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.
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
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
- 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
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 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 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