Free Logic Pro Update Lets You Use 3 Times As Many Plugins, Adds Dolby Atmos Support

Apple today introduced a free update for Logic Pro, adding support for spatial audio and support for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs.

Logic Pro, Apple’s pro music creation software, now comes with a complete set of tools for authoring spatial audio music, so users can mix and export their songs in Dolby Atmos for Apple Music.

And Apple says that musicians can use up to 3x as many plug-ins for recording on the MacBook Pro with M1 Max.

Here’s what’s new in Logic Pro 10.7:

  • Now with a complete set of mixing and rendering tools, Logic Pro allows anyone to author songs as Dolby Atmos music files compatible with Apple Music. Musicians, producers, and mix engineers can expand their stereo projects to the surround channels supported by Dolby Atmos, using new mixer and panner controls.
  • In addition, 13 plug-ins within Logic Pro — including Space Designer, Limiter, Loudness Meter, and Tremolo — have also been updated to take advantage of this new creative capability.
  • With the new MacBook Pro, musicians also get workstation-class performance for creating massive spatial audio mixes, can quickly load large sample libraries, and can use up to 3x more plug-ins for recording.
  • Logic Pro also now comes with all the new Producer Packs1, introduced in GarageBand this summer. The sound library features beats, loops, and samples created producers Boys Noize, Mark Lettieri, Mark Ronson, Oak Felder, Soulection, Take A Daytrip, Tom Misch, and TRAKGIRL.
  • Logic users now have access to 2,800 new loops, 50 new kits, and 120 new patches they can use in their own songs — all royalty-free.

Pricing and Availability

Logic Pro 10.7 is available today as a free update for all existing users, and for $199.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store.

20 thoughts on “Free Logic Pro Update Lets You Use 3 Times As Many Plugins, Adds Dolby Atmos Support

  1. “musicians can use up to 3x as many plug-ins for recording on the MacBook Pro with M1 Max”

    What a ridiculous thing to say

    that would depend entirely on what plugins I wanted to use

    1. Perhaps they attained more “efficiency” to permit 3x as many plug-ins as the previous version of Logic?

      Or perhaps they just behind the scenes made it more native to M1, unleashing (sorry) the full power (sorry).

  2. I’m done with updating for a while. I had so many plug-ins, I cleaned house at v.10.6… and promptly bought 3 more. Oh well, that’s GAS for you. Turn off your auto-updates, too, you’ll be happier.

    One thing I recommend is exploring Alchemy more deeply. Apple was wise to buy Camel Audio. Its four oscillators at a whack, with polyphony out the arse. Logic plugs are so well integrated with the system, you can stack them with far less system drain. Now more of my third-party instruments are specialties Logic doesn’t fully cover.

    Atmos seems like a nice draw, but how many of us will ever use a soundtrack monster like that in an ear bud world? Outside of a theater, where can you really hear what it does? Will I line my den with KRK monitors arrayed to play it back? Prolly not, darnit. Poke at me with alternate views on it, teach me somethin’ new.

    1. I can imagine ppl using whatever kind of surround system for live shows to give the ppl something special for the shows,
      but for recorded music … it makes little sense to make the Tamborine dance around you …

  3. You don’t have to line your den with KRK speakers. Atmos systems are relatively cheap these days. You can get an Atmos soundbar + 2 wireless surrounds + subwoofer for less than a grand.

  4. Thanks, grondaag. That leads me to wondering how many of us (me incl.) will or even CAN explore it without having the results be too cutesy or honking-obvious. I think of it as a soundtrack tool first, because anything you do with it will generally be complex and Big. Even Eno would probably end up using it to create a whole ocean-level environment. It feels like the nature of the tool.

    Good point, though, because I love good 5:1 sound in a movie theater. Doing it at home at an even higher level is a real brain-stretcher of an idea.

  5. This is a positive and welcome addition. Most live music does well with only a stereo image. However, modular and experimental synth artists like Ciani use at least a quadraphonic format because an integral part of the listening experience is mental/emotional exploration of spatially open soundscapes. In my opinion, DAWs that do not have multiple outputs for quadraphonic and ambisonic performances are suboptimal for creating the more immersive experiences that audience members of synth/soundscape shows are increasingly demanding.

    1. Are there good quadraphonic/hexaphonic headphones? If so, I want them. 😉

      Or perhaps there are good binaural mixdown headphones?

  6. I’m done with updating for a while. I had so many plug-ins, I cleaned house at v.10.6… and promptly bought 3 more. Oh well, that’s GAS for you. Turn off your auto-updates, too, you’ll be happier.

    One thing I recommend is exploring Alchemy more deeply. Apple was wise to buy Camel Audio. Its four oscillators at a whack, with polyphony out the arse. Logic plugs are so well integrated with the system, you can stack them with far less system drain. Now more of my third-party instruments are specialties Logic doesn’t fully cover.

    Atmos seems like a nice draw, but how many of us will ever use a soundtrack monster like that in an ear bud world? Outside of a theater, where can you really hear what it does? Will I line my den with KRK monitors arrayed to play it back? Prolly not, darnit. Poke at me with alternate views on it, teach me somethin’ new. https://www.protruckingcompanysandiego.com/freight-shipping-san-diego

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