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  • 07/24/2009

A First Look at Logic Pro 9

Maybe you heard, Apple has released the next generation of Logic Pro. Then again, maybe you didn't hear, as the announcement received surprisingly little pomp and circumstance. No tradeshow unveiling, no exhaustive public beta. But Apple believes you will hear the difference in your engineering as the new Logic Pro suite—featuring Pro 9, MainStage 2, Soundtrack Pro 3, Compressor 3.5—features over 200 new features, the most noteworthy of which are virtualization and manipulation tools. The new Logic initiative, much like Propellerhead's upcoming Record, is that any artist can now feel more comfortable also being an engineer. And if you regularly paint with effects pedals and consider out-of-time audio to be wet clay, then the Amp Designer, Pedalboard, and Flex Time features may well be your palette, easel, and kiln. Amp Designer and Pedalboard look to take a bite out the Native Instruments' Guitar Rig and IK Multimedia AmpliTube market, offering 25 heads to pair with an equal amount of cabinets (and three mics), plus 30 stompboxes to string along and creatively submerge your signal (none of these are licensed so the names are generic, but their visual modeling belies their historical origins). These tone tools be used in channel strips or within MainStage's live rig, where there are also new Playback and Loopback plug-ins to allow solo performers accompaniment by either pre-recorded audio or their own rhythm/lead loops (are guitars the new turntables again?). Or you can ReWire your rig alongside Reason or Ableton Live.

So, now you feel you have the road-honed chops, rockin' the mic with the pantyhose and all that, but once you do some tracking you realize your timing is still a bit off. That's where Flex Time comes in, offering an elastic approach to correcting tempo that will be familiar to those who use Pro Tools. You could quantize it, but that can come across a bit mechanical, so Flex Time analyzes the waveform and offers up the ability to (re)align individual beats non-destructively and in real-time. Also newly useful for the studio session savior are Drum Replacer and Selective Track Import features, which aid the swapping of specifics in or between projects. Varispeed and Speed Fades allow your sounds to brake or peel out from the pack. The Space Designer has a ton of new impulses. And there's lots of other goodies for control mapping, etc. Price of admission? An introductory price of $499, or upgrade options from $199-$299. Oh, and you need OSX 10.5.7, and perhaps an ear for melody. Logic can't do everything.

11 comments A First Look at Logic Pro 9

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 07/26/2009 - 12:43


DS (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/27/2009 - 16:36

Excellent! Can't Wait !

Duane Stanley

Duane Stanley (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/31/2009 - 13:12

Like to get the tutorial for the new things logic 9 has...

Sulayman Aziz (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/04/2009 - 17:45

i really think logic Pro 9 is better than protools.

SOUNDVISION (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 08/09/2009 - 16:06

Logic Pro 9 has a submix ability which allows the user to effect several tracks, such as drums, at the same time. Record, mix and edit songs with the best ...


John Hunter (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 08/16/2009 - 02:42

An absolute ball ache for the beginner, a couple of weeks determination and you'll start to see results.
Demo content shows track layouts and plug in settings from established artists,killers/shiny toy guns, well worth sifting through their tracks on demo before you try and use the system as you'll understand more before getting started.
(don't rush trying to learn it you'll miss things out !)

Sulayman Aziz (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 14:18

Additional recommendations for Logic Pro 9.....
At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments.USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) for instruments.Logic Node requires a Mac computer with an Intel Core processor.

Sulayman Aziz

Sulayman Aziz (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 14:39

Technical Specifications For Logic Pro 9
Minimum requirements to install all applications.Mac computer with an Intel processor.1GB of RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
Display with 1280-by-800 or higher resolution.Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later DVD drive for installation.PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire-based audio interface recommended.

Sulayman Aziz

soundvision,inc (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 15:06

Logic Pro 9
Made for musicians.

Create any kind of file you need.
Logic Pro supports all the popular file formats, including WAV, AIFF, MP3, SDII, and even CAF, which lets you record up to six hours at 96kHz. You can play, record, and process multichannel, interleaved audio files. You can also burn uncompressed surround stems directly to DVD-A or encode and preview industry-standard Dolby Digital AC-3 audio using Compressor 3.5, which comes with Logic Studio.


Sulayman Aziz (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 15:37

Logic Pro 9 Sound library Jam Pack collections.

More than 20,000 Apple Loops.1700 Sampled instruments And More than 4500 Presets for plug-ins.

Logic Studio is packed with beautifully sampled EXS instruments. Build your song with authentic strings, horns, woodwinds, guitars, pianos, basses, harp, choir, synthesizers, electric and pipe organs, acoustic and electric drum kits, orchestral percussion, world instruments, textures, and soundscapes.

Sulayman Aziz

exiter (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 09/06/2009 - 09:52

I've upgraded from Logic Pro 8.
The thing that really pisses me is I had to pay all those Jam Packs again! For heaven' sake, I already have them: why had I to spend money for something I have already bought before? Apple needs to rethink its policy and offer the option to upgrade without having to re-buy the all set of jam packs every time. Onestly!

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