I started my production career back in 1996 using trackers – mainly Impulse Tracker and Buzz. About 10 years ago I made the switch to Logic – it was version number 4 back then. I’ve worked on other software since then (Cakewalk, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools) but always felt Logic just works best for what I do. Here is a roundup of things that makes me like it so much.
Depth and versatility
Many times in Logic you’ll find there are different ways to accomplish a task. The initial learning curve is probably steeper because of the sheer amount of features. Logic still does have a bit of a notorious reputation but those days are long gone now.
The latest versions have improved the interface and made it a lot easier to use and learn. The sea of features is still there – you don’t have to dive deep but it’s good to know that you can.
In any case, after a while of using Logic you will develop your own way of working with it. This is just brilliant as we are all different – it’s great to have all these different options and ways of doing things to choose from.
Logic 9 introduced Flex Time. It’s is a collection of tools that allows you to quickly manipulate the timing and tempo of your audio. It combines beat slicing and elastic audio techniques into a single workflow.
Flex Time is excellent for working with vocals for example but works great with anything. One of the things I like about it most is that you can easily slice an audio part up and then have a sampler track created from that, essentially turning audio to midi with just a few clicks.
I know other software has similar features but trust me – Flex Time is just smooth. Wether you want to tighten things up or do something more creative, it makes audio editing a breeze… Love it.
Great bundled plugins and content
Logic Studio comes with a very comprehensive collection of plugins, instruments and sound libraries. The built-in effects sound great and there is a lot to explore.
The sound libraries are vast. I don’t really use that stuff much for my own music, but there are times it comes really useful. For example when working on advertisements for radio or other such projects where the client wants you to come up with random things like, say, bluegrass music.
It sounds right
I don’t know wether it is the summing or something else in the audio engine but Logic just sounds right to me. I feel it’s easy to make things sound the way I want.
A case example: I’ve made tunes in Ableton Live and worked really hard on the mixdown without being able to get what I want, or match what I get pretty much “straight out the box” in Logic. Of course it’s partly due to my inexperience with Live. But come on, it should not be that difficult?
To be fair, my experience with Cubase and Pro Tools is also great in this respect.
Developers do the right things
Logic’s developers cleary listen to the users and keep addressing the most relevant problems, smoothing out the interface and bringing great new features.
OK this one is actually not so simple but I wanted to bring this up. I still vividly remember the horrors of Logic 5 – I lost so many projects when Logic crashed during saving. Logic is still not perfect but fortunately has been getting more stable by each revision. It rarely crashes on me these days, and if it does, it’s nearly always a case of a third-party plugin gone mad.
When a crash does occur, a lot of the time Logic manages to do an automatic emergency save of the project before it closes. This way you can get right back to where you were. This together with the auto-backup feature is pretty much a foolproof combination. I don’t recall losing a single project during my time with Logic 8 and 9.
Priced currently at 503 € (here in Finland), Logic Studio is very affordable for what you get.
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