Full review: Reviews on Logic Pro X 10.5
Characteristics: If GarageBand isn’t powerful enough for your needs, upgrading to this top-notch music suite should be high on your list.
Logic Pro X is a full-fledged, professional-level software studio that comes packed with quality virtual instruments, a huge library of loops, synthesizers, and audio tools. Some of these are worth the purchase on their own, with the new Live Loops, Sampler, Step Sequencer and Drum Synth all adding to what was already an impressive offering.
You can record up to 1000 tracks in total for each composition, with the ability to create several at the same time, and multiple effects can be applied and manipulated while the track is playing.
The editing functions are complex and powerful, allowing you to control MIDI patterns, various aspects of audio tracks, and you can automate changes on the fly. Then there’s Flex Pitch, which is a kind of auto-tuning that lets you correct for stray vocalists or stray guitar solos, and Flex Time which can fix any timing issues in the game.
Smart Tempo is a particularly useful tool, as it adjusts midi instruments to accommodate the varying tempo of a live recording, and the new sampler lets you import recordings and have Logic automatically break them down into constituent parts which are then mapped to MIDI keyboards. .
Adding a step sequencer makes it easy to create drum, bass, and melodic patterns by simply selecting cells in a grid to turn beats and notes on or off. These can then be individually adjusted for timings while having effects applied. It replaces the aging Piano Roll and is a big step forward for Logic Pro X users.
The Track Alternatives feature also allows users to switch between region playlists and edits on any track, making it easy to experiment with creative ideas.
If you prefer to work with loops, the Live Loop feature allows you to assemble them into columns (called Scenes) and then trigger them simultaneously. All of these can then be saved directly to your project, appearing as standard tracks on your workspace.
Ease of use: GarageBand and Logic share a very similar and stylish layout, so if you like how the free version works, you’ll be right at home with its big brother. Some of the advanced features are initially hidden, but it only takes a few clicks to get them up and running.
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar owners will find Touch Bar support a welcome addition, providing the ability to control various aspects of editing as well as use it to play certain virtual instruments.
Logic is one of the most user-friendly power stations on the market, and you can also use an iPad as an additional control surface through the Logic Remote app. Additionally, Apple gives iPad and iPhone users the ability to upload Logic files to iCloud and then add them while on the go through the iOS version of GarageBand.
Supported formats: AAF, OMF, Open TL and XML (Final Cut Pro) projects. Plus AIFF, WAV (BMF), CAF, SDII, ReWire, MP3, MP4 and MIDI output options.
Supported third-party plugins: Yes, although they must be 64 bit.
Supported third-party hardware: Core-Audio devices are compatible, as are MIDI controllers and various control surfaces.
Rating functionality: Yes.