Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 06:56 pm PT (09:56 pm ET)
Apple on Tuesday rolled out a substantial update to its Logic Pro X professional music production software with various UI tweaks, bug fixes and, most notably, improved support for the company's top-end Mac Pro.
After launching Logic Pro Xlast year, Apple has made only minor changes to its pro-level digital audio workstation. The latest version 10.0.7, however, comes with more than 300 new features, UI changes, tweaks and bug fixes.
Perhaps most notably, the latest update taps into the 12-core Mac Pro's vast power reserves by addressing up to 24 processing threads simultaneously. As most of Logic's computations are handled by the CPU, power users mixing multi-channel, multi-effect sessions can expect a big boost in performance with the enhanced multithreading support.
With the ability to access 24 processing threads at once, the latest Logic Pro X should bring improvements to dynamic processing performance and the DAW's Flex modes. The extra horsepower will also help plug-in processing, finishing tracks and playback of songs with a large number of regions, among other processor-intensive tasks.
Along with advanced processing power for 12-core Mac Pros, Logic Pro X version 10.0.7 comes with a bevy of bug fixes and improvements.
When Apple released the DAW in 2013, it introduced a new feature called Flex Pitch that affords users granular control over note pitch, effects like vibrato and tone smoothing, among other adjustments. With Flex Pitch, note modifications and even melody changes can be made on the fly without opening separate tools.
The addition of Flex Pitch, which plays a companion to Flex Time, worked well on launch, though some users found performance to be slightly unresponsive. With version 10.0.7, Apple says it eliminated lag and unreliable behavior when a Flex mode is activated.
Apple provides a short list of highlights in the app's description:
What's New in Version 10.0.7
- Now supports 24 processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models
- The current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks can now be inserted at the playhead position
- Enabling Low Latency Mode no longer creates sync issues for Drummer, Ultrabeat, Native Instruments Machine and other plug-ins with integrated step sequencers
- Automation can now be copied and pasted to any location using the Marquee tool
- Adds an option for MIDI volume and pan data to control the instrument plug-in instead of the channel strip
- Resolves several snap and alignment guide issues
- Various fixes that improve XML import and export with Final Cut Pro X
- Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
A complete list of the more than 300 new features and fixes can be found on Apple's Logic Pro X 10.0.7 release notes webpage .
The update comes more than six months after abatch of updates to Apple's pro creation suite — Aperture, Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X — optimized the software for the then-new Mac Pro. Today's update is seen as an extension to prior releases as Apple continues mold its pro apps to harness the Mac Pro's advanced hardware architecture.
Logic Pro X version 10.0.7 is availablefor $199.99 from the Mac App Store, while existing users can download the update for free via Software Update.