New Book: “Logic Pro X – What’s New in 10.4”

The new book “Logic Pro X – What’s New in 10.4” is now available at With a whopping 230 pages, it provides the most comprehensive and detailed coverage of all the new features and changes with in-depth explanations of the new Logic Pro X update v10.4. The book contains lots of unique diagrams and graphics, additional information and instructions not found anywhere else.

Comprehensive, In-Depth, Illustrated

With the book “Logic Pro X – What’s New in 10.4” you are not just getting a quick overview of the new features. I cover everything you need to know about this update, and there is a lot to know and learn about.
Many of the new features are based on totally new concepts that require some additional information that is not available on the internet and not even in the official Logic User Guide. I spend 35 pages just on the new Smart Tempo, a groundbreaking feature and functionality that no other DAW has. I demonstrate how it works and what is going on under the hood. Another 37 pages just for the new Articulation and Keyswitches feature. The rest of the 230 pages is packed with information that shows every new feature and change, using my “Graphically Enhanced” style, so you see the changes right away and know how and where to incorporate all that into your workflow instantly.


Here are few examples of sometimes even small new features or changes in Logic Pro 10.4 that usually don’t make it to the flashy coverage of the highlights.

Quick Help Tags in Menus
The yellow QuickHelp Tags are not only extended in more areas all over the Logic user interface, but now they are also displayed for each single menu item when moving over a command. So whenever you see a menu item (Main Menus, Local Menus, Popup Menus, even submenus) and wonder about what it does, just hit shift+/ to toggle on Quick Help and your explanation is right there.

BTW, moving the mouse cursor over a grayed-out menu item pops up a little Tooltip with the explanation why the command is not available (this feature already existed before 10.4).

Help Tag with Automation Info
Now when you move a Region on the Track Lane, the black Help Tag shows if you also move Automation Data with it. In case you have set the mode in the Main Menu: Mix ➤ Move Track Automation with Regions ➤ Always

Key Commands Symbols
The Key Commands Window (opt+K) uses symbols to show the actual key assignments. However, not everybody is familiar with these symbols to know what key they represent.
No problem, Logic Pro update 10.4 to the rescue. Now when you move your mouse over a symbol in the Key column, the little Tooltip window pops up, “translating” those symbols to words.

Plugin Window – View Menu
If you played already with the new Articulation Switches, then you know that the Plugin Window now shows a new Articulation Selector if that Track has an Articulation Set loaded. You should also know that the View Menu has a new item “Articulation” that lets you show/hide that Articulation Selector in the header.

“User Loops” Folder
The new Untagged Loops View in the Loop Browser and All FIles Browser let you gather all your folders with audio loops all over your computer, (and server and iCloud!). All those folders exist as aliases in your Audio Music Apps directory on the Finder. However, you can also drag individual audio loops onto the Untagged Loops. In that case, those audio files are copied to a real folder called the “User Loops” folder in the Audio Music Apps directory that behaves quite differently. I explain all that and everything around the new Untagged Loops View and Bookmarks View in my book.

Balance Slider: Metronome <> Preview
If you played already with the new File Tempo Editor, then you know that it has a Volume Slider for the Preview. Don’t trust the explanation from the Help Tag because it tells you only half the story. This is not just a Volume Slider for the level of the Preview signal. It is actually a balancer. If you have the blue Metronome Buttons enabled, then it fades the signal between the Metronome and the Preview. More Metronome and less Preview when you slide to the left and more Preview and less Metronome when you slide towards the right.

Articulation – “Switching” vs. Articulation – “Picking”
Here is one of the diagrams from my book where I go a little bit more into details to explain one super important aspect of the new Articulation Switching feature. When you play back a MIDI Region with individual Articulations, then at that moment, Logic performs an “Articulation Switching” where each note picks its individual Articulation from the Instrument, independent of the currently selected Articulation that only determines what Articulation you are currently playing live or using to embed with the MIDI Event if you record new MIDI Events.
This Articulation Picking concept makes it possible that your MIDI Region can play a chord where each note of that chord “picks” (plays back at) a different Articulation from the Instrument.

Emojis Everywhere
And here is something lighter at the end. Don’t forget that you can use emojis pretty much everywhere in Logic to name things (Tracks, Regions, Plugins, Articulation Sets, etc.). Why not use it to name Groups so they will show up on the Group Slot of the Channel Strips.
BTW, there are great new enhancements for the Channel Strip Groups in 10.4

Graphically Enhanced Manuals

If you are interested in learning more about Logic Pro X (or other apps), check out the best-selling books in my “Graphically Enhanced Manuals” series. All books are available as pdf files, printed books on Amazon and interactive multi-touch iBooks on Apple’s iBooks Store.
For an up to date list of my “Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)” series and all the links, go to my website.

Thanks for your time and interest,

Edgar Rothermich

Edgar Rothermich

Edgar Rothermich

Edgar Rothermich is a composer, producer, educator and author of the best-selling book series “Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)” He is a graduate of the prestigious Tonmeister program at the University of Arts in Berlin where he also was teaching for five years. His musical work in a wide variety of styles includes numerous scores for films and TV shows plus compositions for ballet and sacred music. His recent re-recording of the Blade Runner soundtrack (done exclusively in Logic Pro!) achieved critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. Follow him on Twitter @EdgarRothermich
Edgar Rothermich

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  • Ken Stolting

    Thanks, Edgar. I was hoping you’d cover this update. I’ll wait for the iBook version, just bought the ProTools GEM iBook, in there you made mention of an upcoming title on audio production. When can we expect that? As long as I’m wishing out loud, I’d be first in line to buy any and all books on Live 10 in the GEM format!

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