Logic Pro and MainStage come to Mac App Store

Apple made its professional music creation applications, Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 (Mac App Store links), available on the Mac App Store on Thursday, making these the last of Apple’s major pro applications to appear at Apple’s direct-download emporium.

Logic Pro, Apple’s professional digital audio workstation (DAW), moves to version 9.1.6 and is available for $200. This version contains a few bug fixes, but no new features. (All the expected Logic Pro features are there including guitar amps and stompbox effects and Flex Time editing.) According to Apple’s release notes, the bug fixes in version 9.1.6 include improved compatibility with the full-screen view and Mission Control for Lion users, a correction to the sample preview option available when importing samples into Ultrabeat, and a change that properly resets the destination for recorded files to the new Project folder after using the Save As command.

Current Logic Pro 9 owners will be offered the same version through Software Update. The download weighs in at around 700MB.

MainStage 2 is Apple’s live-performance tool and moves to version 2.2. It costs $30 and offers such new features as the ability to take advantage of Macs with four or more processor cores, a new template picker, a new Assignments & Mapping view, and larger interface elements. There is no upgrade pricing for current MainStage owners. Each appliation requires that you be running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

Purchase either application and you can download Apple’s entire 25GB loop and instrument library (comprised of Apple’s six Jam Pack packages) for no additional charge. (These loops and instruments can also be used with GarageBand.) If you like, you can choose to download items from the sound library a la carte.

Prior to today’s release, Logic Pro was available only as part of Logic Studio ( ), an application suite that includes Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2, Soundtrack Pro 3, Compressor, and WaveBurner. Compressor ( ) is now available separately on the Mac App Store for $50 and the majority of Soundtrack Pro 3’s features have been rolled into Final Cut Pro X ( ). Logic Studio is still available from Apple’s online retail store for $499. Apple’s Logic Express 9 has reached the end of the road. Now that Logic Pro 9 is being offered at the same $200 price as Logic Express, Apple plans to eliminate the Express version from its catalog.

Updated to include information about Logic Express' end-of-life.
Updated at 3:17 p.m. to include information from the Logic Pro 9.1.6 release notes.

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