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Logic Pro gets some serious AI—and a version bump—for Mac and iPad

The new Chord Track feature.
Enlarge / The new Chord Track feature.

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If you watched Apple’s iPad-a-palooza event yesterday, you probably saw the segment about cool new features in the iPad version of Logic Pro, Apple’s professional audio recording software. But what the event didn’t make clear is that all of the same features will be available in the Mac version of Logic Pro and that the Mac and iPad versions will be newly numbered. After many years, the Mac version of Logic Pro will go from X (ten) to 11, while the much newer iPad version will go to 2.

Both versions will be released on May 13 and are both free upgrades for existing users. (Kind of: iPad users have to pay a subscription fee to access Logic Pro, but if you already pay, you’ll get the upgrade. This has led many people to speculate online that (Apple is reportedly moving the Mac version of Logic to a similar subscription model; fortunately, this is not yet the case.)

Both versions will benefit from an identical set of new features, which were briefly touched upon in Apple’s event video. But thanks to a lengthy press release issued by Apple after the event, as well as updates to Apple’s main Logic page, we now have a better idea of ​​what these features are, what systems they include need and how hard Apple has pulled out all the stops. on AI. We also take some photos.

The new ChromaGlow plugin.  It saturates!
Enlarge / The new ChromaGlow plugin. It saturates!

AI everywhere

One of Logic’s cool features is Drummer, a generative artist that can play in many different styles, track recorded tracks, and add lots of fills and other humanizing variations. For a tool that comes free with your digital audio workstation, it’s an amazing product, and it’s received various quality-of-life improvements over the past decade, including production kits that let you break down and control each individual percussion element. But what we haven’t seen in 10 years is new generative session players, especially for bass and keys.

The wait is over, however, as Apple is adding bass and keyboard to Logic. The new Bass Player was “trained in collaboration with today’s top bass players, using advanced AI and sampling technologies,” Apple says. Logic will also come with Studio Bass, a set of six new instruments.

The Keyboard Player works the same way and has a new Studio Piano plugin that provides features commonly found in paid virtual instruments (multiple mic positions, pedal and key noise control, sympathetic resonance and sample release). Apple says Keyboard Player can handle everything from “simple blocks of strings to chords with extended harmony, with almost infinite variations.”

The secret to the drummer’s success is how easy it is to compose a basic drum pattern. Select the drummer who plays your style, choose a kit you like, then choose a variation; after that, just place a dot on a large trackpad-style screen that balances complexity with volume, and you’ve got something usable, complete with padding. Bass and keyboard players can’t work this way, of course, but Apple is bringing a feature found in other DAWs to Logic to power the two new session players: Chord Track.

News Source : arstechnica.com
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