Logic Pro X 10.1

A large update to Logic Pro X to version 10.1 from Apple. No new features for FCPX interoperability, but you'll be happy if you like drumming and mellotrons

We have to confess to not being very musical here at FCP.co. If we were, we would be sifting through the release notes of the new updated Logic Pro X analysing every new feature. Good job then that a few lucky musical users got to see the update before release. 

Logic Pro 10.1 is still priced at $199, but this update is free to all existing users. This update from 10.0.7 (Which had tracks from roles in FCPX)  brings a raft of new features, improvements and bug fixes which are all listed in full here.

 Here's a quick list of what's new

  • 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
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces 
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu
  • Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects

 

The iPad control surface Logic Remote also gets updated to 1.2. This free download works with Logic Pro X and Garageband.

  •  New plug-in view provides access to Logic or Audio Unit plug-in parameters
  •  Use Multi-Touch gestures to shape the tone of your tracks with Visual EQ
  •  Remotely add or re-order plug-ins 
  •  Control the microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces

 

Finally, the live performance application MainStage gets updated to version 3.1. The app is $29.99 with the update free to existing customers.

  • 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
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu
  • Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using new Auto Sampler plug-in 
  • Assign and manage custom shortcuts using the new Key Command editor

 

One final thought. As a result of the update, today Logic Pro X overtook Final Cut Pro X as the top grossing app on the Mac App Store. It will be interesting to see how long it stays there.