US/UK: Logic Studio is the name of a new suite of professional tools that is said to "give musicians everything they need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage" for _319 (incl. VAT). Specific features of the Logic Studio package include Main Stage, a new live performance application that enables the Mac to serve as a "streamlined live rig", reports PSN-e.
Also included in Logic Studio are Logic Pro 8, which now possesses an intuitive single-window interface for instant access to music creation and production functions including snap-to-transient selection and sample accurate editing directly in the Arrange window. The new version also includes fresh audio production tools such as Quick Swipe Comping and dynamic channel strip creation, along with end-to-end surround production capabilities with surround panning controls, multichannel tracks and busses, and support for True Surround software instruments and effects.
The Logic Studio specification also includes Soundtrack Pro 2 and Studio Instruments with 40 instrument plug-ins. These enable musicians to access and play a wide variety of sounds, including enhanced versions of Ultrabeat, Sculpture and ES2 synthesizers, and the EXS24 sampler. Effects include a new Delay Designer plug-in - offering in-depth control over individual delay taps - and Space Designer, now with True Sound enhancements for multichannel audio processing.
The Studio Sound Library, meanwhile, features content from the five Jam Pack collections and Final Cut Studio 2, making for a total of 18,000 Apple Loops, 1,300 EXS instruments and 5,000 sound effects that span a variety of genres and styles.
Finally, production utilities include WaveBurner for CD mastering, Compressor 3 for surround encoding, an Apple Loops utility and a new Impulse Response utility for capturing the acoustics of real performance spaces.
"From the fun and intuitive GarageBand to the all new Logic Studio, there's never been a better time to be a musician on the Mac," commented Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice-president of Applications Product Marketing. "For just _319, Logic Studio transforms the Mac into the most powerful musical instrument in the world." Registered Logic Pro 7 users can upgrade to Logic Studio for _129 (inc VAT), while those who purchased Logic Pro 7 on or after August 1st are eligible for a free upgrade to Logic Studio, subject to shipping and handling fees.
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