We'll definitely see a period with comments from people who think these features will never work, that it looks like Garage Band, that it's too bad Logic 9 is out because they just bought Logic 8, who thinks Logic 9 is useless because one feature they missed in Logic 8 isn't there, and that nothing beats Pro Tools. Popcorn time.
It seems to me that this must be the most powerful and significant update of Logic that ever has been made.
I like the focus on audio editing, track import, elastic audio, audio quantize, bounce-in-place, multi-tool improvements...the typical stuff Pro Tools users have been wanting for a while.
I'm also excited about Logic 9, but I believe that Logic 8 was the really significant update and a big change from the previous Emagic-type Logic that we were used to.
The one-window concept plus the Media browser made an amazing difference to one's workflow. I think Logic graduated at that point to become a real Apple app. I have no doubt that Logic 9 will retain the layout and basic concept of Logic 8, while adding new features like Flex time and all the Guitar stuff.
I don't see anything about remarkable new built-in synths or plug-ins (aside from the guitar stuff as mentioned) so I hope a lot of effort went into fixing bugs and improving the app in general. I like the selective track import and I'm sure there will be lots more features that come to light in the next few weeks.
Just saw this....
"With Logic Pro 9 or Logic Express 9, you can export audio routed to aux channel strips. Use this capability to create stem tracks, which are commonly used to share sessions between studios. (Stem tracks are a set of pre-mixed groups of tracks from a song. For example, all the drums tracks might be mixed into one stereo stem and all the guitar tracks into another.) You can also create stems to use with MainStage's Playback plug-in, for use in live performance."
I don't think any of us can answer that positively, as we don't have Snow Leopard. But I find it unimaginable that with only weeks before Snow Leopard is released, Apple would release non-Snow Leopard ready versions of Final Cut and Logic.