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Logic Pro 7 (Courtesy of Apple)
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Logic Express 7
Logic Express 7 (Courtesy of Apple)
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Apple today introduced Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7, the next major releases of its music creation and audio production software applications.

At $999, Logic Pro 7 includes new software instruments such as Sculpture, a component-modeling based synthesizer; UltraBeat, a powerful drum machine; and new plug-ins including Guitar Amp Pro, a full-featured guitar amplifier simulator. Along with over 100 workflow enhancements, new mastering plug-ins and support for Apple Loops, Logic Pro 7 debuts distributed audio processing, a technology which allows audio pros to tap into a virtually unlimited number of Macs to expand available Digital Signal Processing (DSP) power.

Logic Express 7, a streamlined version of Logic, provides a basic set of professional tools for students, educators and advanced hobbyists at an affordable price of $299. Logic Express 7 and Logic Pro 7 both come with support for projects from GarageBand, Apple's consumer music creation software, offering users a smooth migration path to high-end audio production.

New software instruments in Logic Pro 7 include Sculpture and UltraBeat providing customers with more options to create unique sounds and generate drum and bass sequences. Sculpture simulates the behavioral characteristics of a vibrating string or bar and provides users with the ability to control and create their own dynamic and expressive sounds. UltraBeat is a drum machine 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 a uniquely designed integrated step sequencer.

New plug-ins in Logic Pro 7 include Guitar Amp Pro, a new full-featured guitar amplifier simulator that recreates the sounds of 11 of the world's best known guitar amplifiers. Users can configure their own real life sounding amplifier with options including 14 speaker cabinet selections, microphone type and placement, as well as EQ type and settings. Additionally, Logic Pro 7 includes new mastering plug-ins, such as Linear Phase EQ and professional metering, to fulfill the needs of audio post production professionals.

Logic Pro 7 introduces distributed audio processing, a new technology that allows audio pros to tap into a virtually unlimited number of Macs to expand available DSP power. The result is an audio and music production system with processing power previously unimaginable for native based systems. This feature allows musicians and audio engineers to be even more creative by using a virtually unlimited number of plug-ins to create and process sounds.

Logic Pro 7 includes support for Apple Loops, the powerful open-standard file format that allows users to quickly find a loop by instrument, genre or mood. Apple Loops in Logic Pro 7 provide complete real-time flexibility for changing and adjusting the sound and notes in a loop. Workflow in Logic Pro 7 is significantly improved with over 100 productivity enhancement features including song templates, channel strip save and recall, professional shuffle and auto crossfade edit modes, directly accessible from the arrange window. Additionally, users can compile and burn CDs to the Red Book standard with WaveBurner, a stand alone mastering and CD burning application included with Logic Pro 7.

Pricing & Availability

Logic Pro 7 is available now through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). Registered users of Logic Pro 6 as well as Logic Platinum, Logic Gold 5 or Logic Gold 6 can upgrade to Logic Pro 7 for $299 (US). Logic Express 7 will be available in October for a suggested retail price of $299 (US). Full system requirements can be found at www.apple.com/logic

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