This week Apple released all new Mac Pro, followed by updates Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X updates.
Apple added a few nice enhancements in v10.0.5 update. Channel EQ & Linear Phase EQ got a facelift and they are retina ready. The EQ looks exactly like the one in GarageBand X and it now lets you select whether you want to just process stereo, left, right, middle or side signals. Unfortunately, you can't set the processing mode for each band individually. I hope Apple changes this in the feature. And while they are at it, it would be much nicer to unify Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ into one plug-in, with a switcher button on its GUI. I know you can replace the one EQ by inserting the other and Logic automatically copies the band settings, but I'd still prefer a unified interface. Another nice tweak that Apple added is that the inserted EQ now appears in the Smart Controls area. Would have loved to see a retina ready Compressor, but I guess will have to wait till the next update.
Logic Pro X now has 3 new Drummers and 11 new Drum Kit Designer patches. Yes please! I love the Drummer. I would like to see some UI improvements for Ultrabeat though.
The most important fix for me has to be Option & Mouse Scroll vertical and horizontal zooming. It was unbearable sluggish in the previous version. Zooming is one of the most important features in any DAW. It has to be fast, or else it can slow you down. It still is not super responsive, but at least it's usable now. Apple also resolved issues relating to automation and undo manager. Both of those areas tend to be quite buggy.
I have to admit, it's a lot of changes for a point release. We'll probably see more of these kinds of updates through out the year as Logic still needs updated UIs for most of its built-in plug-ins. It feels like Apple is adding and fixing things it wanted to have ready for Logic Pro X release but due to time constraints it had to ship it sooner. Imagine if we had to wait for Logic Pro X for another year. Logic 9 would have looked and felt even more dated on retina MacBook Pros.
For more detailed information regarding this update check out the Logic Pro X 10.0.5 release notes. You can learn a lot from reading Logic's release notes. For instance, I just learnt that Control-Shift and Pointer tool lets you adjust region fades. This means I will never have to use tools menu again. The only reason I used it was to get to the fade tool and for all the other tools I already knew the shorcuts.