Apple buys emagic!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by dpaton, Jul 1, 2002.

  1. dpaton

    dpaton Active Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    See it for yourself:

  2. cdp

    cdp Active Member

    Mar 13, 2001
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    I've been using logic for about 13 years, and this is the most insulting thing I've ever seen. Of course the decision came completely from Apple. This is outrageous!

    Microsoft is evil? At least they try, competently or not, to make things backward compatible. Apple just tells you to get lost.

    I'm certainly going to make myself heard on this one... write your favorite magazines! write apple! spread the news!!!!!

    charles di pinto /
  3. gambit

    gambit Active Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Bristol, UK
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    I was totally at a loss when I read this - and sent the following straight to (based on advice from the uk distributor)

    "To whom it may concern,

    I just wanted to write and express my concerns over the recent announcements
    made regarding the take-over of Emagic by Apple Corp. One statement made in
    the recent press release concerned me greatly and prompted this letter.

    "Macintosh®-based products account for over 65 percent of Emagic's current
    revenues. Emagic's Windows-based product offerings will be discontinued on
    September 30, 2002."

    I have recently spent over six thousand pounds (6000GBP) to get a home
    studio up & running in order to help myself and other local artists, who
    cannot afford "professional" studiotime, to produce high quality mp3 tracks
    and CD demo disks suitable for the media and music industries.

    I based the studio around a Dell Pentium 4 and Logic Gold 4.8 with a view to
    upgrade to Platinum and Logic Control when the revenues allowed. I used a PC
    as I have had more experience with them and find them cheaper to run and
    parts more readily available for expansion. I used Emagic Logic because I
    believed it was the best software available, with a superior interface and
    functionality to its competitors. The fact that it is supported by PC & Mac
    platoforms meant that I could be versatile in my approach to work and if my
    clients wished to take their work to other studios then more than likely
    they would find Logic there too.

    Now to be told that in 12 weeks my software will be obsolete and I will no
    longer be in receipt of the benefits of future upgrades has left me at a
    loss. I appreciate that for many of you (the emagic staff) this came as a
    total surprise but I would like to know what I can do to persuade you that
    the PC market is just as important and vibrant as the Mac market and that
    loosing a third of your client base is verging on the bounds of stupidity?

    I have had several Mac users say to me that they cannot understand the
    decision and judging by the response from the large user community there is
    in the Yahoo Logic group that I frequent, I think this is a view shared by
    many. Several people have already said that they will trade up to Cubase SX.
    Will Apple offer discounted machines in order to help us "trade-up" to the
    world of Mac? Please can we have some response to the news as soon as

    I hope that you will pass my comments on to those concerned and please do
    check the feedback in


    Andy Dempster"
  4. Huby SEA

    Huby SEA Guest

    :eek: they trash 35 percent of their users!! this is rediculous!! I think this is just some sort of teaser..

    "I think this is just a "logic"al evolution of things,captain"


  5. efiebke

    efiebke Active Member

    Jun 30, 2001
    New York
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    I am certainly not happy about Emagic's take-over by Apple. Although I am not a business person, it does seem like a poor business decision to totally discontinue support and development for the Windows based Logic side of things.

    For now, I'll just keep on using my LAWP 5.1 program (and I guess there will be a 5.2 update in August, 2002). I've spent way too much time, energy and money getting my computer-based recording system optimized and running reliably (most of the time). My computer has a few good years left on it. I plan on adding more memory and a third hard drive and maybe even a second processor, but that's about it. The Windows Logic software is a great program . . . at least it meets my needs.

    Where will I go next when my current system bites the dust??? Who knows where the computer-based recording systems will be in a few years!? I guess I'll just cross that bridge when I come to it.

    I do feel betrayed, though. If not by Emagic, then by the whole computer/software business. Definately, after September 30, 2002, Apple will not be supporting my current LAWP-based needs. Too bad for me. . . too bad for them.

    Ted Fiebke, RN
  6. stedel

    stedel Guest

    Hi folks. This is what my own topic on the Mac Forum a few Forums above this one is about.

    "Emagic Logic:pC Owners Get Shafted!"

    I'm a Mac User also, and yes, hopefully the result will be a kick butt option....maybe.

    In the meantime, as I said on my post, I think this is very RUDE :(

    I also don't think this is a topic that should be restricted to one Forum only. Here's a link some of you may be interested in checking out on George Massenburgs Forum. There IS some interesting comment about EMagic not being able to prevent code cracking....see what you think.

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  7. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    I agree, this has really left a lot of people in a bad way. But then, you must realize that this is a high tech industry. Today's state-of-the-art is tomorrow's dinosaur.
    Look at Avid/ProTools/Digidesign. They're notorious for introducing new products and leaving owners of their previous products out in the cold. And that's their OWN customers!
    Soundscape owners got lucky. When Mackie bought-out Soundscape, everything went full speed ahead.
    "The nature of the Beast" in high tech electronics is that it is very fast-paced and unpredictable. Unfortunately, in this situation, Logic PC bites the dust. However, keep in mind that if you already have it, you can continue to use it for as long as you want. You just won't have any more updates. It will be interesting to see if Apple will make any special offers to Logic PC owners.
    On the positive side, in the future, this could really benefit the DAW community, in general. Here's a couple of pastes from the RO Mac forum...
    Opus posted:
    "Apple has the OMS dude...Apple has Emagic(the best MIDI sequencer software out there...)together with that combination they will make a serious battle with Nuendo"
    I posted:
    "Hmmm ... funny you brought-up Nuendo, Bro. I was thinking along the same lines.
    It sucks that they're dropping the PC side, but I think this is an overall good, strong move for Apple, provided that they follow through. There is tremendous potential in creating a complete audio system from the ground, up, directly from the computer manufacturer. Can you say, "COMPATIBILITY"? I imagine it will come at a very dear price, though.
    Indeed, this could very well escalate into a host-based war. With PCs' front side buses climbing rapidly, Apple is going to have a rough time getting the performance out of their systems to meet a PC's sheer power for running audio. With the advancement of computing technology, the time for host based systems to come into the limelight is just around the corner. I think that Apple has picked a very opportune time to make their move."
    Bottom Line:
    If Apple pours a lot of R&D into this new venture, they may be a serious competitor to Nuendo in the "coming of age" status of host-based digital recording in the near future. And we all know that competition will force all parties envolved to continue to "push the envelope" that much harder.
  8. Fredrik

    Fredrik Guest

    This whole thing is sooo stupid. I'm p****d off!
    Goodbye Logic...

    Best regards,
    Fredrik Lidin
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Have you guys seen Cakewalk is offering a cross grade for Logic PC users for 199 to go to Sonar!!!
    Our engineer at work called that a cross dressing! :p
    If you use Logic the LAST program you want to go to is Sonar! I'm teching a Via based AMD system here right now and with Sonar...Ewwwwwwwwww :eek:
    what a joke! I'd be pissed off if I had bought that program...
    Anyhue...Cakewalk...what a joke
  10. Fredrik

    Fredrik Guest

    Why is Sonar 2.0 XL such a bad choice? I haven't tried it, but I'm certainly looking that way since this thing happened.
    Do you think it's better with Cubase SX?
    I thought Cubase VST was kind of a joke...
    ...well, funny anyway :)

    Fredrik Lidin
  11. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    Opus sure does seem to have it bad for CakeWalk. Personally I switched from Sonar to Logic, and I like Logic alot better. Now that I know what it is I am wanting to do, I am trying to figure out how to do it in sonar.
    One thing that I found, that I don't like, is that you can't arm/disarm a track for recording, while the audio engine is running.
    Just like alot of folks, I find it easy to get my ideas out buy laying the foundation for a tune first(say a drum beat, or a bass groove). Loop it, then move on to the next track to add a new part, and on and on, until you pretty much got what you want. In Sonar, you'll have to stop after each part to arm the next track.
    Opus has mentioned a few draw backs of Sonar somewhere on another post, not extremely accurate, but he had some good points. if you are running a studio, you have clients, then maybe Opus is right, and Cakewalk sucks? But if you are using the program to creat music(say you are a Songwriter) then Sonar does that just fine. (an inside source told me they were going to be fixing that loop thing shortly)
  12. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    I got this off another forum, It is kinda long, but I couldn't repeat it all myself.
  13. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    I've been using Sonar because my card only supports WDM for the moment. I use it as a composing scratch pad.
    There's no doubt how strong and efficient the Sonar engine is. They just need to bring the program features to a more pro level.
    If they were listening to what people want instead of exaulting praises on the superiority of their product, they might have the attention of more serious users than myself. :cool:

    Edit: Not to turn this into an Apple bashing thread, but their heavy handed abuse of users is what made me leave their camp in the first place. I still like the GUI though....
  14. themidiroom

    themidiroom Active Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    St Louis
    I've been a Cakewalk user for almost ten years. I upgraded to Sonar last year. Once they ironed out the initial bugs, it has worked very well. I just did a session yesterday and one of the musicians smirked at my setup, but can't deny that it worked flawlessly and sounds great.
    To each, his own is what they say. :roll:

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