Logic users welcome to Logic Pro X 10.4.5. At the heart of this new version is an entirely re-written faster, snappier, bigger, better, Mixer that not only holds significant promise for the future but already delivers a new feature that for some users, will change their whole approach to template creation.
Logic’s Mixer now hosts 1,000 stereo audio channel strips, 1,000 software instrument channel strips, 1,000 auxiliary channel strips, 1,000 external MIDI tracks, and 12 sends per channel strip. To accommodate these increases, the speed of Logic’s mixer has been optimized. Screen redraws are much quicker. There is a new auto-scroll feature, so that highlighted tracks are always selected and in view. Shift-clicking a send will cause the destination to flash three times. Channel strip component configurations can be stored and recalled. And selecting multiple channel strips now selects all the corresponding tracks in the Main Window.
Optimized Project Loading
Now here is the best part. The reason you will need all these additional tracks and instruments. There is a new project setting on the General Page. And this one little checkbox CHANGES EVERYTHING:
With this enabled, when you open a project, Logic Pro analyzes the project to determine which channels are needed for project playback. Only plug-ins required to enable the full signal flow for playback (including auxes, busses, and outputs) are loaded. This allows projects to be opened and be ready for playback and editing quickly. While you are working on the project, other plug-ins are loaded as needed.
In other words, this means we can create substantial orchestral (or electronic, or whatever genre) templates with all the instruments and processing in place and ready to go. The templates will open in a snap with everything disabled, taking up no power. And then they load as we need them.
This new function can be handled automatically by Logic, or we can force projects to open with specific tracks/instruments disabled, even if their tracks contain regions. The developers have thought this through, giving the end user just enough control to manage this dynamic loading of plug-ins either manually, automatically by Logic, or a combination of both.
Logic’s De-Esser has long been it’s the weak spot in terms of plug-in quality. No more. The completely revamped De-Esser not only works and sounds better but has a new Relative mode yields extremely natural sounding results by having the threshold adjust dynamically to the level of incoming esses.
And Lot’s More
As always, there are a plethora of incredibly useful workflow enhancements and bug fixes. Among my favourites:
The Loop Browser can filter by loop type and allows drag and drop of multiple loops into your project simultaneously
Updated MIDI Sync Project Settings with control over sending MIDI beat clock to individual ports. Each with unique timing and plug-in delay compensation settings.
A new Auto - erase Duplicates recording setting making MIDI cycle recording so much less cumbersome.
Enhanced Key Command Window functionality to show matching key commands, including modifiers.
Integrated Nudge and transpose key commands that apply to MIDI notes, automation control points, and regions in the Tracks Area.
An enhanced system performance meter.
Revamped Project Chooser.
New shortcut to utilize the Time Handle function in the Piano Roll Editor.
And of course, lots more hidden gems waiting for you As you begin to wrap your head around the new optimized project loading functions, you will quickly realize how this opens the door to an entirely new way of managing projects. I, for one, am re-thinking my templates already! Learn all about it in the release notes.