Logic Pro 9 A little Confused...

#1
Hello, everyone. I will soon be the owner of a new Macbook Pro and plan on getting into some recording with Logic. My question is what exactly should I be getting?
I plan on starting with just some guitar and vocal recordings, but down the road I want to the option of expanding to full band/drums. From what I gather, Logic Pro 9 is the same system across the board, it just depends on how many exact bells and whistles you want. Im not really interested in a thousand plug ins right now since they are not really necessary.
Now, since Im not "upgrading" from a previous program, which one should I buy? Below there is one from Apple that is $200, where the other is $414. If someone could please clarify if these are the same or not I would appreciate it.

($200)
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB798Z/A?afid=p210|frgl&cid=AOS-US-SHOP-Froogle

($414)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/642077-REG/Apple_MB795Z_A_Logic_Studio_Music.html
 
#2
The first option is an upgrade path option. Notice the column on the right and which button is selected.

The second option is a good price for a copy of Logic 9 Studio. Apple sells it for 499.00
 
#3
Ahh. I see now. So does logic pro preceed logic studio? Or is "studio" just the bundle and Logic pro is the main DAW in the package?
Anyways, what im getting at is I cannot afford $400-500 on software right now. Would I be better off getting something like Logic Express or an older logic pro(7 or 8) and then upgrading as I can? Are there any downsides to doing this?
Also, I still need to buy an interface(probably the m-audio fast track pro). What are your thoughs on that as a starter interface? Thanks for the help!
 
#4
Studio is the bundle, Logic Pro the main software.

It will be easiest to get Logic Express 9 and it is upgradable. I'm not sure I'd buy version 7, Version 8 is a lot nicer and much more similar to Logic 9 (less of a learning curve). However, beware that you get a legal copy if you buy used or you will have no upgrade path.

Not familiar with the M Audio interface - others may be able to help you there.
 
#5
Hi,

If you are not going to go for the full version of Logic, make sure you get Logic Express 9 then. L8 was a pain due to many things, Logic 9 is much better (in my humble opinion) and you can use it with 120.6 with no issues, and when you want to upgrade, no problems.

If you buy a 2nd hand copy, there can be issues with the licenses, and you give up getting the current benefits (64 bit if and when you might need it, better work flow, etc.)

M-Audio, while ok, are known to blow firewire interfaces (or your motherboard by another name) so IF you get one, read the manual, and follow it. Also, their software can be a bit of a pain to install...

George Leger III
 

Eli

Logician
#6
Hi Chris,

All the advice here is spot on - I'll just throw one more thing into the pot for you to ponder. You mentioned in your first post that you may want to eventually move onto do doing larger recordings. I'm not certain if this has changed or not in recent versions, but definitely as recent as Logic Express 7, Logic Express was limited in the number of physical inputs it could recognize in a connected core audio interface.

Now this won't be an issue with the M- Audio interface you are talking about. But if/when you get a bigger one, verify first if the version of Express you plan to get can address all the inputs properly.
 
#7
Thanks for all the replies. I think im going to go for Logic Express 9. It seems to be my best bet right now. To georgelegeriii, is there another basic 2 input interface you could suggest? Preferably below $250? And to Eli, thanks for the info on that. I think by the time I upgrade my hardware to a larger interface, I will probably upgrade to Logic Pro. No sense in having good harware with lesser quality software, or vice versa.
 

Orren Merton

Logic Samurai / Administrator
Staff member
#8
I'm not certain if this has changed or not in recent versions, but definitely as recent as Logic Express 7, Logic Express was limited in the number of physical inputs it could recognize in a connected core audio interface.
Just an FYI-this limit has been removed.

Orren
 
#9
At under $250 you might look at the Edirol UA-25. The interface itself is a good value and Edirol's drivers have never caused me any problems.

Jim
 
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