Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.1

Apple on Wednesday released a major update to Logic Pro X, the company’s professional digital audio workstation software. As part of the update, Apple also released a new version of Logic Remote, giving the software access to Logic or Audio Unit plug-in parameters and multi-touch gestures, as well as other changes.

MainStage gets updated with a redesigned compressor plug-in features, a Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA, which is one of my personal favorites.

Other improvements in this release include:

• 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 offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles

• Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor

• New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name

• Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor

• Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime

• Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance

• 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

• Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments

• Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively

• Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders

“I’m always looking for new beats and inspiring sounds that nobody has heard before, said Diplo (Beyoncé, Usher, Madonna, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg). “The new Drummer and Drum Machine Designer in Logic Pro X will be a useful set of tools to spark ideas for anyone to create great sounding electronic beats. I’d use Drummer to create grooves and fills, then chop them up and use some of the crazy processing tools to make them sound interesting & unique.”

The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.



  • collider

    awesome. didn’t know this was coming today, can’t wait to play with it…

  • Moeskido

    I will likely never need or want Logic Pro, but I’m relieved to see a significant update for an Apple pro app. Any Apple pro app.

    • collider

      I’m going to assume you’re referring to FCP. I know a lot of folks are slagging on it and using it as the whipping boy for how Apple failed the pro market, but FCP X is a frigging beautiful piece of software. Apple’s only failing was a marketing failure, not a software failure. That, and most editors don’t want to learn a new editing paradigm. And Logic was always pretty great, and keeps getting better in the same way FCP does. This whole “Apple has deserted the pro market” is a load of horsesh*t. Having said that… I wish they hadn’t killed Shake 🙂 Motion really is not living up to any kind of pro standard (not that it was ever billed as such), though it always had potential… there’s some nice stuff going on there. Sorry @Moeskido:disqus, I sound more surly than I intended, this isn’t directed at you 🙂 I just think that Apple is getting a bad rap from a lot of folks that don’t actually use the software (or aren’t pros to begin with).

      • Moeskido

        No problem, but it still seems to me as though Apple’s cryptic behavior with FCP and Aperture leaves a lot of users to make decisions without clear information.

        • 11thIndian

          I’m not sure how Apple is being cryptic.

          Apple never talks about unreleased products, outside of iOS and OSX at WWDC.

          FCP X was a marketing failure, though I do think in the end they launched 6 months too early, as many early problems were addressed with that time period.

          As for Aperture, they took the opposite tact with EOL’ing Aperture as they did with FCP X. When FCP X was launch, FCP7 was pulled from the shelves, creating a unnecessary panic amongst legacy users, and a bit of a “gun to the head” situation which only go users back up even more. As well, FCP X did not open legacy FCP7 projects, so there was no clear upgrade path.

          With Aperture, Apple will have given users 6-8 months of lead time that the software will be going away- AND they already announced it’s replacement, Photos- will be able to migrate libraries from both iPhoto and Aperture. Sure we don’t have a feature-set yet- but at least users know there is an upgrade path.

          • Moeskido

            Perhaps “cryptic” is too strong a word to describe the uncertainty some users have had to become accustomed to, where continuing support of apps they depend upon is concerned.

  • GG

    It keeps getting buried in most coverage of 10.1, but the new Plug-in Manager is HUGE. I can now put my favorite stuff right at the top level of the plug-ins pop-up, so I don’t have to go looking for it, stuffed down a couple of levels, as long as I remember the developer’s name. When you’re trying to write quickly without distraction, this is a huge improvement. Hee-yuge. Huge.

    • collider

      Thanks GG, I’ll have to check that out… I use a lot of the NI plugs, will be great not to have to slosh through all those dropdowns…

  • richardmac

    Logic is just crazy good for the money, especially if you’re a one man operation. My only gripe about it is that Logic Remote has not worked very well for me – it stops working sometimes for no reason. So I’m super happy they’ve updated it. Hopefully the stability issue will be gone for me. Pro Tools might have better tools for editing audio, but it’s not on the same planet when it comes to offering all of the tools you need to make professional quality music. There’s plenty of room for Logic to improve, but it’s already fantastic. Props to Apple. They didn’t need to do this but they did it anyway.