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Apple Updates Logic Pro X to v.10.5

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New creative tools make Logic Pro X 10.5 the biggest update yet.

Today Apple unveiled a major update to Logic Pro X. It features a professional version of Live Loops and a completely redesigned sampling workflow. Innovative features also include a Drum Synth plug-in, enhancements to Drum Machine Designer, major updates to Logic Remote for iOS, and an integrated step sequencer (finally!). With its collection of powerful creative capabilities, Logic Pro X 10.5 is a massive release for all musicians. If you produce electronic music, you’ll find its new features especially useful.

Live Loops

With Live Loops on the Mac, Logic users can now create music in new freeform and nonlinear ways. You can organize loops, samples, and recordings into a new musical grid. In the grid, musicians can spontaneously perform and capture different arrangement ideas into the timeline. From there, you can further refined your tracks using all of the professional production features in Logic.

Remix FX enhances Live Loops with an exciting collection of electronic effects like Bitcrusher, filter, gater, and repeater. You can play them in real time over individual tracks or the entire song mix. Both features become even more powerful when using the free Logic Remote app, allowing you to pair your iPhone or iPad with your Mac, Then you’ll have Multi-Touch control over Live Loops and Remix FX.

Sampler and Quick Sampler

Sampler represents the next generation of the popular industry-standard EXS24 plug-in. It has an all-new modern design and expanded sound-shaping controls, while maintaining full backwards compatibility. Producers can use Sampler to create and edit sophisticated multisampled instruments, using elegant drag-and-drop workflows that automate complex production tasks.

Quick Sampler is a fast and simple way to turn any individual sound into a playable instrument. Musicians can pick a sound from within Logic, the Finder, Voice Memos, or even record directly into Quick Sampler. With just a few clicks, you can trim, loop, import, and play samples across a keyboard controller, with access to creative sound-shaping controls.

Beat Creation

Logic Pro X 10.5 offers a collection of new creative tools designed to work together to make it fast and fluid to build original beats—an integral part of hip-hop and electronic music production.

Drum Synth provides a wide collection of kick drums, snares, toms, and percussion sounds generated entirely by software. Each sound is accompanied by dedicated sound-shaping controls to help musicians fine-tune their favorite parts. You can use Drum Synth sounds on any pad in Drum Machine Designer, where you can even blend it with samples for creative sound design options.

Apple has enhanced Drum Machine Designer, the tool for building electronic drum kits in Logic, to integrate with the new sampling and beat-programming workflows. Each drum pad can host the new Quick Sampler and Drum Synth plug-ins, making it easy to edit and shape individual sounds within a drum kit. After you’ve created kits, you can play them in real time or program them with Step Sequencer.

Step Sequencer is a new editor in Logic Pro X 10.5. It’s designed to make it fun and easy to program drum beats, bass lines, and melodic parts using an interface inspired by classic drum machine workflows. Step Sequencer combines a pattern-based style of music creation with powerful editing options for creating original parts, providing detailed control over note velocity, repeat, gate, skip, playback direction, and randomization.

Logic Remote

Apple’s free companion app Logic Remote lets you pair an iPhone or iPad with your Mac to control and perform Logic features and instruments using Multi-Touch. Logic Remote’s major update lets you trigger sounds in Live Loops, browse and add loops, and apply Remix FX to a session.

For a quick look at Logic Pro X 10.5’s new features, watch this video from our friends at macProVideo. For a more detailed look, check out their free 11-part video course.

Pricing and Availability

Logic Pro X 10.5 is available now as a free update for all existing users. For new customers, it’s available on the Mac App Store for $199.99. You can also find Logic Remote 1.4 as a free download on Apple’s App Store. Customers can sign up for a free trial of Logic Pro X, too. For more information, visit Apple online.

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