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Logic Pro V Logic Studio & Final Cuts etc

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Basser Calculating status...
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May 23, 2011 4:47 AM

Hi all,


Ive been using an old Logic Express for about 2 years learning the basics. Its my friends system. I already have a mac mini

that I bought 2 years back. So now I want to get my own set up but Im not sure which software I should be going for!!???


Ive learned the basics with Express but its limited in its music data base. I write chart type music, pop you could say. I think

the new express would probably just be similar enough to the old Express my friend was letting me use. I believe Pro comes

with all the jam packs and its obviously a little more sophisticated.


But Im confused now ith Final Cuts, Logic Studio, Logic Pro.  Which one is best suited me is what Im trying to establish.


And if I do go for one of these, is a Mini Mac sufficient or do I need to upgrade that stuff first before I even think about purchasing

the software....


Thanks again

Apple Mini Mac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • wvriverrat Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    May 23, 2011 5:14 AM (in response to Basser)

    Logic Pro is no longer available if I'm not mistaken, and Final Cut is for Movie Production.  Logic Studio is best bet for music creation.

  • bdtrigg Calculating status...
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    May 23, 2011 8:02 AM (in response to Basser)

    I can confirm that Pro is part of Studio bundle with some other useful software. If you're getting your own system and getting serious, Studio it should be. Zillions more presets/instruments than Express, and a good number of extra tasty plugins that aren't in Express...

  • bdtrigg Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    May 23, 2011 8:31 AM (in response to Basser)

    That's something I've asked myself when considering desktops - but I haven't really had the money either! Main thing is: how much RAM does your mini have? I run on 4GB and it hasn't caused me problems (though I'm usually quite careful). I expect though you have just 2GB right? A good processor helps too. So relative age of your mini and these kinds of specs will affect the result you get. Probably a bumped-up mini (with the extra RAM, extra HD space) would run small studio projects okay, but I think most people would say if you're serious, get an iMac, and if super-serious (and loaded), a Mac Pro. A thing many of us dream of...

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    May 23, 2011 10:17 AM (in response to Basser)

    The problem with the mini -might- be disk related. Logic studio takes an enormous amount of disk space to install the full package. That won't leave you much room for recording audio, so in addition to Logic studio you would need a good sized external drive. Besides, Mac OSX does quite a bit of disk access on it own, add to that streaming audio and I can see your internal drive being quickly overwhelmed.


    How much free space does your internal drive have?


    Also, fyi, the new Logic Express has many more features and is much closer to Logic Pro than the old version. But it doesn't come with all of the Jam Packs... however it does come with quite a few instruments, presets and loops, plus, if you have Garageband installed Logic can see and use all of those instruments & loops. I have a few Logic students using LE 9, it's the best $200 you can spend plus it will probably run much better on your current system... at a later date you could upgrade to Logic by paying only the difference. LE9 has all of the important features of Logic Pro, it's certainly not lacking.




  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    May 23, 2011 11:59 AM (in response to Basser)

    Whoever told you that Express hadn't evolved is 100% wrong. LE9 is functionally Logic Pro without all of the goodies and a few high end plugins. I know people doing professional work using LE8 & LE9 on Macbook Pro's, they like it because of the small footprint. Same audio engine as LPro...etc.


    Logic Express 9 is actually the same as Logic Pro 9 - without the following features:

    - DAE/TDM support

    - DAP (distributed audio processing with Logic Node)

    - Surround

    - EVP88

    - EVB3

    - EVD6

    - Sculpture

    - Space Designer

    - Delay Designer

    - Linear Phase EQ

    - Match EQ

    - Multipressor (there is only the 'Preset Multipressor' as in LE7/8)



    A complete Logic Studio install would take 1/2 your system drive, if not more so that's out of the question with your current set up. Increasing the memory would help, but your system drive's disk space is an issue.


    It may be time to consider a new system.


    The thing to do is take your time, no need to jump into anything.



  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    May 23, 2011 1:31 PM (in response to Basser)

    If you were to install a new 320GB hard drive and an additional 2GB RAM to the mini then you could go with Logic Studio.



  • zgogor Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    May 26, 2011 12:51 PM (in response to Pancenter)


    I think there is no Jam Pack with LogicExpress ... only a small sound bank as I remembered, not 100% sure...

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 26, 2011 5:43 PM (in response to zgogor)

    now would one who owns logic studio 8 and has all these wonderful sound bytes and a massie sound bank to begin with.... i could technically utilize LE9 and still get the guitar stuffs...interesting.  then pop bak into logic 8 to master =)  lol

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