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New Logic Pro Update Targets EDM Producers

Apple has just released an update for the digitial audio workstation Logic Pro X, which puts an emphasis on features geared toward EDM and hip-hop producers. Version 10.1 boasts the most additions of any update since the DAW's launch in July of 2013.

The words "EDM" and "hip-hop" appear in several places on the Logic Pro page, which highlights the update's new "beat creators" geared towards such genres as tech house, trap and dubstep. Each takes the form of a template branded as a "Drummer," which Apple even went so far as to personify with stage names and illustrations of hip-looking musician stereotypes intended to match each music style.


Apple Support has detailed all of the new functions below:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more 
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in for customizing electronic drum kits
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders in the mixer
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu
  • Support for Mail Drop and AirDrop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 Mellotron instruments
  • The Piano Roll editor now features a Brush tool for creating or deleting a sequence of notes with single mouse gestures
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance
  • Track Stacks can now be disclosed/undisclosed directly in the Mixer independently of the Tracks area
  • New Collapse view option in the Piano Roll Editor lets you see more notes in less vertical space
  • It's now possible to create more than one Drummer track per song
  • It's now possible to copy and paste voices between different instances of Ultrabeat
  • There's a new option in the Drummer Editor action menu that allows you to change the drummer without also changing the drum kit
  • Alternatives can now be exported as fully independent projects
  • There's now a button in the Main window to automatically set the vertical zoom to the optimal resolution to maximize track height while keeping all tracks visible
  • A new Region parameter allows the playback speed of Apple Loops to be altered from ⅛ to 8x the original speed 
  • Command-clicking an enabled mute or solo button un-mutes or un-solos all channels if no track is muted or soloed, and command-clicking a mute or solo button mutes or solos all tracks
  • There's now a Kill/Recall Solo button in the track header area that toggles the solo state of all currently soloed tracks
  • The Reset Channel Strip command now works for multiple selected channel strips in the Mixer
  • Logic now supports the Bravura score font
  • There's a new key command for enabling/disabling the Flex or Follow Tempo Region parameter
  • Logic can now import multichannel interleaved audio files and convert them to individual mono files
  • When bouncing a project, the default name for the bounced file is now the project name
  • The Piano Roll now includes an option to display drum names instead of note names when working with Drummer tracks, EXS drum kits or Ultrabeat tracks
  • Time Handles in the Piano Roll allow time stretching/compression on selected notes
  • It's now possible to adjust the position and borders of regions in the Piano Roll time line
  • Undo is now available in the Notepad
  • Undo is now available for Score Set edits
  • A single click now inserts an EQ into the EQ slot of a channel strip
  • Logic now supports 50, 5994d, 5994, 60 d and 60 fps frame rates
  • There's now a Track Protect button for the Movie track
  • The Repeat Regions/Events key command now duplicates the currently selected region or event without opening a dialog window (the previous behavior for this command is accessed with the new key command Repeat Regions/Events Multiple Times)
  • Smart Controls mapped to plug-in parameters are now dimmed when the plug-in is bypassed
  • User created Groove Templates are now available from the Time Quantize menu in the Piano Roll
  • When dragging objects, the Tooltip now shows both the bar/beat and time position
  • The Beat Mapping track now offers a Protect Flex Markers option in the Beat Mapping drop-down menu
  • The Copy command now copies selected markers in the Marker List window as text
  • When multiple closed Track Stack regions are glued together, Logic now maintains the individual tracks within the stack
  • The Convert to New Sampler Track sheet includes a new option for creating ‘1 Shot’ Zones
  • Auto backups of Logic projects are now directly accessible from the Quick Looks view
  • It's now possible to specify up to 100 automatic backups per alternative in a project
  • Dragging a movie in the Movie Track now moves in increments of one frame and the Option key can be used to position it in smaller increments
  • When Logic extracts audio from a movie file, it now creates a time-stamped Broadcast Wave file
  • When a movie is added that is longer than the current project, the project is now automatically lengthened to accommodate it
  • A region with movie audio sync can now be defined for a movie file
  • When exporting audio to a movie, Logic now uses the project sample rate
  • When exporting audio to a movie, the length of the selected regions now determines the overall length of the newly created movie
  • The contents of the Bounces folder is now excluded when Cleanup Project is used on a folder project
  • The Clean Up Project dialog now shows the dates previous operations were performed



[H/T: App Adviser]


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