4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 5:08 PM by Kels204
pensncrows Level 1 (0 points)

I am, I guess, old. 


Historically, when the mood hit I would record my electric or acoustic guitars into a digital 8 track recorder, master them down and burn a cd.  Life was pretty simple. Primarily I am a guitar player with an average voice.


Now I have looked into GarageBand with my Mac and found it has potential. I started using it the other night and found I can mic my guitar and make good recordings.  Vocals come in good.  Life seemed to be progressing after I purchased an instructional video and learned a little more about the program.


As I learned a little more about the program, the trouble began.  Loops intrigued me.  Midi instruments seemed awesome.  I had trouble finding things in Garageband such as loops, initially, but this forum put me on the right track.  So I bought an Axiom 49 midi keyboard interface without researching much.  I found out that in Garageband the keys and drum pad works but you cannot really assign everything the keyboard can do, you need to get bigger and more professional. Logic? 


So, I am in the stage of sort of over my head but really liking the potential.  I can stick with Garageband and mic my guitars and amps.  Maybe buy a vocal processor and keep life simple.  Or do I take the plunge and buy Logic (or another bigger/better program you recommend) and accept the learning curve for the result being much better?  Is it much better?  Might the cost of a vocal processor (to cover my less than stellar vocals) be included in a better program thereby ofsetting the cost?


Any advice you can give would be extremely helpful.  Thanks in advance.

  • micklamm Level 1 (5 points)



    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.



  • pensncrows Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • Pancenter Level 6 (9,330 points)

    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.

  • Kels204 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes.  My advice is learn garagebad before buying logic pro.  If you cant make a song your proud of on Garageband, your not ready for Logic Pro.