Apple today unveiled Logic Studio, a new collection of its professional music making products.

At the heart of the collection is Logic Pro 8, an update to Apple's professional audio application. A new live performance app called MainStage is also included. MainStage aims to turn your Mac into a streamlined live rig. Also included is Apple's Soundtrack Pro 2 application, used to bridge audio to film and video applications; Studio Instruments, made up of 40 pristine quality instruments; Studio Effects, with 80 professional effect plug-ins; a vast Studio Sound Library; and a powerful set of production utilities.

According to Apple, Logic Studio offers a comprehensive suite of professional tools for musicians who need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage.

Logic Pro 8 is described as a major upgrade that combines an intuitive new interface with Logic’s renowned sound quality and rock-solid timing.

Apple has also announced a cheaper entry-level audio application called Logic Express 8.

“From the fun and intuitive GarageBand to the all new Logic Studio, there’s never been a better time to be a musician on the Mac,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “For just £319, Logic Studio transforms the Mac into the most powerful musical instrument in the world.”

New audio production tools such as Quick Swipe Comping and dynamic channel strip creation speed up common tasks. Logic Pro 8 also includes end-to-end surround production capabilities with innovative surround panning controls, multichannel tracks and busses, and support for True Surround software instruments and effects.

Logic Studio will cost £319, registered Logic Pro 7 users will be able to upgrade to Logic Studio for £129. Logic Express 8 will cost $199 in the US. No UK price for Logic Express 8 is available yet. The products are currently on sale in the Apple US store, but have not yet arrive at the Apple UK online store.