Logic Pro X rumored to be nearly completed

A Japanese site is claiming that Logic Pro X is coming soon with a few changes:

  • Mainstage will be sold separately
  • Waveburner will be integrated into the Logic Pro application
  • No more Soundtrack Pro included

I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s been about two years since version 9 and the past two Logic releases have come out around the end of summer.

Obvious guess is that it would go on the Mac App Store, but don’t forget that this is an application that currently comes on multiple discs to install tons of loops and samples. We’re talking gigs and gigs and gigs of content. IF that’s the direction Apple goes Logic Pro X would be one of the largest applications on the App Store.

Also, Logic Pro X has been the rumored name for Logic Pro releases before. The name seems more plausible given the new Final Cut name.

As for price, I’d guess an App Store distributed Logic Pro could be anywhere around $199-$249. And Logic Express? Say goodbye to that.

Apple/Emagic Takeover in Sound on Sound

From Sound on Sound, September 2002.

It’s interesting to reflect on what the Emagic buyout meant back in 2002. For instance, the speculation of an entry-level music production software which today you may know as Garageband:

…it’s fair to say that the Emagic buyout will probably result in the arrival of some kind of cut-down music application for beginners, possibly bundled with new Macs. Plenty of rumours are in circulation — some of them informed, some merely guesswork — that this might be called iLogic or iMagine, but according to our sources, neither of these is a likely title for what may eventually emerge.

And the suspicion that Apple would be able to support a pro-user base:

…Emagic would now be rolled into Apple entirely, that Emagic’s name would disappear from its products, and that Emagic’s international sales and tech support network would now be in the hands of Apple offices worldwide. Given Apple’s relative lack of experience at directly supporting a user base of pro and semi-pro musicians, this rumour was greeted with dismay at SOS and elsewhere.

The Emagic name hasn’t been associated with Logic since version 7. Logic Audio 6 was imminent around 2002/2003. The full Logic suite, Logic Platinum, all instruments and effects, used to sell for around $1500-$2000. Today you can get all of that in Apple’s Logic Studio for $500, plus more software like loops, Mainstage, and Soundtrack Pro.

Pro Tools 9 Might Let You Use Any Hardware

Looks like in the near future you’ll be able to use any audio hardware with Pro Tools.

Via AIR Users Blog about Pro Tools 9.

Word from very reliable (albeit unofficial) sources, is that the hardware chains are coming off…If I’m wrong then I’ll eat my hat, any suggestions as to what hat would be your preferred choice, let me know!

They also state that this will be a great opportunity for Avid to gain back some ground from Apple:

…the recent news from Cupertino is that Pro Applications including Final Cut have been put back, so any ideas of Logic getting an update in the near future may be about as likely as cycling to the Moon. So in that respect, Apple may be getting a serious run for their money from Avid sometime soon, which could mean that there may be an Apple moment for Avid after all! True Pro Tools lovers may fall in love again with their first love DAW sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I don’t know about the rest of the Pro Apps, but since the release of Logic 9 last summer I think Apple has approached Logic like OSX. They don’t need to update it much anymore. It’s a mature application now, at least from the user perspective.

Granted, I use Logic about once or twice a week these days, so what do I know.

EDIT: Of course, shortly after I put this in the queue Apple announces a Mac event.

Propellerhead and their focus on workflow

Say you want a piano sound. In a typical system, what is the first decision you need to make? It is “What plug-in?” That’s not right. You wanted a piano sound. I didn’t say if it was going to be a synthesized piano, a sample piano, electric piano – you want to mess around and see what works on your track.

Ernst Nathorst-Boos of Propellerhead Software in issue #77 of TapeOp

Propellerhead is unveiling a new feature in Reason 5 and Record 1.5 each day this week.

After trying Record 1.0 I felt it wasn’t for me. I admire the simplicity Propellerhead appears to take in their development, although I don’t always agree with how it’s implemented. However, I can always seem to start ideas faster in Reason than I can in Logic Pro.

I think that’s because of the above, how Propellerhead presents the sound to you before the instrument. Start doing that in Logic and you’re asked to pick one of their instruments or from your AU library. You could go through Logic’s channel strips which have tons of insert effects by default. It’s a good way to make your Macbook fans kick in.

Or think about how the very first window you’re presented with when starting a new track in Logic is the “Save Project” dialog box. It’s playing it safe, but how are you even supposed to know what kind of project this is yet? I can’t think of any other software that does that. Textedit gives you a blank window. Reason – it gives you the blank canvas to start working on.

Actually, Coda asks you to define your projects, but if you’re making an entire website you usually have a pretty good idea of what you’re after. You probably have some sketches on your desk. You don’t really open a window and write HTML thinking that maybe if you see the right arrangement of markup you may be onto something cool.

Propellerhead seems to make software for composers looking for sparks. Apple, at least with Logic, seems to make software for mixing engineers with clients ready to go. That’s not me. I’m just some dude with a spare room, a computer, and a MIDI keyboard.

Things like that make me think of making the leap to Record sometimes. I may dislike some of the ideas (the rack, ReFills) but I think at the core we’re very similar.

It costs $150 for Reason users to get a Record license. I think that’s how much I’d pay for AU/VST versions of Reason’s synths and effects. I like Reason’s synths more than Logic’s and would love to have direct access to them in Logic rather than through ReWire.

But I think the Props have made it pretty clear they’re not interested in doing that. I could almost see them making Reason 5 the last version of Reason they ever make and trying to migrate people over to Record with Reason instruments and effects.

Classic Synth Sound Design: Abacab

Since finishing my read-through of the Logic 8 instruments and effects manual I’ve thought the best way to learn some sound design was not to create something new, but to replicate the sound of something that already exists.

I have a few classic synth lines I want to try to redo in Logic (or Reason 4) and today we’ll start with something simple: the synth in Genesis’s Abacab.

I’m not sure what synthesizer was used on the track, but part of replicating the sound is to really think about what you hear when it plays. Here’s what I hear:

  • Monophonic synth
  • 2 Oscillators
  • Both of them Sawtooth waves
  • One pitched a Perfect 5th above the other

This is very easy to make in Logic’s ES2 software synth.

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April Fooling Around With The New Logic

Steve Horelick, Logic trainer and Emmy nominated musician for his work on Reading Rainbow, demos the latest ways to use regions in an unreleased Logic Pro, on this day, April 1, 2008.

I mean, it is truly unbelievable. The Logic designers have come up with new ways of manipulating regions that if I hadn’t seen it for myself, I would have thought it to be impossible. And, in fact, even after making this tutorial and demonstrating these fantastical functions, I still can’t believe that what I am witnessing is actually happening. You’ll just have to see it for yourself!