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Logic Pro 9 - Technical Specifications

Minimum System Requirements

  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended).
  • Display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher.
  • OS X v10.6.8 or later.
  • Minimum 6GB of disk space. (19GB of optional content available via in-app download).

Main Windows

  • Arrange window consolidates 16 edit and browser areas, including all the tracks and regions of a project.
  • Mixer window shows all mixer channel strips, along with hosting instrument and effect plug-ins.
  • Sample Editor window for audio file editing.
  • Piano Roll window for piano roll-style editing of MIDI note and controller events.
  • Score window to edit and print MIDI note events in musical notation.
  • Hyper Editor window for “value bar” editing of MIDI events.
  • Event List window for numerical editing of regions or MIDI events.
  • Marker List window to edit text markers.
  • Tempo List window to edit tempo events.
  • Signature List window to edit time and key signatures.
  • Bin window to manage the audio files and regions of a project.
  • Loops browser area to find and preview Apple Loops based on tempo, key, style, and mood.
  • Library browser area to find channel strips, plug-in settings, or external MIDI destinations.
  • File browser area to find content on hard disk volumes and to import track data from other projects.
  • Project Note and Track Note areas for text memos.
  • Environment window for advanced routing and real-time processing of MIDI events.

General

  • 1220 definable key and MIDI commands.
  • 90 recallable screen configurations.
  • 200-step undo history.
  • Full plug-in latency compensation, also for external audio and MIDI gear.
  • Low latency mode can remove latency induced by plug-ins during recording.

Audio

  • Audio file and I/O resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz.
  • Maximum project length greater than 6 hours at 96kHz; 13 hours at 44.1kHz.
  • Trim tool for advanced timeline trimming functions.
  • 87 effect plug-ins including Pedalboard, which has 30 different stompboxes.
  • 40 software instrument plug-ins (24 from GarageBand, 16 from Logic Pro).
  • 102 software instrument tuning tables, including equal-tempered, custom, and Hermode tuning.
  • Flex Time editing using one of six different flex modes:
    • Slicing
    • Rhythmic
    • Monophonic
    • Polyphonic
    • Tempophone
    • Speed
  • High-end dithering algorithms (POW-r, UV22HR).
  • Full support for Apple Loops.
  • Freeze Tracks releases CPU resources by invisibly rendering tracks.
  • Sample-accurate audio editing in the Arrange window.
  • Nondestructive graphical audio fades and crossfades for level or speed.

MIDI

  • 1/3840 note resolution.
  • Real-time MIDI recording and notation.
  • Fast and intuitive region looping.
  • Global chord track with automatic chord recognition.
  • 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
  • Caps Lock Keyboard for real-time note entry using computer keyboard.
  • MIDI step entry.
  • Transform window for advanced editing of MIDI events.

Editing

  • Intuitive region-based editing.
  • Powerful folders facilitate organization and streamline arranging tasks.
  • Comprehensive set of editing tools assignable to left, right, and key-modified mouse buttons.
  • Easy take management:
    • Colorize takes automatically or manually
    • Single-click take selection
    • Cut, trim, move, or rearrange takes
    • Move and edit entire take folders as you would any other region
  • Quick Swipe Comping for audio:
    • Build a comp of parts from multiple takes
    • Create comps on the fly
    • Automatic, customizable crossfades between phrases
    • Flatten function replaces take folder with regions representing the current comp
    • Flatten and Merge function replaces take folder with newly created audio file
  • Nondestructive MIDI and audio quantization:
    • Groove templates definable from MIDI or audio regions
    • 34 basic quantization settings
    • Six advanced quantization parameters
  • Drum replacement or doubling to enhance recorded drum tracks with sampled drum sounds.
  • Convert audio regions to a sampler instrument MIDI track.
  • MIDI note extraction from audio for melodic transcription.
  • Graphic beat mapping for creating tempo maps from existing audio or MIDI.
  • Snap-to-transient selection.
  • Definable relative or absolute snap grid.
  • Shuffle Left and Right modes keep regions together while you’re editing.
  • Auto-crossfade mode inserts crossfades between regions automatically.
  • Destructive sample editing using built-in or external sample editor.

Mixer

  • Up to 255 audio channel strips.
  • Up to 255 software instrument channel strips.
  • Up to 255 auxiliary channel strips.
  • 64 busses.
  • Each of the above in mono, stereo, or surround (with 1-8 audio channels).
  • 15 inserts for internal or Audio Units effect plug-ins.
  • 8 sends per channel strip, pre- or post-fader, or post-pan.
  • Dynamic channel strip creation simplifies and accelerates mixer setup and configuration.
  • Various view options simplify channel strip navigation:
    • “Single” for the selected track with all routing and send destinations
    • “Arrange” for all Arrange tracks (with or without destinations)
    • “All” for a complete overview
  • Easy setup of multi-output software instruments.
  • Save/Load complete plug-in configurations using channel strip settings.
  • In-Place-Solo system with solo safe mode for any channel strip.
  • Direct insert patching of external hardware instruments and effects with latency compensation.
  • Busses as sources for recording.
  • Inline input monitoring for audio channel strips.

Grouping

  • 32 groups for audio, software instrument, or MIDI channel strips.
  • Each channel strip can be part of multiple groups.
  • Group settings for each group:
    • Editing (Selection), Phase-Locked Audio
    • Automation Mode
    • Volume, Pan, Mute, Solo
    • Input Monitoring, Record Enable
    • Send Levels 1 to 8
    • Color, Vertical Zoom, Hide
  • Group clutch to temporarily disable all groups.
  • Individual On/Off and Track Hide.

Control Surface Support

  • EuCon protocol support for Euphonix control surface systems.
  • Support for Smart AV: Smart Console.
  • Extensive support via control surface plug-ins:
    • Altech Systems / CM Automation: Motor Mix
    • Apogee Electronics: GiO
    • Frontier Design Group: TranzPort
    • JL Cooper: CS-32, FaderMaster 4/100, MCS3
    • Korg: Kontrol49, microKontrol
    • M-Audio: iControl
    • Mackie Designs: Baby HUI, HUI, Logic Control, XT, Mackie Control, C4, Extender
    • Radikal Technologies: SAC-2K
    • Roland: SI-24
    • Tascam: FE-8, FW-1082, FW-1884, US-224, US-2400, US-428
    • Yamaha: 01V96, 01X, 02R96, DM1000, DM2000
    • Custom Recording Light
    • iOS control surface apps that utilize OSC protocol
  • Comprehensive support of any control hardware via MIDI Learn.

Automation

  • Sample-accurate, track-based automation with 32-bit resolution.
  • Real-time automation recording using control surface or mouse.
  • Comprehensive graphical editing.
  • Grouped automation recording and editing.
  • Automation Quick Access for easy hardware control of currently displayed automation parameter.
  • View multiple automation parameters per track.
  • Off, Read, Touch, Latch, and Write automation modes.

Surround

  • Support for all standard surround configurations:
    • Quadraphonic
    • LCRS
    • 5.1 (ITU)
    • 6.1 (ES/EX)
    • 7.1 (SDDS or 3/4.1)
  • 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 Pro True Surround plug-ins.
  • Built in multi-mono support lets you use any mono or stereo Logic Pro or Audio Units plug-in.
  • Surround bounce and burn to DVD-A (PCM only) disc.
  • Easy mixdown to stereo and surround formats using Down Mixer plug-in.

Video

  • QuickTime video playback.
  • Embedded or floating window video display.
  • Digital Cinema Desktop for full-screen video display on additional monitor.
  • External video output via FireWire or DVCPRO HD.
  • Global video thumbnail track.
  • Scene detect option to mark video transitions automatically.

Compatibility

  • Open GarageBand songs directly in Logic Pro.
  • Support for Core Audio.
  • Support for Audio Units plug-ins.
  • ReWire support for integration with Reason, Ableton Live, and other ReWire-compatible applications.
  • Import/export of AAF, OMF, Open TL, and XML (Final Cut Pro) projects.
  • Import/export of MIDI regions as MIDI files, export of MIDI and audio regions as Apple Loops.
  • Play AIFF, WAV (BWF), CAF, SDII, Apple Lossless, eligible MP3, and AAC (noneligible files will be converted to PCM).
  • Record AIFF, CAF, and WAV (BWF).
  • Bounce to AIFF, WAV (Broadcast Wave), CAF, SDII, MP3, and M4A (Apple Lossless, AAC)
  • Burn any bounced audio directly to CD or DVD-A (PCM audio only).
Last Modified: Mar 12, 2013
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