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Apple streamlined its Emagic 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, the award-winning audio recording and sequencer application, and the entire line of 53 audio DSP plug-ins and 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. At the entry level, Apple's new GarageBand music application turns a Mac into a professional-quality musical instrument and recording studio. 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).

Pricing & Availability

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) through the Apple Store ( www.apple.com ), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. 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) at the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers.

Soundtrack is available through The Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $199 (US). Full system requirements and more information on Soundtrack can be found at www.apple.com/soundtrack .

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