Logic Pro 10.4

Pow­er­ful mu­sic-mak­ing tool gets an up­grade

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Free up­grade, or $199.99 From Ap­ple, ap­ple.com Fea­tures Au­to­matic tempo de­tec­tion, new plug­ins Needs OS X 10.12 or later

Un­like most point re­leases, Logic Pro 10.4 de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant new fea­tures. The first is au­to­matic tempo de­tec­tion. In­stead of hav­ing to choose a tempo be­fore you record, Logic can lis­ten to you play and ad­just the tempo ac­cord­ingly. You can fine-tune its anal­y­sis and it copes ad­mirably with sub­tle or dra­matic tempo changes. It also works with im­ported audio, so it’s easy to add ex­tra in­stru­ments or au­to­ma­tion to ex­ist­ing record­ings, and you can cre­ate DJay Pro-style seam­less mixes by daisy-chain­ing files to­gether ready for Logic to up­date their tem­pos.

It’s a real boon to song­writ­ers, be­cause you can now record your per­for­mance be­fore pil­ing on other in­stru­ments and Drum­mer tracks. There are two new Drum­mers — roots and brushy jazz — along­side two new brush kits. The two new vir­tual in­stru­ments — Stu­dio Strings and Stu­dio Horns — of­fer ex­cep­tion­ally re­al­is­tic per­for­mance and ex­ten­sive cus­tomiza­tion.

The fa­mil­iar Space De­signer plugin has had a makeover and is joined by new plug­ins Chro­maverb, Vin­tage EQ, Step FX, and Phat FX. Chro­maverb is a re­booted Plat­inumVerb with a flex­i­ble al­go­rithm that cre­ates some in­ter­est­ing ef­fects, al­though its real-time visuals don’t work on older Macs.

Vin­tage EQ is a lot of fun. There are three plug­ins to choose from: con­sole, graphic, and tube, and each de­liv­ers the warm out­put of clas­sic hard­ware; the con­sole EQ is mod­elled on the Neve preamps as­so­ci­ated with clas­sic rock.

Ap­ple has ac­quired Camel Audio’s Space and Phat, which are here as Step FX and Phat FX re­spec­tively. They’re multi-FX plug­ins that en­able you to chain ef­fects to­gether. In Phat FX that means band­pass fil­ter­ing, dis­tor­tion, com­pres­sion, LFO and lim­it­ing; in Step FX you can fil­ter, de­lay, mod­u­late, and edit in­di­vid­ual steps. Phat is par­tic­u­larly good on bass drums and gui­tars, adding sub­tle warmth and ex­tra kick, while Step of­fers a lot of fun with fil­ters.

We’re im­pressed that Ap­ple de­cided to make these free for ex­ist­ing cus­tomers. If you aren’t al­ready us­ing Logic, the 10.4 up­date makes an al­ready su­perb mu­sic pro­duc­tion stu­dio even more com­pelling.

the bot­tom line. Logic Pro 10.4 is a ma­jor up­grade with su­perb tempo de­tec­tion and im­pres­sive new plug­ins. Car­rie Mar­shall

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