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Review of Logic Studio
1. Sample accurate editing in the Arrange. You can also edit automation with sample accuracy. Logic catches up here in an area it was laggardly.
2. Time stretch and compress in the arrange. More catch-up work.
3. Right click context menus! Omygod! At LAST! Thank you Apple programmers! Logic has now entered the 21st century. Now we are just about caught up.
4. Easy track, region and channel creation. While the Logic wizards never had a problem with this before, the newbs certainly did. The old environment is still there for those who want to mess with it, but with this new feature, the newb does not have to brave the environment ever if they don't want.
5. Surround capability. Ok Logic always let you create surround tracks, but now you can import, record and bounce surround. You can bounce directly to DVD-A. In the bundled Compressor application you can encode in various surround formats, including dolby digital 5.1. Don't underestimate the importance of this.
6. New song templates--easier and more logical. Definitely will help new users.
7. Project Manager replaced by a new Browser window. The browser displays all the assets of the song: audio, midi files, EXS instruments, Ultrabeat samples, movie files and more. Its simpler. The old Project manager was hard to deal with.
8. New Low Latency mode. Logic will automatically limit latency by bypassing plugins that exceed the threshold.
9. Redesigned EXS editor. Its easier to map zones of samples with the mouse and much easier to create instruments with multiple velocity layers. Psst,...the EXS Mk II is Logic's Native Soft Sampler.
10. Ultrabeat. You can now create patterns on a matrix-like grid inside UltraBeat, which can store patterns along with its drum kits. Outstanding! Of course you can always use the arrange piano roll as always, but its nice to have an option to store drum machine style patterns with the kit. For those new to Ultrabeat, its a drum machine soft synth that lets you load any sample to any note and lets you tweak the sample extremely. You can also create drum instruments from scratch with analog and fm-style synthesis.
11. Improved Track Compressor. I was surprised. You can switch among 6 models of compressors, including VCA, FET and Opto. Love the way they sound. Much like some of the famous UAD compressors, I'll be reaching for these more than ever.
12. New delay designer and echo effects. I only had to play with the delay designer one time to realize how powerful it is. I am reminded of the old emu 'transform and multiply" effect found on their old hardware samplers. Except this doesn't make you wait 3 minutes for the result, it works in real time.
13. The inclusion of the first 5 jam packs in addition to the standard Logic content makes the whole package simply outstanding. Back at the turn of the century, a sample and loop library like you get here would have cost several Gs. Make sure you have some disk space available before you install Logic Studio. You might get a dedicated firewire drive for it if you don't have one already. The organization of all this material is better than ever, thanks to the new Media Pane in the arrange. You'll be able to find what you are looking for easily, even that Space Designer preset you made 2 years ago.
1. The new transport. It works great but I just don't want it there in the arrange all the time. I do everything I can by key commands. Only newbs use transports.
2. The new Inspector. Its a good idea but it wastes space. The old way was better. While I do like the mixer strip from the current track to be there, I don't need the main output strip there all the time. Its also in that drab final cut pro style grey. The erstwhile Logic was more colorful.
That's about it. Just little graphical issues.
There are some other applications included. Soundtrack Pro 2. This is an update to the Soundtrack Pro that came with the Final Cut Studio bundle, which was an upgrade from the original Soundtrack. Soundtrack Pro II is like two applications in one. First is a standalone multi track recorder and editor, sort of like Sony's Acid is on PCs. Its great for adding audio to video, or doing audio-only compositions. The second part of Soundtrack Pro II is the audio editor, which, unlike the editor in Logic, is very complete, non destructive, and can render effects quickly and easily. In fact, Soundtrack makes a great tool for creating audio effects. You can chain up lots and lots of effects if you want and take them in and out of the chain while you experiment. Its sort of like Sound Forge is on PCs. Worthy.
The best part is that it is integrated with Logic's arrange. Click on an audio file in Logic, hit the magic key command, and the Soundtrack editor opens with your audio file. Do what you want in Soundtrack, flatten (render) the effects, then click save. Presto! It's back in Logic. Is that cool? Yes, it is.
The other application is called Main Stage. It lets you use all the Logic instruments Live, like at a live show, you know, with those smelly drummers, guitarists and other people who no longer bathe. I ran it once to see that it worked. It did. Not interested, personally.
A look at what comes in the box
The Logic Studio package has done a lot to restore my faith in Logic under Apple's ownership. The long wait and seeing other sequencers add new features left many of us wondering. For sure, Logic retains leadership among all the available sequencers on the Mac platform in my opinion and by a large margin. Cubase, Ableton live, Digital Performer--as great as these applications are, for general music recording and construction it is hard to see how these could beat Logic except in very narrow specialized areas. To get an application and all the equivalents to the software instruments, sample libraries and processors included, you'd have to spend well over $1000 and probably close to $2000 to get what Logic gives you for $500. Its no longer a contest over which is best. Logic is not only winning, it's so far ahead we should probably just smile and not make a point about superiority. We are soldiers in the MPWD, after all. If you want to do music on your Mac, Logic Studio is the suite of applications to have.
You can purchase Logic Studio at zZounds
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