All user reviews of 5/5 for the Apple Logic Pro X
Apple Logic Pro X Review - The Case Against X
The time has finally come for the new Logic Pro version. It was almost four years without a major update, many were doubtful that it might ever see the light of day and even ventured it would disappear. The software has arrived. Should we be happy or not? Here are some answers.
beatsbyclos's review"Logic Pro X Review by C-Los"
I’ve been using Logic Pro X for seven months now and overall I am very satisfied with the improvements from Logic Pro 9. I run Logic Pro X on two different Macs, one of them being my oldest and main workhorse, a late 2009 iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM with the MAvericks OS. Occasionally, I may have a buffering issue that stops playback, but simply pressing play again, my sessions will playback fine.
I’ve also had sessions where I was pretty heavy on plug-in usage and my sessions were able to playback just fine. I use Avid’s MBox mini for my audio playback and microphone inputs, and they have worked flawlessly. I’ve also had the opportunity to produce a song where I had a guitarist lay down electric and bass guitar tracks using the stock amps and pedals that Logic offers.
However, because Logic Pro X is now a 64-bit application, this could very well mean that you may not be able to use any of your previous 32-bit plug-ins (but there’s ways around that). If you have 32-bit plug-ins that you covet, I would consider researching solutions before fully committing.
Another problem I have yet to figure out is the solo-safe feature. In my mixes, I use submixes to sum similar tracks to one fader. In Pro Tools, I gray (or disable) out the solo button on my submix auxiliary tracks so that even if I have to solo one or more tracks, they will still be heard. Logic offers the same feature, but it simply does not work like it’s supposed to.
One feature I frequent often is Logic’s addition to Flex Time. You are now able to adjust individual notes of singers with Flex Pitch. When activated, MIDI notes are created on the piano roll to reflect what the singer sung across the keyboard. From there it’s quite simple to click and drag notes to their desired position. This feature is very similar to Melodyne, and really helps dial in those sharps and flats where redos are not an option.
Another feature that is new to Logic Pro 9 is Track Stacks. Track Stacks offers a better way to help organize those big sessions by combining multiple tracks and managing them with a master fader. One way I find summing tracks to a “Folder Stack” useful, is stacking background vocals. I do this in addition to sending background vocals to their own submix for extra control.
One feature I believe is underrated, is Logic’s new stock compressor plug-in. The compressor still offers the seven different modules within the compressor, but now some of the modules also have a distortion knob to help your sounds cut through the mix better. The VU-style metering also help give a refreshing look to the new compressor. Next, I found that Logic’s stock compressor also has a mix knob to allow me to do a bit of parallel compression, mixing the original unprocessed signal with the processed signal. Once I’m finished adjust parameters on the compressor, I can use the new output knob to boost or attenuate the processed signal’s level.
I love Logic because it fits my needs as a creator of music. There’s plenty of loops that come stock to help spark inspiration, but Logic also offers some of the best stock virtual instruments I’ve heard from any DAW. Some say that “it’s not which DAW you choose, but how you use it.” But Logic Pro X is a music producer’s DAW. And if your plan is to produce music in any capacity, I highly recommend making the logical choice, and purchasing Logic Pro X for your studio.
New Flex Pitch mode
New features on stock compressor
Tons of virtual instruments
New Studio Drummer
64-bit only application
Solo-safe does not work properly
Not at all, it worked straight away with any audio interface I've ever plugged into the mac. Logic Pro X doesn't like the 32bits plugins anymore, though, so if you have many of them it might not be your best choice for a DAW (unless you want to use stuff like jbridge... personally I like to keep things simple).
- Is the general configuration/setup simple?
Very. All you have to do is download it from the AppStore. The main package is pretty small, and if you want to use the extra stuff (wich is a lot) it asks you to download it separately as soon as you click on a preset or open a project that needs something you didn't install yet. But in my opinion the best you can do is just go to the 'download additional content' menu, click on everything and let it sort things out, so you don't have to even think about it anymore.
- Is the manual clear and sufficient?
- Are the typical functions easily accessible?
To be honest, I've never read the manual. This is a good thing.
- For how long have you been using it?
Almost a year, already!
- Does the software work correctly in this configuration?
- Is this configuration (software and gear) stable?
Works really well, never had any problem with interfaces or plugins (I don't use many third party plugins, actually, but anyway...).
- What performance are you getting? (if quantifiable)
I'm on a mac book air - the cheapest one, 2014 i5 1.4Ghz, 4gb RAM - and it runs smoothly here, even with around 40 tracks on a project and many plugins on tracks and buses and etc. So far I didn't have to freeze tracks or anything to be able to work. I've even tried opening a project from an external USB 3.0 drive, with no problems at all.
- What thing do you like most/least about it?
I make soudntracks for videogames, so what I like the most is definitely the sound library and it's hundreds and hundreds of loops, all the presets, and stuff like 'drummer' that Logic has. Its always easy to quickly get an idea from your head to the computer, and give it some polishment later by tweaking what the presets already gave you.
On the other side, some virtual instruments haven't been updated since Logic 9. The strings are weak, so are the brass sections... I like the drums and the synths, but if you really need to make people believe that those instruments are real, you better get some other libraries. Apart from that, all the MIDI editing is pretty easy to do, the interface is clean and organized and once you learn (or customize) some shortcuts you can work quite fast.
- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I've worked with Cubase, Sonar, Nuendo, Reaper, Pro Tools... I don't really like to say 'best', but Logic certainly has many features that are very useful to me and the kind of work that I do.
- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
It's a bargain, no doubt about it!
- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
After some four years without releasing a new version it really looks like now the team behind Logic is working well. Unless some other software shows me something that really makes my life a lot easier, I don't see a reason to change it.
1 people found this review helpful
zurf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
When recently I decided to change the material of the studio I opted for an Imac / SSd 256GB / 5i processor with an external HDD for backups and Logic works perfectly with this config. Question stability no problem unless you do a little risky stuff but otherwise no real worries when the CPU load ... I do not even think.
I was a little scared saw everything we see on the forums about Yosemite but I have had no problems with this new version of Apple's OS.
That's one month that I use, and working every day with, I begin to get an idea about it. Do not talk about the price that is the lowest in the market and of course I would do this choice eyes closed.
This choice was guided by the confidence I have in Lengeling Gerhard and Chris Adam programmers who are responsible and that I enjoyed working with Notator I then passed Logic 8 and now (I do not know if are always the ones who make development) Logic X.
Logic X developments for what I've tested to date are well regarded: the tracks of automations that are right next to the automated track, zoom the keyboard they were "sting" in Digital Performer which is really handy, and if we add to this a look that is very successful I can say that I am satisfied.
In practice I find that I never do the mastering of my pieces with Logic but with Digital Performer which I find most useful tools in particular regarding audio editing but now, they are only working habits, we can not be good at everything and Logic is really perfect for composition.
Maybe there-he has things to improve so I put only "excellent"!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
config is alone with mac osx, especially if you have a card apogee directly supported
since the transition to mavericks, I have a little problem with my sound card that hangs when I open logic, I have to go into sound preferences and re join my card! I know why
if not, I was already on Logic 8 and 9, it's simply huge
and the sound is better
imac i7 3.2 GHz, 8GB RAM
it must now
my soundcard apogee duet
everything goes niquel
this is perfect
it's been 4 years since I moved from Nuendo has logic!
and pc Macintosch
it's like going from the Velib Tmax
I mao since 1985! and frankly, I tried pro tools, I stopped! too many problems
on logic pro x, sound is processed at 24 bits directly and we feel a real difference with the previous version
even when you want to open your projects, they are sounding better reopened
for less than 200 euros you will not find better on the market, with a bank of his sick
high performance plugs and very professional virtual instruments
a drummer emulation, sets and patterns to turn pale dave wakle
an arpeggiator, etc. etc.
this is THE music software to own if you are on mac,
it is indisputable
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Seeya007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An ultra powerful composition tool"
I've installed on 3 of my machines, everything went smoothly, but if at the last moved, I had to cut my MBP several times, no worries.
No worries on my machines.
But I said something, I just Logic 9 (Logic 8 and before) the start bcp app is faster than the previous version. It has been 3 weeks that I use and I've had no crashes so far (although it frequently happened that I restart L9).
It is perhaps a little too early to give a definitive opinion, but it SEEMS to me that the management of multicore processors is better distributed. On my MP (8 cores) with L9, he came regularly to have a processor running at saturation while others were stopped (fainéants! and I was getting messages like: "Disk too slow or overloaded system. " I opened my big projects (100 runs, 60 plugs, the instrument software want you in here, etc.), no worries. I could even reduce the size of buffets my RME UFX 256 whereas with L9 for such projects, I had to be in 1024 (I think also that I had a prob, but either).
Before going to the Apple brand, I used Pro Tools (there good 10 years) and Cubase SX3. I have always criticized the austere side of the interface L8 and L9 and its aberrations as compared with other apps (such move multiple tracks at the same time!) And I must say that Apple has A HUGE EFFORT. The interface is very nice (ok this is subjective) and everything was at hand. The workflow is greatly improved.
For me, the biggest highlight of Logic in relation to its competitors, it is the orientation "composition" of the app (Apple Loop DB is only the most obvious example).
You call? DARK!! L9 contents were already overcrowded with content Logic X you have a MORE POWERFUL tool for writing music in all styles.
The apple loops are very inspiring and we are never short of ideas.
Special mention for drummer tracks that are a genial simplicity and efficiency.
Special mention for the smarts controls that give you quick access to basic settings of plugs / virtual instruments.
SPECIAL mention for the new category "jingle" Apple loops.
AND finally, the special flex time (elastic audio) and flex pitch (Melodyne) whose use is now mention childish.
I know, I'm ecstatic with regard to the new Logic. I assume. For me, a view composition, it is a revolution. Apple really geared towards that with the soft top: "You have an idea, it is a 2 click in the box."
I am convinced that this app will make a commercial board because it offers a quality / quantity / price unbeatable report. I can highly recommend it.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
Charles Bunk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Rather very satisfied"
What a great idea this "Quick Help"! I admit that even though I'm used to LP I continue to use it from time to time for new features, but also to make some revisions.
I think I would have been happy to start with this function LP8 !
The software works perfectly on my Mac Mini I7 2.3 GHz 16GB Ram. I have an external sound card StudioKonnekt 48 D at TC Electronic. I set the buffer size to 64: D = 7.8 ms latency. When I open my projects, all processors run (so good distribution on the hearts) and I REALLY margin ...
Everything is very stable. No crash so far.
I use it for a few days and I just LP8. I was reluctant to go on live (I've never been able to understand) and then that Logic Pro X came out of nowhere ... I waited a few people pay the piper but frankly I think that there has not been a lot of problems with this version and the first SHIFT was developed quickly so good reactivity of Apple.
What I like most is that everything that I missed is present in this version. Everyone knows the new features but for my part I remember most:
- MIDI effects: good bah say that huh except that it is the BOMB. The arpeggio is a treat, the chord trigger I even speak ... The rest I'm still testing. It awakens a little creativity and train train in which I had a little bogged down with LP8!
- Smarts control: no comment! I always galley with LP8 ... But I can not be gifted. But now there is this simple, effective. What more ...
- Flex Pitch: really happy to have a small version of Melodyne in this software. No desire to slam the tunes in a VST like this ... But such since I have I enjoy popping accapela with sometimes surprising results. Not tested on brass but I'm not that.
- The retro synth: nice, but not too teased.
The other feature (Drummer) are a plus but are not what made me pass on LPX ...
I especially like the cosmetic efforts that have been made to the modules Vintage Electric Piano and Vintage B3 Organ. It is very readable, again totally in synergy with smarts control.
I'm also quite a fan of the new finally sober look. The colors stand out better on the mixer is also successful. Icing on the cake: a small North Lead icon for my external midi track 2X hihi!
You get used very quickly to this new version. Everything becomes more fluid, I think. I redid a ride on LP8 just now and it's scary ... very dated.
Of course I do not have the problem of the bridge because I only use the modules Logic (apart but Fxpansion Geist is day ).
Anyway. I got what I expected for 179 euros. Knowing that 6 years before I had paid 380 euros LP8 super promo.
Of course I had to change mac ... But anyway it was expected.
That's it. I am conquered and I do not regret that choice.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Makos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Logic X ... Slap!"
The installation is carried out smoothly. The previous notice summarizes things well.
On MacMini COREI7 is simply velvet! Only "obstacle" no ability to load 32 bit plugs.
The interface is simply excellent. The level of usability is above the rest. Instruments and plugs available (noon, pedals and amps guitars, varied and diverse effects) are very good.
I opened GarageBand and Logic 9 projects carefree, so compatibility on top.
Perfection is not of this world I note 9
What about ... For 180 euros you have the right to an excellent Studio One in its basic version, a very watered Cubase (which is still the road) ... that's all.
There, Apple offers a software high-level, professional, not afraid of the word. The latter has years of experience in the "Logic" team. It comes in its new form with a level of performance and high-end ergonomic ... the same price.
Clearly, Apple makes the eye professionals and amateurs in the music world.
Buy a Mac and you'll have a few extra euros for a real station audio / midi. One of the best! Mac, Apple literally deposited competition. It deserves 10
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
Ehma2Retour's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A big step forward."
We download the application from the Apple Store and on the application downloads the basic content.
I3 with a 12 GB of RAM software is very fluid and also relatively stable (only one crash in 5 days).
The interface is very similar to Garageband, but can be customized to look more like the versions 8 and 9.
A little regret, however, is the absence of AU / AUI bridge, being soft 64bit, it does not allow the use of 32-bit plugins.
Good in a week, was not around, but we can already see where a successful product. All that was missing in Logic is finally here. The "insert" midi (I'm not talking about audio effects "insert") and Timeflex. Therefore, I see no reason to stay on Cubase, which update worth the price of Logic at full price.
The interface is an example for the competition, it does not baffle beginners and regulars Garageband.
Too bad he did not allow the use of 32 bit plugins. But Apple is also known for the past tidal table.
The tools provided are good enough, and the effects, though I think the origin of EXS24 samples could be better. But next to it was some vintage keyboard and especially sculpture.
For the price of Cubase Element was an advanced application that rivals the big version of Cubase. Therefore, the value for money crushes the competition (except Reaper some say).
I'll come back here no doubt, if over time my opinion on this change.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful