Logic Studio Christmas Guide, What to Buy


Christmas is coming, and I had to write something about it since a lot of people are emailing me about it. So this is the first post on my new blog, hope you like it!

Warning – this is a very rough guide without prices and where to buy them I’m only talking about what I’ve experienced and used as a composer that’s used LS in the last 2 years. Hope it is of help.


So you’re still not sure about it, I know, I was there once. You would like to switch to Mac and you might be wondering if Logic Studio is good for you… well as I’ve written before… if Apples and Logic Studio are good enough for Coldplay, Radiohead, The Killers, Stereolab, Michael Cretu.

Shouldn’t they be good enough for you? ’nuff said.
I don’t mean to say “stars use LS so should you” I assure you personally, LS is such a complete package that I often find myself on the road, composing with just my laptop and my headphones… no audio interface no nothing… later on I can ad vocals, record guitar… whatever I want.

iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros
I know most of you will get iMacs and MacBooks, and the answer is YES Logic Studio works great on both, except of course if you want to record projects that need gazillions of tracks and plugins running at the same time. Go take a peek at the MacBook stress test post (remember it’s my old white MacBook so imagine what you could do with the newer, faster ones).

Buy them or sell them used
If they are too pricey for you let me tell you that used Macs are also totally worth it.
If you want to buy or sell a used Mac and you want a rough idea on what the right price should be you can checkout this guide or for a quick appraisal checkout this site.

I’ll keep it simple: if a simple MacBook can handle LS imagine a MacPro… it is usually the studio types who need MPs but hey, if you have the money…

Audio Interfaces:

  • iMacs, MacBook 13′ old and MacBook Pros: You can go for FireWire interfaces as all these computers have FireWire ports. I’ve writen a small guide on budget FireWire audio interfaces and as of December 2008 prices on those audio interfaces have dropped a little bit.
  • MacBook 13′ new: No FireWire for you! so you are ‘stuck’ with USB my personal picks on USB audio interfaces are: – wait, you have to consider that I only recommend these because I have used them:

1. Behringer U-Control UCA202, does what it says, using it for small venue performances with MainStage.
2. Presonus AudioBox USB, this is a 2 in 1er (Audio + MIDI) sounds clean and you get 48 v. phantom power.
3. Alesis Multimix 8 USB 2.0, man… how can I say it, this is a mixer AND an audio interface at the same time, I plug different instruments to it and I can record straight through it. No hiccups no noise no nasty surprises.

Can I build a budget home studio around a MacMini?

Sure, read this post, although… prices may have changed (dropped).
While some people claim that the minis will disappear I still see them alive and kicking on the Apple Store.

Logic Express

Yes, Logic Express is a very viable starting solution for your home studio needs, it has almost all the features of Logic Studio.

MIDI Controllers:
Again… I can only talk about my personal favorites, I’m not into pitching gear I’ve never used, I’m sorry if your personal favorite or the one you’re planning to buy is not here:

M-Audio Axiom 49: Once I got used to its keys it became an instant favorite. There is nothing particularly wrong with the keys, it’s just that you need time to adapt to the feel of any keyboard. It has you’d want from a MIDI controller like: pitch wheel, faders, knobs, toggle buttons and… PADS.
Edirol PCR 500: Absolutely a no-thrills controller and a similar featured alternative to the Axiom 49 but I’m more used to its keys (keyboard player here).
Korg nanoKontrol: Tiny footprint, 4 scenes 8 faders, 8 knobs, toggle buttons… it’s perfect for any DJ or electronic musician, couple this with your softsynths or effects and you’re all set!
Well… I think that’s about it… simple and basic… now go read some reviews!
Merry Xmas.

Via Logic Studio Blog

One Response

  1. DJ Finger says:

    I’m use mac mini as a core of my studio with no problems at all!

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