Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.1 & Mainstage 3 to v3.1

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Apple has releases version 10.1 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation and version 3.1 of the MainStage music application designed for live performance.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated tools for professional songwriting, editing and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

Changes in Logic Pro X v10.1

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more.
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves.
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles.
  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name.
  • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime.
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance.
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively.
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders.
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation.
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces.
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects.

Changes in MainStage v3.1

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using new Auto Sampler plug-in.
  • Assign and manage custom shortcuts using the new Key Command editor.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

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Apple updates Garageband (Mac & iOS)

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Apple GarageBand

Apple has released updates for its GarageBand music software for iOS and Mac.

GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. An intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro.

Changes in GarageBand Mac v10.0.3

  • Adds support for OS X Yosemite.
  • Access audio effect plug-ins for more detailed control over the sound of your tracks.
  • Build your own bass rig with Bass Amp Designer using vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and mics.
  • New Voice Template for fast and easy vocal recordings.
  • Share GarageBand projects with Mail Drop.
  • Vertical zoom automatically adjusts the height of your tracks.
  • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.

Changes in GarageBand iOS v2.0.4

  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

Garageband is available for purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Apple / GarageBand

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Positive Grid updates Final Touch app with Apple AAC encoder

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Positive Grid has announced that version 1.1.0 of its Final Touch audio post production system for iOS now includes real-time auditioning through the Apple AAC encoder, which provides accurate level metering and preparation for Mastered for iTunes process on a Mac.

Positive Grid Final Touch

With this new update, Final Touch adds real-time auditioning through the Apple AAC encoder, which provides accurate level metering and preparation for Mastered for iTunes process on a Mac. The AAC format is considered to be the successor of the MP3 format, as it delivers better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates.

Final Touch combines seven essential mastering tools into one integrated system: Pre and Post Linear Phase EQ modules, a Dynamics module with a highly flexible stereo/mid-side multiband compressor/limiter, Stereo Imaging, Reverb, and a Maximizer with Comprehensive Dithering and noise-shaping options. The final mix can be exported and shared via email, Dropbox, iTunes and SoundCloud.

The new Final Touch update includes the new AAC preview feature, an increased 256kbps bitrate in AAC format exporting, and overall performance improvements. Positive Grid will continue working with Apple engineers to release the right tools to export any mastered track using “Mastered for iTunes” directly from Final Touch.

Final Touch is available for purchase for $19.99 USD from the iTunes App Store. The app requires an iPad 2 or newer to operate.

More information: Positive Grid / Final Touch

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Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.0.5

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Apple Logic Pro X

Apple has released version 10.0.5 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation software for Mac.

Keep the creativity flowing with advanced new tools and an intuitive interface that makes them easily accessible whenever you need them. And enjoy the full set of powerful features Logic Pro users already love, now made even better.

Changes in Logic Pro X v10.0.5

  • Adds 3 new Drummers and 11 new Drum Kit Designer patches.
  • Significant enhancements to Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ plug-ins including redesigned interfaces that are also accessible within the Smart Controls area.
  • Solo now works as expected on channel strips using an External I/O plug-in.
  • Volume and pan automation is now included in XML interchange with Final Cut Pro X.
  • Loops that belong to the same family can be selected and changed using a new control in the region header.
  • The waveform size in an audio region now adapts to the value of the region Gain parameter.
  • The Link mode button is now available for the Piano Roll editor.
  • Includes stability improvements.

Logic Pro X for Mac is available to purchase for $199.99 USD.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

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Roland releases new Windows 8.1 & Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers

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Roland USB Drivers

Roland has announced that new Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are available for a wide range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers, recorders, and more.

Roland respects the importance of keeping pace with technology, and Roland’s engineering teams forge strong links with Microsoft and Apple to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.

Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates, giving musicians immediate access to keep creative visions flowing. Windows 8.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are now available for the Roland products listed below. Additional drivers for Roland products will also be added as they are completed.

The drivers are available to download here.

More information: Roland

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