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Apple have posted the new version of their music composing, recording and mixing program Logic Pro 9 onto the App Store. They've also killed off Logic Express and Soundtrack Pro.

So Logic seems to have gone the same way as FCPX, the smaller express version gets killed off, the app drastically reduces in price, down from $499 to $199 and it's downloadable from the App Store.

Find Logic Pro 9 on the App Store
Find Mainstage on the App Store (live performance app)

What Apple haven't done though is completely redesigned the app, it's not called Logic Pro X either! Existing stocks of Logic Studio will be available until they run out. This is also a minor bug fix release too, not a full blown multi feature added update.

We are no musicians here at FCP.co, but we had hoped that the new Logic might offer some interoperability with FCPX for audio post. We were never really fans of Soundtrack Pro, just diving in there occasionally to export sound FX. We can't find any mention of FCPX on the Logic pages, but maybe, and this is pure speculation, some connection between the apps might happen with a future update.

We would love to have a fully integrated connection between the two apps so changes in either would be reflected in the other app. We do however understand that mixing in music and mixing for film and television are two different beasts and this app is purely targeted at music makers. For a lot of professional editors, the sound mixing limitations in FCPX have been, well limitations and the combination of these working together might answer some of the reservations they have.

If you're a musician it looks one hell of a product and it's worth spending some time on the Logic Pro 9 pages of the Apple website.


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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