Author Topic: Emagic Logic 2.5 for win95 also compatible with win3.1 MIDI Only (summer 1996)  (Read 1899 times)

Offline chrisNova777

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the following information basically means that you can use Logic 2.5 (midi only) under Windows 3.1, but to use AUDIO RECORDING that is offered in Logic AUDIO 2.5 or above, you need to upgrade to windows 95 OS!

Logic Audio is the best-selling Macintosh MIDI + Audio sequencer throughout Europe, and is a favourite of many of the recording elite (for example programmer extraordinaire Pete Gleadall, interviewed in SOS December '96). Logic Audio v2.5 for Windows 95 entered the market in summer 1996, and the latest version (2.5.3) costs £399. The recently-released Logic Audio Discovery (£269) is essentially the same as version 2.5.3, but has fewer score and time/pitch compression-expansion facilities.

For the review,
I used a Pentium 90/16 fitted with a 1Gb hard drive and running Windows 95; though the Logic 2.5 sequencer (without audio) will also run under Windows 3.0 or 3.1, Logic Audio 2.5 requires Windows 95.

On the soundcard front, I had a Creative Labs AWE32 (to provide the MIDI interface) and an Audiomedia III card fitted.

Though it is possible, in theory, to use an AWE32 card for audio, its restricted duplex abilities, when it comes to simultaneous record and playback, mean that you need a special software driver if you want to record and play at the same time. Apparently, beta versions of drivers are available on the Internet, but these only allow you to record in 8-bit mode if you need to monitor previously-recorded audio tracks. You could, I suppose, turn off the audio track playback and record your new audio in 16-bit mode while monitoring only the MIDI tracks, but this would be rather restrictive. I'm told that there may be newer drivers in the pipeline that attempt to provide simultaneous 16-bit playback and recording.

Unfortunately, Logic Audio can't run with Digidesign's Session 8 hardware, so at the moment, there's no multi-output hardware option available, leaving PC users in roughly the same position as Power Mac users running with the Mac's built-in AV audio interface.

LOGIC 2.5 for Windows
LOGIC is clearly the leader in integrated MIDI Recording and Notation systems on Windows and Windows95. With an unlimited number of tracks, a large choice of quantization algorithms, our unique Environment for creating virtual MIDI studios and mixer consoles, up to 90 definable Screensets, interactively linked windows, a seamlessly integrated high-end Scoring section, freely definable Key Commands for virtually every function, LOGIC is the perfect tool for producing music in professional or home studio environments. LOGIC will offer you entirely new possibilities and its flexibility will amaze you again and again. If you are looking for software that meets the needs of professionals, and still makes music fun, then LOGIC is the right choice. Truly, this is Technology with Soul.

Your compositions take shape in the Arrange window using the track list, bar ruler, song position line and floating transport panel. Record multiple sequences per track. Entire sections of music can be gathered together into folders for ease of handling or collectively edited using several editors at once. This flexible, three-dimensional structure with a free choice of colors for the tracks means that even the most complex arrangements are easy to navigate and manipulate. Multiple windows can be simultaneously opened and linked to edit your music in a variety of ways, incl. Score, Matrix, Event List and Hyper Edit. Hyper Draw lets you draw controller data right on the Arrange window. Add audio to your MIDI composition with the new Waveplayer.

LOGIC provides unique methods of accessing all this power: Screensets and user definable Key Commands for most functions. Choose the combination of windows that best suits your working method and save them in 90 Screensets that you can recall with a simple key stroke. Assign your own Key Commands for your personal needs and even control these over MIDI.

The Environment is an especially powerful part of the LOGIC system. You can replicate an entire virtual studio on the screen. Create virtual mixers and processors from a stock of faders, buttons & cables. Add delays, arpeggiators, multi-instruments and transformers. Laying out mixer templates, editors and more is easy. Manipulate MIDI data and control your studio gear using the Environment's vast palette of visual tools.

As a notation tool, LOGIC dramatically reduces your workload between the initial recording and the completed score: Score Styles, Intelligent rest-display and overlap-correction functions bring order to your notation display. Notes can be easily assigned to polyphonic voices. In addition, Automatic Mapped Drum notation and Guitar Tablature, Formatting and Layout tools, Lyrics and Text modes plus "Page Edit" views make Score editing fast and easy.

LOGIC Audio 2.5 for Windows 95
Utilizing the most modern software technology available, LOGIC Audio seamlessly integrates Digital Audio, MIDI, and professional Scoring into a leading-edge music composition and production system. Due to its speed, precision and unchallenged realtime functionality, LOGIC Audio has established itself as the premier integrated music production system in the world.

User definable Key Commands
Finally, you decide how you want to work. With LOGIC's user definable key commands you have keystroke access to virtually every function within the program. Imagine having your own set of customized key strokes to navigate your song with lightening speed. No other program offers this level of user configuration.

90 User definable Screen sets
LOGIC multiplies the number of your monitors by 90! Even the largest computer screen isn't big enough for today's desktop recording needs. With a simple keystroke you can switch between 90 definable screens which you can design with a never ending multitude of editor combinations. With LOGIC, you're only limited by your imagination.

Interactive MIDI Editors.
LOGIC has five primary edit windows for viewing and fine tuning notes, velocities, note lengths, controller data, arrangements, SYSEX data, and much more. The Arrange window is for track/part arrangement and realtime manipulation of track/sequence performance. The Score window provides drag and drop editing of notation for professional quality scoring, either for a single part or an entire master score.
The Event List offers a highly detailed view of actual events from the highest level (e.g; a complete song) to the lowest (individual events). Add to these the Matrix Editor for the classic 'piano roll' view of notes, and the Hyper Editor for vertical representation of all data from notes to complex controller data. You can freely combine any or all of these editors and save each configuration as a recallable Screen Set. All windows are interactive, and you can access any part of your music for simultaneous manipulation in all editors. Any change in one window is immediately reflected in all other editors. In realtime!

Tightest Timing Engine Available
LOGIC Audio's MIDI sequencer offers an unsurpassed resolution of 960 ppq. All events playback exactly as you recorded them. With 100% non destructive quantize, and an option to create your own quantization grids, you have control over the slightest of rhythmic nuances. With an integrated MIDI and Audio program, internal synchronization issues are crucial; LOGIC Audio's timing accuracy of 1/10,000 of a bpm can mean the difference between a robotic beat and a pumping groove.

The Environment
LOGIC's Environment represents an exponential leap forward in studio management. Fully integrated into the LOGIC system, the Environment allows you to represent all of your physical studio hardware in the form of virtual objects. Single Instruments represent single sounds from your varied MIDI devices. Multitimbral synthesizers are represented by Multi Instrument Objects, complete with 10 banks of patch names, all major and user definable bank select commands on all sixteen channels. All objects and devices can be controlled via virtual faders, buttons, switches or even SYSEX. Of course, everything can be fully automated. LOGIC's support files come with virtual mixers, patch lists of many popular synths, SYSEX editors, MMC templates for the Alesis Adat, Roland's VS880 and much more.

But the Environment doesn't stop there... you can freely configure the MIDI signal flow to include one or more of the Real Time Virtual Objects. For example; the Arpeggiator, MIDI Delay, Transformers that convert any MIDI event into any other MIDI event, Cable Switchers or the Chord Memorizer, that allows you to play complex chords by pressing a single key. These objects can be used as often as you want. There are no limitations: from an effect bypass switch, to a virtual analog sequencer. This variety and flexibility can only be found in LOGIC Audio.

LOGIC + Audio = LOGIC Audio
LOGIC is available as a standalone MIDI recording and Scoring package. It can be easily upgraded at any time to LOGIC Audio, which adds the seamless integration of digital audio recording along with a full suite of DSP functionality. LOGIC Audio's DSP functions set new standards in sound quality and calculation speed. Audio recordings appear just like MIDI recordings as horizontal beams in the Arrange window. Both audio and MIDI behave almost identically within LOGIC Audio. The tempo of the MIDI playback can be simply adapted to imported Audio Recordings. Audio Objects (Audio Regions) can be rearranged, cut, copied, shortened, stretched and much, much more. The Strip Silence function can divide longer Audio Objects automatically. All this, of course, non destructively and in realtime. For Multimedia productions you can playback AVI movies within a song. LOGIC Audio's professional functions turn film synchronization into an easy task. The Stereo Sample Editor ensures phase locked editing of both sides of a stereo signal. Besides the standard sample editing functions like Cut, Normalize, Change Gain, Silence, Fade In/Out, Invert, Reverse and Remove DC-Offset, the Digital Factory offers you many more features, going far beyond most stand alone sample editors available.

Digital Factory
LOGIC Audio includes an incredible suite of DSP functions knows as the Digital Factory. These algorithms include:

    Audio to MIDI Groove Templates, allowing you to apply the groove of Audio recordings i.e. drumloops, to your MIDI sequences.
    The Quantize Engine, which enables you to quantize your Audio recordings directly, just like quantizing MIDI.
    "Audio to Score" which turns monophonic Audio recordings into MIDI notes, and of course,editable notation.
    Maximize the volume impact with the Audio Energizer so that even flat recordings will make an impression in the final mix.
    The Groove Machine can add swing to your audio recordings; a.k.a. "Regroove Digital Audio"!
    The Silencer eliminates annoying noise or unwanted clicks.
    Time Machine The Time Machine allows you to make simultaneous yet independent alterations to the pitch and/or length of an audio recording with impressive speed and quality: the processing of a file with, for instance, a Pentium 100, may even take less time than the length of the file itself, depending on the material. Correct a singer's pitch, shorten a jingle, or create new sounds. Thanks to built in multitasking, manipulations can be carried out during playback.

The True Cross Platform Solution
Continue working without interruption, even when you change your audio hardware. Standard audio file formats are supported and the conversion of audio files is fully implemented between Windows and Mac OS systems.

LOGIC Audio is the embodiment of Technology with Soul. It will help you fully explore the whole range of creative options in the world of modern MIDI and Digital Audio Editing, and is your best choice both now and into the future.