Trusted musician and artist reviews for Apple Logic Pro
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Great for newbies; Logic veterans, not so much.
Logic Pro X may be the successor to the much-beloved 9, but it doesn't succeed on quite as many levels. Yes, it has new plugins (including a fantastic vocal editor that directly rivals Melodyne) and sounds, and if you're new to production or have recently 'graduated' from Garageband, then these will serve you well. But existing Logic users will be turned off by a rehauled workflow that caters more to newbies and fans of other DAWs than the way we knew and loved, as well as a distinct lack of 32-bit plugin support (a much-beloved feature of the previous version, and a big reason why many who upgrade to X return to 9).
Logic Pro X gives a lot of nice features, but it's not so much an upgrade so much as a shift from the previous version.
Review specifically for Logic Pro 9:
Logic Pro 9 is possibly one of the best DAWs on the market, surpassing even its successor Logic Pro X. Sure, it may only work with a proprietary plugin format (AU) and it doesn’t have a built-in performance mode like FL Studio or Ableton Live, but what it does have, it handles so masterfully and flexibly it’s hard to hold that against it. Logic Pro 9 is particularly good if you’re working with MIDI, though audio-oriented producers are certainly not left in the cold with Logic’s answer to Live’s Warp feature, Flex.
I personally use Logic Pro 9 to produce my own work, and I adore its workflow. Everything from the layout to the keyboard shortcuts flows beautifully, and whether I’m deepening a dubstep growl, brightening a eurobeat brass, or just plain dabbling in any of its stellar built-in plugins, Logic is a DAW that will heighten, not hinder, your productions.
Not perfect, but overall fantastic DAW
I've used Logic to write, record, arrange, mix, and master electronic music for the last few years. I'm very comfortable with the Apple ecosystem of apps, so when deciding between DAWs I naturally gravitated towards it. I used DAWs many years ago (Cakewalk) so I was already familiar with the general operation, but to learn the ins and outs of Logic I used "Logic Pro 9 Essential Training" from Lynda.com, and just followed along with all the videos.
I can't compare with Ableton, FL, Cubase, etc since I don't have experience with those, but I will say Logic Pro 9 has been a pleasure to learn and use. I think the best feature of a DAW is it's ability to sort of "stay out of the way" of the creative process, and Logic achieves that most of the way. Channel strips are great to recall your go-to plugin chains, the mixer view is intuitive, the piano roll is great, and the main arrange window is nice and provides lots of helpful context and menus around what you're doing.
If I had to point out a drawback, I would say it's automation, particularly snapping it to a grid. It can be infuriating snapping inflection points to the right places, in fact I think I've seen DJs complain on Twitter about how frustrating the automation can be.
And finally, Logic Pro 9's stock synths and plugins are nothing short of stellar. The ES M, ES1, ES2, and EXS24 (the sampler) are all very good synths in their own right. I've actually heard people say that if you are new to synthesis, you should exclusively learn ES1 and ES2 before moving on to third party synths (good advice I think). What I'm most impressed with is Logic's stock effects. Space Designer for reverb might be the only reverb you need. Channel EQ is a great equalizer (I stick one on every channel), the stereo spread fx are great, chorus/phaser/flanger and all that good stuff, and finally (very important for electronic music) the Compressor effect is pretty awesome. I was pretty new to compression, and Logic's Compressor helped me get a good grasp of it.Version: Apple Logic Pro 9
The best production tool.
I have been using Logic Pro since Apple acquired it (around 2002-2003?), and I wouldn't give it up for the world. I still dabble in Pro Tools when it is necessary, but as a songwriter's tool Logic takes the cake. In no other app have I had the ability to sit down at the computer with zero ideas as to where my song may be going and still have the ability to create from scratch easily. This app keeps getting better and better with every release.
Cool Pro DAW
I started on FL Studio, which is a very cool DAW, and I switched to Logic 'cause I felt more this kind of "Pro" vibe on it and I'm very happy now. It looks more "pro" I think
Anyway, the DAW you use doesn't matter, the more important is what you do with it, so just use the DAW you like.
But for 230$, Apple give you a fully functionnal music production software, with a huuge sound bank, which contain thousands of very cool presets and orchestral thing, lots of acoustic instruments.
If you have an Apple Computer, it is the best DAW yo can get.
Been a Logic user since 2011, a good solid DAW to use and it tends to argue with you a little less than Pro Tools does. The stock plug-ins aren't amazing but they're a good foundation, and in comparison to Pro Tools it can be a little on the clunky side with EQ, and more advanced editing like sample replacement for me. But on the whole Logic is fairly straightforward to use.
But as it always has been Logic is great value for money for a professional DAW and I'd highly recommend saving up to get it over getting a free DAW if you want something pro-level but can't afford Pro Tools.
The only DAW I'd ever want to use
I'm very, very picky with music software - I couldn't stand Ableton, FL gave me a headache, Cubase had an off-putting business model, and Pro Tools is Pro Tools. Logic was the only one that vaguely resembled the old school MIDI sequencers I was used to, programs like XGWorks and Sekaiju, and so I took the plunge into the Apple ecosystem just for it. Suffice to say, that was the best choice I ever made for my music. Logic has the simplicity of those limited programs with the flexibility on par with any other industry contemporary. Best of all, it runs like a dream even on older Mac computers. Because of all that and the great built in plugins, and more, the title of this review rings true: it's the only DAW I'd ever want to use.
Logic Just Makes Sense
Logic is very good. Having been used to Reaper for the past few years, moving to Logic is definitely steps ahead (though Reaper is good for what it is). The vast amount of software instruments alone is staggering, and most of them seem to sound great. While I still have much to learn on Logic, it's fairly simple and intuitive, and I will be using it for years to come.
I started with Cubase but when I got seriously into music production even though just for fun I decided I had had enough Windows and bought my first Mac. Then I bought Logic and haven't looked back upgrading both the program and computer to keep up. It does everything I need and more...so much more that I have had to buy books and courses to try to keep up doing just the basic stuff but I am still devoted to it (although Ableton Live does keep calling me and I have been tempted) hehe.
Well rounded with professional features for $350
This DAW has it all, pitch correction, decent audio editing, and an excellent recording function. While Logic's capabilities aren't those of Pro Tools, for $350 NZD it's a steal. One complaint is the piano roll, it's clunky, slow, and frustrating. Other than that the stock plugins are great, the features are plenty and overall it's incredibly solid!
An excellent DAW that keeps on getting better with each update.
I've been a Logic Pro user since the early Logic Pro days. I still remember the first time I used this DAW, it was my introduction to the world of DAW, before that, I used to use an old Fostex B16 16-track tape recorder. Since then I've been a loyal user of Logic Pro. When Apple discontinued the Logic Pro and replaced it with the Logic Pro X, I was kinda apprehensive so I stayed back on the Logic Pro. Eventually, I decided to move on the Logic Pro X. From the very get-go, I realized that the Logic Pro X did have a lot more features than the Logic Pro 9, that being said at first I found it to be quite difficult to get used to the Logic Pro X. My biggest problem was that they dropped the support for 32-bit plugins. I had to replace many of my legacy plugins with new 64-bit plugins. It was a hassle but it was worth it. I have tried other DAWs like the Bitwig Studio, Tracktion Waveform Pro, Ableton Live, but in the end, I fall back to Logic Pro X. I feel a lot more comfortable to work on Logic Pro X than other DAWs.
I own a copy of it and wish I never bought it.
Ableton is way more flexible, I have no need for the presets, as I sound design everything I produce from field recordings and from scratch. I have never even used it, I wish I could sell the software but I can't because it's tied to my Apple ID. Lame on Apple's part, lots of red tape! I heard this is a good tool for more traditional recorded musicians. I like doing more live performance.
Very good DAW for doing just about anything music related
The 10.4 update was a massive addition to an already stable and well renowned DAW. Not as much fun to work in as Reason 10, but absolutely a safe and cost effective choice for those that want to go the safe route and invest their time in a professional DAW with tons of built-in functionality for a very nice price. Also with more and more studios now supporting its use, it should not be a problem to go the Logic way, even if your goal is to become proficient in music production on a professional level. There are plenty of well known producers that work solely in Logic.
The standard, but does it go far enough?
I've been using Logic since Logic 5, so I've invested a lot of time into the program's workflow. And while Logic X is a notable improvement from 9, I wonder if Apple went far enough to keep the program relevant in an age of Ableton Live and other programs. I'm not saying that Logic needs to be an Ableton clone, but more attention needs to be paid toward simplifying and smoothing out the workflow, and updating ancient legacy instruments like the ESX24 sampler.
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER...
Okay, I've only been using Logic since v.9 but it's been over ten years! I made the switch from Ableton, primarily because my focus has been composition and production over live performance. We all have our idiosyncratic preferences and workflows, and Logic fits mine... Alright before you call me overcomplex, frustrating, and anal retentive, you Livebots, know that over the years, Logic has gotten way more user-friendly, and its interface can be chopped and cropped to the user's needs. With X we got a more modern, darker look [this can be modified as well], streamlined Main Window [used to be the Arrangement window], more feature changes and additions than I can barely scratch at here, Alchemy synth, etc., ad nauseam, but my favorite new feature.....
What an awesome interface for controlling Logic. Mixer, Smart Controls, but I'm head-over-heels with the Key Commands page[s]. It's quite simple, endless screens of customizable colorful pads that you assign whatever Key Command you desire. One row at the bottom is static with your most used pads; it is Transport by default.
When I first bought Logic, it was $999. Its now boxless, and its downloaded from the App Store for $299. This includes all the synths, plugins. Only one version, no Suite or Lite versions where you end up paying $1000 for the rest of the DAWs effects and instruments.
It can be daunting, the learning curve, but if you can use a help menu, and better, read a user guide, this software will provide a lifetime of musical discovery and the reward of creating and composing.
It's crazy how many producers use mainly the Logic built-in synths to produce. Was just watching the Albin Myers video on his page, the track he was working on was pretty much all ES2 and ESX24. Just goes to show the power of picking a couple synths and learning them inside and out!Version: Apple Logic Pro 9
Powerful easy to use DAW
I have goofed around on FL Studio and Cubase before but I really enjoy Logic Pro X. It was super easy to learn and get started, the plugins that it comes with are great! Logic Pro comes with pretty much everything you need right out the door, best investment I've made yet!
Honestly, I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this DAW. I am creating things in Logic that I never even imagined in other DAWs. It's interesting, because if I have an idea in my head, all I have to do is sit down, open Logic, and within ten minutes usually my idea is right in front of me. I have only been using Logic consistently for about three months, before that I used Reason. I still do, I have Reason 8, but honestly having used both (and acknowledging that they are both good for their own things), most of the stuff I make is dubstep/EDM and Logic is just unfathomably good at helping me put my ideas in the sequencer. I love it. I would pay Apple 5x the $200 price tag for this software (although, I am glad I don't have to.)