Apple Announces Logic Pro X, Available Today For $199


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Apple doesn't need to hold a press conference for every major product unveiling to make sure people pay attention. Case in point - Apple made a lot of musicians very happy today with the release of Logic Pro X.

Apple announced today that Logic Pro X - the latest version of its Logic Pro music creation software - is now available for musicians to purchase through the Mac App Store. This latest version brings with it a number of enhancements, new features and even some new instruments.

“Logic Pro X is our most powerful version yet, with advanced tools and a modern new interface designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”

Drummer is the big new feature in Logic Pro X. It adds "professionally produced, realistic drum tracks that respond to your direction." Apple boasts that its Drummer software can "perform millions of unique grooves in rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres." There's also a new Drum Kit Designer that allows musicians to create their own custom drum kit from all the available professionally recorded drum sounds.

Some of the new tools and enhancements available include Flex Pitch and Track Stacks. Flex Pitch allows users to fix out-of-tune vocals, and adjust melodies by changing individual notes. Track Stacks lets users organize multiple tracks into one. It also can be used to create layered instruments.

As for new sounds, Apple has added over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches into Logic Pro X's sound library. You'll also be able to take advantage of nine new MIDI plug-ins, including the Arpeggiator, Retro Synth, Vintage Keyboards and Bass Amp Designer.

Apple is bringing the iPad into the Logic Pro family with the latest release as well with Logic Remote. The app turns the iPad into a virtual instrument allowing musicians to record from anywhere in the room.

Finally, Apple will also be releasing MainStage 3 today alongside Logic Pro X. The latest version of MainStage features a new UI that makes it even easier to perform live concerts using your Mac.

Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are both available from the Mac App Store starting today for $199.99 and $29.99 respectively. Logic Remote is available for free from the iOS App Store.