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Justin Kahn

@justinkahnmusic

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9to5Mac / 9to5Toys

Justin is a senior editor covering all things music for 9to5Mac, including our weekly Logic Pros series exploring music production on Mac and iOS devices. He is also a senior deal Jedi over at 9to5Toys where he heads up our game/app coverage. Justin is an audio engineer/producer with over 10 years experience in the music industry and makes electronic music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.

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February 23

Logic Pros: Mastering the Plug-In Manager to create custom FX libraries, more

Today we are exploring the Logic Plug-In Manager. This handy tool is built-in to Logic Pro X and allows us to manage the plethora of included plug-ins as well as all of your favorite third-party effects, instruments, and more. For years, Logic Pro X users were stuck with the app’s stock plug-in hierarchy system — an organized list of all the plug-ins currently enabled for your Logic Pro system — before Apple finally introduced a feature that allows for a custom-made directory. Whether you’re just getting started or already have a gigantic collection of third-party plugs, with Plug-In Manager we can completely customize the way we access our gear — making it significantly easier to get at them and subsequently providing a much more personalized experience for creatives.

January 16

Universal Audio unveils incredible new Luna music recording platform for Mac

Universal Audio Luna is a brand new all-in-one recording platform. Makers of the the amazing Apollo and Arrow audio interfaces, UA is employing its over 60 years of analog audio expertise to the new analog music creation and recording platform. Those familiar with the brand are likely expecting an astronomical price tag and a brand new interface to come along with Luna, but this is in fact a massive downloadable add-on for existing Universal Audio interface users. Not to mention one of the most exciting new announcements from NAMM 2020 yet. Jump below the fold for all the details.

December 19, 2019

Annual holiday iOS and Mac app/game sale delivers 2019’s best prices

The App Store is now bursting at the seams with notable holiday iOS game deals and Mac app price drops. This time of year tends to yield some of the best prices of the year if not just an excellent opportunity to fill out your iOS library at a significant discount. From notable deals on Square Enix Final Fantasy games and RPGs to Apple Game of the Year winning puzzlers and more, we have a giant list of deals curated by hand down below the fold for you.

November 29, 2019

All of the best iOS/Mac app and game deals for Cyber Monday 2019

We have been tracking one of the largest collections of Black Friday iOS apps and games in recent memory. That’s on top of just about all of the most popular Mac apps from Adobe Elements software and Parallels Desktop 15 to Fantastical 2, Pixelmator Pro, and so many more. While many of the most notable offers went live a few days (or more) ahead of Black Friday, just about everything is still available for at least the rest of today. Down below you’ll find a curated selection of the best iOS and Mac games, productivity apps and much more at big-time discounts.

November 3, 2019

Today we are looking at the best MIDI keyboards for Mac in 2019. After detailing our favorites a couple years back, it’s now time to reassess the MIDI keyboard situation for Mac users. While some of the mainstays are making another appearance this year, there have also been a series of new releases across 2019 from Native Instruments, Arturia, IK Multimedia, and more. Head below for a detailed look at the best keyboards on the market and information to help you decide which option will suit your needs best. expand full story

October 6, 2019

PSA: Why Logic Pro X users might want to hold off on Catalina

While the imminent release of the latest macOS is upon us, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to running Logic Pro on Catalina. Home music producers beware as this update could very well silence your latest masterpieces if you’re not careful. Updating to Apple’s latest operating system too soon can yield all sorts of issues with your Logic Pro X projects using third-party gear, so be sure to hit the jump for more details.

September 15, 2019

Logic Pros: How to automatically remove unwanted noise from audio recordings

After reviewing a number of quality of life techniques recently, today we are taking a closer look at how to Remove Silence in Logic Pro X. Anyone who records audio will know good and well how tedious it can be to edit the undesirable noise out of a recording. While we have looked at some manual options in the past for precision edits, Logic’s Remove Silence feature can get the job done in just a couple clicks or less.

September 11, 2019

Apple has now unveiled its new handsets, so it’s time to look at the best new iPhone 11 cases, as well as options for the new iPhone 11 Pro models. Along with updated camera modules on the backside, the latest iPhone also features a number of new colorways. That means we are going to need a new case to match and most of the best are already surfacing ahead of pre-orders in just a couple days’ time. Hit the jump for everything. expand full story

September 1, 2019

Logic Pros: Customizing your Logic Pro X tools – lightning fast switches, more

Becoming one with the main Logic Pro X tools is a key part of anyone’s journey to becoming an LPX master. Today we are uncovering some efficiency tactics for flipping through the weapons in your holster while revealing Logic’s triple tool mouse-click technique.

August 25, 2019

Logic Pros: One-click Logic arrangement tricks – insert paste, repeat, more

Today we are showcasing some over-looked Logic arrangement tricks. Prying apart a project’s regions in order to make alterations, injecting a gap for a new part or even just moving an entire section of your piece around can be tedious. However, Logic Pro X’s underrated Toolbar houses a number of functions that can get many of these tasks done with a simple selection and a one-click command.

August 18, 2019

Logic Pros: One-click solutions to naming regions in Logic, color coding, more

Naming regions in Logic and color-coding tracks isn’t exactly the most exciting aspect of music production, but it can make for a much more enjoyable session in the end. Not only can messy projects get in the way of productivity — usually increasing the time it takes to navigate a project and locate specific tracks, parts, and regions — but they can also lead to otherwise avoidable mistakes and even make you look unprofessional in front of clients. Today we are exploring some amazing one-click solutions to get your Logic Pro X sessions looking right and keep you focused on what really counts.

August 11, 2019

Logic Pros: Organize your workflow with the Logic Plug-in Link system

If you’ve ever wondered how the Logic Plug-in Link system works, you’re in the right place. This is something we briefly touched on in the understanding plug-ins section of our Logic Pro X 101 series, but today it’s time to link it all the way up. This easily overlooked feature — designed to accommodate customized workflows and help organize that collage of plug-in windows currently burying your musical masterpiece — has been staring you right in the face this entire time.

August 8, 2019

Dear Esther for iOS is set to debut later this year

Dear Esther for iOS will release later this year. Developer Chinese Room took to Twitter to announce the upcoming arrival of its beloved indie game on Apple’s handheld devices. All the details are down below.

August 4, 2019

Logic Pros: How to use DeEsser 2 and its impressive new detection tech

One of the major new additions in the latest round of updates would have to be Logic Pro’s latest dynamics plug-in. After reviewing some of the more useful and practical features last week, we will be taking a closer look at how to use DeEsser 2 today, along with a rundown of the basics for beginners, its intelligent new Relative tech and some helpful tips for getting the most out of it.

July 28, 2019

Apple recently dished out a new update for its flagship music production software and we thought it would be fitting to take a closer look at some of the best new Logic Pro X features in 10.4.5. While it might not have been a full numbered jump up to 10.5 – which usually indicates a collection of boring but welcomed bug exterminations and performance enhancements – 10.4.5 is significantly more exciting than that. Head below for all the details.

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July 26, 2019

BOGO free iPhone XS and more, AirPlay 2-ready 4K TVs from $400, $5 iTunes movies, more

BOGO free iPhone XS, Max, more plans are now live via the Black Friday in July Sale, AirPlay 2-ready 4K TVs are starting from $400, and we have a new iTunes movie sale from $5. Head below the fold for more in this episode of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

July 25, 2019

April 4, 2019

9to5Toys Last Call: HomePod $250, Apple Watch Series 2 Refurb $150, Timbuk2 Messenger Bag $50, more

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April 2, 2019

9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch Series 4 $50 off, 9.7-inch iPad $100 off, iPhone X Refurb $650, more

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March 28, 2019

9to5Toys Last Call: Nomad Lightning Battery Cable $35, Anker Truly Wireless Earbuds $70, iPhone 6s $150, more

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