"Logic Pro X - What's New in 10.2.1", the free book in my "Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)" series is now also available as interactive multi-touch iBook on Apple's iBooks Store.
This enhanced iBook can be viewed with the iBooks app on OSX or iOS. The iBooks version has a much higher resolution compared to PDFs with crispy graphics, especially when viewed on Retina displays on your computer or the iPad. The additional interactive glossary, linked througout the book, helps with the understanding of the features and adds fun to it.
In addition, "Logic Pro X - What's New in 10.2.1" is now also available as a printed book on Amazon.
For all the links, go to my website www.LogicProGEM.com
Graphically Enhanced Release Notes
"Logic Pro X - What's New in 10.2.1" is for everybody who can't concentrate reading through the long list of the official Release Notes and needs a little bit more in-depth information and a bit more color here and there. No need to search the internet and different forums or sit through endless YouTube videos to find out all the new goodies in this Logic update. They are all here in this book, concentrated on 100 pages, well explained and demonstrated. And of course, there is plenty of information that is not mentioned in the official Release Notes. The graphics in this book, an integral part of my manuals, gets you up to speed right away and lets you implement the new features in your workflow immediately. Here are a few pages from the iBook with some notes:
Plugin Makeovers Most of the Audio FX Plugin that still had the old blue Logic design are now updated to a clean, crisp, Retina-ready look. However, this is not just pure eye candy. Many of the Plugins have additional features and functionalities, so it is worth to look at each one. I point out each individual addition or change with a short description in my book. The additions that many Logic users, especially the audio engineers, will like, are the the improvements for the Meter Plugins. Two buzz words, that pop up everywhere nowadays are "True Peak" and "LUFS (Loudness Units to Full Scale), now also available in Logic. Maybe I will de-mystify these very important terms in a future Logic Article.
Custom Plugin Names One of the major requests of Logic users in the past was to organize the Plugins in the Plugin Windows. We know that Apple often waits to release a specific feature until they think it is perfect. In previous Logic updates, we finally saw that in the form of the Plug-In Manager (please don't overlook the little improvement of automatically creating sub-folders). Now in v10.2.1, the Logic team went one step further and let us now rename the Plugins. You can provide a custom long name and a short name and don't forget the little "Tooltip" window that displays the original Plugin Name when you hover over a Plugin Button.
Tool Menu The mouse cursor is a standard input method for virtually any desktop app. However, that default cursor, usually a Pointer Tool, will change to a different Tool for different purposes of an app. Different apps use different methods to switch to different Tools, and Logic wouldn't be Logic, if it wouldn't take that feature to the extreme with up to three Tool Menus, Click Zones, Key Commands, and more. The "Latch Tool Mode" is a new addition in 10.2.1 that will speed up your workflow (once you play around with it a bit and get to know it better). That mode, however, can only be fully understood, if you are absolutely clear about the functionality of the different Tools, Tool Menus, and settings. That's why I spend a couple of pages in this book, as a bonus, and explain the entire concept of Tools in Logic.
Tool Menu Overview On this spreadsheet, I show all the various Tools that show up on various Tool Menus to provide an overview what is available where. You will also find out that the "Line Tool" is the same as the "Crosshair Tool", which is different from the "Marquee Tool" that uses a crosshair icon (questions?). Maybe a little confusing leftover that needs to be addressed in the next update.
Beat Grouping Logic's Click capabilities always left some room for improvements. At least, this new feature will help to create more flexible click tracks. Although this feature has more advantages when working with complex time signatures, you can still use it on standard 4/4 Projects. I created a diagram to demonstrate the difference between Bar-Group-Beat, and what clicks when, depending on the Beat Grouping setting. BTW, if you wonder why the term "Component Signature" was (rightfully) changed to "Composite Signature", explore the mysterious world of time signatures. Here is one website to start with http://www.howmusicworks.org/508/Meter-and-Rhythm/Time-Signatures
Graphically Enhanced Manuals
For a list of all my books in my "Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)" series and all the links, go to my website at: www.DingDingMusic.com/Manuals
Thanks for your time and interest,