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Taking a cue from Final Cut Pro X, Apple has finally taken the wraps off Logic Pro X, the latest version of its professional music creation application for Mac OS X, complete with a companion iPad app for controlling the mix.
Apple announced Tuesday the release of Logic Pro X, a major update to the company's $199.99 Mac-based professional music creation application. Together with a free companion app for the iPad and a host of new features, Cupertino appears to have delivered significant new tools for musicians.
“Logic Pro X is our most powerful version yet, with advanced tools and a modern new interface designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”
Drummer brings a virtual session player to Logic Pro X, capable of automatically playing along with a song using a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, while Flex Pitch integrates pitch editing into audio recordings.
Logic Pro X has also taken a small leap off the Mac thanks to a free companion app for the iPad called Logic Remote, which uses a multitouch display to control the recording, mixing and even performing from anywhere in the room.
Judging from screenshots, Logic Pro X definitely takes design cues from Final Cut Pro X, but it remains to be seen if musicians will warm up to the software or reject it as "GarageBand Pro" similar to how video editors claimed FCPX was simply "iMovie Pro."
Logic Pro X is now available from the Mac App Store for $199.99; also available is MainStage 3, a big update to Logic Pro's live performance companion app as a separate $29.99 purchase.
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