Logic Pro X 10.2 Update: New Alchemy Plug-In, 200 Bug Fixes, MIDI Beat Clock, New Apple Loops

Logic Pro X users have reason to be happy with a meaty update. Including full integration with the new Alchemy sample manipulation synth, bug fixes, new Apple loops and plenty more.  


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Ever since Apple acquired Camel Audio, the company behind Alchemy, Logic users have been waiting with bated breath to see it (or its technologies) included in the next Logic Pro X update. Well, we need wait no longer, that update is here, now!

There's plenty to be excited about with this release. Of course, the big news is Alchemy and its integration with EXS24 as well as its general sample manipulating abilities. But there's more. From Apple Music Connect features to enhanced MIDI clock (and therefore better sync with external drum machines and MIDI hardware) to new Apple Loops. There very well might be something here for everyone?

Download Logic Pro X 10.2 from the App Store here.


image: The Alchemy sample manipulation synthesizer is a huge addition to Logic Pro X 10.2

The Alchemy sample manipulation synthesizer is a huge addition to Logic Pro X 10.2

Let's take a look at what's new in this update for Logic Pro X 10.2 according to Apple.

Alchemy & its Features:

  • Next-generation synth plug-in with multiple sound generators including: additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler and virtual analog
  • Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop, rock and sound for picture
  • Integrated keyword preset browser for finding the right sounds quickly
  • Performance controls like the Transform Pad make it easy to explore and reshape sounds
  • Virtual analog oscillators produce authentic recreations of iconic synth sounds
  • Wide selection of modelled analog and special effects filters for producing sounds with vintage character and tonal complexity
  • Create animated, dynamic instruments using over 100 modulation sources that include flexible LFOs, AHDSR and MSEG envelopes, and step sequencers
  • Manipulate and combine samples in new ways using a collection of morphing and re-synthesis tools
  • Import EXS24 instruments or create your own using a robust set of sampler features
  • Apply independent arpeggiators to each of the four sound sources to transform simple chords into elaborate performances
  • Integrated effects rack with reverb, modulation, delay, compression, and a range of distortion effects

Other Logic Pro X 10.2 New Features

There's a number of other new features also included in Logic Pro X 10.2 which are well worth checking out:

  • New tabbed Transform Pad and X/Y Pad Smart Controls for Alchemy instruments
  • Share directly to Apple Music Connect
  • Adds support to Force Touch Trackpad
  • Create Custom track icons with your own image files
  • 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie Disco, Funk and Blues
  • Expand MIDI Clock options improve sync compatibility with external MIDI devices
  • Multiple additional enhancement and stability improvements

Download Logic Pro X 10.2 from the App Store here.

More about Logic Pro X 10.2 from the Apple website here.

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After every update there is the process of aliasing the EXS Factory Samples and Ultrabeat Samples folders from /Library/Application Support directory, and the Apple folder from /Library/Audio/Apple Loops directory and replacing the three folders I have on an SSD. That done and investigating Logic 10.2 I found there is no Mellotron plugin. Is this gone, or am I missing something? Alchemy has made the Mellotron archaic?

More toys, otherwise. :)
It looks like a pretty significant update, for sure. I'd recommend caution about updating it if you're in the middle of a project, though...especially if you have a slow (satellite) Internet connection like me. While the intiial download is under 600 MB, when you go to start Logic afterwards, it doesn't open but gives you a dialogue letting you know it's downloading more essential sounds, loops etc. I have no idea how big that download is but it indicated it would take a couple of hours at my connection speed. So, basically, I can't use Logic until I've done this. I have download limitations during the day so I have to wait until after 11 PM to do this. I don't know how my ongoing projects will be affected by the changes. It might be necessary to do a full Time Machine recovery but we'll see. Just something to think about if you're considering doing the upgrade...I'd recommend doing a full Time Machine backup first, just in case.

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