Apple (formerly Emagic) Logic Express

Apple (formerly Emagic)

Version 7
Platforms Mac OS X
Description Logic Express is a less featured version of the Logic Pro software. Even as such is still provides myriad options and features, enough to fit any musical project.
Posted By Jonathan Chasteen (286)
Directory Software: Audio/MIDI
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On 8/17/2006, Jonathan Chasteen (286) posted:
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I use Logic on a daily basis. I use it for nearly every musical idea. I use it in my theory classes. I use it to do full orchestrations and full arrangements. I use it for recording my solo projects and for band projects. I use it for scoring and for recording. After about 3 months of consistent usage (my level currently) I find that it fits me like a glove. It fulfills all of my current needs. But just like any software, it has its faults. Its not by any means a perfect piece of software, but for the money, it's damn close. In my opinion, it is the best home recording software in this price range, and in many ways better than more expensive software
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pre-installed on my PowerBook G4
Suitable for advanced guitarists
Apple has done a great job of packing many useful features into this piece of software. One of the most exciting things is the number of tracks that are available: a whopping 255 stereo tracks, 64 instruments tracks, 8 buses, 8 auxiliary tracks, 4 inserts and 8 sends per channel. Logic Express, along with the Garageband software that comes pre-installed on all Macs, provides you with a host of AU (Audio Units, apple's plugin format, comparable to VST) effects and AU instruments. Logic alone comes with 27 software instruments and 40 effects plugins. Logic also comes with a surprisingly good notation/scoring ability. I may sound like I work for Apple or something, but I promise I don't :).
Ease of Use:
As with any complex program, there is a learning curve. There are so many features in Logic that it's hard to see them (or need them all) in your first few times using Logic. I myself nearly gave up on Logic at the start, mostly because I was not used to the workflow. Once you get a hang of the workflow, it is very intuitive. Things are right there where you need them. I would say that if you are not serious about either recording demos, or having full control of your input and output (and everything in between), you should probably stick with Garageband. Garageband is very highly geared to the casual user or to someone who does not want to deal with complication. Logic tends to appear massive at first, which can totally put of the less serious.