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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Is Logic Being Discontinued?

Logic Studio image from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture blogWhile Pro Tools is the king of the professional DAW world, there's still a large and dedicated Logic Pro following, with many users swearing by its versatility and sound. Those users have clamored for a new upgrade, since the last version of Logic was released way back in 2009.

That new version may never come, as word has leaked out of Apple Europe (where Logic development is based) that the company has let go virtually its entire Logic team except for 2 pro application specialists. Word is that there is no plan to hire anyone else, which does not bode well for the product.

A quick look on Apple's job site shows lots of audio related jobs at various spots within the company, but none related to Logic. Apple has hinted that the next big audio app in the future will be for iPad.

I hate to say it, being an Apple fanboy myself, but company does seem to be turning primarily into a consumer audio company, and little by little abandoning the pro users who stood by it during the hard times. I'm personally not a Logic user (I never could get my arms around it), but if it does disappear, I mourn its loss, since that's just another reason for a pro to look at another platform.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised that a new Mac Pro is in the offing (probably in January), and that will go a long way to bolster the state of the pro user at Apple. Until then, we can only wonder if all pro apps and hardware will go the way go the same way as Logic appears to be going.

Update: There's some question as to the truth to this report. Check out this post on AppleInsider, this one from Macrumors, and this one from Music Radar for more on the subject.
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go to Hamburg. Take a taxi to Rellingen. Visit the Apple offices there. You will find no shortage of people working there. They are working on Logic.

Eric Marshall Schoonmaker said...

Could you imagine? Professionals swearing by Vintage 2012 computers and software for their functionality?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, imho this is a hoax. Logic released released version 9.1.8 a few weeks ago. In 2009 Logic released 9.0. Now we have 9.1.8. This looks not like a company that will close their pro audio division.

Unknown said...

It is professionally irresponsible to make such a wild claim without backing proof that this is indeed true. Your half hearted attempt at a "Scoop" here is NOT freedom of the press but rather, fear mongering. Please get a journalistic clue...

Anonymous said...

And there's this:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/27/rumor-of-decimated-apple-pro-audio-team-is-likely-false

Bobby Owsinski said...

Take it up with Macworld.

http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/news/?newsid=3413212

Anonymous said...

Actually Pro Tools is the king of the professional DAW world only in America. In Europe many people prefer Cubase or Logic for composition and mixing.

Anonymous said...

wow, repeating a weak rumor is very classy there Bobby.

Anonymous said...

So why did Apple recently buy Redmatica? Pro Tools is in greater danger of being discontinued than Logic. It's getting Quarked (if you remember what happened in the DTP context).

khx said...

OK, I will unsubscribe from this blog now, posting rumors with no substance, not worth reading this blog.

Bobby Owsinski said...

To all those of you who disliked this post, all I can say is "don't shoot the messenger." I never said Logic was disappearing, I just said there were reports (which happened to come from Macworld UK and MacDailynews) that their development team has been sacked. I hope that's not the case, but no one has come up with different evidence yet either.

I also pointed out that Apple hasn't exactly been supporting their pro products lately, which we all know is the case. I hope that changes as well.

I'm on your side with this.

MMI said...

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/03/apple-hard-at-work-on-next-version-of-logic-pro/

Anonymous said...

posting to bobby's big picture blog:

If it may help someone (I'm a longtime Logic user), consider this approach:

Build your musical development and delivery system, then treat it as if it were a beloved priceless antique. Never take it online, never make a change nor upgrade. Older computers back to the 90s are perfectly adequate, when your deliverable is an audio waveform or sheet music.

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