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Logic Pro 8 - Technical Specifications

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Minimum requirements to install all applications

  • Mac computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor (PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, or Intel Xeon processor highly recommended)
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB or more highly recommended)
  • Display with 1024-by-768 resolution (1280-by-800 or higher recommended)
  • Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
  • QuickTime 7.2 or later
  • DVD drive for installation
  • PCI Express, ExpressCard/34, USB, or FireWire based audio interface recommended

Additional recommendations for Logic Pro

  • At least 2GB of RAM for large EXS instruments
  • USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) for instruments
  • Logic Node requires a Mac computer with a PowerPC G5, Intel Core, or Intel Xeon processor and Gigabit Ethernet

Surround requirements for Logic Pro and Soundtrack Pro

  • Mac computer with dual PowerPC G5 processors or an Intel Core Duo or Xeon processor
  • Multichannel audio interface

Available disk space

  • 7GB to install all applications and required content
  • Additional 39GB to install all optional content (large content packages can be installed on separate disk):
    • 10GB for Jam Pack collections
    • 16GB for sound effects
    • 6GB for surround music beds
    • 7GB for other optional content

Contents

  • DVD containing Logic Pro 8, MainStage, Soundtrack Pro 2, Studio Instruments, Studio Effects, WaveBurner 1.5, Compressor 3, Impulse Response Utility, Apple Loops Utility, QuickTime 7 Pro, and required content
  • Six content DVDs containing Jam Pack collections, sound effects, surround music beds, EXS24 samples, and impulse response files
  • Demo content DVD
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Streamlined Interface

  • Unified window design consolidates multiple edit and browser areas
  • Library browser makes it easy to find audio files, channel strip settings, and plug-in settings
  • Inspector provides convenient access to region and track parameters as well as primary mix functions via the innovative Dual Channel Strip
  • Assign tools to mouse and view current assignments directly in the Arrange window
  • Simple multiple track creation and setup
  • Customizable tool and transport bars
  • Context-sensitive shortcut menus
  • Definable startup behavior
  • Enhanced plug-in headers for all instruments and effects
  • Global Tracks for graphical editing of key and time signatures, markers, tempo, and transposition
  • Selectable time- and/or beat-based bar ruler for time-linear and/or beat-linear display in the Arrange window
  • Waveform zoom slider for improved visibility of low-level signals
  • Extensive zoom tools and functions

Ultimate Writing Studio

  • Extensive MIDI composition
    • Region-based quantize, transpose, gate, swing, and velocity control
    • MIDI Groove templates
    • Creative MIDI processing and routing in the Environment
    • Caps Lock Keyboard for note entry using computer keyboard
    • Custom and Hermode tuning
    • MIDI step entry
  • Full support for Apple Loops
    • Apple Loops browser for finding and previewing loops based on tempo, key, style, and mood
    • Export of MIDI and audio regions as Apple Loops
    • Edit plug-ins and MIDI performances for Software Instrument loops
    • Independent loop transposition
    • Comprehensive loop tagging and editing with Apple Loops Utility
  • Complete music notation
    • Real-time transcription
    • Instrument transposition
    • Guitar tablature
    • Drum notation
    • Chord symbols
    • Adaptive lyric input
    • Automatic multibar rests
    • Comprehensive palette of slurs, crescendis, and other ornaments
    • Staff Styles for easy recall of multiple stave attributes
    • Score Sets allow instruments to be combined for editing and print
    • Layout and printing of complete professional scores
  • Robust video playback features
    • Embedded or floating video window display
    • Digital Cinema Desktop for display of full-screen video on second monitor
    • External video output via FireWire or DVCPRO HD
    • Global video thumbnail track
    • Scene detect option to mark video transitions automatically
  • Fast and intuitive region looping
  • Global chord track with automatic chord recognition

Production Powerhouse

  • Over 980 definable key and MIDI commands
  • 90 recallable screen configurations
  • Audio file and I/O resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Internal audio resolution: 32-bit floating point; 64-bit precision where required
  • Comprehensive surround support up to 7.1, with flexible surround mixing facilities
  • Extended project length: 6 hours at 96kHz; 13 hours at 44.1kHz
  • .Mac backup and sharing of preferences and settings
  • Use of an Apple Remote to control Logic Pro 8 from a distance, with the ability to play, stop, record, rewind, fast-forward, and move to the next or previous track
  • High-end POW-r dithering algorithm
  • Seamless punch-on-the-fly recording
  • Low latency mode to remove plug-in induced latency during recording
  • Graphic beat mapping for creating tempo maps from existing audio
  • Well-designed collection of production-ready templates
  • Multiple documents open at once
  • Bounce to AIFF, WAV (Broadcast Wave), CAF, SDII, MP3, M4A (Apple Lossless, AAC)
  • Fast, offline bouncing of single or multiple tracks
  • Burn any bounced audio directly to CD or DVD-A (PCM only)
  • Master and author professional, Red Book-standard CDs with WaveBurner, included in Logic Studio
  • Asset management simplifies consolidation and transport of projects and their dependent assets
  • MIDI note extraction from audio for drum replacement and melodic transcription
  • Freeze Tracks feature releases CPU resources by invisibly rendering tracks
  • Distributed audio processing (DAP) aggregates processing power of multiple computers on a network
  • Serial-based copy protection
  • Powerful folders to facilitate organization and streamline various arranging tasks

Extreme Compatibility

  • Open GarageBand songs directly in Logic Pro
  • Support for Apple Core Audio and Digidesign DAE/TDM hardware (To use Logic Pro 8 with your TDM System, you will need at least Pro Tools HD 7.3 or higher for PPC. Use of Logic Pro 8 with Pro Tools on a MacPro system will be available in an upcoming release of Pro Tools.)
  • Support for TDM and AudioSuite plug-ins with DAE/TDM hardware
  • Support for Audio Units plug-ins
  • Support for AAF, OMF, Open TL, and XML (Final Cut Pro)
  • Streamlined ReWire support for optimized integration with Reason, Ableton Live, and other ReWire-compatible applications

Precision Editing

  • Intuitive region-based MIDI and audio editing
  • Comprehensive set of editing tools assignable to left, right, and key-modified mouse buttons
  • Effortless take management:
    • Region-based take recording and management in automatically generated take folders
    • Pack existing tracks into take folders
    • Single-click take selection
    • Colorize takes on the fly
    • Intelligent unpacking of take folders onto separate tracks
    • Move and edit entire take folders like any other region
  • Revolutionary Quick Swipe Comping
    • Build a comp track from multiple takes
    • Create comps on the fly
    • Audition comps in real time
    • Automatic, customizable crossfades between phrases
    • Flatten function replaces take folder with regions that represent the current comp
    • Flatten and Merge function replaces take folder with newly created audio file
  • Multiple MIDI editors:
    • Piano Roll
    • Score
    • Hyper
    • Event List
    • Transform
  • Graphical time stretching and compression in the Arrange window
  • Sample-accurate editing in the Arrange window
  • Definable relative or absolute snap grid
  • Nondestructive graphical fades and crossfades
  • Snap-to-transient selection
  • Shuffle and Auto-Crossfade Arrange Edit modes
  • Destructive sample editing using built-in or external sample editor like Soundtrack Pro 2
  • 10,000-step undo history
  • Time-linear and/or beat-linear display in the Arrange window

Professional Mixing and Automation

  • Track Mixer views simplify mixer channel navigation
  • Dynamic channel strip creation accelerates mixer setup and configuration
  • Easy setup of multi-output software instruments
  • Signal Flow view option shows all channel strips (e.g., Aux, Output, Master) within the audio signal path of the selected channel strip
  • Save/Load complete plug-in configurations using channel strip settings
  • Sample-accurate, track-based 32-bit automation
  • Track- or region-based solo and mute
  • Track mute/solo in either Fast or CPU-Saving mode
  • Solo safe mode for any channel strip
  • Direct insert patching of external hardware instruments and effects
  • Exponential or dB-linear level meter scaling
  • Busses as sources for recording
  • Inline input monitoring
  • Up to 255 independent mono, stereo, or surround audio channels
  • Up to 255 independent software instrument channels
  • Up to 255 auxiliary channel strips
  • 64 busses
  • 15 inserts, 8 sends per channel
  • 32 multi-assignable channel groups for mix and edit
  • Extensive control surface support with autolearn
  • EuCon protocol support for Euphonix MC and System-5-MC control surface systems
  • Support for Smart AV Smart Console
  • Support for active control surfaces via CS plug-ins
  • Curve tool for refining automation
  • Powerful automation features include:
    • Group automation recording
    • Linked editing of grouped automation
    • Automation Quick Access for easy hardware control of currently selected parameter
    • Automate any channel strip parameter or plug-in parameter on the fly or manually input parameter values using a breakpoint interface
    • View multiple automation parameters for a single track at once
    • Simultaneously view and edit automation for single or multiple tracks
    • Read, write, touch, and latch automation modes

Comprehensive Surround

  • Support for all standard surround configurations, including LCRS, Quad, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1
  • Support for multichannel interleaved and split surround audio files
  • Play back, record, or process multichannel interleaved audio files
  • Surround level metering
  • Multichannel signal routing via sends, busses, and auxiliaries
  • Graphic Surround Panner to manipulate mono or stereo streams within a surround field
  • Graphic Surround Balancer to simultaneously balance all channels of surround input
  • Support for Logic Studio True Surround plug-ins
  • Built in multi-mono support lets you use any mono or stereo Logic Studio or Audio Units plug-in in a surround project
  • Surround bounce and burn to DVD-A (PCM only) disc
  • Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding and preview with Compressor
  • Easy mixdown to stereo and surround formats using Down Mixer plug-in
Last Modified: Jun 26, 2009
  • Last Modified: Jun 26, 2009
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