I've had a similar experience. Been thru the 8 track scenario then took the plunge and bought an iMac. Worked for a while with Logic Express then recently took the plunge into Logic Pro. Yes it's a steep learning curve. However, in my view, if you are going to spend a lot of time and and effort recording your music why not use the technology thats out there to get a great result. For $200 I reckon Logic Pro is an absolute bargain. Go for it.
I have to spend a little time on things. Garageband is even new to me right now.
How much difference is there between programs? I read they are sort of on the same platform. With that said, I would rather only learn one program. So if it is heads and shoulders better, why have two learning curves....
Thanks for the reply.
Logic was developed as a Professional application long before Apple purchased it, Apple has made it simpler to use (Interface design) but it's not made for beginners... you have to read and educateyourself to use it. Logic does not "do things" for you like Garageband does.
You could say Garageband is a subset is a subset of Logic because it uses some of the same technology but the Garageband interface was devised after Logic was purchased, it's programmed for the typical Mac user.. easy. That said, Garageband is capable of much more than people give it credit for, it's 100% capable of creating professional level recordings.
Logic gives you more choices, and some advanced AU synths and has better editing, more choices come at the expense of a learning curve.
And to be honest.. a good engineer/musician can create killer stuff with a 4-track cassette recorder, in the end, it comes down to what you're capable of rather than the software or hardware your using.
p.s. it sounds like you don't have a problem with patience and being willing to learn, just remember, online forums and youtube videos may give you information but it's the manuals and experimentation that help you learn Logic. So, it may be something worthwhile for you.