Apple‘s release of Logic Pro for iPad turns the device into a fully functioning recording and production studio.
While Apple’s iPad carries many iOS apps that cater to music creation, more app creators lean towards iPhone and iPod-compatible programs. With Logic Pro for iPad, Logic’s desktop-standard features are portable on the iPad, using its various multi-touch functions.
“We’re excited to introduce Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, allowing creators to unleash their creativity in new ways and in even more places,” said Apple Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Bob Borchers. “With a powerful set of intuitive tools designed for the portability, performance, and touch-first interface of iPad, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver the ultimate mobile studio.”
Sound Browser, Instruments & Plugins
A new sound searching function in Logic for iPad makes for easy creativity and navigating complex projects. The browser shows Over 100 built-in and uploaded effects, instruments and plugins on the iPad in a simple window, including sound auditioning. For instruments, multi-touch functionality lets users work on the iPad with various surfaces, like strings and piano.
New Production Tools
Logic for iPad debuts new music production tools that use many of the iPad’s touchscreen capabilities. Sample Alchemy, a “sample manipulation” plugin, allows the user to “transform any audio at the tap of a finger.” Drum Machine Designer allows the creation of custom sounds into a drumkit, enhancing them using any available effects and plugins. A more unique plugin is Live Loops, allowing users to build arrangements by matching and mixing musical loops.
Logic’s Pro Mixer comes standard on the iPad, giving users tools to mix down a song completely on the device. Multi-touch capability allows toggling and control of multiple tracks and plugins, along with a mixer bridge for quick level viewing.
Import & Export
Users can export a track directly from the iPad or continue the project on the desktop version of Logic. Logic for iPad exports different lossless and compressed formats, as well as track stems for mixing in other applications. GarageBand project files can open in Logic for iPad, allowing users of the bare-bones app to use Logic’s more advanced features.
Final Cut Pro compatibility between Logic for iPad projects is also available, ideal for music scoring and other productions.
Pricing, Availability and Compatibility
Since Tuesday, May 23rd, Logic Pro for iPad has been available on the App Store for $4.99/month or $49/per year with a one-month free trial. Logic Pro will be available on A12 Bionic chip iPad models or later.
Logic Pro for iPad requires iPadOS 16.4. Find more information and purchase Logic Pro for iPad and Final Cut Pro on Apple’s website.