If you have a Mac, then you’ve probably heard of Logic Pro. It’s one of the most popular DAWs out there. But is it worth it? Read this Logic Pro Review to find out more.
If you don’t want to read this whole review about Logic Pro X, I’ll tell you right now: if you have a MAC and want to get into music production, Logic Pro is going to serve your needs.
But more specifically, I want to cover the things that stand out most to me when it comes to using Logic Pro X. Most DAWs have the same features such as audio recording, piano rolls, and similar features, so I’m going to focus on the features that are a bit different for Logic.
One of the first things that happens when you install Logic Pro X is that you are encouraged to install the sound libraries that come with the software – all 72 GB!
That’s right, Logic Pro X comes with a ton of stock instruments – much more than some other DAWs do. And that means you’ll need to spend less buying other VSTis when starting out.
How are these sounds? When writing this review about Logic’s sounds, I was going to give these sounds an “average” rating; but I decided to go back and review the sounds and I gotta say: the sounds are pretty good.
The electronic sounds such as synths and some of the rhythmic instruments sound pretty good – much better than many of the free VSTis out there. If you want better VSTis than these, you’re going to need to pay. That said, these instruments are great to get started.
Logic Pro Interface
Although I’m used to using Cubase as my DAW, I’ve got to say that the interface for logic pro looks pretty nice. Just look at it:
Apple is known for its very clean design, and Logic Pro is no different. The interface is easy to move around and everything just looks, for lack of a better word, good.
Some DAWs’ interfaces are much more intimidating to beginners, but I think Logic Pro is a great DAW, at least on the interface level, for beginners to get started.
Pros of Logic Pro X
Here are the Pros of Logic Pro X.
Logic Pro is pretty much everything you need
Logic Pro X comes with a ton of instruments and plugins. These are pretty much everything you need to get started, so if you’re a musician on a budget, then this is a huge plus. You won’t need to spend hundreds – or thousands – of dollars on buying other instruments or plugins when making professional music.
Logic Pro’s UI is intuitive
If you know me, then you’ll know I like using Cubase. But one of the biggest problems I have with Cubase is that the UI is pretty hard to navigate. Logic Pro’s UI is really easy to navigate and get around. Sure, you’ll need to first figure out where everything is, but the quick help button helps you get around and find out what every button does.
Logic Pro is great for beginners and pros
Logic Pro X is great for beginners because it’s so intuitive to use, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not made for professionals as well. Logic Pro X can be used to learn music production and then you can buy additional instruments, and plugins as you improve during your music production journey.
Logic Pro just works
I know, I know… I’m sounding like an Apple fanboy here, but I’m not! If you’re using Logic then that means you’re on a MAC system. That means that everything from the software to hardware was made to work together. And it shows when using Logic.
You don’t have to configure anything unless you’re setting up an audio interface and even then, that’s pretty easy. In Windows, you might find yourself searching all over trying to figure out where to put certain files – like third-party plugins for your DAW.
And if you have a MAC that’s been made in the last couple of years, then your computer will almost certainly have the specs for Logic Pro.
Cons of Logic Pro
Here are the cons of using Logic Pro.
It’s tied to the MAC ecosystem
You have to have a MAC to use Logic Pro. For me, this is a huge pain in the butt, because while I have a Macbook, my desktop computer is a custom machine. That means if I want to use Logic, I’ll have to use another DAW on my desktop. That means learning two DAWs instead of one.
Logic Pro lacks some advanced features that some DAWs have
I can only find one feature that’s really missing from Logic Pro, and that’s an advanced audio editor that lets me change pitches of specific notes like Cubase’s VariAudio lets me do. To be fair, not every DAW has a feature like this, but for me, this is a killer must-have feature.
Is Logic Pro Good enough for Professional Use?
In this review, I’ve talked about how logic pro is great for beginners. But is Logic Pro good enough for professional use? I have to say a resounding “Yes.” This isn’t just my opinion either. Many professionals have used and continued to use Logic Pro.
Sound I Buy Logic Pro X?
If you are a beginner music producer – or even an advanced producer – and you have a MAC, I can’t think of a better DAW to get than Logic. The biggest downside of using logic as your DAW is that it can only be used on MACs. That means if you’re like me and have a Macbook and a Windows desktop, using a DAW that is cross-platform is a much better choice. Not only because you can move files back and forth, but because it’s much easier to learn and get used to using one DAW than it is learning and using two DAWs.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about buying Logic Pro, it’s a great choice and you probably won’t be disappointed.
Alternatives to Logic Pro X
There are a ton of alternatives to Logic Pro including Cubase, Pro Tools, FL Studio, and more. View our other DAW review to see which one is right for you.
Josh is the founder and main author of Songwriter Nation. He has played music for over twenty years and even studied music at university earning a minor in music.