Apple Targets Ableton Live With Logic Pro X 10.5

From PC Mag: Apple has revamped its premier digital audio workstation software once again—this time with a multi-pronged attack on competing live composition software.

The new Logic Pro X 10.5’s flagship feature is Live Loops, a freeform, non-linear tool that lets you compose music in a grid with loops and samples, as well as record different arrangements into the timeline. Bundled with that is Remix FX, which adds filters, gates, repeaters, and bitcrusher effects for real-time manipulation.

All of the new Live Loops and Remix FX work via Logic’s Remote app for the iPad and iPhone. So with one of those devices next to your Mac, you can get all of this going with multi-touch control and a beautifully animated interface that mimics hardware.

Logic Pro X’s venerable ESX24 sampling plug-in finally (finally!) gets a long-awaited refresh with Sampler, a ground-up redesign that nonetheless retains full backward compatibility with thousands of existing EXS24 sample libraries released over the past two decades. Sampler can create multisampled instruments with drag-and-drop, putting it on par with Native Instruments Kontakt 6, Steinberg Halion 6, and similar standalone sampler instruments. Sampler features a much clearer interface for mapping and zone editing, and it supports Flex Time to preserve sample lengths regardless of pitch.

Logic Pro X 10.5 also comes with Quick Sampler, a much simpler and faster tool that you can drop any single sound in (or record one with a mic) and turn it into an instrument, trimming, looping, and playing it on a MIDI controller and twisting some knobs to modify it as you go.

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