Apple has announced that it will build spatial audio tools directly into Logic Pro. Following the roll-out of spatial audio to its Apple Music streaming service, the developer plans to add it to its flagship DAW, as well. This means that Logic Pro users will be able to create immersive audio content right in the box.
Apple Logic Pro to get built-in spatial audio tools
With the arrival of spatial audio at Apple’s streaming service, immersive audio is bound to receive a major boost in popularity. As Apple Music’s Zane Lowe puts it: “First there was mono, then stereo, and now there’s Spatial Audio.”
In addition to the many Dolby Atmos tracks already available on Apple Music, the service has created a playlist to showcase the new capabilities. It’s filled with tracks ranging from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Marvin Gaye to Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. There’s also a nice selection of classical music from the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and other renowned orchestras. As immersive technologies are already quickly taking over the gaming and movie industries, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to imagine that the average music listener will get used to a 3D listening experience on their AirPods pretty quickly.
But the vast majority of music is currently still released in stereo. To give you the tools you need to produce and release content that takes advantage of the new technologies, Apple has announced that it will build spatial audio mixing capabilities directly into Logic Pro. From some point later this year, Logic Pro users will be able to mix spatial audio projects in the box without additional tools. As of now, we don’t know exactly what those tools will look like, but it’s an exciting development nonetheless. As Zane Lowe puts it:
“Eventually there will be new artists who are born into Spatial, just like I was born in stereo. Artists in the future might never even think about making a stereo record — because all they’ve ever known is Spatial. And making Spatial music is only going to get better. Apple is building immersive music-authoring tools directly into Logic Pro later this year. So any musician will be able to create and mix their songs in Spatial Audio for Apple Music — whether they’re in the studio, at home, or wherever.”
While new technology is always fascinating, we’ll have to wait and see if spatial audio will indeed become the new norm for music publishing. Other ideas like quadrophonic sound have ultimately failed to achieve widespread use. But they required consumers to buy and set up additional speakers and equipment. In this case, all that’s needed is a pair of AirPods (or other headphones or speakers, for that matter). So we think that it’s probably a good idea to familiarize yourself with the concept, and take advantage of the new mixing tools in Logic Pro when they come out.