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Justin Kahn

@justinkahnmusic

Editor

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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January 7

JBL intros new vintage-style, milled aluminum amplifier with AirPlay 2

At today’s virtual HARMAN ExPLORE event, JBL is celebrating “75 years of pioneering acoustic, transducer and electronic design” with the announcement of its new SA750 Amplifier. The high-end, retro-inspired amp is inspired by vintage models produced in the 1960s and ’70s with a host of modern-day accouterments, including Apple and Google wireless streaming platforms and more. Head below for more details on the new JBL SA750 Amplifier. 

January 5

Bose intros floating-above-the-ear truly wireless workout buds today

We are getting our first look at the new Bose Sport Open Earbuds today. These unique earbuds are specifically made for workouts and combine Bose OpenAudio technology with an interesting design that doesn’t go in your ears or cover them, leaving wearers fully aware of their surroundings without comprising audio quality, according to Bose. Head below for a closer look. 

December 23, 2020

All of the best Mac and iOS holiday app deals

As is usual at this time of year, we are now tracking a massive collection of Christmas iOS app deals, alongside a selection of Mac price drops. Over the last week or so the App Store has been exploding with big-time discounts on just about all of the most popular titles available for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. With so many folks stuck indoors this year, scoring some Christmas iOS app deals might be a great way to keep everyone occupied and entertained over what will likely be a bit of an extended break for some. Head below for a gigantic roundup of all of the most notable Mac and iOS apps on sale for the holidays. 

December 8, 2020

Classic Star Wars KOTOR 2 lands on iOS and Android later this month

The classic Star Wars KOTOR 2 is now scheduled for an official release on iOS and Android on the same date as The Mandalorian season 2. The original KOTOR game has been available on mobile platforms for quite some time now, but after fans asking for a mobile port of the sequel for “so long,” publisher Aspyr has now officially announced the mid-December launch date. Head below for more details and a look at today’s announcement trailer. 

November 27, 2020

All of the best iOS/Mac app and game deals for Black Friday 2020

It’s time to gather all of this week’s best Black Friday iOS and Mac app deals into one convenient list. Black Friday 2020 is still rolling with huge deals on the latest M1 Apple gear, iPad Pro, and well, just about everything else you might want to get your hands on. Amongst all of that, we have been tracking loads of top-tier Mac and iOS apps including games, productivity suites, photography software, and much more with deep price drops on Apple’s digital storefronts. And now, we have rounded up the best-of-the-best Black Friday iOS and Mac app deals down below. 

November 12, 2020

Logic Pro 10.6 arrives with Logic Remote 1.5 Sequencer control, more

Along with the announcement of next-generation, M1-equipped Macs, we are also getting Logic Pro 10.6. Apple has now issued the latest update for its flagship music production software to coincide with the latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models. While it’s certainly not as groundbreaking as the massive 10.5 update issued earlier this year, there are some interesting enhancements here along with an influx of new and very much free MainStage content. Read on for the details. 

October 30, 2020

All of the best Halloween iOS game deals

Just one day from the spookiest holiday of the year, we are tracking a plethora of notable Halloween iOS game deals this year. Over the last couple weeks, we have seen a collection of top-tier titles go on sale from The Room series to Stardew Valley and Crypt of the NecroDancer, just to name a few. While many of the deals were spread across our daily roundups as they happened, we have now collected everything into one handy list for your browsing convenience. If you’re looking for some mobile games to keep busy this weekend, or just an opportunity to add them to your library at a discount to play later, you’ll want to head below to take a closer look. 

October 13, 2020

Best iPhone 12 cases now available for purchase

With Apple’s 2020 lineup now unveiled, it’s time to look at all of the best new iPhone 12 cases. Alongside iOS 14 and a custom A14 chip, the new iPhone 12 models feature a modernized form-factor, MagSafe tech, and a gorgeous design worth protecting. Down below, we have collected all of the best and most interesting cases and covers available for Apple’s latest handsets from the biggest names in the business. Read on for a closer look at all of the fresh new iPhone 12 cases listed below. 

October 4, 2020

Best MIDI keyboards for Mac 2020 Edition: NI, ROLI, Akai, Arturia, more

This is the best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro X 2020 Edition. With so many of us finding more time than usual this year to get creative and start new audio projects, not to mention that massive update Logic Pro X users saw a few months back, having a good controller by our sides might be more important, and useful than ever. If our MacBooks or iOS devices are the brains of our music production setups, than a dependable MIDI keyboard might just be the heart of the operation. What is a simple piece of plastic made to look like a piano to many, is an expressive tool for translating human emotion and creativity into an otherwise overly-efficient piece of cold steel with an Apple logo on it to the rest of us. Head below for a closer look the best MIDI keyboards to help unleash your creativity and to decide which option is best for your particular needs.  

September 13, 2020

Logic Pros: Leveraging Apple Loops and Untagged content to expand your arsenal

Today, we are taking a look at creating Apple Loops, Untagged Loops, the Loop Browser, and some related updates. With the influx of new content and patterns, alongside some improvements to Apple’s tempo and pitch-fluid audio format infrastructure in the 10.5 update, it’s time for a refresher. The introduction of the new Live Loops environment, as well as the Step Sequencer patterns and more, makes creating custom Apple Loops, understanding how Untagged content works, and the ability to leverage this wealth of free content even more useful.

August 30, 2020

Logic Pros: Relocating and organizing your Sound Library in LPX 10.5

Today we are taking a look at how to relocate the Logic Pro Sound Library and keep all of the new content organized. Along with the massive Logic Pro X update back in May came over 2,500 new loops, 70 Drum Machine Designer kits, and more — expanding the free bundled Logic Pro Sound Library significantly. While we have explored content storage solutions and customizing your plug-in library in the past, it’s time for some sound content housekeeping. Whether you forgot about the 70+ GB of free content hogging precious internal storage space, or are just trying to get your new Logic Pro X setup organized properly, taking a look at the Sound Library Manager and understanding how Logic can quickly relocate the stock sound content can be particularly convenient. 

August 16, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5: Recording multi-touch Remix FX performances, more

Now housed inside Logic Pro X, the Remix FX plug-in brings more than just a few DJ tricks to Apple’s flagship production suite. To some degree overshadowed by the influx of game-changing new tools and technologies that hit Logic Pro X with the 10.5 update, the multi-FX, touch control plug-in rig can be a particularly useful and creative production tool that only enhances new powerhouse additions like Sampler and Live Loops. Below we are exploring its capabilities and how Logic Pro X users can take advantage of the immersive touch-based musical performance surface. 

August 9, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5: Drag and Drop export — one-click audio/MIDI region sharing

Today we are taking a closer look at the new Logic Pro X drag and drop export functionality. A trend you may have noticed through our recent exploration of LPX’s blockbuster new features — Sampler, Step Sequencer, Live Loops, more — is Apple’s focus on simple drag and drop control over our audio/MIDI. This has also notably extended to the way we can export tracks and regions from our Logic Pro X projects directly into the Finder, emails, and just about anywhere that will accept them. Hit the jump for a closer look. 

July 19, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5: Using Launchpad grid controllers with Live Loops, more

It’s time to take full control of Apple’s latest production technologies with Novation’s Live Loops and Logic Pro Launchpad grid controllers. The Live Loops grid-based environment is a wonderful experience with a connected iPad, allowing for a more immersive approach to your cells via the Logic Remote app. But Live Loops also brings with it official support for a wide range of those colorful and affordable grid controllers from Novation. For compatible models, functionality details, and more, hit the jump.

July 5, 2020

Holiday weekend instrument and FX deals for Logic Pro X users + more

After taking a good look at each of the main features in the latest Logic Pro X update, it’s time for the notable holiday weekend plug-in deals. This time of year tends to bring a number of half year sales and things of that nature on plug-ins, software instruments, FX, and even some hardware gear for Logic users and music makers of all kinds. Head below for this weekend’s deals and freebies from Waves, UAD, iZotope, Spitfire Audio, Native Instruments, KORG, Apogee, and many others.

June 28, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5: Create custom instruments with the brilliant new Auto Sampler

Apple has completely overhauled Logic Pro X’s sampling technology with the new Sampler and Quick Sampler. While those two might be running the audio recycling operation here, the powerful new Logic Pro X tool known as Auto Sampler is not to be overlooked. Now available to all users, the plug-in can automate the sample creation process like Logic Pro X has never seen before.

June 21, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5: Apple’s intelligent new flagship Sampler dethrones a legend

The long awaited successor to Logic Pro X’s EXS24 software sampler is here with full backwards compatibility, a suite of new toys pulled from Alchemy, a much needed makeover, and some particularly intelligent sampling tech. Among the latest 10.5 update’s most exciting new additions, Sampler has now dethroned Logic Pro’s roughly decades old workhorse sampler. If Quick Sampler can completely change the way music makers interact with just about every little clip of audio they can get a mouse pointer on, Sampler can do all that and more, automatically transforming collections of samples and melodic phrases into coherent virtual instruments with artificial intelligence levels of automation.

June 14, 2020

With the Logic Pro Step Sequencer comes a new way to interact with MIDI and automation data. Not unlike something found in vintage drum machines and hardware sequencers, we can now program our software instruments in the new Logic Pro X 10.5 editor and creative tool known as Step Sequencer. Its introduction continues the trend of bringing powerful new workflows to Logic Pro X inspired by popular vintage products and other DAWs, but with that particular Apple touch of course. expand full story

June 7, 2020

Logic Pro X 10.5’s new Quick Sampler completely changes the way users interact with the audio and creative resources around them. It perfectly accommodates a popular instant sampling workflow where producers pull sounds from anywhere — recorded off a phone, stolen off the internet, clipped from Apple’s library, etc — and then loop, chop, pitch, and program them into interesting musical ideas. Software sampling certainly isn’t new by any means, nor is it to Logic Pro X, but this technique of quick and immediate sound recycling has now been laced throughout the LPX 10.5 production environment and has a dedicated home with Quick Sampler. Apple’s new instant sampling plug-in reinvents the best of what’s already on offer in the marketplace, makes intelligent use of its world-class audio pitch/timing manipulation technology, and wraps it all up in an incredibly intuitive package. expand full story

May 31, 2020

Apple introduced a collection of amazing new features and products in Logic Pro X 10.5, and Drum Synth is not to be overlooked. While the latest overhaul of Apple’s flagship DAW is jam-packed full of big-time features — Live Loops, the new EXS24 replacement, Sampler, and more — there are several enhancements that might not make it on the marquee. We previously touched on some of these features like instant sampling and enhancements to the powerhouse Alchemy instrument, and now it’s time to delve into the new Logic Pro X Drum Synth. expand full story

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