April Foolery Round-Up

Since it’s now April 2, the music technology April Foolishness has been revealed for what it is. Composer/educator Steve Horelick provided a sneak glimpse of future functionality in an “unreleased” version of Apple’s Logic Pro: Logic 303: Logic TNT … although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Region Animation in a future version of FL “Fruity Loops” Studio. Moog Music claimed to introduce a Moog guitar in a video teaser segment — that video appears to still be up. Personally, I thought this wasn’t as classic as the Moogerfooger MF-433‘s “pure analog silence” — but some people did think it …

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My Logic Studio Review for Macworld: Big Overhaul Pays Off

My review of Apple’s Logic Studio (including Logic Pro 8) is now live at Macworld.com (it’ll also be in the January 2008 print issue). Summary: Pros: Single-window view speeds editing and setup; MainStage program ideal for playing instruments and effects live; powerful, easy-to-access editing and take management tools; bundles Soundtrack Pro but halves the price; no more dongle; can sync with others via .Mac or Bonjour. Cons: Some MIDI features are still obscure; MainStage doesn’t integrate with Logic or ReWire. Or, to put it more simply: take away a dongle, slash the price, and make Logic easier to use, and …

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Logic Environments: Connect Logic to Nintendo NES via MIDINES

Logic’s Environment, a modular layer in the program for creating custom configurations, isn’t well known to many Logic users. But if you can get used to its slightly unusual interface, it’s capable of some really powerful stuff. You know, important music stuff. Like connecting Logic to your Nintendo NES game system. Jonathan Flugel writes: The MIDINES evironment was created based on this chart: http://www.wayfar.net/0xf00000_midi_chart.php The environment allows for control of the 5 channels of synth/audio that the NES [supports] Here are the 5 parts: 1-2 – Pulse Synthesizer waves 3-4 – Triangle/Square waves 5- sample channel Since this is also …

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MainStage in Logic 8 Gets Maintenance Update

Logic Pro Studio 8 is barely out of the gate, and it’s already got an update. MainStage 1.0.1 resolves stability and usability fixes, and offers to save parameters when you switch patches. Check out the update if you haven’t already gotten it via Software Update. (There are related application support fixes releases, so in general, I’d give Software Update a spin before starting work with Logic 8.) Anyone up and running with Logic 8? Care to share thoughts?

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Logic Upgrade, Free For Buyers Back to August 1?

Via comments, cyberpatrolunit has found information on Apple’s upgrade policy for Logic Pro Studio 8. Talked to someone at Apple today; they told me that ANYONE who made a Logic purchase on Aug 1st or after is going to get the free upgrade. WooHoo! Of course, that still means you’re out the US$500 difference after the price cut, but at least you’ll have the latest and greatest without paying any more. [Updated] Full details on the upgrade at Apple’s site … or, I should say, the promise of additional details September 26 when fulfillment begins.

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Logic’s Environment Lives in Logic 8!

If you read CDM’s last ten blog posts backwards, you might discover the following: Paul is dead. The Environment is no longer in Logic Pro 8. Neither is true. Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, general speculation that it might go away as Apple refocuses on ease of use, and me misreading tech sheets and panicking long-time users, the Environment remains in Logic Pro 8. The Environment is an entirely modular setup that allows you to effectively rewire the way MIDI and audio are managed in Logic. There’s never been anything else quite like it in a traditional DAW, particularly …

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Logic Express 8, Now US$199, Adds Pro Instruments

Apple has unveiled a new version of Logic Express to go along with its new Logic Studio. It’s a pretty capable program for the price, with the new, overhauled production interface, full-blown audio and MIDI editing and even notation, video playback and video scoring features, the new take management and comping features, mixing, and automation. It’s unfortunate, but I have to compare to Ableton’s recently-announced Live LE, which painfully cripples basic clip automation features and the ability to freely add effects plug-ins, audio inputs, and MIDI outputs. So, what is missing in Logic Express? For starters, you don’t get the …

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Logic Pro 8: New UI, MainStage, Soundtrack Pro, and No Dongle, $499

My inbox and IM queue is full today. After a long wait, rumors, and buzz, Logic Pro 8 is here. It’s a huge overhaul, from UI to features, but the big news for many will be the price: US$499 now buys you Logic Pro Studio, which now also includes Apple’s Soundtrack Pro audio editor. We’ll be spending some quality time with the new Logic over the coming weeks, but here’s the mile-high overview: New user interface: Logic’s UI has been rebuilt from the ground up with a new, single-window view, evidently largely inspired by Soundtrack. You never have to switch …

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Thomas Dolby Extras: Live Performance Technical Details, Logic + Max/MSP

Photo randomduck. At the 1985 Grammies, Thomas Dolby played alongside Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and Howard Jones. It was the golden age of synths and keyboard-driven pop. (Yeah, I know, some of us kinda miss those days.) But Thomas Dolby is significant, as well, as one of the pioneers of the computer-driven one-man band. Almost a decade into the age of soft synths, at a time when Logic Pro’s most punishing physical-modeling synths and convolution reverbs run just fine on a $1000 laptop and Ableton Live is becoming commonplace, musicians still struggle with some of the technical details of how …

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