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Logic Pro 7, Logic Express 7, and Jam Packs Released

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Apple's music focus lately has been on the iTunes Music Store, but the company sang a different tune last week when it introduced Logic Pro 7, Logic Express 7, and two additional Jam Packs that can be used with those applications as well as GarageBand.

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Logic Pro 7 adds three new software instruments: Sculpture, a "component-modeling based synthesizer;" UltraBeat, a drum machine; and Guitar Amp Pro, a guitar amplifier simulator. (Apple previewed these components at the NAMM exhibition last January; see "Apple Clarifies Logic at NAMM" in TidBITS-713.) Logic Pro 7 also adds support for Apple Loops and features distributed processing, enabling other networked Macs to work on audio files concurrently.

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Logic Express 7 is a streamlined version of Logic Pro 7, much as Apple's Final Cut Express is an intermediate version of Final Cut Pro; see Apple's comparison chart at the URL below for specific differences between the two Logic applications.

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For GarageBand users who have now played every instrument and loop available in the program, Apple also released two new Jam Packs. Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools adds beats, bass lines, and synth hooks for your next dance party. Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section expands GarageBand's lineup of drum kits, percussion, and other instruments.

The full version of Logic Pro 7 costs $1,000; upgrades from Logic Gold/Platinum 5 or 6, or Logic Pro 6, cost $300. Logic Express 7 sells for $300, with upgrades from Logic Express 6 priced at $100. The new Jam Packs are $100 each. Both Logic applications require Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

 

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