If you ever wondered why Apple jammed so much computing power into the iPad Pro .. well .. now you know. Apple has revealed that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are coming to the world’s most powerful tablet.
This means iPad will have two of the best NLE (Non-Linear Editing) systems optimised for the latest tablets. Blackmagic Resolve was added at the start of the year.
Pricing and Availability
Unlike the one-off desktop fee, both applications will be available on the App Store as subscriptions starting Tuesday, 23 May. Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad will each be available on the App Store for A$7.99 inc. GST per month or A$59 inc. GST per year with a one-month free trial.
Final Cut Pro is compatible with M1 chip iPad models or later, and Logic Pro will be available on A12 Bionic chip iPad models or later. Final Cut Pro for iPad and Logic Pro for iPad require iPadOS 16.4.
“We’re excited to introduce Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, allowing creators to unleash their creativity in new ways and in even more places,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“With a powerful set of intuitive tools designed for the portability, performance and touch-first interface of iPad, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver the ultimate mobile studio.”
- A new jog wheel.
- Live Drawing – users can draw and write directly on top of video content using Apple Pencil.
- On iPad Pro with M2 – Apple Pencil hover unlocks the ability for users to quickly skim and preview footage without ever touching the screen.
- Pro camera mode – allows capture, edit and publish from a single device while in the field.
- Users can record in ProRes on iPad Pro with M2.
- Multicam clips can automatically be synchronised and edited together.
- Scene Removal Mask – quickly remove or replace the background behind a subject in a clip without using a green screen.
- Auto Crop adjusts footage for vertical, square and other aspect ratios.
- Voice Isolation allows removal of background noise.
- Library of professional graphics, effects and audio.
- Import supported media from Files or Photos, and save it directly inside a Final Cut Pro project.
- Import projects created in iMovie for iOS.
- Export Final Cut Pro projects to Mac.
LOGIC PRO FOR IPAD
All-New Sound Browser
The sound browser displays all available instrument patches, audio patches, plug‑in presets, samples and loops in a single location, and users can tap to audition any sound before loading it into a project to save time and stay in their creative flow.
Professional Instruments and Effects Plug-Ins
Creators can shape the sonic qualities of their music with over 100 powerful instruments and effects plug-ins in Logic Pro. Effects like vintage EQs, compressors and reverbs let users tweak and fine-tune their tracks. With Multi-Touch, creators can play instruments using a variety of play surfaces. Logic Pro on iPad comes with a massive collection of realistic-sounding instruments and powerful synths including Sample Alchemy — a new sample manipulation instrument that can transform any audio sample with the tap of a finger.
Beat Making and Production Tools
Producers can chop and flip samples, program beats and bass lines, and craft custom drum kits with a set of beat making and production tools. Beat Breaker, a new time and pitch-morphing plug-in, lets music creators swipe and pinch to radically reshape and shuffle sounds. Quick Sampler can chop and transform audio samples into entirely new playable instruments, and Step Sequencer lets users program drum patterns, bass lines and melodies, and even automate plug‑ins with just a few taps. Drum Machine Designer enables the creation of custom drum kits by applying samples and unique plug‑ins to any drum pad. With Live Loops, users can capture inspiration and quickly build arrangements by mixing and matching musical loops.
A full-featured mixer — complete with channel strips, volume faders, pan controls, plug‑ins, sends and precise automation — gives users everything they need to create a professional mix entirely on iPad. Multi-Touch enables creators to mix intuitively and move multiple faders at once, and the mixer meter bridge lets them quickly navigate an overview of track levels, all from iPad.
Import and Export
Logic Pro for iPad supports roundtrip capabilities, making it easy to move projects between Logic Pro for Mac and iPad.⁶ iPad users can export their finished songs in a variety of compressed and lossless audio formats, as well as individual audio track stems. Music creators can make a soundtrack in Logic Pro for iPad and export it into Final Cut Pro for iPad — providing incredible flexibility for working across music and video. Logic Pro for iPad also supports the ability to open projects created in GarageBand for iOS, so users can take their music to the next level with pro features and workflows.⁷