Camel Audio Alchemy Lives On In Free Updates To Logic Pro, MainStage


Camel Audio’s Alchemy synthesizer used to cost $249, on the high end for software synthesizers. But fans thought Alchemy was worth it, and were disappointed when Camel Audio closed shop earlier this year.

As of today, though, Alchemy is back – at least for Mac users. Apple has introduced a massive free update to Logic Pro X, incorporating Alchemy and more:

  • An updated Alchemy;
  • Updated Logic Remote for iPad;
  • New drummers;
  • Drum Machine Designer;
  • Drum sequencing updates;
  • An enhanced Piano Roll Editor;
  • Automation updates;
  • Apple Music support and more.

Alchemy is also now available as part of the $30 MainStage live performance app.

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Apple Logic Pro X Brings New UI, Flex Pitch, Virtual Drummer, iPad Remote & More


Apple has introduced Logic Pro X, an update to their popular DAW that features a new user interface, powerful new creative tools for musicians and an expanded collection of instruments and effects.

apple-logic-pro-x-uiKey New Features:

  • Logic Pro X includes Drummer, a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques
  • Flex Pitch provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings. This is way beyond AutoTune – Flex Pitch analyzes your audio and then lets do Melodyne-style audio editing. You can move the pitch of individual notes up or down, for pitch correction, or use it as a creative tool.
  • Logic Remote lets you play and control Logic Pro X from an iPad, letting you create and mix music from anywhere in the room. (Screen shots below).
  • Retro Synth is a new virtual instrument that emulates some of the most popular classic synthesizers from the 70s and 80s.
  • Vintage Keyboards offer realistic models of electric pianos, B3 organs and clavs.
  • Track Stacks lets you organize and collapse multiple tracks into one. It can also be used to create complex layered instruments.
  • Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design.
  • An improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts.

While Apple has added many new features, virtual instruments and an iPad remote app, it has kept the price at $200.

“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 Apple’s Philip Schiller. “Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”

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Logic Pro 9 Now $199.99 In Mac App Store, But How Long Will It Take To Download?

Logic Pro 9 in the App Store

Apple today continued its push to blur the line between ‘pro’ and consumer apps, releasing Logic Pro 9 in its Mac App Store for $199.99. The company also is killing off Logic Express and its Logic Studio bundle, and selling MainStage as a download for $29.99.

Pricing a leading DAW at about $200 is sure to give other vendors some grief. It wasn’t that long ago that the major DAW’s were priced well over $500. At $200, it’s priced below a lot of virtual instruments, too.

I’ll be interested to see how the App Store process works with a monster DAW like Logic Pro. The app itself is over 400MB, and with all the optional content, the download is pushing 20GB. If you give this a try, let us know how it works for you.

Details on the Logic Pro 9 below.

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Infinite Response VAX77 Gets Mainstage 2 Device Interface

Infinite Response announced at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show that Apple has released the Mainstage 2 Device Interface for the VAX77 MIDI Keyboard Controller.

Infinite Response and Apple have developed an operating mode called ‘Host Control’ that allows Mainstage 2 to display all its presets on the VAX77 touchscreen, and map all of its controllers to the VAX 77 controllers, via a USB connection. The tight integration allows for random-access, touchscreen control of presets within a Mainstage concert, and ‘latches’ the 9 MIDI CC sliders from the touchscreen to the main effects and EQ knobs on Mainstage 2.

This frees you from needing a computer screen nearby during performances. Continue reading

Apple MainStage Essentials

This video, via Sam Square, covers the basics of Apple’s MainStage, including working with channel strips and the difference between the Concert, Set and Patch.

Topics covered include:

  • Uses of MainStage
  • Concert/set/patch and patch inspector area
  • Preferences
  • Create new channel strip
  • Setting the default channel strip
  • Creating a aux channel for shared effects
  • Using Aliases
  • The patch inspector
  • Program Changes and reorganizing

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Use MIDI Fighter With MainStage

Ian Taylor made a MainStage layout for the Midifighter DIY arcade-style MIDI controller:

The top buttons are mapped to momentary effects, the lower twelve playing the best notes for drum kits.

There’s about 15 different sounds with these effects in the patch list.

here are Analog Drums, Digital Drums, and Synths.

Additionally, if you add on some more controls, you can control the rotary knobs to tweak out the sounds even more! Exciting!

More details are available in the DJTechTools forum, and our previous posts about Midifighter.

Apple Logic Pro, MainStage Go 64-Bit

logic-proApple has released updates for Logic Pro and MainStage, allowing the applications to run in 64-bit mode. The main advantage of 64-bit support is that you can address vast amounts of memory.

With 64-bit mode, the application memory is not limited to 4GB as with 32-bit applications, so there is essentially no practical limit by today’s standards. As a result, all the installed memory that is not needed by the OS is available for use by Logic Pro or MainStage, which can be meaningful if your Mac has more than 4GB of memory installed. This larger amount of memory allows you to run far more instances of memory intensive plug-ins, such as sample-based software instruments. Continue reading

Apple Logic Studio Update Adds Flex Time, A Looper & More Guitar Effects


Apple today introduced the next version of Logic Studio, with major upgrades to Logic Pro and MainStage and more than 200 new features.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Logic Pro 9 features new Amp Designer and Pedalboard plug-ins that provide realistic virtual guitar amps and stompbox effects.
  • A new set of Flex Time tools allow Logic users to easily manipulate the timing and tempo of audio.
  • MainStage 2, Apple’s live performance application, includes the new Playback and Loopback plug-ins to provide backing tracks and creative, real-time loop recording for performing on stage.
  • Logic Studio also includes the new Soundtrack Pro 3, with new multitrack audio tools for video production, and Compressor 3.5 for encoding in a variety of formats.

This looks like a great update to Logic Studio and Logic Studio’s $499 will continue to put pressure on other DAW developers to add features and keep prices down.

Apple has published a set of video demos on Logic Pro 9, the new guitar plugins and Mainstage 2. Continue reading