Apple Logic Pro Update adds new Mastering Assistant & 32-bit recording

Apple Logic Pro music creation

Apple has updated Logic Pro with a selection of new tools for music creation on Mac and iPad. New features include a Mastering Assistant, 32-bit recording, Sample Alchemy, and Beat Breaker on Mac. There is also a Quick Sampler Recorder mode on iPad among other new features.

The new Mastering Assistant features a professional palette of intuitive sound-shaping tools, so musicians can deliver a release-ready mix faster. Sample Alchemy offers the reshaping and reshuffling capabilities of Beat Breaker.

Logic Pro for iPad now includes a Quick Sampler Recorder mode, which allows users to quickly capture “found sounds” using the built-in microphone in iPad and instantly create custom playable instruments. If you have your own collections of samples you can also quickly build kits or custom instruments using improved multitasking features such as Split View and Stage Manager. Round-tripping between a Mac and an iPad allows users to take their music-making experience on the road or to the studio.

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Mastering Assistant offers creators a quick and easy way to add that final touch for a release-ready mix. Once a mix is complete, Mastering Assistant can instantly analyze the audio and make expert refinements to the sound, adjusting elements such as the dynamics, frequency balance, timbre, and loudness. Creators can also use Mastering Assistant’s initial processing as a starting point and then fine-tune each setting with controls to create different mixes.

Logic Pro also now supports 32-bit float recording when used with compatible audio interfaces. This helps artists minimize the digital clipping that can occur when recording more dynamic instruments or performances. With 32-bit float, even recordings made at lower levels can be easily amplified without increasing the noise floor, providing studio-quality audio and flexibility in post-production.

The Tools menu in the Tracks area and time-based editors now include Slip and Rotate tools, enabling users to move content within audio and software instrument regions without altering the region boundaries.

Apple Logic Pro Sample Alchemy

The new Logic Pro for Mac update also introduces two new sound packs: The Hybrid Textures sound pack includes a collection of 70 patches, as well as over 80 Apple Loops featuring Sample Alchemy, while the Vox Melodics sound pack contains a diverse collection of over 475 lyrical phrases, hooks, layered harmonies, FX, and one-shots. Users can download all of the app’s free sound packs using the Sound Library.

Apple Logic Pro Recorder

The Quick Sampler plug-in allows users to quickly create sampler instruments from virtually any sound. With the new Recorder mode, users can create instruments and drum kits by directly recording audio with the built-in microphone or a connected audio input, allowing for instrument creation to happen just about anywhere.

You can also now move seamlessly between Logic Pro and other apps like Voice Memos or the Files app using Split View and Stage Manager. Split View allows users to open two different apps — or two windows from the same app — by splitting the screen into resizable views, while Stage Manager allows users to resize windows, see multiple overlapping windows in a single view or tap to switch between apps, and more. Users can quickly find the sound they are looking for in the Browser by simply dragging up or down with a finger to preview multiple samples, loops, or instruments. Additionally, users can select and drag their own samples from the Files app to Logic Pro to easily build drum kits or add stems to a project.

Logic Pro adds to its popular in-app Lessons with additional instruction covering a broad range of topics, including Mastering Assistant, Sample Alchemy, Beat Breaker, beat making, automation, sound packs, and Play Surfaces. The Hybrid Textures sound packs also come to Logic Pro for iPad, offering creators new material to explore the power and depth of Sample Alchemy.

With the new Quick Sampler Recorder mode, users can create instruments and drum kits by directly recording audio with the built-in microphone or a connected audio input.

Pricing & Availability

Logic Pro 10.8 is available today as a free update for existing users and for $249.99 USD for new users on the Mac App Store. Logic Pro for Mac requires macOS Ventura 13.5 or later.

Logic Pro for iPad 1.1 is available today as a free update for existing users, and available on the App Store for $6.99 USD per month or $69 USD per year, with a one-month free trial for new users. Logic Pro for iPad requires iPadOS 17 or later, and an iPad with Apple A12 Bionic chip or later.

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