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Logic - The “LOGICAL” choice for Techno music?

 

What DOESN’T Apple make? It seems like the cult of Mac has ventured down every avenue of creativity there is. They have Final Cut Pro X as an alternative to Adobe Premiere for video editing. Apple also has its own version of Powerpoint called Keynote. So, of course, for all music producers with Mac and an Apple ID, who don’t want to work with Pro Tools, Ableton Live or FL Studio, there is Logic Pro.

Originally this very Mac software was not even an Apple product at all. Logic’s origins date back to the early 1990s, when it was then known by the extended name of “Notator Logic”. It was developed by C-Lab, a German software company who would later change its name to EMagic and get bought by Apple outright in 2002. Mac knew they had a winner on their hands with this program. The “Notator” was officially dropped, “Pro” was slapped on the end and “Logic Pro” officially became Apple’s music making software.

Logic Pro is like the bulked-up version of the Garageband music program that comes standard with most Mac computers. Logic can do everything Garageband can do and more. Prior to November 2020, There had been ten versions of Logic Pro culminating in Logic Pro X. There was even a scaled down, cheaper version called Logic Express that existed until 2011, when Logic moved out of the box and into the Mac App Store. In October 2021, Apple released Logic Pro 10.7 just in time for Apple's new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

From a company that has always prided itself on the quality of its products, Logic is definitely capable and user-friendly enough for both the novice and professional Techno producer. For example, Slovenian born Techno producer and multiple techno record label owner, DJ Umek is a Logic user. But like with all popular products, Logic Pro has its advantages and drawbacks. 

 

The good news is that it’s an Apple product! 

Logic Pro is relatively cheap at $199,99 or €199,99. It contains an extensive range of processing plugins and synths, along with extensive mixing and mastering facilities. It has excellent bass amp simulations and an easy-to-use interface.  

It is fully integrated with other Apple hardware and software, such as iPhones and Apple music. Logic Remote works in conjunction with other Apple devices like your iphone or ipad as an interface. You can swipe and tap your way through the Logic functions on your touch screen standing up from the other side of the room, if you want. 

Logic is highly customizable. This enables the producers to take their music to a higher level of variety with 3rd party software synthesizer plugins like the Native Instruments Komplete Bundle and the Spectrasonics Pack (Omnisphere, Stylus RMX, and Trillian). 

Techno music is loop-based, and Logic has always been loaded with loops. In the loop browser of your project, you can access a bonanza of Audio Loops, MIDI Loops, and Drummer Loops to create that techno sound that is totally Apple but is entirely your own.   

But it's not just the loops that set this DAW apart. Logic provides the artist with a colossal collection of plugins and sounds. With these bells, whistles, horns and other audio effects, you can elevate the unique sound of your personal Techno production. Modulate the pitch and add reverb. With the Space Designer plugin, you can even simulate the acoustics of different environments, like big rooms or mountain tops. 

Logic possesses advanced MIDI editing, and Dolby Atmos Tools which supports audio production mixing for surround sound. Apple’s live performance app Apple Mainstage bridges the gap between studio and stage. It makes it possible to use Logic Pro in live performance, much like DAW competitor Ableton Live. It may seem like Logic Pro can do it all. But there is a potential downside to this abundance of creative ability. 

 

The bad news is that it’s an Apple product! 

With Logic Pro, you are in the Appleverse now. That means limited support and compatibility with PC-based hardware and software. And Logic Pro runs exclusively on Macs, which are more expensive than PCs. 

Apple has its own standards for plugin compatibility and hardware connectivity that could take some getting used to if you are coming from the PC world. Therefore, it might be safe to say that if you are not switching to Mac, then you really don't need Logic Pro. But if you are already a Mac disciple, then Logic Pro may be a good  choice for you…and you probably already own it.

 

Author: Techno 24/7

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