Apple updates GarageBand and Logic Pro X with pro-level features, including Touch Bar support

Apple today updated its GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps with new features designed to support music makers “from enthusiasts to pros.” GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now provides the creative synthesizer Alchemy and has a new browser for easier searching through instruments and patches.

Logic Pro X 10.3 has been refreshed with a modern interface and now includes features for pro audio production and support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro.

Logic Pro X 10.3 for Mac

Logic Pro users who own Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can now customize in-app shortcuts to their liking, as well as view and navigate projects in a timeline overview, access the volume and Smart Controls for any selected track and more.

Aside from Touch Bar support, the new version of Logic Pro also lets you play and record software instruments via a piano keyboard on Touch Bar that can be customized to a variety of musical scales, or by tapping drum pads to create beats.

A new share option allows users to upload a GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud so that it can be opened on an iOS device. Any newly added tracks in GarageBand for iOS will then automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.

Other new features in Logic Pro X include a 64-bit summing engine, 192 additional busses, true stereo panning for discrete control of stereo signals, selection-based processing (apply any combination of Logic or third-party effect plug-ins onto any selection of one or multiple audio regions) and a Track Alternatives feature that makes it easy to create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on any track.

Apple’s What’s New in Logic Pro X webpage has yet to be refreshed with these perks.

GarageBand 2.2 for iPhone and iPad

GarageBand 2.2 for iOS packs in an overhauled sound browser for faster access to Touch Instruments. The Alchemy synthesizers is now available in the iOS app with 150+ Apple-designed patches from a wide variety of genres, including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop and more. Alchemy’s Transform Pad feature makes it easy to morph between eight sonic snapshots in real-time.

A revamped Audio Recorder has gained one-tap vocal effects and the app now supports multi-take recording, third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects and advanced audio processing tools.

Here’s everything new in GarageBand for iOS 2.2:

  • Play and record using the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches.
  • Quickly find Touch Instruments and patches with a redesigned sound browser.
  • Capture your voice or instrument and apply studio-class effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay with the new Audio Recorder.
  • Use new mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher and Overdrive.
  • Add third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions.
  • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording.
  • Perform with Chord Strips from any keyboard instrument.
  • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad.
  • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud.
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

The Alchemy creative synthesizer is available on iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. Adding third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from App Store.

“Music has always been part of Apple’s DNA, and we are excited to deliver yet another fun and powerful update to our music creation apps, GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Applications Product Marketing.

“These updates bring a wide range of new and highly requested features to both hobbyists and the community of pro musicians and audio engineers who rely on our software and hardware to create amazing music.”

Pricing and availability

Today’s updates are free for all existing users.

For older and non-qualifying devices, GarageBand for iOS is a $4.99 download from App Store. For new users, Logic Pro X 10.3 is a $199.99 download from Mac App Store.

Source: Apple