Emagic, a manufacturer of software and hardware for music and audio production, is beta testing Mac OS X versions of Logic Audio 5.0, and drivers for the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces, and the EMI 2I6 audio interface.
“From the very beginning, it was important for us to support Apple’s new driver concept for MIDI and audio hardware because it’s the best way to use recording programs with Mac OS X,” Dr. Gerhard Lengeling, founder and chief developer of Emagic said in a statement. “Our new music production suite will support many of Mac OS X’s new features, such as memory protection for increased system reliability, the new graphics engine with transparency and flicker-free performance, real-time window sliding, and improved memory management.”
Logic Audio is a music and audio production software package that combines digital audio recording and editing, digital signal processing, MIDI sequencing and music notation. It’s targeted for those into music and audio production and post-production.
Drivers for the Emagic MIDI and audio interface series fulfill the requirements of the new MIDI and audio driver standards of Mac OS X, Lengeling said. By chaining up to eight Unitor8 MkII and AMT8, up to 64 separate MIDI inputs and outputs, or 1024 MIDI channels, are supported. In addition, the EMI 2I6, has two analog inputs and six analog outputs, as well as one S/PDIF digital input and one S/PDIF output.
“Logic Audio, Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface were developed and tested to form an ideal integrated audio production solution for Mac OS X, which is perfect for both desktop-based and mobile, laptop based studios,” Lengeling said. “At the same time the system is also extremely open-ended and compatible because the Mac OS X driver standard is used for both host (Logic Audio) and driver (MIDI and audio). It can therefore be combined with any other software and hardware products that support the Mac OS X driver standard.”
Logic Audio, Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface for Mac OS X are expected to ship in September. Logic Audio 5 for Mac OS 9 and for Mac OS X are being developed concurrently; both will also be available in September. The complete manual for EMI 2|6 Mac will be part of the EMI 2|6 package, but is already now available for free download on the update pages at the Emagic Web site.