Apple Logic Pro X: A Whole New Look for Apple's Music-Making Machine

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Apple just announced a new version of its top-end music production software. It's been four years since Apple updated its professional editing suite, so there's a long list of upgrades in Logic Pro X. The improvements range from an overhauled interface to an iPad controller app to a new automatic drummer feature to help fill in your song when you can't get a drummer into the studio. It's available now for $200.

The first thing you'll immediately notice about Logic Pro X is a darker, more modern-looking interface. Beyond the cosmetics, the UI has been streamlined to make digging down into the nitty gritty of mixing easier.

These days, most editing software comes with some kind of tablet control app interface, and given that Apple makes the iPad it's no surprise that the company made an iPad controller that should make naturally tactile actions like sliding faders up and down easier and more intuitive than they are with a mouse.


The marquee feature is that automatic drummer (called, appropriately enough, "Drummer"). More than a metronome, it's designed to behave like an automatic session player that you can instruct using various tweakable parameters. According to Apple, Drummer is smarter and more human-sounding than your traditional drum machine. We'll be excited to see (and hear) how well it actually works.

For a much deeper look into the new features in Logic X, we definitely recommend checking out the hands-on preview at Create Digital Music. But from what we can tell, the new version is a much-needed modernization for the software that stops short of drastic change that would scare away old users. We haven't had a chance to look into every last feature, so if there's anything you think is of interest, let us know in the discussion below. [Businesswire via App Store]

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Kinda related and something I've been wondering for a while (caveat, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to music production): if you don't own any instruments or midi/other audio input devices, is it possible to feed this program some piano notes (say, tell it to play E-G-C) or guitar chords, and then have it play those specific notes/chords and make it sound like someone is playing those instruments? If so, is there a Windows-equivalent program that can do this?

For example, I type into my computer keyboard some notes from Beethoven and a program plays it and makes it sound like a real piano. Or I type in some guitar chords from the latest top 40 hit, and the program makes it sound like a guitar...?