A company long known for setting precedents in music software technology, Emagic has once again risen to the challenge by streamlining and simplifying its already impressive software and hardware product line. Unveiled at the 1998 NAMM show were three new software packages: Logic Audio Platinum ($799 list), Logic Audio Gold ($499 list), Logic Audio Silver ($299 list) and MicroLogic AV ($99 list).
All of Emagic's programs even the $99 MicroLogic AV now include digital audio and real-time native effects, ActiveX support
Logic Audio Platinum version 3.1 is Emagic's "top of the line" professional recording solution, one that has gained critical international acclaim for it's highly musical real-time editing, unsurpassed timing at 960 PPQ, seamless integration of audio and MIDI, user configureabilty and overall flexibility. Logic Audio Platinum supports the following dedicated hardware right out of the box: All of Digidesign's current DAE-supported hardware including ProTools III/24 TDM systems, the Korg 1212 I/O, Audiowerk8, Apple Sound Manager, any Windows95 compatible soundcard, Yamaha CBX series, Akai DR8/16 and Soundscape SSHDR-1 (note: some of these hardware systems are platform specific).
The coolest feature to mention is that Logic Audio Platinum can record and playback to and from multiple hardware systems at the same time. For instance, you can run up to 24 tracks to the Audiowerk8 on your PC and at the same time get up to 32 additional audio tracks from your regular 16-bit Windows95 sound card. Or how about running Digidesign's PT|24 system and adding an Audiowerk8 for an additional 24 tracks and eight separate outputs. Only limited by CPU and SCSI performance, you can have any combination of "Multiple Hardware" with a maximum of 96 audio tracks, all running at the same time! This is a huge technical accomplishment that's sure to please studio owners needing to expand their current systems without spending a fortune.
There are close to 100 new impressive and musical features, the most significant of which is the addition of real-time CPU based DSP. Examples: Variable quality reverb, chorus, flanger, delay; various EQs such as high/low pass and pole pass filtering, full parametric, sweep and shelving. All DSP effects have a variety of mono, mono to stereo and full stereo settings. In addition to the CPU-based DSP, Emagic adds up to eight "Plug-in" style inserts and sends per track, all of which can be routed to up to eight independent busses.
Emagic has pioneered many ground breaking concepts for Integrating MIDI sequencing with digital audio and DTP quality score output. One of the most significant is Screen Sets. Screen Sets is the key to liberating a user from predefined architectures common in other programs. With Screen Sets, the user essentially custom-designs the program to fit their own personal working style. In essence, you have 90 programmable monitors called (oddly enough) screen sets. In each, you can have any combination of edit windows sized and configured to your specific edit application and fully recallable with just one keystroke.
Besides Logic Audio Platinum's wide array of real-time MIDI sequencing capabilities and integrated Stereo Sample Editor (with the now-famous Digital Factory), it also boasts a truly spectacular integrated Score Editor. Logic Audio's Scoring features stands up amazingly well against many of the dedicated "Score Only" applications available these days. Other new Platinum features worth mentioning are: Punch On the Fly, Continuous Audio Cycle Record, Point to Point Automation (on top of the audio waveform), Repeat and Pause functions for audio recording and mixer automation enhanced with Update, Replace, Merge and Punch Out Soft Fade Time. Other enhancements include: Real-time Non-Destructive Crossfades, Bounce To Disk with any supported hardware, direct support of Interleaved Stereo files and an automatic mixer function called the "Adaptive Mixer."
In addition to all this (yes, folks, there's more!), Logic Audio Platinum includes a free copy of Bias Peak SE that is totally interactive with Logic Audio. With one key command you can export any audio region from Logic Audio to Bias Peak and then dump it to any supported sampler. For Windows95 users, a free copy of Cool Edit Pro LE is also included.
Logic Audio Gold is identical to Logic Audio Platinum with only a few exceptions. Medium priced digital audio hardware like Korg's 1212, Emagic's Audiowerk8 and Digidesign's Audiomedia cards are fully supported. Only one of these systems can be used simultaneously with your built in AV/MME capabilities. In other words, instead of the totally open-ended multiple hardware support you get with Logic Audio Platinum, Gold allows for "Dual" audio hardware support for a maximum track potential of 48. You still get a myriad of editing options like Event, Hyper, Score and Matrix. This package is the perfect integrated powerhouse front end for any project studio in the land.
Logic Audio Silver is the intermediate step in the Logic Audio Series. Based on Platinum's feature set, Silver was carefully put together and makes entering the world of serious computer based music production extremely easy. Silver separates itself from the multitudes of so-called consumer oriented music software. Even though Silver does not include the multiple hardware support option, it does support Audiowerk8, Audiomedia III, MacOS AV or any Multimedia-compatible soundcard using up to 24 tracks of digital audio. Add built-in real-time DSP effects with a slew of upgrade options and the Sample Editor with time compression/expansion and pitch shifting and you have a winner for only $299 list.
MicroLogic AV is the inexpensive, multifunctional, entry level program of the Logic series. With up to 16 audio tracks, easy real-time effects, the integrated stereo sample editor and virtual General MIDI mixing consoles, MicroLogic AV is perfect for beginners just starting to get into computer-based recording. MicroLogic AV works with Mac AV or any Windows95 supported soundcard and is a real-time steal at a mere $99 list.
In addition to their software lineup, Emagic continues to experience great success with their Audiowerk8 Home Studio Kit ($799 list) a cross-platform compatible PCI card with two analog inputs, eight individual outputs and stereo digital I/O (S/PDIF), and the Unitor8 Interface (Mac and PC compatible, $799 list) which is an 8 in 8 out MIDI interface that also includes VITC read and write, S-video in/out for real-time SMPTE burn and new Accelerated MIDI Communication Protocol technology.
We wish we had a lot more space to tell you everything about these phenomenal products, but all we can say is call your Sales Engineer now for more information and your special pricing on Emagic hardware and software!