Apple Logic Studio - Music Production Suite

Apple Logic Studio - Music Production Suite

Apple Logic Studio - Music Production Suite

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Apple Logic Studio - Music Production Suite


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Product Highlights

  • Logic Pro 9
  • Plug-Ins and Sounds
  • Main Stage 2
  • Soundtrack Pro 3
  • WaveBurner 1.6
  • Compressor 3.5
  • Impulse Response Utility
  • Mac OS X
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Apple Logic Studio 9 Overview

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Logic Studio from Apple is a complete set of professional applications allows the user to write, record, edit, mix and perform music. The production suite is loaded with exacting models and gorgeous samples of the best gear, from the classic to the rare, and even the obscure. Also included are the most advanced, easy-to-use tools for manipulating those sounds or creating custom ones.

The main component, Logic Pro 9 is a fully featured and comprehensive digital audio workstation that delivers all the tools need to record, edit and mix audio. Whether in a state-of-the-art studio or in a garage, the software puts the power of the most advanced tools to work for any project.

A problem that many artists encounter is that their recordings sound great, but when it comes time to perform, the music is compromised by the lack of availability of the same tools used in the earlier process. MainStage 2 makes it easy to bring all the same instruments and effects to the stage. Shows can even be expanded with live loops or prerecorded backing tracks.

With the Mac computer as the core of a live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. The layout, from the number, type, size and color of the controls, to the parameters they manipulate, can be easily customized. And the performer can instantly assign onscreen controls to the faders, knobs and switches on their hardware for hands-on control.

Soundtrack Pro 3 is where "sound meets picture". Whether creating audio for a web video or a feature-length film, Soundtrack Pro 3 provides the perfect bridge to Final Cut Pro. The application is loaded with powerful tools that allow for precision edits, polishing dialogue quickly, restoring audio, creating stunning sound effects, and mixing in surround. And the single, streamlined interface is designed to help the user to fly through audio post production.

The utility applications in Logic Studio allow for many other tasks to be accomplished with ease. These include re-creating the acoustic profile of any space imaginable, turning audio files into Apple Loops, authoring everything from a quick demo disc to DDP files, and creating professional premasters and Red Book-standard CDs. Finally, pristine audio and video can be encoded in a full range of industry-standard formats.

What's New

Flex Time
Flex Tool
Flex Tool lets you push audio around with your mouse by clicking and dragging anywhere on the waveform - forget all that tedious splicing and editing

Audio Quantize
It's not just for MIDI anymore. Now you can conform the timing of an audio region to a musical grid, or to the feel of another track, instantly correcting a performance

Editing Drum Tracks
Use Slicing Mode with drums and you won't compromise a single attack. Edit across a set of grouped multitrack drums and everything stays locked perfectly in phase

Slow down or speed up an entire multitrack project effortlessly, whether you want to try out different tempos or take it slow while you play a difficult solo

Flex Modes
Whether you're editing a solo vocal, a rhythm guitar, or multitrack drums, Flex Time has a mode designed to give you the best results

Speed Fades
Get creative by adding turntable-style starts or stops with the kind of precision that would impress even the best DJs

Tempo Import/Export
Now the audio you import can automatically conform to the tempo of a project you're working on (and the other way around)

Production Tools
Selective Track Import
To transfer setups and track content between projects, simply select the individual components you want to import on a track-by-track basis

Expanded Take Folder Editing
Logic Pro 9 gives you access to your important edit tools and Flex Time features - right alongside Quick Swipe comping

Drum Replacer
Now you can replace or double less-than-perfect drum tracks with triggered samples in just a few clicks. No more headaches. No more hassles

Convert to Sampler Track
In one step, turn an audio region into a sampler instrument with a MIDI track to trigger it. Then you can modify and re-sequence the part

Makes effects rendering much quicker and easier, whether you're bouncing a single region or an entire track

Notation and Chord Grids
Create guitar tablature or detailed scores using a library of more than 4000 chord grids (or your own custom grids) and new ornaments for hammer-ons, bends, and more

Jam Pack: Voices
Build your song with a lead vocal, rappers, backup singers, an entire choir, or even software instruments based on the human voice and body

Warped Effects for Space Designer
More than 450 warped impulse responses radically transform what Space Designer can do, allowing you to give ordinary sounds a bizarre, other-worldly quality

Guitar Gear
Amp Designer
Build your dream rig by mixing and matching 25 amps, 25 speaker cabinets, and 3 mics you can position freely around the speaker cone

Fire up 30 stompboxes that deliver lush effects like Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Treble Boost, and Wah

Classic Tones
Hundreds of presets give you Amp Designer and Pedalboard sounds that are ready to go. Start exploring with classic tones, genres, or characteristics like clean, crunch, and distorted

Apogee GiO support
This new USB audio interface and control device lets you operate Pedalboard hands-free and works with Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 right out of the box

Live Performance - MainStage 2
With this new plug-in, your Mac becomes a flexible, reliable backing track player. Fill out your sound with a simple stereo track or a set of separate, mixable stems

This live loop recorder lets you create spontaneous arrangements onstage. And it's instantly familiar, since it's modeled after the tape-based devices you know and love

Multimapping of Controls
Set things up so that one knob controls multiple plug-in parameters. Then you can dramatically change your sound with the turn of a single knob

Grouped Controls
Drag and drop entire sets of knobs, dials, faders, meters, and more into your layout. From there, you can easily customize the type, size, and color

Expanded ReWire Support
Run MainStage with applications like Reason and Live. Trigger and sequence your instruments from MainStage, and route your signals straight into the mixer

Record Performances
Route your audio to a designated stereo output and choose from all the standard file formats, including Apple CAF for concerts of almost any length

Logic Pro 9

Put the Flow Back Into Your Workflow
With Logic Pro, all your editing tools and content browsers are integrated into a single, beautifully designed window. And that means everything can happen faster. Your shortcut menus, toolbars, and transport bars are right there for you, not spread across a maze of windows. You can customize your workspace using 99 storable screen configurations and more than 1000 definable key commands to make it even better

Get Rolling, Fast
Templates get you set up instantly to write, record, mix, or master - and you can customize them as much as you want. For classic sounds, the Explore templates let you choose from a range of instruments already paired with effects and processing. Just grab one and start playing. The Compose templates put everything in place for writing and tracking in a specific genre, from rock to hip-hop to orchestral music. You get an entire studio of typical instruments and processing, wired and configured so you can jump right in. Want to track, edit, mix, or master a large-scale project? The Production templates give you a big head start

Share Ideas Between Projects
Selective Track Import lets you easily transfer setups and track content between projects. Since you can select components on a track-by-track basis, it's simple to grab the guitar track from a different session or import that perfect drum mix you created for another project

Zero In On the Sound
Built-in library browsers make it easy to navigate thousands of effect settings, instrument settings, Apple Loops, and even sounds you've created yourself - all without leaving the track you're working on. The Apple Loop browser serves up thousands of royalty-free loops by category, such as instrument, genre, and mood, so you can easily find what you're looking for. Choose one and it automatically conforms to the tempo and key of your project. Special software instrument loops even let you edit the instrument, processing, or original MIDI performance

Experiment, Then Go Back
Nondestructive, region-based editing allows you to tinker with individual sections of a track and hear the results as you go. You can experiment all you want, knowing your original performances are always kept intact

Instant Sampler Instruments
In one simple step, you can transform any audio region into a sampler instrument, along with a MIDI track that will trigger the samples so they sound just like the original track. From there, it's easy to modify and re-sequence the part

As a full-featured MIDI sequencer, Logic Pro lets you choose how you want to view and edit MIDI data. Use the Piano Roll Editor to graphically edit note velocity and length, while monitoring the results in real time. Or if you're used to working with traditional notation, go to the Score Editor where new duration bars make it easy to graphically edit the length of notes

Music Notation
Logic Pro features a complete set of music notation tools, including comprehensive layout and print options, instrument transposition, drum notation, and adaptive lyric input. You can generate guitar tablature with an expanded set of ornaments for notating hammer-ons, bends, fingering, and more. Snap guides make it easy to add the new chord grids, whether you choose from the library of more than 4000 or create your own.

You can transform MIDI performances into music notation in real time. If you prefer not to perform your compositions, you can use MIDI Step Input to enter notes one at a time using your computer keyboard, or define pitch and velocity with a MIDI keyboard as you go

Scoring and Sound Design for Video
Advanced music-for-picture features make scoring and sound design easier than ever. Flexible video display options let you view synchronized QuickTime movies within the interface or on a separate monitor using output options like Digital Cinema Desktop. You can locate scene changes visually via a thumbnail track or automatically mark transitions using the scene detect option

Multiple Takes, Zero Confusion
Take folders make it easier than ever to organize and manage all your takes and overdubs. You don't even have to create or rename a folder. Just record over your existing material, and Logic Pro automatically creates a new take folder. Since take folders are region based, you can keep takes for the verse in one folder and takes for the chorus in another - all on the same track. If you prefer to organize your takes like playlists, simply use a single take folder for the entire track

New features in Logic Pro 9 let you freely edit and move take regions, punch in and out of a take without creating a new take lane, and color code your best takes on the fly

Take Good Notes
Logic Pro makes it easy to document everything that happens during a session. Track Notes are perfect for details like the mic you used or that external compressor setting you don't want to forget. With Project Notes, you can keep track of bigger events, like who did what and when. Markers let you flag and recall important places in time, such as the start of a verse or solo section. And since notes and markers can hold up to 20,000 characters, you'll never have to resort to abbreviations you can't decipher later

Get Around Latency
Logic Pro has a unique Low Latency Mode that delivers low latency monitoring. Go ahead and record into a project that's been heavily mixed using limiters or other plug-ins that can trigger compensation delays (even in DSP-based systems)

Custom Mixes for All
Flexible routing options and loads of auxiliary channels let you set up different monitor mixes for everyone you're recording. Give yourself a head start by using the multitrack Production templates in Logic Pro, which are preconfigured for separate monitor mixes

Flex Time
Audio Quantize
Lets you fix the timing of an entire performance in one step, aligning notes and beats to a musical grid. Want to match your bass line to the feel of your drums? You can transfer the rhythmic feel of one track to another by creating a Groove template from the source track and applying it as a grid

Quick Swipe Comping
Use it to build the perfect track in no time. Just swipe over the best sections of each take to create a seamless comp, complete with transition-smoothing crossfades. Now you can even access traditional edit functions - including cut, copy, paste, fades, crossfades, and more - all without leaving Quick Swipe. Multiple comps and Autosave let you experiment without worrying about losing your work. And you can use Edit Groups to synchronize your selections across related tracks, like a multimic recording of a vocal group

Skip the Click
With Beat Mapping, you can record freestyle, without a click track, then conform your performance to a bar and beat grid later on. When you're ready, all you have to do is create a tempo track based on a selected guide track, or simply drag bar and beat guides to downbeats in an audio file or MIDI region

Render When You Want
Bounce-in-Place lets you quickly render effects for a single region or an entire track. You might use it when you're ready to apply a plug-in destructively to an audio file, when you want to bounce an effect before doing more to a track, or when you want to transfer files between applications

Tempo Import/Export
Tempo is now totally fluid. Selective Track Import lets you combine your best recorded performances from different sessions - even if they were tracked at different tempos or without a click. Since the new Tempo Import/Export feature stores tempo information within each performance, any audio you import will automatically conform. Use the drums from one session and the rhythm guitar from another without worrying about tempo differences

Varispeed makes it easy to slow down or speed up an entire multitrack project, so you can experiment with different tempos while editing. You can also use Varispeed to slow things down while you punch in a difficult solo, then bring everything back to the original tempo. And the new Speed Fades feature lets you easily add creative, tape-style speedup or slowdown effects at the beginning or end of any audio region

One Edit, Multiple Tracks
Track Groups ensures that when you edit one track, it affects all the related tracks. This works with move, cut, copy, and paste. You can even lock in phase so you'll maintain all the relative distances across your tracks. That's especially important when you're using multiple microphones to record one source, like two mics on an acoustic guitar or multiple mics for the different drums in a kit. And with Logic Pro 9, you can hide entire groups to remove clutter

The Power of the Mouse
Logic Pro gives you 14 different mouse tools to work with - and plenty of shortcuts for getting to them. Set up one as your primary tool, and it will be wherever your cursor is. Set up another as your alternate tool, and all you have to do is press Command to access it. You can even assign a third as your right-click tool. So you've got fast, custom access to the tools you use most

Turn on the new Click Zone feature, and you won't even have to call up your fade or marquee tools to use them. Just hover over one Click Zone and your cursor turns into your fade tool, so you can instantly create crossfades. Hover over the other zone and you get the marquee tool - it's the fastest way to select part of your track and move or delete it

Perfecting Drum Tracks
Use the new Drum Replacer to replace or double problematic drum tracks with triggered samples in just a few clicks. No headaches. No hassles. Just a simple, straightforward way to enhance drum tracks in Logic Pro

Configuring the Mixer
Create whatever configuration you want with up to 255 discrete audio, software instrument, and auxiliary channels, along with up to 32 mix groups and as many output channels as your audio hardware offers. Each track supports 15 plug-ins and 8 pre-fader, post-fader, and post-pan sends with full latency compensation to keep everything in perfect sync

You can record busses and integrate outboard hardware into your mix. And you have the flexibility to mute and solo tracks or individual regions. In fact, you can do anything you'd do in a major studio, yet you don't need a single DSP card to do it. Your Mac Pro or MacBook Pro can easily handle the huge mixing capacity of Logic Pro all by itself

Intuitive display options make it easy to find and focus on what's important. Without even opening the mixer, you can look at the dual channel strips beside your edit area to see all the functions and plug-ins for a selected track, along with any channels to which your track is sending signals. Enter the complete mixer view, and you'll see channels displayed by the number and order of tracks you've created, or by type, such as audio, software instrument, and external MIDI

Instant Channel Strips
Logic Pro automatically creates auxiliary channels for your project whenever you need them. Say you create a send to a bus or click on a software instrument channel with multiple outputs. Logic Pro will generate an auxiliary channel strip to receive the signal. Think of it as your engineering assistant

Mix in Surround
Logic Pro offers end-to-end surround capabilities, so you can record, edit, mix, and encode projects in surround up to 7.1. Graphic surround panning lets you precisely position audio in a Quad, LCRS, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 surround field. Surround support includes multichannel signal routing, and you can submix surround tracks or use sends to route audio to surround auxiliary tracks

Group Your Tracks
Track Groups makes it easy to work with related tracks, like a set of background vocal tracks or a multitrack drum recording. When you're adjusting the channel strip for one track and you want the changes to show up on other tracks, just assign them to the same group. The redesigned group window makes it easier to access all the group functions and adds the option to solo or hide a group

Complete Automation
You can easily record changes to any channel strip or plug-in parameter on the fly. So you can ride something, like the feedback on a tape delay, the same way you would a fader or pan. You don't have to configure anything or define parameters. Just enable automation, press play, and make your changes. You can also create and edit automation graphically

Software and Plug-Ins
Your GarageBand projects open in Logic Pro without a hitch. And you can transfer projects freely to Logic Express or Soundtrack Pro and back again. You can also move your projects to and from other audio and video applications, such as Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools, because Logic Pro supports XML, OMF, and AAF file interchange protocols and makes it simple to create stem files

You can plug in any TDM or Audio Units software instrument or effect. And ReWire lets you run Logic Pro with specialized applications such as Reason and Live. Trigger and sequence your instruments from Logic Pro, route your signals directly into the Logic Pro mixer, and have everything running in perfect sync

Create any Kind of File
Logic Pro supports all the popular file formats, including WAV, AIFF, MP3, SDII, and even CAF, which lets you record up to six hours at 96kHz. You can play, record, and process multichannel, interleaved audio files. You can also burn uncompressed surround stems directly to DVD-A or encode and preview industry-standard Dolby Digital AC-3 audio using Compressor 3.5, which comes with Logic Studio

Back up to MobileMe
Logic Pro lets you back up your favorite channel strip settings, plug-in settings, and key commands to your MobileMe account, so you can access them from anywhere over the web.1 You can also share your preferences across any local or Internet-based network

Interfaces and Control Surfaces
Logic Pro fully supports Apple Core Audio and Pro Tools HD hardware. That gives you the freedom to work with almost any audio interface, and even combine the inputs and outputs of multiple devices. If you want hands-on control, you have your pick of third-party control surfaces, including everything from small, portable faders to the top-of-the-line consoles you find in the best recording studios. And customizing control assignments couldn't be easier with the Auto-learn feature built into Logic Pro

Power Management
More Plug-Ins, Less Power
Most applications switch on the juice for plug-ins as soon as they're inserted. But Logic Pro features an intelligent DSP engine that asks for power only when a signal runs through the plug-in. So go ahead, pile on the instruments and effects. It will take more than that to slow you down

Quick Temporary Rendering
If your project requires more power than you've got, or if you simply want to play your project on a less powerful computer, Freeze Tracks allows you to temporarily render your tracks. This is also a great way to share projects with friends who don't have the same plug-ins

Harness Multiple Computers
Use distributed audio processing to combine the power of multiple computers on a network, and your plug-in processing power can be virtually unlimited. It even works for third-party plug-ins

Plug-Ins and Sounds

For the Guitarist
Amp Designer and Pedalboard are two new plug-ins that give you an astonishing collection of gear. Amp Designer lets you mix and match 25 amp heads, 5 EQs, 10 reverbs, 25 speaker cabinets, and 3 mics that you can position freely around the speaker cone. So you can faithfully re-create almost any legendary sound. And Pedalboard features 30 stompboxes, all meticulously crafted to reproduce the tones and responsiveness of the originals they're modeled after. The Pedalboard interface makes it easy to re-order and swap your pedals, and to creatively route your signal for thousands of combinations and virtually unlimited sounds. And because it all lives on your Mac, it's easy to bring your killer sounds with you to the stage

Studio Effects
The new Logic Studio adds a live loop recorder to the long list of plug-ins you can use to enhance any recording session, live show, or post-production project. New Warped Effects let you break the rules of reverb, transforming your sound with movement, texture, ghost rhythms, and much more. Delay Designer has an intuitive, multitap interface that lets you get as creative as you want with delay. And you can bring just the right touch to your project with professional EQ and dynamics plug-ins, pitch correction, modulation, filters, and distortion

Studio Instruments
The largest collection of software instruments in a single box just got better. Introducing Playback, a live-performance plug-in that turns your Mac into a flexible, reliable backing track player. You also get a complete range of drum sounds, synths, and vintage keyboards. A powerful sampler. And the world's most advanced component modeling instrument

Studio Sound Library
All 6 Jam Pack Collections
The Voices collection lets you build songs with lead vocals, rappers, backup singers, an entire choir, or even software instruments based on the human voice and body. Remix Tools gives you everything you need to work with beats, sound effects, synth sounds, bass lines, and the rhythms of classic Roland drum machines. Rhythm Section brings together a solid foundation of drums with sets of fills, grooves, and groove variations - along with dozens of playable strings, basses, and drum kits. Symphony Orchestra lets you conduct full brass, percussion, string, and woodwind sections. And the World Music Jam Pack gives you an unprecedented collection of world loops, ethnic percussion, exotic strings, and regional wood instruments

More than 20,000 Apple Loops
Royalty-free Apple Loops let you build a rhythm, grab a melodic phrase, or simply sketch out an arrangement. Any loop you choose will automatically change key and tempo to match your project. Real Instrument loops, also known as blue loops, are integrated into your project as audio files and can be edited like any audio region. And Software Instrument loops, or green loops, allow you to fully edit the instrument, effect, and original MIDI performance. Apple Loops give you plenty of creative fuel - you can even use Apple Loops Utility to create and tag your own loops

More than 1700 Sampled Instruments
Logic Studio is packed with beautifully sampled EXS instruments. Build your song with authentic strings, horns, woodwinds, guitars, pianos, basses, harp, choir, synthesizers, electric and pipe organs, acoustic and electric drum kits, orchestral percussion, world instruments, textures, and soundscapes

More than 4500 Presets for Plug-Ins
You don't have to be a sound engineer to take advantage of the enormous range of plug-ins that come with Logic Studio. Just rely on the plug-in settings (designed by sound engineers) to get great sounds right out of the box. Plug-in settings can also speed up the production, mixing, and mastering process if you use them as templates for your instrument and effects combos and tweak them from there

MainStage 2

Made for Performers 1
Knobs, Faders, and Switches You Can't Miss
The MainStage interface is designed especially for live performance. Streamlined 3D graphics give you a high-contrast, full-screen view of your controls, so they stand out from across the stage or through the glare of the floodlights. And you can set things up so each control is linked to a different parameter in each patch. With just the controls you need onscreen for the song, you'll never have to hunt for the right knob

Command Central
Now that MainStage features ReWire and MIDI-out support, your Mac brings together everything you use to create all your music, giving you total control. Each patch works as a self-contained audio mixer and router, so you can completely change direction mid-performance. One minute you can be playing some heavily distorted guitar with a full backing band. And the next you can be creating bass loops with an external synth, against an Ultrabeat drum pattern

Get Creative with Loop Recording
Loopback is another new plug-in that gives you advanced sound-on-sound recording capabilities. Now guitar players can easily lay down a rhythm part, then solo over it. Feeling adventurous? You can create a complete, spontaneous arrangement on stage. Lay down a beat, layer on a guitar riff, add a synth pad, then tear into a solo. When you're ready to move on, just hit the foot switch to fade everything out and start building the groove for your next section

Sound Bigger
With Playback, a brand-new plug-in, your Mac becomes a flexible, reliable backing track player. It's easy to use, too. Whether you're rounding out your sound with a simple stereo backing track or a set of separate, mixable stems, all you have to do is step on a foot switch to jump to the next cue, adjust the tempo, arrange on the fly, or fade out smoothly

You're In Control
MainStage supports your addiction to knobs, dials, and faders. It can connect with just about any external MIDI device on the planet. And the interface is simplicity itself. Just map a physical control to an onscreen control, and it's connected forever (or until you change your mind). No more mapping knobs over and over for each patch. And down the road, if your hardware fails when you're about to go on stage, it's quick and easy to swap it out

MainStage 2 also features new pickup modes that make fixed controller knobs behave more like the endless encoder knobs found on high-end gear. If your control surface can receive status information from software, MainStage will now send MIDI messages to keep your control displays in perfect sync

Made for Performers 2
Mac vs. the Machines
Creating sounds with your Mac is so much simpler than relying on all kinds of external gear. Instead of squinting at tiny hardware displays, you get a bright, full-screen view that makes everything easy to tweak. You can also combine any sounds you like - even software and hardware sounds - in one patch

When it's time to put those sounds to work, MainStage gives you way more options. Multi-mapping allows one knob to control multiple plug-in parameters, so you can dramatically change your sound with the turn of a single knob. The EXS Editor now opens right in MainStage, which makes it easier to edit sampler instruments on the fly. And the Patch List Manager gives you the flexibility to rearrange or skip patches as your set list evolves

Smarter, Faster, More Efficient
MainStage leverages the power and efficiency of the Mac to deliver performance and sound quality that most hardware can't touch. For example, the EXS sampler can put huge amounts of data to work for a single instrument by using more than the typical 4GB of memory allotted to a single application and tapping into virtual memory. Aliased channel strips lighten the load on your system by reusing the plug-ins you've already loaded. MainStage can access the processing power of multiple cores to make sure every note is heard, even when you're pushing the limits of your system. And if you ever run into a problem, Autosave lets you get back up and performing in no time

Your Music, Your Layout
New Grouped Controls let you drag and drop entire sets of knobs, dials, faders, meters, and more into your layout. From there, you can easily customize the number, type, size, and color of all your controls. You can even decide what each control does for each patch. Alignment guides snap everything into place. And Lift and Stamp features let you quickly copy characteristics from one layout and apply them to another. You can store your preferences as templates and call them up whenever you need them. You can also put your patches in any order and change them on a whim

Amazingly Simple Setup
With MainStage 2, setting up your stage rig is faster than ever. Start by choosing from a complete range of performance templates, many of them preloaded with great-sounding patches. Or use the new Patch Browser to find just the right screen-controllable patch, ready to be tweaked to perfection

And if you ever need to perform with a different Mac, you don't have to rebuild everything. Just save your live set as a project and MainStage puts all the necessary files into a single folder you can take with you anywhere

Capture Your Performance
MainStage 2 lets you record any audio signal passing through. Just route all of your audio to a designated stereo output and choose your file format - standard AIFF, Wave audio, or even Apple CAF for recording performances of almost any length

No Performer Left Behind
Guitar Players
MainStage 2 is a huge leap forward for guitar players. It lets you play live with all the great tones from Amp Designer and Pedalboard, along with any of your favorite Audio Unit guitar effects

You also get a full-screen tuner, foot-controlled tap tempo, and 3D models that change with each patch to represent the different Pedalboard stompboxes you're using. Seamless patch switching lets notes and chords trail off naturally when you switch patches. And MainStage 2 adds support for the new Apogee GiO USB audio interface and control device, which lets you operate Pedalboard, Wah and rotary speaker effects, and the Loopback and Playback plug-ins hands-free

Your dream gig awaits. MainStage 2 is not only an amazing host for software instruments and effects, it's also packed with innovations that let you sail through your stage performance. For starters, there's the Floating Split Point. It intelligently moves the split point on a split keyboard patch to respond to what you're playing. Start walking a bass line up the keyboard, and the split point moves up so the bass doesn't suddenly become some other sound when you get into the higher notes

With Multi-mapping, you can assign multiple parameters to a single control, so you can smoothly manipulate your sound without trying to turn several knobs at once. And seamless patch switching lets you hold a chord in one sound while moving to a whole new patch

Solo Artists
Loopback and Playback, two of the most exciting new features of MainStage, completely change what a single musician can bring to the stage. You've got a backing track player that lets you support your performance with anything from a single stereo track to a full set of independent, mixable stems. And with deep live looping capabilities, you can build and manipulate a spontaneous arrangement right in front of your audience

MainStage makes it easy to expand beyond your acoustic kit with an enormous library for the EXS sampler and more than 50 drum kits, 400 sequence patterns, and 1000 sounds from Ultrabeat. You can also build drum and loop kits from the 40 instrument plug-ins that come with Logic Studio or your own third-party plug-ins, such as Stylus RMX or BFD. External MIDI support lets you work in sounds from your favorite old-school hardware and control it all from MainStage

Soundtrack Pro 3

Advanced Audio Editing
Customize Your Interface
Soundtrack Pro brings the Multitrack Timeline and File Editor together in one window, so all the tools you need are right at hand. Start with a simple Timeline, then gradually reveal additional interface controls for more sophisticated tasks. You can also easily customize your toolbars and screen layouts, even when you're working with dual displays

The Right Tools for the Right Edit
Use the integrated multichannel File Editor to perform quick, nondestructive edits and processing on any clip in the Timeline. Or open the standalone File Editor for advanced controls. The Actions list keeps track of it all and lets you modify, reorder, suspend, or delete any edit or process at any time

The Frequency Spectrum view shows you audio frequency over time, with amplitude revealed through color intensity. Select a section with extreme precision and adjust the amplitude or cut, copy, and paste it without affecting other sections

Quick and Simple Navigation
It couldn't be easier to navigate Soundtrack Pro 3. New commands speed the process of trimming, extending clips, and adding custom fades. There are options for playhead scrolling and shortcuts for auditioning changes. The Waveform Zoom feature lets you look at low-amplitude audio clips right in the Timeline. Support for Multi-Touch trackpad gestures allows you to zoom, toggle windows, and control playback without reaching for your mouse. You can even time-stretch audio without affecting pitch, using three Apple time-stretch algorithms as well as popular third-party plug-ins

Fix Audio Fast
Soundtrack Pro analyzes audio files for common problems like clicks, pops, hum, and phase issues, and lets you fix them individually or all at once. The improved broadband noise reduction feature uses a high-resolution noise print so you can get rid of unwanted noise, like wind and traffic, with greater precision. You can also replace unwanted sounds with ambient noise duplicated from another section of your file or from a different file. Soundtrack Pro automatically matches the length and adds crossfades to make it all sound natural

Truly Easy Audio Conform
Soundtrack Pro lets you automatically sync your audio track to changes in your video edit. First, the Conform feature identifies changes in Final Cut Pro projects, then lets you use confidence ratings and audition changes to decide which ones to accept, reject, or modify. Once you accept a change, Soundtrack Pro repositions your audio to sync with the picture change or removes any audio that's no longer needed

Powerful Tools for Dialogue
Easier Comps, Easier Edits
The Multitake Editor lets you create a final comp in no time. Whether you record right into it or add clips manually, you'll see all your takes in a single window. From there, it's simple to compare and select the best words or phrases from each take. Then Soundtrack Pro automatically combines them into a seamless comp, complete with adjustable crossfades

The Lift and Stamp tools let you quickly copy voice level, process effects, or the equalization print from one clip and apply them to another. It's easier than ever to make dialogue from different sources sound like it was recorded in the same place at the same time. You can even save the properties you lifted and use them as a preset for future edits

Design the Perfect Sound
Find it, Tweak it, Spot it
Get just the sound you want with more than 50 stereo and surround effect plug-ins - including Space Designer, Delay Designer, and Match EQ. And get inspired by the Soundtrack Pro library, which includes more than 6000 royalty-free Foley sound effects and music beds, with over 1000 in surround. You can also extend your collection with Audio Units plug-ins and third-party music and effects libraries

Once you have the sound you want, you can easily spot it to picture. Updates in Soundtrack Pro 3 let you spot to playhead location or timecode value by shifting clips across the Timeline. And an innovative three-up display shows you frames for a clip's start, sync, and end points, so you can scrub back and forth to identify exactly where to position your sound effect

Professional Surround Mixes
Everything Needed for Natural Surround Sound
Save time by building your final mix right in Soundtrack Pro, with discrete 5.1 mixing, bussing, and routing. An innovative surround panner dynamically represents the location of sounds as you make adjustments. You can work with surround-capable compressors, EQs, reverb, and modulation plug-ins, and also adapt any mono or stereo effect for surround

Need to deliver your project in both stereo and surround? No problem. Just create the surround mix, and Soundtrack Pro will generate the surround-to-stereo mixdown using Dolby guidelines

Work Seamlessly with Other Applications
Soundtrack Pro is completely integrated with Logic Pro. Bring an individual file into the File Editor to repair, restore, or fine-tune it. When you save the file in Soundtrack Pro, it will automatically update your Logic Pro project. You can also score a project in Logic Pro, then send the music to Soundtrack Pro to add it to the full mix

It's easy to share files with Final Cut Studio, too. Send a clip to the File Editor or an entire sequence to the multitrack Timeline with a single click, then send your final mix back in stereo, surround, or multitrack stems

With support for AAF and OMF files, you're free to move projects to and from other industry-standard applications

Choice of Hardware
Record or output audio using any I/O device that works with Mac OS X Core Audio. Connect an Apogee Ensemble or Duet, and you can use the control panel in Soundtrack Pro to remotely adjust the hardware

You also have support for any surface that uses the Mackie Control or Logic Control protocols. And new support for the EuCon protocol lets you connect any Euphonix control surface, from the fully equipped Pro Series consoles to the portable Artist Series

Production Utilities

Impulse Response Utility
Re-create the sonic responses of your favorite spaces with a multitrack audio recording, editing, and deconvolution utility. You can create your own mono, stereo, discrete surround, and B-Format surround impulse response files and use them in Space Designer, the state-of-the-art convolution reverb plug-in that comes with Logic Studio. And with Impulse Response Utility, you can do all your work in a single window that includes all the parameters and functions you need, including Waveform, Energy, and Spectogram display modes for detailed editing
WaveBurner 1.6
This CD mastering and authoring tool is simple enough for you to quickly turn out demo discs, and powerful enough for you to deliver professional premasters, Red Book-standard CDs, and Disc Description Protocol (DDP) files. The professional effects in Logic Studio make it simple to master the perfect disc

WaveBurner features an intuitive layout with large waveform viewers. Advanced editing and navigation tools. Separate region, track, and plug-in panes. And now graphic parameter automation. WaveBurner 1.6 also has major interface enhancements like Mix Lane, which gives you a real-time graphic visualization of all your edits, including region and parameter changes

Apple Loops Utility
Apple Loops Utility lets you convert any audio file to an Apple Loop. You can add metadata to note the attributes of your files, which makes it easy to find them using the Apple Loops browser in Logic Pro and Soundtrack Pro. You can also add tags to describe the rhythmic elements of your files. Generated from analysis and transient detection, these tags allow for real-time stretching of audio data in any application that supports Apple Loops
Compressor 3.5
Compressor simplifies content delivery, giving musicians, producers, and engineers a complete set of tools for encoding pristine audio and video in all the most popular formats. It's the engine behind the powerful audio and video export functions in Soundtrack Pro. And in Logic Pro, it allows you to encode and preview in the industry-standard Dolby Digital AC-3 surround format. Besides working with dozens of built-in encoders, you can use third-party encoders as plug-ins. Logic Studio also includes QuickTime Pro, which gives you even more export options
In the Box
Apple Logic Studio - Music Production Suite
  • Program DVD
  • 6 x Content DVDs
  • Demo Content DVD
  • Documentation
  • Table of Contents
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    Apple Logic Studio 9 Specs

    Minimum Requirements Mac computer with an Intel processor
    Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
    1GB RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
    Display with 1280 x 800 or higher resolution
    QuickTime 7.6 or later
    DVD drive for installation
    PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire-based audio interface recommended
    Additional Info Additional recommendations for Logic Pro 9:
    At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments
    USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) for instruments
    Logic Node requires a Mac computer with an Intel Core processor

    Available disk space:
    9GB to install all applications and required content
    Additional 38GB to install all optional content (large content packages can be installed on separate disk):

    • 10GB for Jam Pack collections
    • 16GB for sound effects
    • 6GB for surround music beds
    • 6GB for other optional content

    Apple Logic Studio 9 Reviews

    Logic Studio - Music Production Suite is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely intuitive. As a professional writer and sideman, I have found Logic Studio 9 extremely easy to learn. If you're familiar with basic recording already, there is a very short learning curve to start using it immediately. I was a late adopter for software recording and using a laptop for live performing, so I'm not comparing any parts of Logic versus other apps like Pro Tools or Ableton Live. Logic Pro is a great tool for writing. I can get an idea started as a rough demo and then build it into a produced demo without having to start over from scratch. It comes with a lot of great sounds, loops, and plugins straight out of the box, which was the big selling point for me. I'm not interested in spending another small fortune just to get started. That being said, as a keyboard player, I feel like the electro-mechanical keyboards (especially the Wurlitzer) are in need of improvement. However, if your ear demands better sounds, you can always expand your library. I've also added a better piano sample library (Ivory Upright) for my recording projects. Mainstage is equally easy for putting together a live keyboard rig. I use it as my secondary keyboard on a MacBook Pro. (My primary piano is hardware based). It is tremendously faster to put together patches (or layering sounds) for a show than any of the hardware gear I've used in the past. I haven't gotten into Soundtrack Pro yet, so I can't say much as to how it works. Overall, the big draw for me with Logic Studio is a minimal investment with a great starting library of plugins and sounds. Both Logic Pro and Mainstage are easy to use and reliable enough to use for pro projects and gigs.
    Date published: 2010-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most popular DAW for MIDI work. In the world of video editing there are only two choices for software, for graphic design the creative suite reigns supreme, but for the serious audio engineer there are many professional DAWs to choose from. People debate all the time about which one is the best. The real answer is that there are many good options that will do a great job for you. It all comes down to which interface you like the most. Logic comes with a higher price tag than the ever popular Protools - which is still the choice for recording engineers and audio editors. However Logic has many advantages. Its MIDI interface is very easy to use, and it comes with a huge sample library- some really great stuff and some lousy sounds, not good enough for a pro to rely on but it will get you started. Editing and mixing audio is nice and easy in logic too, and it comes with a large number of pretty good plugins to edit your tracks with, and for those lazy folks out there there are many presets for these. Logic as far as I can tell has replaced Digital Performer as the most popular DAW for those working with film music and MIDI, it still hasn't caught on in general recording studios, but it will function well for your audio/music projects no matter what you are looking to do. It is difficult to learn, but all professional software is. If your system is weak or old Logic will crash from time to time, so a newer computer is reccomended.
    Date published: 2010-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Production Tool I specifically bought Logic Studio to use East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Voices with Word Builder. It works as advertised!!! Awesome! I'm very much up to speed with a multitude of Mac Apps over the last 20 years and have worked the last 10 with Final Cut Pro/Studio so there is some background with SoundTrack Pro etc. LogicPro is incredibly deep but still intuitive enough for me to get everything configured and running in a couple of hours. I'm using a MacBook Pro 17 that is about 1 year old. My first steps here are only using Logic Studio with a ProKeys 88 USB keyboard and internal MacBook Pro audio outs. I'm using the EWQL Symphonic Voices to compose some full choral voices for small DVD / Web presentations.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Free Software From Apple Deal of the Century: Take a look at the contents of the Logic Studio software package and it doesn't make sense: If you were to buy all the Apple Jam Packs that are included in Logic Studio, maybe as an addition to your own, personal loop library, you would spend MORE than the price that B & H is charging for the entire Logic Studio software package. Do you see what I mean? The Jam Packs are amazing, and Logic Pro 9 is spectacular. And if you see it my way, it is free software. Logic Pro 9 has lots of virtual instruments that you can create truly unique music with. I would say that Logic Pro 9 is GarageBand on steroids, because that is where I am coming from. I have professional-level audio experience, but I am not an audio engineer, nor a professional musician. However, it is plain to see that this is a HUGE bargain...
    Date published: 2011-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Logical Choice from Apple I am an amateur music producer looking for the next level in production and Logic is it. Out of the box I was able to sketch ideas with the plethora of samples included. The guitar pedal board and custom amplifier builder wasn't something I thought I would use much, but I keep finding myself going back to it. This is professional grade stuff and there is no hand holding like in Garage Band, so checking out some learning materials is advisable to get the most out of your purchase. Thank you Apple. The installation will take a long time, please plan accordingly.
    Date published: 2010-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Music Production suite Logic Studio lives up to its name in that it is indeed a complete music production suite. I bought it primarily for Mainstage 2, which I now use for my live gigs. But Logic, WaveBurner, Soundtrack Pro, and Garageband are all excellent and deep programs. Especially noteworthy in my opinion are the included software instruments in Logic and Mainstage 2, there are a lot of them and they sound great. I own a lot of other DAW/Sequencer software, and I would say that Logic Studio has the best presets by far. While the programs of this suite are deep, it is still easy to get started making sounds right away using the onboard presets. Because of the depth of the programs, there certainly is a learning curve, but overall this is a great music production suite.
    Date published: 2011-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Logic Studio Suite is SWEET Logic is a fantastic DAW tool. With many plugins available within the program, and many supported from outside suppliers, the software is truly a pro powerhouse program. Transitioning up from Garage Band, Logic is way more powerful: more tracks, better virtual instruments, significantly greater effect processor controls and adjustments and fantastic I/O tools. With the complex tools, Logic has a more complicated learning curve, but the pulldown menu structure allows for meaningful functional architecture..features located logically. Add to the DAW, the Mainstage application provides realtime processing for tracks at live performances. And it is fully integrated with the DAW. Just grab the laptop and A/D convertor and head from the studio to the stage.
    Date published: 2011-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SOFTWARE I run this software on my macbook pro in conjunction with Sibelius 6 (rewire) Its a great recording tool as well as a composition tool. Lots of creative voices and built in plug in channel strips as well as Apple loops. Very easy to learn and use. I have had a couple minor program errors during use, but have yet to resolve them with apple. I suspect it is the way my audio interface was set up. I have not used any of the extra programs including mainstage, but I look forward to testing them out when I update my interface.
    Date published: 2010-05-11
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