According to a new report by Japanese website Macotakara, Apple may be working on a new version of its Logic Studio suite, called Logic Pro X. The report doesn’t delve in the details and it says the source comes from a “customer interview” with the Logic Team. Apple’s last major Logic release dates back to mid-2009, when Logic 9 was released. Since then, Apple brought 64-bit support to the software, and pushed minor updates for Logic Pro and Logic Express.
The release of a “Logic Pro X” application would certainly make sense considering Apple’s recent rewrite of Final Cut Studio as a single app known as Final Cut Pro X, sold on the Mac App Store alongside other components like Motion and Compressor. Macotakara claims that Soundtrack Pro’s development has “finished” and that it’s unclear whether there will be a replacement in the new Logic Pro X; the site adds, however, that the WaveBurner component will be integrated, whilst MainStage will be sold separately, presumably just like Motion 5 and Compressor on the Mac App Store as Final Cut Pro X companions. Last, the report notes there will be no “confusion” because Logic Pro and plugins have already been developed as 64-bit applications – thus suggesting Logic Pro X will be fully 64-bit compatible like Final Cut Pro X.
Macotakara has a mixed track record when it comes to Apple rumors (the site correctly predicted the iPad 2’s bigger speaker design, media event and launch, as well as Final Cut Pro X introduction; they incorrectly reported Apple would adopt a new type of NAND Flash memory in the 2011 MacBook Air), although this rumor seems to fall in line with Apple’s rebranding and rewrite of Final Cut Studio and Express as Final Cut Pro X, available exclusively on the Mac App Store. As a side note, Apple recently made the old Final Cut Studio available for sale again, in what has been described as an effort to ease the transition process to FCP X following a criticized launch. [Macotakara via MacRumors]