Apple releases Logic Pro X

The long-awaited update to Apple’s DAW features a virtual session drummer, iPad support, and a host of new instruments.

Released onto the Mac App Store earlier today with the minimum of fanfare, Logic Pro X comes almost exactly four years after the last major update, and builds on its predecessor with a number of key new features. Drummer and the accompanying new Drum Kit Designer plug-in allow you to build your own drum kit out of recordings made by what Apple describe as some of “the industry’s top session players and recording engineers”, while the Flex Pitch feature provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings.

Logic Pro X also expands on its synthesisers and keyboards with a number of new instruments and features, including a classic synth emulator called Retro Synth, Vintage Keys for recreating classic electric pianos, Bass Amp Designer which recreates vintage and modern bass amps, and a long-overdue Arpeggiator plug-in. There’s also an entirely new Sound Library features an updated loop collection with over 1,500 instrument and effect patches to contend with. Perhaps the most radical feature is Logic Remote, Apple’s in-built iPad support, utilising the multi-touch capabilities to control various aspects of Logic and turn the iPad into a keyboard, drum pad, guitar fretboard, mixing board or transport control.

Logic Pro X is available on the Mac App Store now, priced at £139.99.