Apple unveils Logic Studio; Major upgrade to Logic Pro, intros MainStage

Apple Online StoreApple today unveiled Logic Studio, a comprehensive suite of professional tools that gives musicians everything they need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage for US$499. Logic Studio features Logic Pro 8, a major upgrade that combines an intuitive new interface with Logic’s renowned sound quality and rock-solid timing, and introduces MainStage, an innovative new live performance application that turns the Mac into a streamlined live rig. Logic Studio also includes Soundtrack Pro 2, Apple’s professional audio post production software; Studio Instruments, made up of 40 pristine quality instruments; Studio Effects, with 80 professional effect plug-ins; a vast Studio Sound Library; and a powerful set of production utilities.

“From the fun and intuitive GarageBand to the all new Logic Studio, there’s never been a better time to be a musician on the Mac,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing, in the press release. “For less than $500, Logic Studio transforms the Mac into the most powerful musical instrument in the world.”

At the heart of Logic Studio is Logic Pro 8, now with an intuitive single-window interface for instant access to powerful music creation and production functions, including snap-to-transient selection and sample accurate editing directly in the Arrange window. New audio production tools such as Quick Swipe Comping and dynamic channel strip creation speed up common tasks. Logic Pro 8 also includes end-to-end surround production capabilities with innovative surround panning controls, multichannel tracks and busses, and support for True Surround software instruments and effects.

MainStage turns the Mac into a powerful live performance rig that produces reliable, consistent sound—whether music is being made at home, in a rehearsal space, or in front of an audience. Screen controls link software plug-ins to hardware knobs, faders and buttons, so musicians can use their favorite gear while performing live. An easy-to-read interactive display, designed for distant viewing in dim light, shows exactly the information needed on stage. Professional templates simplify set-up giving musicians more time to explore and create their own unique sounds.

Soundtrack Pro 2 is the musician’s bridge to sound for picture with professional editing tools and seamless film and video integration that simplifies every aspect of the audio post production process. Musicians can compose their score in Logic Pro 8 then use Soundtrack Pro 2 to edit dialog, design sound effects and complete the mix in cinematic sound.

Studio Instruments with 40 instrument plug-ins enable musicians to access and play almost any sound imaginable, including enhanced versions of Ultrabeat, Sculpture and ES2 synthesizers, and the EXS24 sampler. Studio Effects include a new Delay Designer plug-in that offers in-depth control over individual delay taps, and Space Designer, now with True Surround enhancements for multichannel audio processing. Logic Studio gives musicians a vast Studio Sound Library, featuring content from the five Jam Pack® collections and Final Cut Studio 2, for a total of 18,000 Apple Loops, 1,300 EXS instruments and 5,000 sound effects that span a huge variety of genres and styles. Production utilities include WaveBurner for CD mastering, Compressor 3 for surround encoding, an Apple Loops utility and a new Impulse Response utility for capturing the acoustics of real performance spaces.

Logic Studio is now available for a suggested retail price of US$499 through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Registered Logic Pro 7 users can upgrade to Logic Studio for $199. Customers who purchased Logic Pro 7 on or after August 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to Logic Studio ($9.95 shipping & handling).

Logic Studio System Requirements:

Minimum requirements to install all applications:
• Mac computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor (PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, or Intel Xeon processor highly recommended)
• 1GB of RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
• Display with 1024-by-768 resolution (1280-by-800 or higher recommended)
• Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
• QuickTime 7.2 or later
• DVD drive for installation
• PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire based audio interface recommended

Additional recommendations for Logic Pro:
• At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments
• USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) for instruments
• Logic Node requires a Mac computer with a PowerPC G5, Intel Core, or Intel Xeon processor and Gigabit Ethernet

Additional recommendations for MainStage:
• At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments
• USB musical keyboard, control surface, or guitar pedal board (or suitable MIDI control device and interface)
• Standard graphics card in any Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac with Intel Core Duo, Power Mac G5, or iMac G5

Surround requirements for Logic Pro and Soundtrack Pro:
• Mac computer with dual PowerPC G5 processors or an Intel Core Duo or Xeon processor
• Multichannel audio interface

Available disk space:
• 7GB to install all applications and required content
• Additional 39GB to install all optional content (large content packages can be installed on separate disk):
– 10GB for Jam Pack collections
– 16GB for sound effects
– 6GB for surround music beds
– 7GB for other optional content

Contents:
• DVD containing Logic Pro 8, MainStage, Soundtrack Pro 2, Studio Instruments, Studio Effects, WaveBurner 1.5, Compressor 3, Impulse Response Utility, Apple Loops Utility, QuickTime 7 Pro, and required content
• Six content DVDs containing Jam Pack collections, sound effects, surround music beds, EXS24 samples, and impulse response files
• Demo content DVD
• Printed and electronic documentation

More information on Logic Studio including a list of certified, compatible hardware and software, can be found here.

44 Comments

  1. I’m not much more than a music tinkerer, but this looks like a great deal. It costs $500 just to buy all 5 Apple Jam Packs. But they all come with Logic Studio, so it’s like getting the software for free.

  2. …the whole intel Mac is a dongle through EFI courtesy of your friends (not) at the Trusted Computing Group.

    EFI is a extremely powerful firmware enviroment that can read hard drives, cd drives, contact the internet and download without a OS even running!! The OS actually has to go through EFI to get to the hardware calls.

    Wonderful ain’t it? A spy in your machine.

    Already iTunes (not iTMS), AddressBook, imovie, IDVD, FRONTROW!! and dashboard advisory deamon contacts Apple regularly without your permission or knowledge.

    Even booting your Mac contacts Apple.

    Now Intel Macs it’s unknown at this time what software and when EFI is contacting the internet. Perhaps programs like Photoshop are already using EFI.

    Snoop on your hard drive they can. Won’t work unless your connected to the internet it will become.

  3. One of you audio gurus, please give us a few sentences of what the big improvements and changes this will give us. For those of us who are not real familiar with this stuff, what’s the “big deal”?

  4. “…A simple serial number replaces the USB dongle and lets you make music without the hassle of extraneous hardware…”

    Oh well, I have a dongle for 7.x so I could care less about the cheap bastards who aim for ripped apps.

    On the more important part, I bet the folks from Emagic still haven’t fixed the utterly shitty sound editing environment, also I bet the app still overwrites the original audio file when commiting an edit (leaving a .dup behind)…not to mention the disappearing DNA groove templates. Even though the snappiest version so far was 4.8, I’m curious how this one performs. I was hoping for an Absynth-esque synth to be added, nothing new tho.

  5. This software is an industrial strength recording studio in your Mac where you can easily combine midi tracks, audio tracks, rudimentary notation, film scoring, processing, finalizing and mastering in one environment. Logic is to Garage Band what InDesign is to Pages. There are two other simular and equally mature programs in this category, MOTU’s Digital Performer and Steinberg’s Cubase. (Cubase is the only one left which is cross platform.)
    I personally use MOTU’s Digital Performer, so I’m not familiar with the upgrades here but MOTU should be more than a little worried that Apple has lowered the price by $500! That is a huge upgrade all by itself.
    I’m also a little baffled why Soundtrac 2 is a separate program. I always assumed that SoundTrac was simply a subset of Logic. Having to run two programs seems cumbersome to me.
    Maybe someone else can enlighten us as to the upgrade details of the new Logic.

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