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Logic Pro X 10.0.7 improves 12-core support, streamlines interface

05/13, 4:48pm

Solves problems with Low Latency Mode, XML import/export

Apple has issued a minor update to Logic Pro X, v10.0.7. For owners of 12-core Mac Pros, the software now supports 24 processing threads. Apple has also made some attempts at streamlining Logic's interface, for instance by allowing current volume, pan, and send values for selected tracks to be inserted at the playhead position, and for automation to be copied and pasted to any location via the Marquee tool. Another new option permits MIDI volume and pan data to adjust an instrument plugin instead of the channel strip.

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Logic Pro X 10.0.2 fixes command bugs, piano components

08/20, 5:13pm

Second patch issued since July

Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.2, a minor update of the company's digital audio workstation. The release is aimed mostly at fixing bugs, including undo commands not working properly after Flex Pitch editing, and MIDI recordings getting erased after using the Capture Last Take keyboard shortcut. The Vintage Electric Piano plugin should now work properly at any sample rate, and the Piano Roll Editor will no longer display an occasional blank window.

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Logic Pro X 10.0.1 fixes glitches, performance problems

07/25, 1:42pm

Solves multiple problems with track stacks

Apple has issued a minor update to Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation software for the Mac. The v10.0.1 release copes mainly with bugfixes and performance problems. In the former category, track stacks should no longer be accidentally flattened after loading a patch. Users should also be able to access Tuner for stacks.

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Logic Pro X adds Drummer, Flex Pitch, iPad remote control

07/16, 10:00am

Interface streamlined, overhauled

Apple has launched Logic Pro X, a long-delayed upgrade of the company's digital audio workstation software. X represents a major revision, adding several new features. Among these is Drummer, which can automatically supply a drumbeat for a song using different styles and techniques. Flex Pitch is a form of autotuning, letting users fix or manipulate not only vocals but also any note within a waveform.

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Apple claims team is 'hard at work' on new Logic Pro

12/03, 2:56pm

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.

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Apple ups Logic Express 9.1.6, new Brother, Lexmark drivers

12/14, 4:25pm

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.

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Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2 to migrate to Mac App Store [u]

12/08, 4:10pm

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.

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'Logic Pro X' in development, nearing completion?

09/07, 5:00pm

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.

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MainStage 2.1.3 fixes MIDI, Undo command problems

06/17, 12:30pm

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.

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Wild rumor of Apple buying Sony triggers share spike

10/26, 10:20am

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.

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Logic 9.1.2 updates fix Mac Pro, AU compatibility

10/14, 5:30pm

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.

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Flood of Apple updates target QuickTime, Final Cut Studio

09/16, 9:35am

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.

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Video shows Adobe Audition running on a Mac

06/04, 6:45pm

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.

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 update targets graphics, security issues

03/29, 1:10pm

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.

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ProKit 5.1 update fixes scrolling, memory leaks

03/03, 1:50pm

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.

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 10D552 arrives days after last build

02/10, 10:40am

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.

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New Mac OS X 10.6.3 build targets QuickTime, OpenGL

02/08, 9:35am

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.

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 build brings 64-bit Logic, QuickTime tweaks

01/22, 6:20pm

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.

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Logic Pro 9.1, Main Stage 2.1 bring 64-bit support

01/12, 5:15pm

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.

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Apple ships Logic Express 9

08/21, 2:25pm

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.

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iZotope Radius update adds pitch coherence controls

07/27, 11:10am

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.

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ProKit 5 update affects Aperture, Logic, Final Cut

07/24, 2:40pm

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.

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New Logic Studio upgrades Logic Pro, MainStage

07/23, 10:25am

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.

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KB Covers premieres line of application keyboards

05/01, 3:20pm

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.

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New Final Cut software due in April?

03/13, 11:50am

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.

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Apple, Snow Patrol collaborate on iPhone album app

09/01, 12:10pm

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.

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Radiohead sells 'Nude' deconstruction on iTunes

04/01, 10:15am

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.

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Briefly: Google Mac widgets, iRemember

12/26, 11:25am

Briefly: Google widgets

In brief: Google updates its Mac widgets, MacNN reviews iRemember 2.2, macProVideo teaches upgrades and color correction, and Custom Solutions slips subliminal messages into Macs. Mac users who regularly rely on Google's Gmail, Blogger or Search History widgets were recently asked to upgrade the software; the company now explains that it was informed of vulnerabilities by Thomas Roessler, of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards group. In particular, the Gmail widget would previously write tags in a subject header without checking, allowing malicious users to execute JavaScript that could assume control of a computer. Newer versions of the Gmail and Blogger widgets can be found here, while the Search History widget is located separately.

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Brain Challenge for iPods released on iTunes

12/10, 11:45pm

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.

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