Yes I know this may come to you as disagreeable (but not shocking) news but I would like to keep it real and be honest with you. I will leave this blog published as reference as I still get the occasional thank you comment from people who read the blog and see something they like.
As I've stated I started this blog to just comment about things I liked/disliked about Logic Studio. I still like it a lot and I find it a viable product but seeing the way Apple handles their pro software it does not take a genius to see what's coming:
Exhibit A: Shake (Apple acquired the Nothing Real company, consequently Shake)
- Shake's status: RIP
Exhibit B: Color (Apple acquired the Silicon Color company, with it FinalTouch later on repackaged it as Color)
- Color's status: RIP
Exhibit C: Sountrack Pro (sold initially with Final Cut Studio and then with Logic Studio)
- Soundtrack Pro's status: RIP
Exhibit D: Final Cut (became a real alternative to Avid software and quickly earned the love of people on the upper crust of the food chain like Coppola)
- Final Cut status: Zombie... not really alive, not really dead.
Exhibit E: Logic Studio (Apple acquired Emagic and with it Logic, the rest you already know it)
- Logic Studio status: Huh?
Seemingly, Apple has become ANTI-PRO (I said seemingly)
No I'm not being an alarmist, I have not smoked anything that would make my mind say crazy stuff...
How would you judge this phrase on the OS X Server page:
OS X SERVER
OS X Server is perfect for a studio, business, hobbyist, or school. It’s so easy to set up, who needs an IT department?
Yeah, fuck it, why would a school or a business need an IT department? A small business (a really small business like a Mom and Pop shop) I can understand but a school? come on.
Let's face it, Apple has become a consumer-orientated company not a company that caters to professionals.
They have left the initiative of making great (at least music) software to outside or independent or mainly NON-APPLE developers, which is OK. I just wonder if Emagic would have been better off not being bought by Apple. I cite that as a simply conjecturable matter.
What's that? the biggest company in the world doesn't have the resources to have heaps of developers working on Logic Studio/Final Cut and all those creative music and film applications? Oh, they do? It's just not the priority? Ok you get it.
Who should worry about the future of Logic or why? (or why I'm switching)
- People who invest in equipment: music machines, tape reel recorders (yes they are pretty much in use) vintage instruments, computers, you know, things that don't come cheap.
- You want that at least that the things you've invested on, that careful ecosystem of cables and switches be there tomorrow, let's say at least the next five years, and when you put a piece of software in the helm of it all you want it to be supported, again for at least that time period.
- Just ask those poor sods who invested in such ecosystem but in the movie-making process when Final Cut X didn't support half of the things they'd built their rigs around, yeah ask them how they felt, or just read an example: http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2011/11/pros-leaving-apple-fcpx/
Don't worry I won't turn this into a Cubase eulogy or advertisement (I would have liked it very much if I got the software for free, though).
Simply because I think they will still be there 5 years from now, with a solid development, new, much demanded features and enough backward compatibility.
On what do I base my belief? Well, it has been there since April 1989 and that's the past, now for the future... it was acquired by a company with a solid record of commitment to music: Yamaha.
They are superb (professional and consumer) music instrument and hardware makers.
Their main interest is (like all companies) to make money of course, but I don't see them tomorrow just pulling the plug from professional music software or instrument making. It will all still be there, they've been doing that since 1887, when they started as a reed organ and piano-making company, and that's simply reassuring.
I of course will continue to work on a few projects with Logic but since on that field the ground seems not very stable, for my onward developments I am transitioning to Cubase.