Emagic

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Emagic
Private (GmbH)
Industry
  • Electronics
  • Computer software
GenreMusic technology
FoundedSeptember 1992[1]
Defunctc.2004 (c.2004)
Headquarters,
Key people
ProductsLogic
Number of employees
80+[1] (2004)
ParentApple Inc.
Websitewww.emagic.de

Emagic was a music software and hardware company based in Rellingen, Germany and a satellite office in Grass Valley, California. On July 1, 2002 Emagic was bought by Apple Computer. Emagic's Windows-based product offerings were discontinued on September 30, 2002.

History[edit]

The company was best known for its music sequencer, Logic. Logic stemmed from Creator, then Notator, made by C-Lab (the company's forerunner) for the Atari ST platform. In 1992, Emagic Soft- und Hardware GmbH was founded and Notator Logic was launched for Atari and Macintosh, followed by a version for Windows. The "Notator" was dropped from the name and the product was redesigned from the ground up, and the product became known under the name "Emagic Logic". Original copies of Emagic's logic retailed for $699 and sold its plugins for $99–$299 apiece before Apple bundled them all together. When Apple bought Emagic, Logic had "Emagic" dropped from the title, and is now called Logic Pro.

The other major software product that Emagic offered was SoundDiver, an editor/librarian for hardware synthesizers.[2] It communicated via MIDI and offered easy patch and sound management. While there was a beta version for Mac OS X, production of SoundDiver was discontinued in 2005.

Emagic formerly offered a line of audio interface hardware, the Audiowerk PCI cards, as well as USB units. A potential post-acquisition successor to these products, the unreleased Asteroid FireWire interface, was the subject of the Apple v. Does trade secret litigation.

Products[edit]

C-Lab software[edit]

  • SuperTrack (for Commodore 64) - MIDI sequencer[3]
  • ScoreTrack - scorewriting
  • Creator (for Atari ST) - MIDI sequencer[4]
  • Notator (for Atari ST) - MIDI sequencer and scorewriter[5]
  • Notator Alpha (for Atari ST) - cut-down educational version of Notator[6]
  • Aura (for Atari ST) - ear training[7]
  • Explorer 1000 - patch editor[8]
  • Explorer 32 - patch editor[9]
  • Explorer M1 - patch editor
  • Midia - MIDI monitor/educational tool[10]
  • Polyframe - patch editor
  • SoftLink
  • Xalyser (for Atari ST) FM synthesizer

C-Lab hardware[edit]

  • Unitor (for Atari) - SMPTE/EBU synchroniser[11]
  • Unitor 2 (for Atari) - SMPTE synchroniser/MIDI interface[12]
  • Combiner (for Atari) - cartridge expansion interface
  • Export (for Atari) - MIDI interface
  • Falcon mk I, mk II and mk X
  • Steady Eye - SMPTE/VITC synchroniser
  • Human Touch - Audio synchroniser

Emagic software[edit]

  • Logic[13]
  • MicroLogic
  • Sound Diver
  • Waveburner[14]
  • Epic TDM
  • Guitar Tuner
  • Space Designer
  • HearMaster - music theory training
  • ZAP - audio file compression

Software instruments[edit]

  • ES1 synthesizer[15]
  • ES2 synthesizer
  • EVP73 Fender Rhodes VST instrument
  • EVP88 electric piano
  • EXS24 sampler[16]
  • EXSP24 sample player
  • EVB3 Hammond B3 instrument
  • EVD6 Hohner Clavinet instrument
  • EVOC20 vocoder

Emagic hardware[edit]

  • LOG3 (for Atari ST) - MIDI interface
  • LOG2mac - MIDI interface
  • LOG2PC (c.1991) - ISA 1×1 MIDI interface card (rebranded Midiman MM-401 card)
  • Audiowerk II - PCI soundcard
  • Audiowerk8 - PCI soundcard[17][18]
  • Unitor 8 - 1U rackmount 8×8 MIDI interface[19]
  • AMT8 - 1U rackmount 8×8 MIDI interface[20]
  • MT4 - 2×4 MIDI interface[21]
  • EMI 6|2m - USB audio interface
  • EMI 2|6 - USB audio interface[22]
  • Logic Control

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Company". Emagic. Archived from the original on 12 April 2004.
  2. ^ "Emagic Sound Diver 3". Sound On Sound. May 2001. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "C-Lab Supertrack". Sound On Sound. May 1986. pp. 61–3. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  4. ^ "C-Lab Creator". Sound On Sound. November 1987. pp. 57–61. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  5. ^ "C-Lab Notator". Sound On Sound. September 1988. pp. 22–6. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  6. ^ "C-Lab Notator Alpha Scorewriter". Music Technology. May 1991. p. 11. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  7. ^ "C-Lab Aura". Music Technology. May 1991. p. 14. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  8. ^ "C-Lab Explorer 1000". Music Technology. September 1989. pp. 50–53. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  9. ^ "C-Lab Explorer 32". Music Technology. October 1989. pp. 16–18. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  10. ^ "C-Lab Midia". Music Technology. May 1991. p. 12. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  11. ^ "C-Lab Unitor". Sound On Sound. February 1989. pp. 42–45. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 31700536.
  12. ^ "C-Lab Unitor 2". Music Technology. March 1992. pp. 26–29. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  13. ^ "Emagic Logic Audio v4.5". Sound On Sound. October 2000. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Emagic Waveburner Pro". Sound On Sound. June 2001. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Emagic ES1". Sound On Sound. May 2000. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Emagic EXS24". Sound On Sound. September 2000. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Emagic Audiowerk8". Future Music. No. 59. Future Publishing. August 1997. p. 39. ISSN 0967-0378. OCLC 1032779031.
  18. ^ "Emagic Audiowerk8". Sound On Sound. July 1997. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Emagic Unitor 8". Sound On Sound. April 1998. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Emagic AMT8". Sound On Sound. January 2000. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015.
  21. ^ "Emagic MT4". Sound On Sound. October 2000. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  22. ^ "EMAGIC EMI 2|6". Sound On Sound. November 2001. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.

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