Today I am reviewing Logic Pro X, a Mac-based software which up until now has been out of budget for most home studios. So why should you use Logic? Well, here we will look into the pros and cons of Logic and, most of all, what you get for the price of £149.99.
Logic is a Mac only software so you may want to bear in mind which computer you want before thinking of which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) you are going to be using, but we will get into that another time.
Logic – for people that are new to music production or recording – was at the beginning a professional-only DAW, not because it was overly complicated or you needed a pro studio to run it, but because of the price. Logic would start at around $1000 and that simply wasn't practical for a home studio. With the introduction of Logic 6-7 the price dropped to around $500 and it was only then that people who were serious started buying Logic and incorporating it into their home studios. However, with the introduction of Logic Pro X, the price fell to around $200 (or £149.99), which makes it great for home studios because you still get a lot with this new (and cheaper) version as well as some pretty awesome new features.
First a look at some of the new features that come with Logic, because here’s where it gets interesting. I want to talk about the great ‘amp designer’ that comes built into Logic Pro X and it is fantastic. First off, all the big brands in amps, speakers and all the stuff you need when playing guitar are built into the ‘amp designer’ so you can pick your model, amp and cabinet and also assign custom settings. You can then pick your microphone for the cabinet and also adjust the placement of the microphone – all inside Logic. Next, it also has ‘Bass designer’ and ‘Pedal designer’ which work just like ‘amp designer’ but for the different equipment.
Also new to Logic Pro X is the new ‘Virtual Drummer’ which is amazing when you realise you just paid £149.99 and you could have spent that on ONE of these features. Virtual Drummer works by first letting you pick your drummer – each one will have a different style – and then the fun really begins. You can then pick your drum set and also change the style of how your Drummer will play, as well as choose the instruments the drummer hits and when they do. It’s basically a fully-fledged drum machine and you can create some of the best sounding drum patterns I have heard.
To wrap it up – because I could write a book about how good Logic now looks and operates, talking as someone who has used FL Studio for around 6 years – I have been tempted by Logic. One down fall is that it is only available for Mac users and the price of Apple computers is more than enough to make me not get Logic.