Apple officially introduces Logic Pro for iPad, a mobile multi-touch-enabled version of its full-featured digital audio workstation.
Logic Pro for iPad is now available. I took a quick look, and the operation seems to be well done. But I have to work with it longer. On the other hand, it is a pity that the powerful Alchemy Synth was not ported integrally. You get here a kind of light version. However, the new Alchemy Sampler features a 4-layer granular, additive… engine.
The EXS-24 sampler is also not included. You can open patches and play them. However, edits remain macOS exclusive so far. So just playback. I’m sure I’ll delve deeper into it over the next few days.
Article May 9th, 2023
I think you all know that I’m a big fan of mobile music making and the iOS world. No mobile platform is better optimized for music-making apps such as iOS and iPadOS. There have long been rumors of a Logic Pro for the iPad. Also, for Final Cut Pro, my video editor tool for all my videos.
The bomb was dropped today. Apple today announced both Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro for iPad. It’s not a rumor; it’s freaking reality.
Apple Logic Pro For iPad
Now it happened. Apple has ported Logic Pro to the iPad, with the entire collection of internal instruments, effects, and more. It was clear to everyone that Apple had to redesign and adapt its entire DAW to multi-touch touch. It would have been a hassle to use the macOS layout on iPadOS/iOS.
Apple says in its press release:
With Multi-Touch gestures, music creators can play software instruments and interact naturally with controls, as well as navigate complex projects with pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-scroll. Plug-in Tiles put the most useful controls at the creator’s fingertips, making it easy to quickly shape sounds.
With the built-in mics on iPad, users can capture voice or instrument recordings, and with five studio-quality mics on iPad Pro, users can turn virtually any space into a recording studio. Creators can also make precision edits and draw detailed track automation with Apple Pencil, and connect a Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard to utilize key commands that speed up production
But Apple didn’t stop there and packed many new features into the Logic Pro for iPad version.
Starting with all-new sound browser that uses dynamic filtering for displaying all available instrument patches, audio patches, plugin presets, samples, and more. Plus, you can tap to audition any sound before loading.
According to Apple, Logic Pro for iPad ships with over 100 powerful instruments and effects plugins. It includes vintage EQs, compressors, and reverbs let users tweak and fine-tune their tracks. There are also instruments that can be played with multi-touch.
It also comes with a collection of realistic-sounding instruments and powerful synths. Probably also the full Alchemy multi-voice Synthesizer for the iPad. That would be fantastic.
Logic Pro for iPad also introduces the new Sample Alchemy, a new sample manipulation instrument from the developers of Alchemy. It also you to transform any audio sample with a tap of a finger.
You can do everything you know from the desktop version but only with your fingers: chop and flip samples, program beats and bass lines, and craft custom drum kits. It has the quick sampler, step sequencer, Drum Machine Designer, Live Loops, but also the new Beat Maker plugin. It’s a new time and pitch-morphing plugin, let’s music creators swipe and pinch to radically reshape and shuffle sounds.
You can do all this with multi-touch. So you can record something on the go and immediately turn it into an expressive instrument.
Full Featured Mixer
And it also hosts a pro-grade mixer console with channel strips, volume faders, pan controls, plug‑ins, sends, and precise automation. Multi-Touch enables creators to mix intuitively and move multiple faders at once, and the mixer meter bridge lets them quickly navigate an overview of track levels, all from iPad, says Apple.
Apple created the new AUv3 standard a few years ago. The successor to the AUv2 or also known as AU. This was the first step in the mobile direction. With the release of Logic Pro for iPad, the AUv3 standard will gain massively importance. Especially for many developers who have only developed AUv2 so far.
The mobile Logic Pro cannot load AUv2 from macOS. However, you can load in any of the AUv3 available plugins on iOS and on macOS. Further, it supports capabilities, making it easy to move projects between Logic Pro for Mac and iPad.
iPad users can export their finished songs in a variety of compressed and lossless audio formats, as well as individual audio track stems. Plus, you can also export them into Final Cut Pro for iPad and open projects created in Garageband for iOS
Apple Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro for iPad will arrive on the Apple AppStore on May 23rd, 2023. It will be available as a part of a subscription for $4,99 per month or $49 per year. You can get a free 1-month trial. Logic Pro will be available on A12 Bionic chip iPad models or later.
More information here: Apple