Apple Logic Studio

Apple Logic Studio

MainStage takes over your screen so you can easily view the seeings for this rad guitar patch from across the stage.

 

Once you start to hit the wall with the loops, you’ll be delighted at the sonic potential of playing the bundled synthesizers, which range from utilitarian to absolutely superb. The Sculpture modeling synth is a standout - unbundled, it would likely sell for a few hundred bucks all by itself. It can generate some delicious stringed, plucked, and struck instruments, resulting in organic and dynamic sounds that fit nicely into any style of music you’re likely to indulge in. The electric piano goodness of the Hohner Clavinet and Rhodes keyboards are wonderfully emulated by the EVD6 and EVP88, and R&B aficionados will just adore the spot-on sound of the EVB3 Hammond organ plug-in.

 

Logic has more synths than you can shake a stick at, and that’s not even covering the revamped Ultrabeat rhythm synth, an amazingly complete drum and percussion übermachine. Effects are well represented too, with a brand-new plug-in called Delay Designer, a multitap delay marvel that will put you right in the hands of U2 guitarist the Edge - the beginning of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” well, you’ll find it in the Delay Designer, along with endless other regenerating marvels. The quality and quantity of the built-in instruments and effects is nothing short of outstanding, and will keep you busy for years.

Logic Studio is also bundled with the rather excellent Soundtrack Pro 2 audio editing package, Compressor 3, MainStage (see Mainstage below), the WaveBurner CD mastering program, and some other utilities that essentially round out the suite. The documentation is clear and exhaustive, including more than 10 pounds of well-written manuals, and the online help is extensive.

 

While Logic Studio is an amazing bundle, there are some warts on this beauty. In the course of testing the software, we ran into a few random program crashes, which need to be addressed by Apple. Professional recording studios can’t stand for crashes, because time is costly. The bundled instruments and effects are extensive, but the truth is that some of the plug-ins (such as the EXS24 Sampler) have not received major improvements in years, and are starting to feel a little long in the tooth. Mind you, we’re not making a major fuss over this, it’s just that the times, they are a-changing, and we’ve become spoiled on things like Native Instruments’ Absynth and PSP AudioWare’s amazing Vintage Warmer. But it’s nice to know that these Audio Unit plug-ins, and most others, work seamlessly with the Logic suite.

 

The bottom line. Logic Studio has risen to the rank of best musical bargain on any computing platform, and will likely make some third-party music software publishers lose precious sleep. Apple has officially come up with a major hit, and we’re thrilled to see what musical wonders will emerge from the fingertips of its fans.

 

COMPANY: Apple

CONTACT: www.apple.com

PRICE: $499, upgrades from $199

REQUIREMENTS: 1.25GHz G4 or Intel processor, Mac OS 10.4.9 or later, 1GB RAM, 7GB free disk space (plus 39GB for accompanying musical content)

Killer bargain. Nicely overhauled interface. Everything you need in one box to make marvelous music. Universal binary.

A touch unstable. Some of the instruments need updating.

 

 

MAINSTAGE: A SOLID OPENING ACT

While Logic does a knockout job in the studio, it’s far from perfect for use in a live performance situation. Enter a totally new application dubbed MainStage, which is designed to serve as the center of a live rig. The primary idea is to have MainStage drive specific combinations of its software instruments and effects in custom-configured, virtual racks that respond to hardware controller input for triggering musical notes, applying specific signal processing effects to the audio routed through a Mac, and switching the patches of the rig in real time. MainStage can also be used with any Audio Units-compatible plug-ins, amplifying its usefulness and appeal.

 

Imagine a musical set consisting of a dozen songs, and you step on a foot controller before each song, which loads up a preconfigured set of effects for changing the guitar, or a massive, layered keyboard sound with visually delimited splits between sounds. You can build a specific rig with the intuitive interface design tools, and everything is designed to be clearly readable on a darkened stage. It’s a uniquely cool idea, and we hope that Apple adds the ability to trigger MIDI sequences and Logic files in the next version. The fact that it’s bundled with the Logic Studio package is icing on an already delicious cake.

 

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Anonymous

One of the biggest concerns on the musicians forums is this ongoing core overload messages. Apparently Logic users have been suffering from them for a while now. (I am a new L8 user and new macbook user and this has affected me too)

Logic, no matter what computer its running on, will invariably stop and give a 'core overload message' regardless of minimal tracks or cpu usage.

This is the most retarded thing to be happening on a system of software/hardware that boasts a 'seemless' user experience.

No other DAW I've used or have heard of has ever had this dumb problem. APPLE. FIX THE !$#*%^# THING ALREADY!!!

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Anonymous

That would be "seamless", and the logic doesn't follow. What's seamless got to do with core overload? It sounds like you and some other users (certainly not the majority) have a problem that is perhaps unique to your setup. Swearing at them isn't going to solve anything. Get on their boards and send feedback. They can't fix what they can't see, and it's hard to see through all the yelling and swearing.

IMHO

db

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Anonymous

Seamless shmeamless...who cares. Whenever the first thing a person does is critique another persons internet spelling, you can take whatever they say next with a grain of salt.
The fact is these core overloads are a massive problem, well documented and it does get reported. You get them too, I'll bet.

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