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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.

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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.

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Apple updates GarageBand for Mac & iOS (iWork and iLife)

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Apple GarageBand

Apple has announced its next generation iWork & iLife apps for OS X & iOS, including new versions of GarageBand for iOS and GarageBand for Mac.

GarageBand for Mac has received its biggest update ever with a fresh new look, all new Sound Library, and amazing new features, like Drummer and Smart Controls, giving you everything you need to easily make a great-sounding song.

GarageBand for iOS has been updated to match the look and feel of iOS 7 and taps the power of 64-bit to bring musicians a full recording studio with up to 32 tracks. With iOS 7 Inter-App Audio you can record third-party music apps right into GarageBand, and AirDrop allows you to wirelessly share your song projects with other iOS users so you can work on songs together.

iCloud helps keep your song projects up to date across your devices, and users can start a song on iOS and pick up where they left off using GarageBand for Mac.

GarageBand for Mac and iOS are free for all OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 users. Additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available for a one-time in-app purchase of £2.99 GBP for each platform.

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Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.0.2

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Apple Logic Pro X

Apple has released version 10.0.2 of Logic Pro X, the digital audio workstation for Mac.

Sophisticated new 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 v10.0.2

  • Undo commands work as expected after Flex Pitch editing.
  • The Vintage Electric Piano plug-in now performs correctly at all sample rates.
  • The Capture Last Take key command no longer erases a MIDI recording.
  • Double-clicking on a Drummer region now opens or closes the editor.
  • Addresses a graphic issue where the Piano Roll Editor could display an empty window.
  • Check the release notes for details.

This release is recommended for all Logic Pro X customers.

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macProVideo.com launches 6 Logic Pro X video courses

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macProVideo.com has announced the release of new Logic Pro X full HD video tutorial courses.

For people new to macProVideo, there’s a free 1-hour overview of the new features in Logic Pro X available directly on the company’s website. By purchasing a library pass for $25 a month, a user can get further access to streaming courses for Logic Remote for iPad, Drummer & Drum Kit Designer, Flex Pitch & Vocals, The Arpeggiator MIDI FX Plugin, and Smart Controls.

macProVideo Logic Pro X courses

Logic Pro X tutorials

  • Logic Pro 100 – New In Logic Pro X
    Logic Pro X is here… and it’s packed with tons of powerful and inspiring new features. Check it out right here in this exclusive, FREE collection of tutorials by Logic masters Steve H and sflogicninja David Earl…
  • Logic Pro 106 – Logic Remote
    Logic Remote is Apple’s FREE iPad app that is designed exclusively for Logic Pro X. Learn all about its intelligent, multi-touch, second screen capabilities with Logic expert and macProVideo publisher, Steve H.
  • Logic Pro 107 – Smart Controls
    Tired of diving through plugins to find the parameters you’re after? Smart Controls let you assign parameters from several plugins to one collection of knobs that are always available!
  • Logic Pro 108 – Flexing Vocals: Time and Pitch
    Logic Pro X adds a new “Flex Pitch” feature that lets you tweak vocals to make a perfect recording. It’s a cool new feature that accents Flex Time – David Earl dishes out the secrets in this new Flex Pitch & Time Course.
  • Logic Pro 200 – MIDI FX: The Arpeggiator
    Logic’s new MIDI FX plugins are a galaxy of creativity and they all revolve around the expansive Arpeggiator. Join Logic guru Steve H as he explains the Arpeggiator and shows you how to unleash all of the powerful potential locked deep within…
  • Logic Pro 202 – Drummer and Drum Kit Designer
    Need a real drummer to put the perfect polish on your indie song? Fear not, Logic Pro X’s new Drummer & Drum Kit Designer plugins inject a virtual session drummer directly into your project studio. Watch as David Earl shows you how this new Audio AI works!

The videos are now available to macProVideo.com library pass users.

More information: macProVideo.com / Logic Pro X

Apple releases Logic Pro X

Apple has announced the release of Logic Pro X, featuring a new interface designed for pros, powerful new creative tools for musicians, and an expanded collection of instruments and effects.

Apple Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X includes Drummer, a revolutionary new feature that provides a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, and Flex Pitch, which provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings. Apple also introduced Logic Remote, an innovative new way to play and control Logic Pro X from your iPad®, giving musicians the flexibility to create and mix their music from anywhere in the room.

“Logic Pro X is our most powerful version yet, with advanced tools and a modern new interface designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”

“Logic Pro was critical to writing and recording our debut album Night Visions, so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on Logic Pro X,” said Wayne Sermon, guitarist of the Platinum-selling band Imagine Dragons. “We love the new design, and the creative features of Logic Pro X have already been inspiring us to write new material while we’re on tour.”

Logic Pro X has been designed with a modern new look while preserving and expanding the power and features that professional users rely on. The streamlined interface provides access to advanced tools and functionality for more technical tasks, or can be hidden to allow musicians to focus on being creative. Flex Pitch helps users fix out-of-tune vocals and even change the melodies of recorded audio by manipulating individual notes within an audio waveform. Track Stacks lets you organize and collapse multiple tracks into one, or can be used to create rich, layered instruments. Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. An improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts.

Logic Pro X Drummer / Drum Kit Designer
Logic Pro X Drummer and Drum Kit Designer.

Logic Pro X provides a collection of new creative tools for songwriting and music production. Drummer delivers professionally produced, realistic drum tracks that respond to your direction and can perform millions of unique grooves in rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres. Drummer is powered by the performances and sounds of some of the industry’s top session players and recording engineers, including legendary mixer/producer Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Designed to work with Drummer, the new Drum Kit Designer plug-in lets you build your own custom kit using a diverse collection of professionally recorded snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals that you can mix, match and fine tune to get the right drum sound for your song.

Logic Pro X expands Logic Pro’s rich collection of synthesizers and keyboards with more new instruments. The Arpeggiator is one of nine new MIDI plug-ins and can transform a simple keyboard chord into an elaborate performance. The new Retro Synth emulates some of the most popular classic synthesizer tones from the 70s and 80s, and Vintage Keyboards offer realistic models of electric pianos, B3 organs and clavs, with sophisticated tone-shaping controls. Bass Amp Designer allows bass players to play and record using vintage and modern bass amps, with cabinets and microphones that can be configured to build a custom bass rig. Logic Pro X also features an entirely new Sound Library with an updated loop collection and over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches that make creative use of Track Stacks, Smart Controls, the Arpeggiator and other new plug-ins.

Logic Remote

Logic Remote is an innovative new way to extend the creative power of Logic by using your iPad. Designed to take full advantage of the iPad Multi-Touch™ display, Logic Remote gives users new ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X from anywhere in the room, turning their iPad into a keyboard, drum pad, guitar fretboard, mixing board or transport control.

MainStage® 3, a major update to MainStage, is the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, turning the Mac® into a live rig that makes it easy to bring sounds from the studio to the concert stage. MainStage 3 features a new user interface and maintains compatibility with the new Logic Pro X plug-ins, Patches and Smart Controls.

Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available to purchase for $199.99 USD and $29.99 USD, respectively. Logic Remote is available as a free download from the App Store.

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Puremagnetik releases alphaSynth sound library

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Puremagnetik has released alphaSynth, a library of old-school sounds captured from an early Apple home computer with an Alpha Syntauri music system.

Puremagnetik alphaSynth

The Alpha Syntauri was a music system designed around the expansion capabilities of the Apple ][. The hardware consisted of an external piano-style keyboard, with a 3-card set that plugged into the Apple ][, including a keyboard interface card, and the two-board Mountain Computer Music System. Software was designed to support music composition and performance.

Puremagnetik has captured the 8-bit charm of this early home computer music system and reprogrammed everything for the modern music workstation.

Whether you are looking for aliased chippy sounds, lo-fi leads or quirky percussion, alphaSynth brings one of the best things about 1982 right to your desktop!

alphaSynth features

  • Over 20 multi-sampled instruments with expressive articulations.
  • Hundreds of expertly recorded multi-samples.
  • Advanced Ableton Live Racks with customized Macro Controls.
  • Kontakt KSP easy edit GUI.
  • Logic EXS version includes Channel Strip Settings with Logic effects.
  • EXS Universal file format for easy importing into any audio host.

The alphaSynth micropak is now available to download for Puremagnetik subscribers.

More information: Puremagnetik / alphaSynth

Apple updates Logic Pro to v9.1.6 + now available at Mac App Store

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Apple Logic Pro

Apple has updated its Logic Pro music production software for Mac to version 1.9.6.

Logic Pro 9.1.6 is an update to Logic Pro 9 (which is part of Logic Studio 2). Logic Pro 9.1.6 is also the version of Logic Pro available for purchase on the Mac App Store.

Changes in Logic Pro v1.9.6

  • Compatibility
    • On OS X Lion 10.7, “Revert to Saved” is now possible after a project has been renamed.
  • Performance and Stability
    • Logic now uses multiple available cores as expected when performing offline bounces.
    • Resolves an issue in which Logic sometimes quit unexpectedly when deleting multiple Marquee selected tracks with the Drag Mode set to Shuffle L.
    • Fixes an issue in which clicking in an automation lane with the Marquee tool could cause Logic to quit unexpectedly.
    • Channel strip level meters no longer sometimes momentarily stop responding when the playhead is moved to a new position during playback.
    • Loading a Kontakt 4/5 factory preset in 64-bit mode no longer causes Logic to quit unexpectedly.
    • Logic now reliably initializes MIDI ports when Logic is launched by double-clicking a project file, choosing “Open with” from the project file contextual menu, or when using the Load Most Recent Project startup action.
  • Audio
    • Channel strips with pre-fader sends now mute consistently.
    • Audio playback while using Prelisten in the Audio Bin now properly updates when changing the selection of files or regions.
    • Fixes an issue in which record repeat would delete the wrong take.
  • Plug-ins and Instruments
    • Dropping multiple samples on the EXS editor keyboard and choosing the Contiguous Zones option now correctly results in a chromatic mapping of the samples.
    • Using the + key to step through EXS instruments no longer causes Logic to sometimes quit unexpectedly.
    • The Key Release Time for a Group can now be set to values greater than 1000 as expected in the EXS editor.
    • Fixes an issue in which EXS24 did not play one-shots in mono or legato mode.
    • Resolves an issue in EXS24 in which instruments containing zones triggered by key release via a group were susceptible to stuck notes.
    • In EVB3, the extended parameter area no longer shows controls already available in the main plug-in window.
    • Ultrabeat now properly maintains the set pitch of a previously loaded sample after browsing for a new sample and then canceling.
    • Resolves an issue in which auditioning samples in Ultrabeat with Voice Auto Select and “Preview in Voice” active could lead to a sample endlessly looping.
  • Control Surfaces
    • Changes made to a project using a control surface now reliably activate the control surface Save button.
    • The Undo LED on Logic Control now correctly lights to show the availability of undo steps.
    • Setting parameter assignments on Control Surfaces to fixed values other than 1 now works correctly in 64-bit mode.
  • General
    • Clicking on an unused take after deleting a comp section no longer selects the entire take folder.
    • Resolves an issue in which using Auto Set Locators by Marquee Selection with very small Marquee selection lengths could result in the playhead getting stuck.
    • Playback now reliably starts from the beginning of the project after using the “Return to Zero” button in the Transport, no matter what Play setting is active.
    • With Catch Clock Position active and Cycle enabled, Logic now centers the cycle area if it fits within the current view.
    • Fixes an issue in which the visible area in the Arrange window would sometimes jump a few pixels to the left after scrolling to the right on OS X 10.7 Lion.
    • Resolves an issue in which using the Fade tool on a region could cause audio regions to be deleted in projects that contain unused audio regions.
    • “Bounce – Replace All Tracks” now places regions on the correct tracks in songs that contain MIDI take folders.
    • Volume automation now works reliably on all frozen tracks.
    • Resolves an issue in which the Hyper editor did not reliably update to show new selections at high vertical zoom levels.
    • MIDI editors now reliably update to show the contents of MIDI regions selected by rubber-band selection.
    • In the Event editor, the up, down, left, and right arrow keys now correctly navigate between fields while in text edit mode.
    • Logic no longer sometimes asks to save changes when closing a song that has not been changed.
    • The key commands to select projects now work as expected.
    • After using Save As to make a new version of an existing project to a new location, the recording path for the project is now appropriately updated to the location where the new project was saved.
    • Resolves an issue in which moving an audio region where the anchor had been set caused the anchor to reset to the beginning of the region if the project contained take folders.
    • Fixes an issue in which moving or copying a take folder with the drag mode set to No Overlap could alter the take folder.

Logic Pro 1.9.6 is now also available to purchase from the Mac App Store, priced $199.99 USD.

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