Logic Pro 9 New logic user please read


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I am a devout Protools user and just the other day I was advised I could get logic pro 9 Very cheaply. So I bought it....

Before I get into it lol just a couple of tech specs for my setup.

2 GhZ
4 GB ram
320 hhd
1 Tbyte ext hhd. 7200 rpm.

I have installed all 9 or 10 discs and everythings up and running.

Couple a things :

a few sessions came with logic one being a lilly Allen song. I saw there were 50 odd tracks and ALOT of plugins inserted. I played the session and when it was getting to a heavy instrumental parts an error code popped up . Just like in Protools as a way of saying ease up the processing.

My reason for buyng logic was I'm maxing out sessions at 60 odd tracks with limited plugins and wanted more flexibility with tracks and plugin distribution.
I've heard great things about logic with it's adc and over 200 odd tracks but I'm jus needing some reassurance from an ex or current Protools user that logic caN handle more processing than Protools.

I know it's been a day and should give the software a chnce but I have some important mixes coming up and I want to feel confident in logics ability.

In long run I would like to record in Protools , mix in logic and master back in Protools.

One last thing is. What drive am I better running say loops, audio and sessions from. The internal drive or a 7200 rpm external drive.

I know Protools prefers external but would appreciate any advice.

I want to give logic a chance and hope I can recieve some advice for this to happen.

Thanks again


hey man. i just switched from pro tools to logic, hesitantly. (after being a strict pro tools guy for some ten years) one of the reasons was the same as you. i was maxing out in pro tools fairly quickly and not even gettng close to what i needed to get done. i could get into a nicer logic system for way cheaper than a pro tools hd upgrade. I just got a mac pro 2.6 quad 3gb. i can get way more tracks and plug ins now than ever. it took a couple of solid days playing with it to figure out most of it, and what i could really do with it. but the more familiar i get the happier i am i made the switch. it feels a bit duller sonically. i have found that i have to overcompensate when mixing, but maybe thats just an issue im having. as far as the hard drive..... i have always learned and been of the belief that a hard drive other than your system drive is always better when recording audio. the drive is spinning way more than was intended and i have found they burn out a little faster. obviously if you are recording on your system drive this could be a problem. my system drive is 500 plus gigs, but i refuse to record on it. i have other internal and firewire drives i record to though.
i also feel like the dynamic, eq, and reverb plug ins that come with are not that great. they sound real digital to me and some third party plug ins are a must in my opinion. the amp simulator and pedal board is pretty rad though. it took a few rough mixes to get it all worked out, but everyday it comes together a bit more. give yourself a chance to get familiar, thats the hard part. i think you will find it was a good choice.
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Thanks for the reply.

What software were you refering to as the eq , dynamics and reverb sounding too digital. Logic or Protools.

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Your computer won't be enough to play back that many tracks with much of a selection of plug-ins. the Mac Book will play a session ok, but if you add a couple of Space Designers, and 4 or 5 compressors and EQ, you'll be dead in the water. There are a couple of things that will help:

Freeze tracks. The issue with doing this too much: you add 33% to the data that you are getting from your drive, so while you can use freezing to decrease your number of plug-ins, you increase the strain on disc access.

Larger disc I/O setting. When mixing iI usually go for the largest disc I/O I can. Bad thing: this adds noticeable latency and when recording it's nothing but a PITA. You could bounce a stereo track, and record with that and a small buffer.

In other words, with a computer that has limited power, you are going to have to figure out workarounds, or buckle under and spend the $$ Apple wants for a more powerful computer. The good thing: It's way cheaper to upgrade to a new Mac that it is to buy a Protools HD rig.

Welcome to Logic... it really is the best tool out for music creation today. Protools is better for audio editing, but not much more when compared head to head to Logic these days.

George Leger III
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