Apple has announced a new suite of updates for Logic Pro X, its
professional music-making software. Most notably, there’s a lot
of attention paid to expanding the DAW’s
smart tempo feature, which is used to automatically detect
tempo across the entirety of a project.
Smart tempo could previously only be used when recording audio
into Logic Pro X. Now, it can also analyze the tempo of
recorded MIDI performances and imported multi-track stems, can
follow along with a project’s existing tempo, or be used to
define it. The original addition of smart tempo was incredibly
useful as it eliminated the need to manually set tiny tempo
changes and spend time quantizing entire audio recordings.
There’s a lot of attention paid to expanding the DAW’s smart
Additionally with this new version of Logic Pro X, your sound
library can be relocated to an external storage device and a
photo can be tacked on to a track or the project notes to help
you remember key details. Alchemy, a synth Apple acquired in
2015, has gotten a slew of tiny little adjustments. For
example, controls on unused modules are now dimmed and the
synth allows numerical editing of parameter values.
There’s also a lot of new updates to MainStage, which is sort
of a companion app for Logic. MainStage has a lot of
similarities to Logic but is for live performances rather than
studio use. This version of MainStage has 800 additional loops
in different instruments and genres, the ability to add text
notes to the bottom of channel strips, and integrates the
ChromaVerb algorithmic reverb that was
originally introduced to Logic Pro X earlier this year.