Since Apple acquired it in 2002, Logic Pro (formerly Logic Pro X) has been its flagship audio production software, and easily one of the best audio editors out there. And, as if to prove it, the latest version includes a ton of new features.
Apple Logic Pro: prices and plans
- Unbelievably good long term value
Apple offers a 90-day free trial of Logic Pro, after which you can buy it for $199.99 / £174.99. While this is a large initial outlay, this is a one-time cost, and future upgrades are free.
The software requires Mac 11.9 or later, and works on any Mac with either an Intel or Apple M1 or M2 processor. So you don’t need the best audio PC or a high-end laptop to start producing music.
Apple Logic Pro: Tools and Features
- Packed with great features, with full or simplified mode available
East music making software is Apple’s fully professional digital audio workstation (DAW). It’s a big step up from its simplified progeny. Apple’s Garage Band for Mac and IOS, and its versatility and power have ensured wide professional use of Logic Pro, as well as gaining a large following.
It is a very powerful application, but to make it easier and to help newcomers, you will find a button on the top right that allows you to choose whether to work in simplified mode or with full functions. The button takes you to the Advanced Settings tab, where you can find a summary of the features that differ between the two modes. The best thing about this great feature is that tracks recorded in full features mode will retain their features when played back in simplified mode.
Logic Pro features nearly 2,000 definable key and MIDI commands, and to help you experiment and get creative, there’s also a 200-step undo history, including undo editing of plug-ins and mixers.
With so much power and so many options, you’ll have to make room. Although the basic installation of the program requires only 6 GB, the installation of the entire sound library requires 72 GB.
You get nearly 6,000 instrument and effect patches, along with 1,200 sampled instruments and a whopping 14,750 Apple Loops. music samples that can be played within the Live Loops Grid that Logic Pro shares with GarageBand for iOS.
Your high-quality recordings are at stake, so it’s worth making a backup before upgrading. Go to your applications folder and find Logic Pro. Control-click and select compress, create a new folder and put your current version in there just in case.
Elsewhere, the audio editing software now comes with spatial audio, Ableton Live connectivity via Ableton Link, 32-bit floating support, new loops and packs, a new ‘free tempo’ tool, nested stacks, and all the 35 Pedal Board stomp boxes now available. as individual add-ons. All in all, this ‘light’ update certainly packs a bit of weight.
Apple Logic Pro: Interface
- Nested tracks, greater organization and flexibility, all improved
For a long time, users have been asking for more functionality. Apple has listened and added that functionality, making stacking even more useful.
There are two types of batteries. Folder stacks offer basic organizational functionality: they can stand alone and alter levels, but they have no measurement. By adding stacks, on the other hand, you retain the ability to change settings on individual tracks within the stack, as well as change them all at once where you can edit, add effects, etc., saving a lot of time. Behind the scenes, Summing Stacks routes the output of stacked tracks to an audio subgroup which is then routed to a bus, saving you from doing all that and freeing up your workspace too.
This latest version of Logic Pro also adds nested stacks, of any type, essentially stacks within stacks. This new level of hierarchy in your DAW organization allows you to further subdivide group editing tasks.
Stacks are easy to work with and can be rearranged by dragging track headers, or by dragging a track header if you want to remove it.
Apple Logic Pro: Optimized experience
- Stomp boxes available as individual plugins and a new track gain tool
This update also gives you the ability to record all 35 of the Pedal Board effects pedals as individual plug-ins. This means that you can record the output of the generated MIDI effects as an integral part of the track instead of adding it during playback. You can choose if you want to do it in a particular region and for any particular plugin you have applied.
If you’re new to multitrack recording, or just want to change the volume on archived tracks, the new gain tool is for you. It’s in the left-click menu on the main tracks menu bar, and once selected, you can simply hover over any track and drag the appearing level bar up or down for instant effect.
All of these new streamlined features will help you organize your workspace, work smarter, and save processing power. They continue Apple’s dedication to smart energy-saving strategies while maximizing your music-making resources. For example, you can freeze tracks, making them a temporary representation, and disable access to their meters, saving you space.
Logic Pro is more than ever ready to do all the heavy lifting for you, so you can get on with other things, like connecting to Ableton Live.
Apple Logic Pro: Ableton Link Sync
- Synchronize activated applications, participants can change global settings
The latest Logic Pro update also supports the Ableton Link protocol, which will please many users. Ableton Link syncs the beat, phase, and tempo of applications triggered by Ableton Link, whether on the same computer or on a shared network.
Ableton Link makes it easy to jam with other networked musicians, and the source deck can be switched between them. All participants will be synced to the tempo of the source deck, making it easy to join at any time. When the source deck changes, the tempo of the participants will follow suit. These options will override the tempo track automation and Smart Temp settings in Logic Pro.
Status changes are displayed in the black control bar at the top center of the DAW. With Ableton Link connected, a circular progress bar appears with the number of Jam participants in the middle.
Ableton Link in Logic Pro also supports start/stop sync, which means you can sync start and stop commands across all connected apps that have start/stop sync enabled.
- Ableton Link Sync: 4.5/5
Apple Logic Pro: spatial audio with Dolby Atmos integration
- Visual and manipulable acoustic environment, with sound sources that can be moved in 3 dimensions
The new Logic Pro 10.7.5 update also introduces Spatial Audio, another superbly intuitive view that makes editing even more dynamic. Your Spatial Audio mixes and Dolby Atmos files will play natively on apple music also, facilitating the exit.
You’ll find these delights under the Dolby Atmos tab in the mixing menu. Once spatial audio is turned on, you can go to the Track Inspector on the far left of the DAW and see the square pad that appears at the bottom. Clicking on that opens the Spatial Audio window.
Once there, you’ll be able to move the instruments around with the cursor and hear how they change the placement of the sounds within your compatible headphones. It’s fun and easy to hear the differences and oddly satisfying to have a 3D spatial view of a purely audio signal, which can be manipulated for much more realistic and immersive listening.
The original binaural preset, introduced in version 10.7.3, has been updated with the option of a custom spatial audio profile. It’s basically the same Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) algorithm as the original, but now tailored to your specific measurements. The algorithm can read photos taken on your phone and adapt the HRTF to the actual size of your head and the distance between your ears, greatly improving personal reproduction.
- Dolby Atmos integration: 4.5/5
Apple Logic Pro: 32-bit float
- Improved support for 32-bit float
You can now import 32-bit floating point format audio files directly into Logic Pro without conversion.
The introduction of this standard increases file sharing compatibility with other professional DAWS, which has to be a good thing. Users will appreciate the extra headroom when editing provided by 32-bit float ‘scientific notation’, which is a huge increase in raw data.
It’s still worth remembering that any ambient sound present during any recording will still be there when you come to edit. Those who record in the field will know that it always pays to set levels correctly when recording as a basic habit, rather than thinking they’ll just “fix it in post”.
Apple Logic Pro: Dashboard
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|Prices and plans||One time purchase, all future updates free||5|
|Tools and functions||Packed with tools and accessible to everyone||5|
|Interface||Improved interface simplifies navigation||5|
|Experience||Optimized and new tools added||4.5|
|Ableton Link Sync||Easy to sync with Ableton Live||4.5|
|Dolby Atmos Integration||Great way to manipulate audio in 3D spaces||4.5|
|32-bit float||Improved support for 32-bit float||4.5|
|General||An impressive professional-grade digital audio workstation with great new updates||4.5|