Apple continues push for professional users in China with Logic Pro X update

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Apple's professional-grade audio editing app, Logic Pro X, was given a significant update on Thursday, adding a number of fixes and enhancements, including more than 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops.

Logic Pro X version 10.2.3 is now available to download on the Mac App Store. It's a free upgrade for existing owners, or a $199.99 purchase for new users.

The addition of China-focused features comes less than a month after Apple's more entry-level app, GarageBand, also added Chinese music and instruments, as well as localized social media sharing. The updates are part of Apple's continued push to drive adoption of its hardware and platforms in the nation of over 1 billion people.

Beyond the 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops, the new Logic Pro X update adds a number of new capabilities. They are:

  • Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited
  • Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing
  • 7 additional plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability
  • New Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering
  • Nudge controls can now be used to edit the position of selected automation points
  • Icons for Drum Machine Designer cells are now user assignable
  • All Alchemy presets now include names for Transform Pad snapshots
  • 3 new traditional Chinese instrument Patches for pipa, erhu and percussion
  • Over 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops
  • Ability to enable click zones for Take Folders to provide simultaneous access to editing and Quick Swipe Comping
  • Multiple additional enhancement and stability improvements

In the update, Apple also highlighted a number of other recent improvements. They are:

Other recent Improvements:

  • New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels
  • Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits
  • Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface
  • A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability
  • Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects
  • Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers
  • Drum Machine Designer supports drag and drop of multiple audio files

Logix Pro X is a 1.31-gigabyte download compatible with OS X 10.10 or later on machines running a 64-bit processor.