I have a friend (running a recording studio and writing/producing music for a living) who used to be a Logic evangelist. With Logic X he's almost turning his back on Logic (as there are plenty more other missing features, according to the users, that needs to be added/fixed). As a PC guy myself, I chuckled for finding it hard to believe. But he is actually pissed off about the lame new "updates".
First off, I'm surprised there's only 4 posts in here about this...
Anyway, you can run both Logic 9 and Logic X on the same computer... sure it's not perfect, but it's still an improvement from 9. People are so quick to judge. There aren't any missing features really... Logic X has ALL of the features of Logic 9 plus the improvements or new features they've talked about.
Considering it's only $200... it's a bloody steal of a deal for an entire DAW! I've paid more money for single plugins that I hardly even use...
I personally like the new UI. I think it looks sharp, and don't know what people are talking about when they said it looks garage-bandy.
I like how Logic X has now made it easier to use midi fx such as the arpeggiator, and chord manipulator, etc.
Basically what they've done is made it more appealing to the garageband / prosumer, but, there's still all of the features from Logic 9 as I said, and obviously has the professional user in mind. The drummer is a pretty cool feature. I don't think I'll be using it too much but there are some cool things you can do with it, such as extracting grooves and then using a sampler like Kontakt or something use the midi information from your drum grooves.
The 64-bit only thing is a little disappointing, but don't put all the blame on Logic. We're moving towards going 64 bit, and 32 bit is becoming older... these software companies that make all our lovable VSTs and AUs should be looking to convert to 64-bit. I still wish Logic X had 32-bit support because I use a lot of cool, small AUs made by sometimes just a single person. They don't really have the support to quickly move ot 64-bit, but thats' where we're headed.
Logic has been a great DAW for years and I remember how awesome it was when they dropped the pice to $499 and I said "That's a good price for all the synths and the convolution reverb, Ultrabeat and delay designer."
Now $200 is just outrageously cheap for all it can do, but I'm sure there will be haters...
Free is not the right word, how about a subsidised upgrade? But i see your point. Guess i'll stick with Logic 9 for a while. Anyway, a new version of the same DAW isn't going to make my music better, is it?
Yes it seems to be "dumbed" down in a way, looking a little more like garageband. Aside from that It seems to have all the features that 9 had. The only big issue I have with upgrading is the 32bit issue. I have a lot of plugins that are 32bit and it would be a bitch having to go back and fourth between 9 and 10 to use different features and plugins. Kind of takes away from the user friendliness that logic is known for. If it only supported 32bit It would be a pretty awesome upgrade. I also wish you could customize how the WHOLE workstation looked. Sort of how ableton has it. The more options the better.
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I used logic for decades and recently 18months ago, changed to ProTools. It is a long story why I changed that I won't go into. After the learning curve of PT, I'm very happy with my new DAW. I won't be going back.
Having said that, for $200 logic is a steal. If you want a great DAW and have a Mac, it's a no brainer.
i've used logic since 1995. i'm mixed to say the least w/the current version. the bug fixes are nice but i kind of hate the gui... and they made some dumb changes to default key commands. the scroll vertical/horizontal/zoom combo used to be command/command option while scrolling and now you press shift for one of those and command for the other.. stupid little thing to change.
the midi plug ins are nice and some other cool little changes but the GUI is for shit imo. why can't i re-arrange the buttons in the toolbar to whatever i want? it's random where they've placed things.
from what i heard it was even worse.. the beta testers raised hell about the GUI and apple only conceded on a few things.. it was apparently mostly set in stone. why ask for feedback if they aren't going to listen?
as for 'dumbed down'.. in a way yes but in a way they made it more complicated... they put somethings that used to be right on the gui into the preferences so now you have to go there to enable/disable them.. wtf.. but everything is still there.. all the same editors etc.. but it is made to look like garbage band and final cutX and is kind of a clusterfuck that way.
anyway.. blah.. i'm mixing in it for the first time and though i've used this program forever it feels very very foreign.
sooner or later i'm going to wade into the Xcode to change the skin of the gui.. there's a thread on gearslutz about it w/some examples...