Apple has unveiled Logic Studio. Logic Studio is a suite of applications designed for audio professionals.

Logic Studio includes Logic Pro 8.0 and a new application called MainStage. Logic Studio also includes Soundtrack 2.0, as well as a variety of instruments and effects.

At the core of Logic Studio is Logic Pro 8.0, Apple's professional digital audio workstation. Among the changes in Logic is a new, single window interface. According to Apple, the interface now allows instant access to music creation and production functions, including snap-to-transient selection and sample accurate editing directly in the Arrange window.

Logic Pro 8.0 also features audio-production tools such as Quick Swipe Comping and dynamic channel strip creation. In addition to surround production capabilities, the new version of Logic also includes multichannel tracks and busses, and support for True Surround software instruments and effects.

The new application included in the suite is called MainStage, which turns your Mac into a live performance rig. According to Apple, screen controls link software plug-ins to hardware knobs, faders and buttons, so musicians can use their favourite gear while performing live.

MainStage features a display designed for distant viewing in dim light, a major problem when trying to use gear during live performances.

Studio Instruments includes 40 instrument plug-ins such as new versions of Ultrabeat, Sculpture and ES2 synthesizers, and the EXS24 sampler. Studio Effects includes a new Delay Designer plug-in that offers in-depth control over individual delay taps, and Space Designer, now with True Surround enhancements for multichannel audio processing.

Rounding out Logic Studio is a collection of sounds and utilities. Studio Sound Library features content from the five Jam Pack collections and Final Cut Studio 2, for a total of 18,000 Apple Loops, 1,300 EXS instruments and 5,000 sound effects. Production utilities include WaveBurner for CD mastering, Compressor 3 for surround encoding, an Apple Loops utility and a new Impulse Response utility for capturing the acoustics of real performance spaces.

Logic Studio is available immediately and costs £319 inc VAT. Registered Logic Pro 7.0 users can upgrade to Logic Studio for £129 inc VAT. Customers who purchased Logic Pro 7.0 on or after August 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to Logic Studio.