Who Uses Logic Pro?
Every DAW has its advocates and detractors. Logic Pro is no different. Many accomplished music producers and engineers use several different DAWs, depending on the project’s needs. Thus, when it comes to which DAW is best there’s really no clear cut answer. But there is a consensus that Logic Pro, Ableton, and Pro Tools are the top three DAWs.
Logic Pro gets raves for its MIDI and mix down capabilities and fluid workflow from its advocates. Ableton Live is the clear cut winner for live processing and loop based EDM. Pro Tools is the top choice for acoustic and song-based music and film score composition. In reality, each of these Digital Audio Workstations can be made to do everything you want and the choice comes down to personal preference more than anything else.
Consider this from Nicholas De Gonzaga, Grammy Award Winning Mix Engineer:
“We did Depeche Mode’s “Exciter” album with three DAWs: Logic Pro, Cubase and Pro Tools HD. Each has its own strengths. No one DAW was better than the other one. It was more about being able to work FAST! Marc Bell (producer) loved using Cubase, Gareth Jones (producer and engineer) loves Logic Pro and I love Pro Tools. We devised a system wherein only one DAW (Logic Pro) would be the final master. The other DAWS were used to record overdubs and then transferred to Logic Pro.”
A list of artists who use Logic Pro includes:
- Alesso (a big fan of Logic’s ES P)
- Armin van Buuren (“What I love about Logic Pro X is that you can import channel strips, including MIDI and bus routing.”)
- Boyz Noise (“When I put it all together I do it in Logic. I think it’s a good mixer.”)
- Daft Punk
- David Guetta
- Disclosure (Logic with RME Fireface UCX soundcard, Access 24 plug ins, Moog Little Phatty, Roland Juno 106 and Korg ms20)
- Ed Sheeran (uses only Logic in the studio)
- Gregg Kurstin (co-writer, producer and musician on Adele’s “Hello”
- Hardwell (Logic with Apogee Quartet soundcard and Virus TI, Sylenth, Nexus and BazziSM synths)
- Nicky Romero
- San Holo
- Swedish House Mafia
- Young Guru
If you are just getting your feet wet in music producing, Logic Pro makes a lot of sense as long as you have a Mac computer (there’s no Windows version of Logic Pro). If you’re going to collaborate with others on your music, make sure they have Mac computers as well. Its price point is low, it does a great job with MIDI composition, and its out-of-the-box synthesizers Alchemy and Sculpture are great for virtual instruments, but its drum synth Ultrabeat is average at best. Logic’s piano roll and hyper editor make the process of writing and mixing simultaneously totally painless. Advocates and detractors alike acknowledge that Logic Pro is excellent for mix downs.
Does this mean Logic Pro should be your first DAW? It’s as good a first choice as any—provided you already have a Mac computer (otherwise the cost of a new Mac will far outweigh the savings you gain from Logic Pro being the least expensive of the Big Three DAWs). Also bear in mind a couple things. The first is to realize that any DAW comes with a learning curve, often a steep one. This means you should start out where you want to end up. In other words, we recommend Logic Pro, Ableton Live or Pro Tools as your first DAW since they’re all major players and knowing one, or all of them, would a step in the right direction. The second important consideration for you to make is this: any DAW is only as good as the person using it. Just because your favorite musical artist uses Logic Pro isn’t a great reason to choose Logic Pro. Rather, choose your first DAW based on whether or not you have a Mac, what you’re ultimately looking to achieve, and your initial impressions of the interface. Whichever DAW you end up choosing, understand that there are no bad choices, but the onus is on you. You must be willing to put in the time to explore everything it can do and become comfortable using it. Once you control your DAW, rather than it controlling you, you’ll be ready to take your music production skills to the next level.