Head of music apps denies rumors of layoffs
Apple is "hard at work" on a new version of Logic Pro, according to the company's head of music product marketing, Xander Soren. Last week, a rumor originating from a Pro Tools enthusiast website suggested that Apple was firing most of its professional audio software group, which if true would likely mean the end for Logic. Although other reports have since dismissed the claim, a MacRumors reader says he emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook, who then passed his concerns on to Soren.
Brings Logic Express up to par with Pro
Apple on late Tuesday released a trio of software updates. Among these is Logic Express 9.1.6, a patch for the company's mid-range audio editor. The code brings Express up to par with Logic Pro, which recently migrated to the Mac App Store. Numerous compatibility, performance, control, and instrumentation problems have been fixed. The update measures 140.58MB, and requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Boxed Logic suites to be discontinued
(Updated with live Mac App Store links) Apple is notifying resellers that Logic Studio and Logic Express are no longer being offered in boxed copies, reports say. Instead, Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 will at some point migrate to the Mac App Store, though when and at what price is unmentioned. The fate of Soundtrack Pro 3 is also uncertain, but is not cited as joining its companion apps.
Neglected audio suite may be rearranged
Apple is finishing up work on a "Logic Pro X," claims an anonymous source said to have taken part in a customer interview. The software will supposedly integrate tools like WaveBurner, while spinning off MainStage into a separate program. Apple is thought to be killing off Soundtrack Pro, which has already been dropped from the company's present-generation Final Cut lineup.
Logic suites largely ignored in modern era
Apple has posted an update for MainStage, the live performance component of Logic Studio. Version 2.1.3 is a relatively minor update, improving "overall stability" as well as fixing a handful of specific errors. These include bad display of Audio Unit plugin presets, and MIDI input being forced to channel 1. Perhaps the most critical fix deals with a bug that caused MainStage to quit when using Undo after deleting a patch.
Rumor of Apple buying Sony spark Japan share chaos
Sony's share value surged by as much as three percent in Japan on Tuesday after a rumor that Apple was considering it a buyout target. The rush was triggered by speculation by Barrons that the company's $51 billion in cash might be used to buy a major company, with Sony as just one of the targets. Original author Eric Savitz has since said it was "pure speculation" and was likely taken too seriously by Japanese investors.
Pro, Express updates available
Apple has posted matching v9.1.2 updates for Logic Pro and Logic Express, the company's professional-grade audio production suites. The patches are oriented strictly at stability and compatibility, most notably in terms of improving support for six- and 12-core Mac Pros. Compatibility has also been improved for some Audio Unit plugins.
Includes Final Cut Pro 7.0.3
Apple has deployed a series of software updates, including QuickTime 7.6.8, only available for Windows 7, Vista and XP SP2. The patch concentrates exclusively on security problems, which could be used to attack a PC by way of the app's ActiveX control, or else a path-searching flaw in QuickTime Picture Viewer. For Mac owners Apple has posted Pro Applications Update 2010-02, which includes Final Cut Pro 7.0.3, Motion 4.0.3, Color 1.5.3, Compressor 3.5.3 and Qmaster 3.5.3.
Menus appear to be Mac-native
A YouTube video appears to show an unannounced version of Adobe Audition running on a Mac. Although a VMware icon can be seen on the OS X menu bar, the software does not appear to be running through virtualization software. As the user navigates through the interface, the menus show Mac-native design rather than the Windows layout.
Also supports Logic Pro, Main Stage
After months of development, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.3, a major update of Snow Leopard. A central focus of the code is on graphics, as it improves compatibility with OpenGL-based renderers, as well as the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X. It also fixes color issues in Mail and iMovie, related to backgrounds and HD video, and trouble with "glowing, stuck or dark" pixels when viewing video from an iSight camera on a present-era iMac.
Affects key Apple software
Apple has released an update for ProKit, the framework undergirding several of its professional-level apps. These include Aperture, the Final Cut suite and the Pro and Express versions of Logic. The v5.1 patch fixes an issue with scrolling behavior, and a more crucial problem with memory leaks, which should help improve performance.
Public update imminent?
Apple is seeding a new test build of Mac OS X 10.6.3 to developers, 10D552. The code is said to continue many of the troubleshooting efforts taken with the last two builds, correcting problems with AirPort, OpenGL, graphics drivers and QuickTime X, while improving the performance of 64-bit Logic. Also fixed are some compatibility and reliability issues with third-party printers, and a glitch which causes background message colors to behave badly in Mail.
May be nearing release
Over the weekend, Apple began seeding a new test build of Mac OS X 10.6.3, developer sources say. Labeled 10D548, the build is said to be little different than 10D538, with similar emphasis on improving the security, compatibility and reliability of QuickTime X, as well as the performance of the Logic audio editing suite. Tweaks are also said to improve compatibility with printers, and apps based on the OpenGL rendering platform.
Build number 10D538 seeded to developers
Apple has seeded a third beta build of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.3 update, which currently offers enhancements related to QuickTime X and Logic, according to AppleInsider. The beta version, build number 10D538, includes an updated version of QuickTime X that will reportedly increase security while improving compatibility and reliability.
Updates include a variety of bug fixes
Apple on Tuesday released updates to its professional audio utilities, Logic Pro and Main Stage. Logic Pro 9.1 is claimed to improve overall stability with a variety of bug fixes, while enabling users to run in 64-bit mode. Features still limited to 32-bit mode include FireWire video streaming, Digital Cinema Desktop, AAF import and export, EuCon control surface support, conversion to MP3, REX and ReWire support, and Logic Node processing, among others.
Logic Express 9 ships
Apple has begun shipping Logic Express 9, an entry-level variant of the full-featured Logic Studio 9 software for musicians. Logic Express is fully compatible with GarageBand projects, allowing an easy transition to the more advanced software. The Express edition integrates most of Pro 9's capabilities, but with a limited package of plug-ins and samples.
Radius plug-in update
iZotope has released an update to its Logic Pro and Soundtrack Pro plug-in, Radius. The latest version boasts support of Logic 9 and Soundtrack Pro 3, and adds pitch coherence controls to the interface. The plug-in enables users to adjust the timing and pitch of audio material, while still preserving the sound quality of an original recording.
Apple ProKit 5 update
In parallel with upgraded Final Cut and Logic suites, Apple has released a v5.0 update for ProKit. The software provides an underlying framework for Apple's professional-level programs, including not just Final Cut and Logic but all related apps, such as Motion and Soundtrack. The Aperture photo workflow tool is also impacted.
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.
KB Keyboard series
KB Covers has introduced its KB Keyboards, a new line of application keyboards based on Apple’s aluminum designs. The series displays shortcut keys for Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Media Composer. A special Midnight Keyboard utilizes black keys, and is meant to resemble the new MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards. With the exception of the Midnight model, each keyboard combines icons and colors to help users find shortcuts.
New Final Cut in April?
Apple is indeed on the verge of releasing a new version of Final Cut Studio, new sources are said to corroborate. Although some sources have suggested than an updated Final Cut Studio suite could be announced on March 24th, people "familiar with the company's plans" are said to indicate that Apple is timing a release around the National Association of Broadcasters expo, scheduled for late April. Apple and some other major companies are not attending NAB, but the event is known for bringing major video-related product unveilings.
Snow Patrol album app
Northern Irish rock band Snow Patrol is collaborating with Apple on an app for iPhones and iPods, reports say. Music Week writes that the app will be released in advance of the band's fifth studio album, and will work as a sort of interactive booklet, containing videos, artwork, photos and lyrics. The band's label, Fiction Records, will use the app as a promotional tool.
Radiohead 'Nude' remixes
British rock act Radiohead has taken a different approach with its latest single, the band has announced. Rather than commission a series of professional remixes for "Nude," any musician can now buy the song's underlying elements on iTunes (link), and remix them into a new track. Available "stems" include the voice, bass, guitar, drum, and string/FX layers; while shoppers have to buy before April 8th to get free GarageBand project files, the layers can be edited using many other programs, such as Logic.
Briefly: Google widgets
Brain Challenge for iPods
Gameloft on Monday announced that Brain Challenge, a game designed to stimulate and enhance brain activity, is now available on the iTunes Store. The company says the games serves as an easy solution for keeping the brain alert, offering different levels to choose from based on a player’s abilities and needs along with a simple scoring system to evaluate the level of brain activity. The title features 20 different games designed to train certain areas of brain activity based on five categories of exercises: Memory, Visual, Logic, Math and Focus. At the end of each test, players receive marks based on accuracy and speed and a diagram summarizes their performance in each category so that players can monitor the progress of their brain training daily.