Apple has released the latest version of its flagship music production software Logic Pro X, which boasts support for a massive 1,000 audio tracks, 1,000 software instrument tracks and 1,000 auxiliary channel strips (all up from 255 tracks) when used with its forthcoming Mac Pro desktop.
Logic Pro X 10.4.5, which Apple showed running 2,000 tracks simultaneously at its developer conference this month, also supports a whopping 1,000 external MIDI tracks. Although this is more than likely huge overkill for most home users, professional composers working with lots of orchestral parts may appreciate the extra headroom when used with the Mac Pro’s 56-core support.
Ableton Live already offers unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, but it’s unlikely that many users have the power needed to take full advantage of them. For Apple, putting an (admittedly high) ceiling on the number of tracks it can use is likely to make sure the user experience with a new Mac Pro is consistent.
Other features added to Logic Pro X 10.4.5 include a new DeEsser 2 plugin that offers more options to reduce sibilance on audio tracks, a redesigned retina interface for the Expander plugin, stability and performance improvements and a lot more.
The Logic Pro X 10.4.5 release notes indicate that there are various other performance improvements, too, while users of older Macs will be pleased to learn that the track freeze option now unloads its plugins to free up resources.
Of course, if you have a new Mac Pro, such performance-saving measures are unlikely to concern you. Apple says that the machine can run up to five times the number of real-time plugins as the previous Mac Pro and supports up to 56 processing threads. Given that Apple’s flagship computer starts at $5,999, though, these claims may be of little concern to you.
That said, the bottom line is that 10.4.5 is yet another Logic Pro X update that should give users a better experience at no extra cost. New users can purchase it for $199.99/£199.99 via the Apple website.