Apple announces the immediate availability Logic Pro X 10.5 new version update, “the biggest update since its release,” according to Apple itself. It arrives full of novelties on several fronts ranging from the workflow to instruments, a few I could say inspired by Ableton Live software.
Despite substantial innovations, the price remains cheap, the update of previous versions is still free. But what exactly is new?
The classic EXS24 sampler (already too classic to be still current software) has finally received a deep update, now dividing into two instruments.
Sampler, which integrates all the functions of the previous EXS24 with a new design and notable improvements in sound manipulation to create instruments with multiple samples and adding the option of drag and drop.
Quick Sampler, a simpler instrument, designed for faster individual sound manipulation, with slicing, direct recording, and several instantaneous control options. Again, we see a concept similar to Ableton Live and its Sampler / Simpler idea.
A new drum synth has also been added with a collection of software-generated sounds, which can be combined with samples and used directly on a dedicated Drum Machine Designer pad, which has also been updated to add a new sampling engine and beat programming tools. The new drum synth offers an extensive collection of kicks, snares, toms, and other percussive sounds.
Here we find another similarity with the Ableton Live Drum Rack, as each pad of the Drum Machine Designer integrates itself an instance of Quick Sampler, greatly expanding the possibilities of manipulating each sound in the drum instrument.
Logic Pro X 10.5 includes Live Loops – the expected grid for launching clips for loops, samples, and recordings that we saw a few weeks ago in a leak, with a system similar to that already present in Garageband, which shows the loops in a circular structure, by colors and associated with respective tracks for then work through the material on the timeline, thus approaching the workflow of other DAWs such as Ableton Live.
This is accompanied by new effects called Remix FX, which include bitcrusher, filter, gate, and repeat, and have been specially thought to manipulate loops in real-time.
To these innovations focused on the creation of beats, a new step sequencer specially designed for drum and percussion programming is added, based on a color system and with several dedicated controls for speed control, repetition, gate, direction, and functions. random, inspired by the way of working of the classic drum machines.
Logic Pro X has also been optimized to work better with the latest Mac models to be able to work with “thousands of tracks and hundreds of plugins” in real-time. The Logic Remote (iOS) app has also been updated to version 1.4 to allow control of the loop grid and their management, also offering control over the new Remix FX effects.
Logic X 10.5 is a free update for all registered users. Logic Remote 1.4 can also be obtained for free from the iOS App Store. A new Logic Pro X license costs $ 199 on the App Store.
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