32-bit Frankenstien: Bring Your 32-bit AU Plug-ins Back to Life in Logic X


When Logic Pro X was released in 2013, many users breathed a sigh of relief: the DAW was long overdue for a refresh, and some were beginning to worry Apple was going to abandon its flagship music-creation software. Logic X proved that worry wrong, and was released with a slew of new features, not least of which is its entirely 64-bit architecture. Even though the previous version of Logic could be run in 64-bit mode, it still supported 32-bit AU plug-ins through its infamous 32-bit bridge.

Logic X, to the chagrin of long-time users who have amassed a large collection of third-party plug-ins, dropped 32-bit support entirely in an effort to streamline its processing efficiency. While many third-party plug-in manufacturers have provided free updates for their older 32-bit software, more than a few have a fee-based update plan. In other instances, certain plug-ins were no longer being supported for upgrades at all. Not wanting to lose access to their favorite plug-ins without having to pay a premium, many Logic users simply decided to stick with Logic 9.

The folks over at Sound Radix clearly have a number of favorite 32-bit AU plug-ins they wanted to use in Logic X. Their recently released 32 Lives software bridges the gap between Logic 9 and Logic X, and brings all your 32-bit AU plug-ins back from the dead in the process. It basically functions as an adapter that can load any 32-bit only AU plug-ins, be they processor or virtual instrument, right in Logic X, complete with their own GUIs.

Not limited to just breathing life back into your 32-bit AUs, 32 Lives also allows you to open projects you created in Logic 9—in Logic X—complete with their plug-in data and automation intact, so you won’t have to switch between to two versions to work on older projects. Pretty neat, huh?

Though designed for Logic X, 32 Lives is compatible with any DAW that supports the AU plug-in format, in addition to Final Cut Pro X.