Apple recently released a huge update to its Logic Pro X professional digital audio workstation. The update includes fresh drum and synth effects redesigned plugins, an expanded sound library and support for various new OS X features such as AirDrop and Mail Drop.

The recent update offers ten new Drummers covering electronic and hip-hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more. Drummer also comes with refreshed sound and performance controls for tuning electronic or hip-hop beats. New functional plugins include a revamped Drum Machine Designer with new sounds and features tailored to electronic kits while a redesigned Compressor plugin touts a scalable, Retina display-ready interface and 7 models. A new plugin manager keeps everything organized with customized menu views.

As far as instrument additions go, the Cupertino California company built in Retro Synth functionality for creating wavetables from imported audio, stackable up to eight voices. The standard sound library has been extended to include more than 200 new synth patches and 10 Mellotron instruments. Other new features include the following:

  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor
  • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name
  • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times
Last but not least, Logic Pro X now supports new aforementioned features such as Mail Drop and Air Drop for transporting large files in the new OS iteration, OS X Yosemite. If you’re an existing user, today’s version 10.1 is a free update. If you’re a new customer, you can buy the app for $199.99 from the Mac App Store.

Source: iTunes