Even though Logic Pro X is an Apple application, with macOS Catalina there are a number of issues that mean that our advice to Logic Pro X users is the same as for other DAW users, DO NOT upgrade yet.
Apple has stepped up with a rapid response release to the recent 10.4.5 Logic update, released only a few weeks ago. Maintenance releases like this remind us that the Logic development team are constantly hard at work. Not only working on new features, but listening closely to user feedback and constantly looking for ways to make our beloved Logic as rock solid and stable as possible.
Logic Pro X 10.4.5 is a week old, and there are already some really nice tutorials available to help you wrap your head around the new features. Learn all about them here; as well as a surprise Easter Egg from Apple.
What some may have missed about the 10.4.5 release is that Apple are getting Logic Pro X ready to work with the new Mac Pro when it is released in the ‘fall’. The new update includes performance optimisations that Apple says are designed to take advantage of the "groundbreaking power" of the upcoming Mac Pro.
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.
Apple has released a new update to Logic Pro X. Version 10.4.4 fixes the recent bug where auto backups were not being created as expected. There are other under the hood bug fixes as well.
We’ve been getting reports of some issues with how Logic Pro 10.4.2 implements the ARA2 protocol, some may consider it a bug, others not, however if you are not careful you may lose hours of work.
The new smart tempo multitrack sets have a feature whereby you can exclude specific tracks in the set from contributing to the tempo analysis. There seems to be a bug with this feature though. Check out this free video to see the workaround.
Apple has just released Logic Pro X v. 10.4.2. Version 10.4.1 was a rapid response release, focused primarily on squashing bugs introduced in version 10.4. This new version is a bona fide update, replete with new features as well as bug fixes and workflow enhancements. Learn all about it here!
After releasing Logic Pro X 10.4 a little over a month ago, Apple has just made version 10.4.1 available for download.
The new version features quite an extensive list of bug fixes and performance enhancements.
Quite a few cases where Logic Pro X would unexpectedly quit have been fixed, and there are over 20 fixes/enhancements for Smart Tempo and the File Tempo Editor.
On the plugin side, there are several fixes for the new Chromaverb, Space Designer, and older stuff including EXS24, ES1, and even Pitch Shifter.
You'll find some fixes for Flex too.
For the complete list, check out Apple's Logic Pro X 10.4.1 Release Notes.
As always, don't forget to back up Logic Pro X if you're in the middle of an important project/gig!
There's a good link at the top of the Release Notes page.
Well, welcome to Logic Pro X 10.4! In any other DAW universe, this would have been a $200+ upgrade to a brand new version number. But yet again, Apple is bundling in, free of charge, a fantastic new set of tools as well as innumerable enhancements and updates.
Logic Pro X 10.4 - New Features and Functions
Take a step back for a moment and take a look. Since the inception of the original Logic Pro X, we have been given, completely free of charge by Apple, Drum Machine Designer, Alchemy, Note Repeat, the brush tool & spot erase, time handles, region & trim automation, VCA's, Plug-in manager, smart quantize, multithreading, loudness metering, track alternatives, selection based processing, stereo panning, touch bar integration, and Percussionists. And these are just the flagship features! Well fasten your seat belt; it’s time for another huge step forward with Logic Pro X 10.4.
The single biggest new feature, although one that is integrated so well that it will hopefully be relatively invisible to users, is the advent of Smart Tempo.
Smart Tempo brings powerful new tempo analysis (detection) and editing capabilities to Logic Pro X. With Smart Tempo you can record a performance without the metronome and have Logic Pro X adapt the project tempo to match the tempo of the recording, or keep the project tempo and flex the recording to match it. Smart Tempo also makes it easy to create remixes using audio files with different tempos which all conform to the project tempo, or adapt the project tempo to the tempo of an imported audio file. Ancillary to this are new, more robust, region flex and follow parameters.
File Tempo Editor
Add to this the new File Tempo Editor and you will find a completely revised and simplified beat mapping workflow at your fingertips. Here you can view and edit beat markers and other tempo information for an audio file. After you record an audio region or import an audio file using Smart Tempo, you can refine the tempo analysis and correct any tempo detection errors to define the musical intent more accurately. When working in the new Smart Tempo Adapt mode, tempo and time signature changes are simultaneously transferred to the project tempo and time signature tracks.
Studio Horns and Studio Strings
Apple has taken a huge step in their sampled instruments development with Studio Brass and Studio Strings. And they both sound fantastic. They are supported by a completely new articulation ID handling system that is not only simple and elegant to use, either in real time or in the various MIDI editors, but also opens up the integration of third-party sample libraries.
The new Articulation Edit Window makes it easy to adapt and map Logic Pro X’s new articulation key switch and controller switch handling functions to third-party libraries. When recording, key switch and controller switch information is filtered out, while each note is stored with the articulation ID of the articulation triggered by the switches. These can then be seen and edited in the Event List, Piano Roll, and Score Editors.
New Multi-effects Plugins - Phat FX & Step FX
Phat FX and Step FX are two new multi-effects plugins, based on the CamelPhat and CamelSpace plugins formerly available from Camel Audio.
Phat FX offers the ability to blend up to three different lovely sounding distortion and saturation algorithms. It also has a host of other multi-effects including filtering, delays, compression, bass enhancement, all accompanied by a hearty modulation system built around an envelope follower, two routable LFOs, and a fully programmable X/Y pad controller.
Step FX is a rhythmically based multi-effect unit, designed to add movement to a sound. It offers deep modulation control, courtesy of three independent 128 step modulators. In both plug-ins, the serial routing is easily re-ordered by way of a simple drag and drop Order Strip at the bottom of the interface. They both ship with a tone of great sounding presets to get you started, sound fantastic and are inspiring and intuitive to play with.
New Reverb - Chromaverb
Logic Pro has long been in need of an update to it’s algorithmic-based reverbs. PlatinumVerb was from a completely different generation of processing power. Let’s put out hands together and give a warm welcome to ChromaVerb. It is insufficient to describe this simply as an incredible sounding, imaginative, and inspiring reverb tool. It is so much fun to experiment with that it will inevitably have a huge impact on how you approach designing your reverbs in your mixes. It features fourteen discrete algorithms that provide a different tonal colour to each other and to reverb effects such as Space Designer, PlatinumVerb, GoldVerb, and SilverVerb.
ChromaVerb is based on the principle of a circular absorbent structure in which the sound is gradually absorbed, much like in a real room. The absorption characteristics are dependent on the chosen room type and reverb parameter settings. It offers a fully flexible damping EQ, as well as Output EQ. Combined with various size and absorption style controls, there is a huge range of sound available from this plug-in. I particularly like the ability to set a frequency below which stereo information is summed to mono. This a great feature that has also been added to the Space Designer update.
Vintage EQ Collection
Logic Pro X has finally joined the vintage EQ emulation party. This new collection boasts three great sounding new EQ plug-ins. Vintage Tube EQ combines elements of two of the classic Pulteq hardware EQs. Sweepable instead of notched values enhance its flexibility nicely. Vintage Graphic EQ is a really nice API emulation. The tunable range of the normally fixed bands is a nice improvement. Tuning it up an octave allows the upper bands to create a really sweet sounding “air” EQ band. And the Vintage Console EQ is an emulation of classic Neve hardware.
Independent Drive Stages
A nice bonus on each of these EQs is the addition of a drive stage right before the output. The ability to switch off the EQ stages allows these to be used independently for a nice warm colouring of the sound that passes through them. And they can be mixed and matched. You could have a Neve EQ paired with an API drive stage for example. They can also each be switched between either natural phase or linear phase modes, which affects how the drive stages interact with the EQ sections. The three make for a great addition to Logic Pro’s Channel and Linear Phase EQs.
Autoselect and Stepped Automation
Of notable mention as well is the death of MIDI Draw. It has finally been integrated into a more fully developed and robust version of Region Automation. Both Track and Region automation are now freely available in the Piano Roll and Score editors, as well as the Tracks Area. A newly imagined workflow involving the new Autoselect and Cycle Through functions make it super clean and elegant to work with multiple automation parameters all directly from one visible automation lane. The new stepped automation feature is also a step in a new direction (pun intended) for rhythmically based automation, popular in many EDM and other dance music styles.
There is a nice update to the Direction Mixer plug-in. We can now split the frequency range at a user selectable crossover point, and then adjust the width of the two ranges separately.
Space designer has a nice makeover as well. The Size parameter now changes the impulse response before it is loaded into the plug-in. The overall sample rate is now handled independently by the Quality setting.
Mixer & Plug-In Undo
Mixer Undo and Plug-in Undo, both long-requested features, have been added to Logic Pro X in a very flexible and intuitive manner. They can each be toggled independently in the Undo History Window, and are triggered either with the regular Command Z undo shortcut or by separate key commands - depending on which workflow you prefer.
No Logic Pro update would be complete without at least a couple of new Drummers. Let’s welcome Austin and Tyrell. Both are “Songwriter” drummers. And they play two new beautiful sounding brush kits. The new Bluebird and Speakeasy brush kits are also available in Drum Designer.
And Much, Much, Much More
- Normalizing audio regions to either peak or loudness levels has been made more robust.
- The key commands window has had a makeover as well.
- Combining elements of different key command presets is now easily doable.
- New display filters make it easy to zero in on what you want to see.
- New MIDI Replace mode settings make it simple to control how MIDI punch in recording works.
- The EXS24 Mellotron samples now have their own dedicated interface.
- Managing multiple open plug-in windows when clicking on different channel strips is now handled by a new “multi” link mode in the plug-in headers.
- Automatic slurs in the Score editor now follow transpositions and move/copy actions.
- The playhead is easily repositioned now by Shift-clicking in the Tracks Area or Piano Roll Editor.
These are the main features. There are many more workflow and productivity enhancements to uncover in this update. To learn more, and see these all in action, I have put together over three and a half hours of video dedicated exclusively to the new features and functions in this update.
Watch them here:
Logic Pro X has been updated to version 10.3.3. This version optimises performance for the new iMac Pro and supports up to 36 cores. Sculpture and Amp Designer are now optimized for iMac Pro as well, and deliver up to 12 times the performance compared to previous versions.
What's New in Logic Pro X 10.3.3
From the Release Notes:
- Logic Pro X now supports up to 36 cores.
- Sculpture and Amp Designer are now optimized for iMac Pro, and deliver up to 12 times the performance compared to previous versions.
- Sculpture offers a new high-definition mode that provides higher string resolution.
Stability and Reliability
- Loops, Channel Strip settings and other content are again available on Macs using APFS (Apple File System), and on which Logic 8 or Logic 9 had been installed prior to Logic Pro X.
- Logic no longer quits unexpectedly:
- Sometimes when user loops created in Logic Pro X 10.0.7 - 10.1.1 are dragged into the Tracks area.
- When adjusting the left corner off a region in projects that contain an Environment Macro that includes a Sysex fader.
- When the Enter key is pressed to start a bounce while the mouse is being used to adjust the start or end point of the bounce.
- When the Tracks menu is selected while the Audio File Editor is open with no audio region loaded.
- When Repeat Section is used on a region in an Electronic Drummer track.
- When previewing audio in the Audio Bin after enabling Transient Editing in the Audio File Editor.
- Sometimes when on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar the Shift key is used to add to the region selection in the Tracks area where the Score window has focus.
- When the Shift and Option keys are used while adjusting the length of notes in an independent Event List window.
- Sometimes when inserting Program Change events into the Piano Roll in MIDI Draw view.
- When right-clicking a line break in the Score.
- When pressing OK to confirm a clef change in the Score.
- Logic no longer sometimes hangs when the "Convert Sustain Pedal to Note Length" Score function is used.
- Sidechain detection is no longer delayed when the side chain source is a Software Instrument track in Live Mode.
- Latency compensation now works reliability with plug-ins inserted as Dual Mono or Multichannel.
- Amp Designer no longer sometimes changes gain unexpectedly after stopping or repositioning the Playhead.
- Tracks that include MIDI plug-ins again play back when frozen.
- Scripter now reliably transmits MIDI events on time in scripts that start with a Needs TimingInfo = true statement.
- Software Instrument tracks that include a Scripter plug-in no longer sometimes reset the instrument to a default sound when the project is reloaded or the audio driver is relaunched.
- Tracks using the EXS24 Coffee Shop Percussion or Latin Percussion instruments now play in sync when triggered by the Scripter “Drum Probability Sequencer” script.
- Alchemy no longer fails to show its installed Library in certain very rare cases.
- The Piano Roll now reliably shows velocity bars on notes the first time it is opened after recording MIDI into a new project.
- The Piano Roll again shows MIDI notes as they are being recorded.
- The length display of notes in the Event List is now reliably correct in projects that include time signature changes.
- The Step Editor now updates immediately as notes are moved using the Finger Tool.
- Vertical Auto-zoom again works correctly in the Audio Track Editor.
- The keystroke combination to temporarily limit dragging to one direction in the Piano Roll again works as expected.
- Roland U-110 synth modules no longer display a check sum error when an associated Sysex Fader in the Environment is adjusted.
- It is again possible to create velocity ramps in MIDI Draw that maintain the existing relative values of note velocities.
- It is again possible to modify the start and end time of a bounce using Voiceover
- The VoiceOver cursor now reliably remains functional when shortening a region at all zoom levels.
- Navigating into an open Take Folder with VoiceOver no longer causes a continuous system beep.
- Switching from the Main Window Piano Roll to the Score with Voiceover no longer causes the editor to close.
- Using the Shift key with the cursor with VoiceOver to adjust the granularity of movement while positioning the Playhead no longer causes a Logic is Busy alert or an unexpected hang.
- Adjusting the loop length of a Drummer region with VoiceOver no longer causes the loop handle to sometimes jump unexpectedly to the next region in the track.
- There is no longer a large unexpected offset when inserting objects into the score in page mode in documents with multiple pages.
- Brackets for Guide Accidentals in the Score are again visible as expected.
- Packing regions into a folder no longer causes Track Alternatives on other tracks to disappear.
- Hidden Track Alternatives that are packed into a Folder no longer display in the wrong position when viewed inside the Folder.
- Bouncing a project while Logic is downloading content no longer sometimes results in bounced files with corrupted audio.
- Mono tracks that contain Mono > Stereo plug-ins again playback as stereo after they are frozen.
- Comping now works correctly when the “Select Tracks on Region Selection” preference is turned on.
Control Surfaces/MIDI Controllers
- Waveform zoom again works as expected with Mackie C4 control surfaces.
- Logic no longer displays an incorrect “Incompatible EuCon version” error with EuCon software version 3.7.
- Movies now play back when the Show/Hide Movie command is used while the movie preview is closed in the Inspector.
- MIDI settings for External Instruments that are saved as part of a Patch are now reliably maintained when the patch is reloaded.
- Setting a Track Delay on an External MIDI track no longer sometimes affects the timing and note lengths of notes on other tracks.
- The note overview of MIDI regions now updates immediately to reflect changes to the region content when Automation is visible.
- Notes sent to External MIDI tracks no longer sometimes hang when using Rewind or Rewind by Division when there is a Track Delay set for the External Instrument track.
- Custom icons now are reliably sorted into the correct order on Macs with APFS formatted drives.
- Logic now successfully create project backups on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
- The Musical Grid now shows reliably when it is set as the secondary ruler.
"Logic Pro X - What's New in 10.3.2" is a free 90 pages pdf file now available at http://LogicProGEM.com These Graphically Enhanced Release Notes provide the most comprehensive and detailed coverage of all the new features and changes with in-depth explanations, lots of unique diagrams and graphics, additional information, and instructions not found anywhere else.
Comprehensive, In-Depth, Illustrated
"Logic Pro X - What's New in 10.3.2" is not just a quick overview of the changes in the new Logic update to show only a few highlights. This book covers everything you need to know about this update, and there is a lot to know and to learn about.
Despite being "just" a point-release, Logic Pro X v10.3.2 has a few big new features that require some extra understanding of how they work and how to use them. For example, the new Percussion Drummers, the new Library Browser layout or the Yellow Apple Loops.
I show before/after screenshots of most of the changes, which enables you to quickly see what has changed and what might (or might not) affect your personal workflow.
Here are a few examples with screenshots from the book in case you are not familiar with the style of my "Graphically Enhanced Manuals".
If you think that the new Percussion Drummers are just three new Drummers, then you are totally wrong. These Drummers are based on a slightly different concept, using the EXS24 Sampler. If you have the impression that the other two Drummer concepts based on the Drum Kit Designer and Drum Machine Designer are complex, fasten your seat belts because the complexity level just went up a notch.
Drummers in the Library
Part of the user interface of the Drummer Editor has moved to the Library Browser. With it comes a different concept how to use the Library Browser with the Drummers. I spend 15 pages alone just to provide all the little details on how to use it and how not to get confused.
Yellow Apple Loops
The new Yellow Apple Loops a.k.a "Drummer Loops" add amazing new flexibility to the Drummers In Logic. These are not just a couple of megabytes of new Apple Loops; they expand the workflow and usability regarding the Drummers quite a bit.
There are quite a few improvements for Alchemy. No need to search for them. I will show screenshots of all the menus and their new parameters to make it easier to find them.
Lots of small little improvements for the Touch Bar that makes it even better. By the time everybody can afford a new MacBook Pro, this feature will be just fantastic.
Final Cut Pro X
The improvements for the Final Cut Pro XML format is huge for anybody exchanging Projects with Final Cut Pro X. Its Parent Roles and Subroles are now imported in Logic Pro X as perfectly labeled Summing Stacks. See it to believe it.
And much, much, more ...
This was just a quick overview of what you can expect from this 90 pages book. Show some respect to the hard working Logic Developer Team and make sure to explore all the new features and improvements, even the little ones.
Did I mention the PDF file is free?
Graphically Enhanced Manuals
If you are interested in learning more about Logic Pro X, check out the books in my "Graphically Enhanced Manuals" series. All books are available as pdf files, printed books on Amazon and interactive multi-touch iBooks on Apple's iBooks Store.
For an up to date list of my "Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)" series and all the links, go to my website.
Thanks for your time and interest,
As with all of Logic Pro X's updates, there is a nice mix of new features, bug fixes, and workflow enhancements in the new Logic Pro X 10.3.2 update.
Logic Pro X 10.3.2 - The Big Changes
The big flagship feature this time around is the addition of three new Percussionists to the generative Drummer instrument. Unlike the original Drummers who use the Drum Machine Designer software instrument, and the electronic Drummers who use the Drum Machine Designer interface, Isabela, Quincy, and Finn use good old fashioned EXS 24 instruments. The good news here, reading between the lines, is that it seems like the EXS 24 is not going away anytime soon. We all know it is long overdue for a much-needed facelift. But the fact that they are developing new features built around it bodes well for its future. Accompanying the new Percussionists is a redesign of the Drummer workspace. Percussionists. Styles and characters are now chosen in the Library. Pattern info is set in the drummer editor. It's a well thought out change. Make kit piece changes, switch to producer kits, and audition different drum kits directly from the Library icon now rather than burrowing through the Library's hierarchal menus.
A nice addition to the ease of using Drummer is the user defined preference to have a + button appear on Drummer tracks in the Tracks Area to quickly add new Drummer regions. The newly generated regions will follow either already existing tweaks to other Drummer presets on the track or arrangement markers. Barring the existence of either of these, default preset patterns will be generated. Another well thought out detail is the addition of the Drummer and kit name in the Track Header. It's very convenient to see quickly which Drummer and drum kit is in use when the Library is closed and only the Drummer Editor is open.
Accompanying the Drummer update is the addition of new Yellow Drummer based Apple Loops. They are easily accessed from a separate filter category in the newly redesigned Loop Browser. They can be dragged to Drummer tracks, audio tracks, software instrument tracks, or an empty space in the Tracks Area.
One significant under the hood enhancement in this update is accelerated graphics redraws utilizing something called layer based views that incorporates a technique called OverDraw. The result is immediately noticeable. Resizing windows (Main Window or editors) results in fluid smooth movement rather than the stepped motion we have had with LPX until now. It is also noticeable when zooming or editing in projects with large numbers of flex markers and crossfades
The Small Changes are The Big Changes
Audio Region transpose. It makes life so much easier! It is implemented seamlessly into the Region Inspector. Transpose in whole tones within an astounding range of +/- 36 semitones. Great for creating either simple harmonies or bizarre sound design effects. And the fine tuning function is a nice touch - great for subtle (or not so subtle) chorusing effects on doubled parts. Try combining it with the Sample Delay plug-in for even more differentiation.
And I love the newly added ability to adjust individual step lengths in the Arpeggiator. Such a simple enhancement, but one that adds so much variety to what can often be static sounding patterns. Particularly with slower step rates. There's more time for the varying step lengths to have more of a dramatic effect.
The new Dual Mono mode introduced in Logic Pro X 10.3.0 was a fantastic new feature. The initial absence of the ability to link the controls for either left/right or mid/side is now corrected with the addition of a new "couple" button.
Possibly the biggest new "small change" is the preference to reserve specific ranges of busses for auto assignment. This opens up a world of control for power users who want to set up advance bus assignments for complex projects. Now, newly generated instruments, or imported tracks or tracks stacks, will leave those alone. I know many composers who will find this addition worth the price of the entire app!
A couple of nice time savers that I personally find really useful are the ability to use the Capture as Recording key command to capture Smart Control movements, and the addition of the "Don't Ask Again" in alerts which ask to import tempo information or markers when importing audio files or loops. I also like that meta events are now displayed properly in the Event List’s Length/Info column, and that we can now remove fades with a key command.
Logic Pro X 10.3.2 Update Explained
Anyway, these are just the highlights. There are lots more under the hood enhancements.
To check out all these new features and improvements, take a look at my new Groove3 video tutorial series covering the Logic Pro X 10.3.2 update here:
Logic Pro X has been updated to version 10.3! Updated UI, Touch Bar support, Selection Based Processing, Stereo Panning, 64-bit Summing Engine... a big one once again.
Logic Pro X 10.3
Logic Pro X 10.3 includes quite a few enhancements and fixes. A few highlights:
- Updated interface, better legibility, expanded color palette.
- Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro.
- Track Alternatives let you create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on a track.
- Selection Based Processing: render any combination of effect plug-ins to a selection of audio.
- True stereo panning provides more control and discrete manipulation of stereo signals.
- Logic Pro X now offers a 64-bit summing engine.
- A list of up to five of the most recently used plug-ins now appears at the top of the plug-in menu.
- Use 192 additional buses.
Full Release Notes
See the official Logic Pro X Release Notes.
Don't forget, make sure to back up the currently installed version of Logic Pro X and projects.
Continue reading to see what Eli Krantzberg thinks of this update...
Logic Pro X 10.3 is Here!
What a fantastic way to kick off the new year! Logic Pro X 10.3 is a great update.
It’s a “musical” update, focusing on creative enhancements, with new features designed to stimulate and encourage experimentation. It’s hard to know where to begin in singing its praises. The first and most noticeable enhancement is the ability to (finally) lighten the background in the Tracks Area. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it seems to be grey scale only. But it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Same thing for the colour picker. The good news is an extra row of colours, but unfortunately, not with a huge gradation in the colour spectrum yet.
My favourite new feature is the new Track Alternatives function.
Conceptually, this is a huge step forward in the direction of creative freedom. Many other DAWs refer to this type of feature as a playlist. It allows us to have different configurations of region information on a track. So we can freely experiment with alternate edits, while being able to safely step back. We can create as many as we need, allowing us to step backward at as many critical edit points as we want. Of course we can also use it to experiment with alternate arrangement ideas. And even with alternate (region) automation values. Flattening comp folders no longer needs to be a major decision; simply copy the comp folder to a track alternative first so you can easily go back! These are just a few ideas as to it’s usefulness.
Selection Based Processing
Another fantastic feature users have been begging for (ever since the demise of Audio Suite and Premiere format offline effects processing last century), is Selection Based Processing (SBP).
Either audio regions or marquee selections of audio regions can now be processed off line directly in the Tracks Area. Selection Based Processing is implemented really elegantly, with lots of options as to how the new material will be created and placed on the track. And it is set up to easily audition between two completely separate plug-in chains. And best of all is the loudness compensation feature, ensuring as close a blend as possible with the preceding material.
Finally we now have individual panning of left and right signals directly from the Channel Strip Pan/Balance button. This new feature allows us to set dual pan locations, and then tilt the entire spread left or right. Pan spread and pan position are both available for automation as well. A really neat feature is the ability to swap left/right signals. So you can, for example, pan and spread a dry signal one way, send it to an Aux, and then pan/spread the effects return there differently.
The audio engine has been tweaked in a lot of very welcome ways.
There is a new high precision summing engine, great for maintaining imaging and phase coherence in large mixes. We now have up to 256 busses available. And… wait for it… we can now finally side chain Software Instruments directly from the Side chain menus without having to first route through a bus. The top of your plug-in list is now populated with your most recently used plug-ins. Nice touch! And the new dual mono mode allows for setting left and right sides separately in Logic Pro’s effect plug-ins.
And these are just the tip of the iceberg!
MIDI Plug-in Target Parameters
The MIDI plug-ins Modifier, Modulator and Scripter now allow to control automatable plug-in parameters of any plug-in below it in the same channel strip. I think this just might be the most creatively stimulating and under rated feature of this upgrade. What this means is, we now have easy LFO or envelope based automation of any parameter readily accessible. I only wish this were implemented on audio tracks as well as software instrument tracks.
Maybe in the next update!
And there’s lots more. Fades have been improved, as has exporting. There are nice tweaks to the Events List and Transform Window. Ghost waveforms are now visible when dragging region boundaries left or right so you can see the data there. This is a fantastic feature which takes the guesswork out of region boundary editing. There are some nice new key commands, as well as support for the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar. And all of this is just scratching the surface!
Groove 3 - Logic Pro X 10.3 Explained
To learn more about all the new enhancements and see them in action, check out my new videos at groove3 here:
Logic Pro X has been updated to version 10.2.4.
Logic Pro X 10.2.4
Compared to the 10.2.3 update that was released on June 9th, the 10.2.4 update seems to focus mainly on stability, reliability and performance. But you'll also find some general fixes, and several fixes regarding editing, the mixer, and a few plug-ins (including: "Audio is now routed properly from Audio Unit-based multi-output instruments in projects saved in previous versions of Logic Pro X".
To learn more about the Logic Pro X 10.2.4 update and previous Logic Pro 10.2 updates, see the official Logic Pro X Release Notes.
Make a Backup
As always, make sure you save a copy of the currently installed version as a backup before applying the update. If you don't know how to do that, Apple has a good support page about backing up the Logic Pro X application.
Logic Pro X has been updated to version 10.2.3.
Logic Pro X 10.2.3
The update includes some significant enhancements, including new Automation Nudge functions (watch the free video), non-destructive Region Normalize, Quick Swipe & Take Edit Click Zones, a new interface for Match EQ, a new Loudness Meter, and more.
To learn more about the Logic Pro X 10.2.3 update and previous Logic Pro 10.2 updates, see the official Logic Pro X Release Notes.
Logic Pro X 10.2.3 Update Explained
For Groove3, Eli Krantzberg produced a 9 part series of video tutorials that takes you through all of the enhancements in about 25 minutes, as well as teach you creative ways to use them. The series is free to watch for registered users.
As always, make sure you save a copy of the currently installed version as a backup before applying the update.
Logic Pro X 10.2.2 is available for download now.
Logic Pro X 10.2.2
"Logic now offers a new preference pane (Control Surfaces > MIDI Controllers) that allows the automatic assignment of controls for supported USB MIDI control devices to be enabled and disabled."
"The display for IR waveforms in Space Designer now updates immediately when loading a preset or reversing an IR."
See the full 10.2.2 Release Notes for more fixes and improvements!
Logic Pro X 10.2.1 is out. The update includes a new multi-threading feature, 30 plugins have been redesigned, improved reliability when downloading additional content, and more.
Logic Pro X 10.2.1 fixes and enhancements:
- New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels - Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits - Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface - A collection of 30 plugins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability - Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects - Improved reliability when downloading additional content - Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers - Drum Machine Designer supports drag and drop of multiple audio files - The Step Editor can automatically create lanes to display all MIDI events in a region - New export option allows you to to create stems from multiple selected tracks - Improved VoiceOver support
Some plugins include new features. See here: