and compresses audio with precision using three Apple-designed algorithms or other algorithms available as third party plug-ins.

Soundtrack Pro and Compressor are also available as part of the new Final Cut Studio, allowing Final Cut and Logic users to collaborate and share files.

Pricing & Availability

Logic Studio is now available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 and existing users of Logic Studio and Logic Pro can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $199. Full system requirements and more information on Logic Studio can be found at www.apple.com/logicstudio.

Logic Express, the streamlined and more affordable version of Logic for GarageBand users who want more power and control, will ship in August for a suggested retail price of $199 and will be available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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