The New Logic

Logic 7.1 was released about a month ago. I hadn’t realized it until about last week or so. Apparently everyone already jumped on it because when it first was released orders were delivered in a matter of days. Now, it says to expect 2-3 weeks for delivery.

It’s kind of annoying because they charge $20 for the update, but it should be worthwhile for a few reasons: • Generally speedier performance. • Plugin Delay Compensation. I’ve never really had a problem with this, but it’s still good to see. • New synths, basically bringing the synth’s into sync with what’s offered in Garageband 2.

What’s really amazing to me though is how much more streamlined they’ve made Apple Loops. Apple Loops can be found by the packs they are in alongiside genre, etc. You can now easily find your own created Apple Loops.

Oh yeah, it’s easier to actually create your own Apple Loops, too. In 7.0 it was pretty simple. You can bounce your loop to disk and open it in the Apple Loop Utility. It’d automatically tag the transients and all you’d have to do is add the genre and other information. Now, it all occurs directly in Logic (I think).

It’ll also create Apple Loops from REX files (a godsend for Reason users who like to work in Logic) when you drag a Rex loop into the Arrange window. Using the Project Manager you can also batch convert Rex files. Of course, one thing I like about the Rex files is how you can trigger the slices…but I rarely use this with the Dr. Rex in Reason. Still, it’s a good way to add life to a typical loop.

What’s also great is that any audio recorded into a Logic 7.1 project will AUTOMATICALLY FOLLOW TEMPO AND KEY CHANGES!!! They aren’t apple loops, but they follow the tempo (it only occurs in the parent song file). If you’ve got a great take but want to change your key and tempo you no longer have any worries.

What’s awkward though is just how soon that this update has come out. Logic 7 arrived in October. It’s not even a year and we’re already charging for an update? Granted, it’s not a huge price to pay, but it would’ve been better if Apple included these bug fixes the first time around. Plus, are we going to have to pay for an update everytime a new Garageband is released? If anything I’ll be glad to see the new features brought on every January after a new iLife is announced.

Many people had a problem with Apple buying Emagic. The support for Logic now is insane, it costs something like $1000 to ask a question (thankfully there are many forums to visit). I’ve been with Logic since version 6 (on the cusp of the release in 2003), and that version had this awkward feel in OSX. Hardly anything had been released on OSX as far as audio workstations went, and when they were it was full of bugs. The EXSP24 in Logic Audio 6 promised Soundfont conversion in a future release. Emagic didn’t deliver until well into 2004. Besides, people were reluctant to beta test new OSX software with their projects and decided to rather stay in OS9. Now that Logic is part of Apple’s pro software line, I expect it to get alot more attention.

As long as the updates are worthwhile and the program becomes more efficient I won’t mind paying a modest update. Now, if only those G5s would go down in price…