Logic Pro 8 Is Here

US Apple unveils Logic Studio incorporating Logic Pro 8      12/09/07

Logic Pro 8 Is Here

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Well, it’s the news we have been expecting but in a slightly different form than we expected. The follow up to Logic Pro 7 is now available but Logic Pro 8, a major upgrade, now comes as part of the new Logic Studio which Apple are describing as ‘a comprehensive suite of professional tools that provides everything musicians need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage.’
Logic Studio features Logic Pro 8 and introduces MainStage, an innovative new live performance application that Apple tell us turns the Mac into a streamlined live rig. In addition, Apple tell us that Logic Studio includes SoundTrack Pro 2, Apple’s professional audio post production software, Studio Instruments, made up of 40 pristine quality instruments, Studio Effects, with 80 professional effect plug-ins, a vast Studio Sound Library and a powerful set of production utilities. All this for just $499…
Logic Pro’s major new feature, as widely predicted, is a redesigned, single-window interface and we’ve also lost the XS key (yippee!).

Here are all the new features that Apple are listing…
New in Logic Pro 8
  • Single-Window Design
    The Arrange window in Logic Pro 8 consolidates production activities in a single, elegantly-designed workspace. You can record multiple takes; cut, move, or stretch audio with sample accuracy; browse channel strip settings; audition Apple Loops; and drop chords onto your lead sheet—all from one central space, without managing multiple windows.
  • Simplified Setup
    Production-ready templates, a streamlined track setup window, and dynamic channel strip creation get you up and running fast. Improved ReWire support provides easy integration with other music applications.
  • Effortless multitake recording
    Region-based take management speeds up multitake recording, editing, and processing. An expandable take folder makes it simple to recall overdubs, and entire take folders can be moved and edited like regions.
  • Quick Swipe comping
    With breakthrough Quick Swipe comping, you can simply swipe over the best portions of each take to create a seamless comp, complete with transition-smoothing crossfades.
  • New audio editing tools
    Work faster and with greater precision using powerful new features like snap-to-transient selection, graphical time stretching, and sample-accurate editing in the Arrange window.
  • Surround mixing and processing
    Logic Pro 8 allows for end-to-end surround production with multichannel tracks and busses. True Surround and multi-mono support lets you use any surround, stereo or mono plug-ins within any surround project.
  • Portable preferences
    Save your key commands, channel strip settings and plug-in settings to your .Mac account for easy backup, sharing, and portability.
  • XSKey-free operation
    A simple serial number replaces the USB dongle and lets you make music without the hassle of extraneous hardware.
Pricing and Availability:
Logic Studio $499.00
Upgrade from Logic Pro or Logic Platinum/Gold 5 or 6 $199.00
Upgrade from Logic Express $299.00
If you purchased Logic Pro 7 on or after August 1, 2007, you are eligible for a free upgrade to Logic Studio ($9.95 shipping and handling).
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