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Logic Pro Vs. GarageBand

Updated on October 22, 2012

Most of the time when someone thinks of music equipment and music software for apple devices, they will picture Pro Tools. Pro Tools is a great piece of software and is the industries golden standard; however, there are a plethora of other great software for apple devices. Two pieces of software I use are Logic Pro and GarageBand.

For those who are new to music production, editing, and or vocal recording, I would highly suggest apple's GarageBand. It comes with the apple iLife package and there is even a version available for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iTouch. GarageBand is extremely easy to use and intuitive. It comes with 76 different categories of sounds and effects to use in your production. What's great for new users and those new to recording and production in general are the tutorials available. Apple even has song tutorials made by mainstream artists online.

Logic Pro is for those who are more advanced in music production and recording. There are a variety of options that would be unfair to try to begin to cover in just this piece. Some general upgrades from GarageBand that are worth noting are the ability to export wav files and of course more detailed audio editing capabilities.

As you can see, both pieces of software hold its own. Here are some pro's and con's on both:

Logic Pro

Compatible with GarageBand
May have to reconnect USB microphones after programming
Can use USB microphones
No copy protection
Over 15,000 loops
Much cheaper than Pro Tools
Arguably the 2nd best music software behind Pro Tools


Compatible with Logic Pro
Can use USB micophones
Only exports in mp3
Great for Beginners
Minimal editing capabilities
Comes with Apple's iLife package

The really great thing about Logic Pro is that since it's an Apple product, it is now compatible with GarageBand. In other words you can open GarageBand files in Logic Pro without having to convert anything or export tracks as an mp3. This is probably the single most great thing about Logic Pro for anyone wanting the Apple feel while looking to upgrade his or her equipment for home or studio recording or someone who has outgrown GarageBand. This compatibility can serve as a great money saver in the event that you record at home and the engineer working on your music has Logic Pro.

Both products are really great and no one can really go wrong choosing either piece of music software as they compliment each other. If you are just starting out, master GarageBand then give yourself an upgrade to Logic Pro.


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    • stayingalivemoma profile image

      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I for one LOVE garageband. I think it is very user friendly and I get all gushy using I'm important or something...LOL :).

      Haven't tried Logic Pro yet, but may do some research on it. Thanks for sharing your views on both pieces of software.

      Keep your head up!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Useful intro to Logic Pro and Garage Band. I use Garage Band and Cakewalk Home Studio 7, though the latter is on my PC and is heavy on CPU. I write my own songs but my daughter who is a vocalist sings on them! She also uses Garage Band to record cover versions, just playing YouTube Karaoke tracks in the background and singing over the top. She is still toying with the idea of sending some demos out but will need to pay for some studio time I think, though she is on YouTube :o)