Apple releases 'major' update to Logic Pro X

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On Tuesday, Apple rolled out what it is calling "the biggest update to Logic since the launch of Logic Pro X."

The update to Logic Pro X adds a professional version of Live Loops, a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools.

With Live Loops on the Mac, Logic users can now create music in new freeform and nonlinear ways. Apple notes that Loops, samples, and recordings can be organized into a new musical grid, with musicians able to can perform and capture arrangements, and refine them in Logic.

Remix FX enhances Live Loops with electronic effects like Bitcrusher, filter, gater, and repeater — and all can be applied in real time. The Logic Remote app allows users to pair their iPhone or iPad with their Mac to provide Multi-Touch control over Live Loops and Remix FX.

Logic Pro X on the MacBook Pro, with the Logic Remote app
Logic Pro X on the MacBook Pro, with the Logic Remote app

Step Sequencer is a new editor in Logic to program drum beats, bass lines, and melodic parts using an interface inspired by what Apple calls "classic drum machine workflows." Step Sequencer combines a pattern-based style of music creation with editing options to providing detailed control over note velocity, repeat, gate, skip, playback direction, and randomization.

Sampler is an implementation of the industry-standard EXS24 plug-in, redesigned, and fully backwards compatible. And, Quick Sampler allows users to pick a sound from within Logic, the Finder, Voice Memos, or even record directly.

Logic Pro X Quick Sampler interface
Logic Pro X Quick Sampler interface

"The Mac and Logic Pro X are essential tools used by the world's top musicians and producers to create the music that we all love," said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Apps Product Marketing. "Logic Pro X 10.5 represents the biggest update to Logic since the launch of Logic Pro X, with powerful new tools that will inspire every artist — from those just getting started with Logic, to those already using it to produce Grammy Award-winning albums. We can't wait to hear what these artists create next."

Logic Pro X 10.5 is available today as a free update for all existing users, and is available on the Mac App Store for $199.99 for new customers. Logic Remote 1.4 is also available today as a free download on the App Store.