Apple’s music creation apps get makeovers

Anthony Caruana
19 January, 2017
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Apple has released major updates to GarageBand and Logic Pro X.

GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the powerful creative synthesiser Alchemy and a new sound browser that makes searching through instruments and patches easier.

Logic Pro X 10.3 gets new features for professional audio production as well as support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.

Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices to add new recordings. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.

GarageBand for iOS

GarageBand for iOS features a redesigned sound browser that makes it faster than ever to explore Touch Instruments and quickly find the exact sounds you’re looking for.

Alchemy, one of the world’s most innovative modern synthesisers and a favourite of Logic Pro users, comes to iOS and includes a rich collection of over 150 Apple-designed patches from a wide variety of genres, including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop and more. And with Alchemy’s Transform Pad, users can morph between eight sonic snapshots in real-time, to create expressive synth performances.

Multi-Take Recording has also been added, giving users multiple passes to capture their best performance and the ability to audition and switch between their favourite takes.

The release also features a redesigned Audio Recorder that adds fun, one-tap vocal effects and provides users with even more sophisticated studio effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay. Seasoned users looking for even more control over their mixes can use a new collection of advanced audio processing tools, including an interactive graphic Visual EQ and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects for expandable, creative sound design.

Logic Pro X

Touch Bar support on the new MacBook Pro provides the ability to view and navigate your project in a timeline overview, along with convenient access to volume and Smart Controls for any selected track. New performance controls let you play and record software instruments with the Touch Bar using a piano keyboard that can be customised to a variety of musical scales, or by tapping drum pads to create beats. Assignable key command buttons let you customise the Touch Bar controls to keep your favourite keyboard shortcuts available when you need them.

Track Alternatives let users create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on any track. This feature makes it easier to experiment with various creative ideas or evaluate different versions of a track as it evolves. Selection-based Processing allows users to apply any combination of Logic or third-party effect plug-ins onto any selection of one or multiple audio regions. It is useful for optimising sound quality and a great tool for creative sound design.

Logic Pro X becomes more powerful for professional mixing, with a 64-bit summing engine, 192 additional busses and true stereo panning, providing discrete control of stereo signals.

Pricing and Availability 

The GarageBand for iOS update, available today, is free for all existing users and with all new iOS devices. New customers with older, non-qualifying devices can purchase the app for $7.99 inc. GST on the App Store. For more information about GarageBand for iOS, visit: www.apple.com/ios/garageband.

The Logic Pro X update, available today, is free for all existing users, and available on the Mac App Store for $319.99 inc. GST for all new customers. For more information about Logic Pro X, visit: www.apple.com/logic-pro.

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