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Logic Pro, formerly Logic Platinum, is a digital audio workstation (DAW) and MIDI sequencer for macOS. It is considered the professional counterpart to GarageBand. The software has been used by many famous artists such as The Killers and Lily Allen.

Logic Pro had been the main component of Logic Studio, but is now available for download on its own from the Mac App Store.


Early history[]

The audio sequencing program began in 1992 at German developer Emagic as Notator Logic for the Atari ST and classic Mac OS. It was renamed Emagic LOGIC with the discontinuation of the Atari version and then LOGIC Audio with the introduction of digital recording features and a Windows version. A basic entry-level version called "MicroLOGIC" later became the basis of GarageBand.

Logic Audio 4.0 was released in 1999 in "Silver", "Gold", and "Platinum" feature levels. In March 2001, version 4.7 introduced a new audio engine that had originally been intended for version 5.[1]

Logic Pro[]

Apple acquired Emagic in July 2002 and discontinued Logic for Windows at version 5.5.1. Logic Platinum was renamed to Logic Pro with the introduction of the lower-cost Logic Express in 2004. The software continued to be released under the Emagic brand until the release of Logic Pro 7 later that year.[2][3] Logic Pro 8 and 9 were bundled as part of the Logic Studio suites from 2007 to 2011.[4][5]

Logic Pro 10

Icon of version 10.6

Logic Pro X[]

On July 16, 2013, the tenth major version was released as Logic Pro X, with an updated user interface that was more in line with Final Cut Pro X. On November 12, 2020, it was renamed back to "Logic Pro" in with the release of version 10.6, which added support for macOS Big Sur and Apple M1-based Macs.[6]


  1. Dear Logic Users, by Dr. Gerhard Lengeling, Emagic. 2001-03-28. Archived 2001-04-05.
  2. Apple Shows Off Logic Pro 6 (Japanese), Apple Macintosh & Audio & MIDI. 2004-01-15.
  3. Introducing this year's hit-makers., Emagic. Archived 2004-10-01.
  4. Logic Studio (2007) - Technical Specifications, Apple Support. 2009-06-26.
  5. Logic Studio (2009) - Technical Specifications, Apple Support. 2011-07-06.
  6. Apple Updates All Pro Video and Audio Apps for Big Sur - FCP 10.5 Is Here! by Peter Wiggins, 2020-11-12.

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