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NEWS MARCH 9, 2001
Emagic Shows Off Logic Audio 5
Forthcoming upgrade gets Mackie integration, tons of new features

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Emagic has announced Logic Audio 5.0, a major upgrade to its audio editing suite for Macintosh and Windows. The upgrade, due to ship in September, includes integration with Mackie's new Logic Control hardware system, offering hands-on control over hundreds of MIDI and audio functions, including the new automation system.

Mackie Logic Control for Logic Audio 5
Mackie's new Logic Control for Logic Audio 5

New features in version 5 are too numerous to list here, but highlights include:

  • New Automation System: Logic Audio‘s automation has been fundamentally revisited in Version 5. The automation system, which now handles 32-bit fader values, is tied to individual Tracks, rather than Arrange window sequences and audio regions. When these objects are moved or copied, the automation data can be moved or copied with them. Automation
    data, sections or automation nodes can be moved or copied independently of sequences and audio regions. Track Automation write modes are independent of the sequencer "Record" mode and track selection. Automation data can be edited in real time or offline, using several new modes. Automated parameters are
    descriptively displayed with their name and values.
  • More than 50 plugins in Logic Audio Platinum. New filters include: Adaptive Limiter, SubBass, Phase Distortion, DeEsser, Clip Distortion, Tremolo and Exciter. Also included are several mastering plugins, including StereoSpread, Denoiser, Limiter and Multiband Compressor.
  • Individual output support of Audio Instruments. Twenty-four Audio Instruments are supported in Logic Audio Platinum Version 5. Each can take advantage of individual output support available in the EXS24 and many VST 2.0 instrument plugins.
  • Hardware-independent audio scrubbing regardless of the audio hardware or drivers used.
  • With the release of Version 5, all products in the Logic Audio Series (Platinum, Gold, Silver and MicroLogic AV) will offer support for 24-bit/96 kHz.
  • Score Editor enhancements include Multiple Page View, which automatically adjusts to optimally fit the current screen size with respect to selected zoom levels, and a new step-time input and editing facility with freely assignable key commands. Other enhancements include notation of aliases and looped sequences, nested tuplets, beamed grace notes and the ability to color notes for easier polyphonic score editing.
  • New file format support, incorporating REX2.0, allowing the import of Propellerheads' REX2.0 format files directly into the Arrange window or EXS24.

Logic Audio 5 is expected to be released in September. The price structure will be changed so that the new releases will cost approximately what the older version cost, plus the price of the upgrade. Specific pricing was not available at press time. For more information, visit http://www.emagic.de.

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