Alongside the release of Music Memos and a significant update to GarageBand, Apple dropped a major new update to its flagship music production suite for OS X. Logic Pro X 10.2.2 brings tons of new features to the table, and a changelog that’s long enough to qualify as a light novel.
I’ve seen the idea that “Apple no longer cares about professionals” tossed around more often than it should. All you need to do is look at the Logic Pro X changelog to see that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Logic Pro X 10.2.1 changelog
- 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 plug-ins 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
If you looked at the full changelog, linked here, then you’ll see that this is just a small subset of all of the changes incorporated into Logic Pro X 10.2.1. Seriously, you don’t usually see major updates for operating systems featuring changelogs this verbose.
The bottom line is that Logic Pro X is serious software for professionals. It has a pretty easy to grasp learning curve, but an extremely high ceiling for growth. At only $199 on the Mac App Store, I think it’s a steal for anyone seriously into writing, sampling, recording, or mixing music.
Apple isn’t shy about Logic’s ability either, as it recently posted a page on its website highlighting the role that Logic played in hit singer Adele’s recently released album 25. It’s an interesting read, and although the software used with a singer of Adele’s caliber likely makes no difference in the grand scheme of things, it shows the respect that top industry producers have for the app.
Do you use Logic Pro X? If not, would you consider doing so?