What you need to know
- Apple has confirmed that it will be adding Spatial Audio support in a future Logic Pro update.
- The update is expected to arrive "later this year."
Spatial Audio is everywhere right now and it's clearly the next big thing in music in Apple's eyes. But for that to be the case it needs people to be able to create music that's designed for Spatial Audio, not just re-tooled for it. To make that possible it's going to release an updated version of Logic Pro "later this year."
Confirmation came in a Newsroom post yesterday that saw Apple Music's Zane Low talk about Spatial Audio and what it means for the music industry. It's an interesting read, but the point we're most interested in here came towards the end.
Apple Music started rolling Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos out yesterday and initial impressions are positive, although I'll need more time to test it properly with different types of audio. Here's how Apple describes it:
So now, we wait. It's likely we'll see the new Logic Pro update arrive around the time of macOS Monterey, which we also don;t have a firm window for. Expect it somewhere around September or October if my tea leaves are anything to go by.
In terms of listening to Spatial Audio, it doesn't get much better than AirPods Max. There's no denying they're costly, so make sure to check the best AirPods Max deals in case there's a bargain to be had.
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