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Apple Updates Soundtrack, Unveils Logic Express 6 & Logic Pro 6 at NAMM(4)

Today, at NAMM 2004,

Apple

announced an update of Soundtrack, unveiled Logic Express 6 and Logic Pro 6, and previewed future generation audio technology. Designed for videographers and motion graphics professionals, Soundtrack 1.2 is a $199 (US) music production tool that provides more than 4,000 professionally-recorded audio loops and sound effects to create professional-quality soundtracks.

Logic is audio production software for professional musicians, audio engineers, producers and film composers. Logic Pro 6 is a $999 (US) recording studio in a box with everything that professionals need to compose, record, edit and mix their music, including professional software instruments, multitrack recorders, mixing desks and sound effect processors. Based on Logic Pro 6, Logic Express 6 provides a basic set of professional tools to allow students and educators to compose and produce music with sophisticated results at $299 (US).

Also at NAMM this year, Apple is previewing the company’s next generation professional audio technology that will be incorporated into future versions of Logic. New innovative software instruments that’ll be demonstrated include Sculpture, a component-modeling based synthesizer, and UltraBeat, a deep and rich percussion synthesizer that provides multiple synthesis techniques for generating every type of electronic or acoustic drum sound imaginable. Apple will also demonstrate Guitar Amp, a new full-featured guitar amplifier simulator, and support for enhanced Apple Loops, the powerful open-standard file format for real-time matching of audio loops and sound effects.

Apple today streamlined its professional audio production software line by announcing Logic Pro 6 for professional musicians and Logic Express 6 for students and educators. Logic Pro 6 consolidates 12 pre-existing, products into one comprehensive package for just $999 (US). Logic Express 6 provides a basic set of professional tools to allow students and educators to compose and produce music with sophisticated results at an affordable price of $299 (US).

Logic Pro 6 includes Logic Platinum, an audio recording and sequencer application, and the entire line of 53 audio DSP plug-ins and professional-quality software instruments. Logic Pro 6 is a recording studio in a box with everything professional musicians and audio engineers need to compose, record, edit and mix their music, including professional software instruments, multitrack recorders, mixing desks and sound effect processors. Logic Pro 6 also includes the ability to create 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, support for up to 128 audio tracks, virtually unlimited input channels and a sample rate of up to 192k.

Based on Logic Pro 6, Logic Express 6 is a computer music production application designed to fit the needs of students and educators with a basic set of professional tools to compose and produce music with sophisticated results. Logic Express 6 features powerful audio production tools, including over 28 effect plug-ins and sample-based software instruments. Logic Express 6 also includes support for up to 48 audio tracks, 12 input channels and a sample rate of up to 96k. Since everything learned in Logic Express 6 is directly transferable to Logic Pro 6, Logic Express 6 offers a smooth migration path to high-end audio production.

Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6 are part of Apple’s complete line of music creation tools that address the needs of consumers, students, educators, creative pros and professional musicians alike. Last week at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple introduced

GarageBand

, a music application that turns a Mac into a professional-quality musical instrument and recording studio for novice and seasoned musicians alike. Jam Pack, an add-on music content package for GarageBand, expands the user’s creative options by providing additional loops, software instruments, effects presets and guitar amps.

Designed specifically for videographers and motion graphics professionals, Apple’s Soundtrack music production tool provides creative pros with more than 4,000 professionally-recorded audio loops and sound effects to create professional-quality soundtracks, now available at an even more affordable price of just $199 (US).

Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6 will be available in March through Authorized Apple Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US) and $299 (US) respectively. Logic Pro 6 requires Mac OS X, version 10.2 or higher, Mac OS 9.1 or higher, a Macintosh computer with a 300 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor, 256MB of RAM and 350MB of available disk space for installation. Logic Express 6 requires Mac OS X, version 10.2 or higher, Mac OS 9.1 or higher, a Macintosh computer with a 250 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor, 128MB of RAM and 100MB of available disk space for installation. More information on Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6 can be found at

www.apple.com/software/pro/logic

.

GarageBand will be available on January 16, as part of iLife ’04, for a suggested retail price of $49 (US). The iLife ’04 applications, which include GarageBand, will also be included with all new Macs. An iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a new Mac on or after January 6 that does not include iLife ’04. The iLife Up-To-Date package is available for a shipping and handling fee of $19.95 (US). Jam Pack will be available on January 16 for a suggested retail price of $99 (US). Soundtrack is available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US).

Also, Apple today previewed its next generation professional audio technology that will be incorporated into future versions of Apple’s Logic audio production software. New software instruments demonstrated include Sculpture, a component-modeling based synthesizer, and UltraBeat, a percussion synthesizer that provides multiple synthesis techniques for generating every type of electronic or acoustic drum sound imaginable. Apple also demonstrated Guitar Amp, a new full-featured guitar amplifier simulator, and support for enhanced Apple Loops, the powerful open-standard file format for real-time matching of audio loops and sound effects.

Sculpture, a new component-modeling based synthesizer, enables users to generate a broad palette of expressive and highly animated sounds. Sculpture uses sophisticated algorithms to simulate the behavioral characteristics of a vibrating string or bar and provides users with the ability to manipulate real world parameters such as the string’s material, its environment and how and where it is vibrated. Extensive modulation features, resonant body control, the unique capabilities of the Morph Pad, and numerous other parameters, provide the adventurous with endless options for adding life and unique character to their sonic creations.

UltraBeat is a percussion synthesizer utilizing several types of synthesis including FM, subtractive, sample-based and component modeling. UltraBeat consists of up to 25 independently modifiable drum voices and includes an integrated step sequencer. UltraBeat caters to the producers of electronic dance music covering everything from the analog 808 or 909 to wired percussive sounds. UltraBeat offers a wide variety of possible sounds and detailed control over dynamic timbre changes, an aspect many existing electronic drum modules neglect.

Sculpture and UltraBeat significantly broaden the selection of sounds and integrated rhythms a Logic Pro user has to create with and will join the impressive list of award-winning software instruments included with Logic Pro, such as the EVP88 Electric piano, EVB3 Organ, EVD6 Clavinet or the industry leading EXS24mkII sampler.

Guitar Amp, a new full-featured guitar amplifier simulator, recreates the sounds of the best known guitar amplifiers by providing impeccably developed amp emulations along with parameters for configuring all other details that make up signature amplifier sounds. These audio details include speaker cabinet selection, microphone type and placement, as well as EQ type and settings. The resulting simulations are incredibly true to life and infinitely playable.

Future versions of Logic Pro will also include support for enhanced Apple Loops, the powerful open-standard file format for real-time matching of audio loops and sound effects. The Apple Loops format offers richer information than standard audio files, so users can quickly find a loop by instrument, genre or mood. Future versions of Logic Pro will be able to import MIDI performance and channel strip configuration data contained in the new software instrument form of Apple Loops. These special files can be used either as audio loops or software instrument MIDI loops, providing unprecedented flexibility for loop-based composition. With Apple Loops support, future versions of Logic Pro will easily import projects from GarageBand, Apple’s recently announced, new music application that turns the Mac into a complete recording studio allowing users to play, record and create amazing music using a remarkably simple interface.

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