Apple tunes up Logic Pro X

The more advanced version of music mixer Logic Pro has a fresh interface, a wider array of instruments, and a collection of new effects.

Logic Pro X.
Logic Pro X. Apple

Apple has launched a new version of its Logic Pro music-mixing software with an entire orchestra of features.

Available as of Tuesday, Logic Pro X sports a redesigned interface and more instruments and effects geared toward professional musicians. The new Drummer feature adds a virtual drummer that can play along with your song using a variety of drumming styles. A Flex Pitch function offers pitch editing for your songs, and the Logic Remote feature allows you to control Logic Pro X from your iPad.

Apple also has beefed up its MainStage live performance app, which can bring studio-produced sounds to a live concert via your Mac. MainStage 3 also sports a new interface and works with the plug-ins and controls in Logic Pro X.

"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," Apple Marketing Chief Philip Schiller said in a statement.

Musicians can buy and download Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 from the Mac App Store for $199.99 and $29.99, respectively. Logic Remote is a free download from the App Store for iOS devices.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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