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Logic Pro X gets major overhaul for 2017

Apple's pro-level audio software becomes even more powerful; update includes Touch Bar support

Apple has announced a big update to Logic Pro X, its pro-level music creation app, which includes advanced new features to make the app an even stronger tool for audio production, giving musicians and audio engineers more control over editing and mixing their music. The latest release features a new modern design that improves legibility in a variety of working environments.

Logic Pro X also adds support for the revolutionary new Touch Bar on MacBook Pro, providing the ability to view and navigate your project in a timeline overview, along with convenient access to volume and Smart Controls for any selected track.

New performance controls let you play and record software instruments with the Touch Bar using a piano keyboard that can also be customised to a variety of musical scales, or by tapping drum pads to create beats. Assignable key command buttons let you customise the Touch Bar controls to keep your favorite keyboard shortcuts available when you need them.

Track Alternatives let users create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on any track. This feature makes it easier to experiment with various creative ideas or evaluate different versions of a track as it evolves.

Selection-based Processing allows users to apply any combination of Logic or third-party effect plug-ins onto any selection of one or multiple audio regions. It is useful for optimising sound quality and a great tool for creative sound design.

Logic Pro X becomes more powerful for professional mixing too, with a 64-bit summing engine, 192 additional busses and true stereo panning, providing discrete control of stereo signals.

The new update is available today and is free for all existing users, and available on the Mac App Store for £149.99/$199.99 for all new customers.

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