March 26, 2007

Messe Rumors...

by Chris Randall

MusikMesse starts tomorrow, the great grandpa of all music-related trade shows. Any rumors of New Hotness you know about? Apple Insider thinks that a new iteration of Logic is coming out tomorrow. According to them, Apple's briefing with retailers should be taking place right about now, so I imagine we'll have leaks here in a couple hours.

Other than that, anything exciting coming that anyone wants to share juicy tidbits about?



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Mar.26.2007 @ 1:24 PM
Well, Ken MacBeth has come up with the white-face M5 - M5N - that has some enhancements to the envelopes and vcos. Seriously good-looking box, as is the original. has images and more info.


Mar.26.2007 @ 1:47 PM
There are rumors of Clavia unveiling a Nord Lead 4, which I'm sure will have Chris (not) wetting his pants. But since I have a NL2 & 3, I'm kinda curious.

Mar.26.2007 @ 1:48 PM
Chris Randall
I'd be wetting my pants if I was in a Cars cover band. Or Dream Theater. I'm not in either, so you're right about the (not).



Mar.26.2007 @ 2:25 PM
mike kiraly
Amazon is taking pre-orders for a Logic Pro X book due 04/30 so my guess is the Logic thing is true. Curious to see what almost three years of no-major-updates will yield.

Mar.26.2007 @ 2:29 PM
I would like to see Logic 8 show up, but am starting to doubt it will ever be announced... until Leopard is out at least.

I spend 90% of my time in Live or Max/MSP now, but I still prefer Logic Pro 7 for mixing & compositing recordings, and I love Logic's plugs, especially Ringshifter & Sculpture.

I already have my next year's worth of paychecks spent in my head on stuff that already is out, so I only hope for things that will upgrade/improve those, at the same price. For example, a Sherman Filterbank 3! Yeah, right.


Mar.26.2007 @ 2:30 PM
btw, the Logic Pro X book is just a placeholder, the author of the book has publicly stated that it hasn't been written yet and he hasn't seen the new version of Logic either.

Mar.26.2007 @ 2:38 PM
Chris Randall
Personally, I've used Logic off and on in all its forms since Notator 2 on the Atari, and I have a pretty good feel for how they do their major upgrades. Apple doesn't seem to have changed that outlook at all.

What we'll see is the same suite of synths and effects; all the effects will get new UIs, the environment will be gone (it doesn't fit Apple's modus operandi at all), replaced by a Studio Manager ripped straight from Cubase 4, and everything will get the same look as Final Cut, or more to the point, Apogee's current Logic-centric offerings, which are real hardware versions of the Apple brushed steel look. Otherwise, it will be more or less the same.

We'll know shortly, in any event. Throwing Apple in to the mix means that you could very easily find that the new iteration won't load Logic saves, or they've decided that AudioUnits are stupid and have come up with yet another new plugin format, or it'll only do 192, or not import WAV files any more. Seriously, that's how that company operates, so anything is possible.



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Mar.26.2007 @ 2:52 PM
i hope they get rid of the key, BUT keep it secure.

Mar.26.2007 @ 2:53 PM
"Pro X" huh? Why not "7.5" or "8"? Where do you go from X - X2? XI?
Well, I hope there have been well-considered and useful improvements, not gimmicky "new features" a la the stupid and already stale new name.
I'm getting so sick of the letter X. X is what illiterates used to sign in place of their names. The joke is way old and just isn't cool anymore, hasn't been for a looong time. I guess I'm pissed-off since I rely heavily on the app and am thus inherently conservative regarding it.
I also don't like seeing good apps gobbled-up by corporate behemoths. Has Yamaha been kind to Nuendo? I hope it has for your sake.
I'm also pissed that there isn't a greater spectrum of choice in the DAW market. There should be Logic for Windows, Samplitude/Sequoia for Mac, and some Linux entrepreneur should carefully nail down a distro that can actually be depended on for music. Done in concert with certain DAW partners, developing in conservative and disciplined lockstep, there could be a Linux-based workstation of considerable power, ease of use, and low cost. But no - they're too busy pushing the envelope, and can't be bothered to support a real world product. Wasted opportunity so far.

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