updated 10:25 am EDT, Thu July 23, 2009
New Logic Studio released
In parallel with the launch of the new Final Cut Studio, Apple has also released a new Logic Studio, bundling Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2 and Soundtrack Pro 3. Logic Pro has been enhanced with a new Flex Time feature, which attempts to simplify the arrangement of timing and tempo. The Amp Designer and Pedalboard tools meanwhile allow for the assembly of custom guitar rigs, using 25 amps, 25 cabinets and 30 stompbox pedals.
The suite as a whole includes over 80 plug-ins, and access to some 20,000 Apple Loops. The live performance aspect of Studio, MainStage, relies on a new Playback plug-in to run backing tracks, and a Loopback plug-in to handle sound-on-sound recording. Complete performances can now be recorded from within MainStage, and support has been added for ReWire, multimapping controls, and the Apogee GiO interface and foot controller.
Logic Studio runs on systems with Mac OS X 10.5.7, 1GB of RAM and at least 9GB of hard drive space. The suite is $499 new, or $199 as an upgrade from other editions of either Pro or Studio. A $299 upgrade is required for Logic Express owners; Express 9 now incorporates most of Pro 9's features, but continues to use a restricted set of plug-ins and samples.