Garage Band 10 or Logic Pro X?

macOS & Mac Apps

Hello. I ha( used an IOS device for a while now, but just recently started getting into the Mac. I was wondering which is more accessible as of now, Garageband or Logic Pro x? I want to get into Music Technology on the Mac, and would like a few pointers. Thanks, Mitchell



Submitted by JennyK on Sunday, October 2, 2016

When it comes to audio production you simply get what you pay for and there is no getting around that. I switched to mac from pc a couple of months ago and the first thing I did was get into garageband. It is accessible in parts. Depending on what you want to accomplish it could be considered completely accessible. However. After two weeks of cursing and swearing, I got Logic Pro X and I am happy I did. At this point Logic is very much accessible and usable. It is extremely powerful but takes lots and lots of reading. I'm lucky as the other people in my band use logic so we can share screen and go through all those things that appear to not work.
One thing that Garageband will not do is to import audio. Audio files need to be either dragged and dropped, or copied and pasted into tracks. That in itself was a complete dealbreaker for me. I won't even go into all the other things that made me want to sell my iMac after a month. I still want to sell it every now and then. :D

If you are serious about audio, go with Logic and pay the cash. It is worth it, but only if you are prepared to study, and study really hard. The hotkey list for Logic is numbered over a thousand keys to use. Learn how to customize them. Really know how tracks and audio regions are selected and interacted with. Logic is not for the faint of heart and my advice is to never give up. You will spend the majority of time looking for answers and regret it. But never give up because once comfortable with logic, you are prepared for everything.

Another note: My bandmate who helps me visually has taught me that the things I thought were VO issues were actually not. Logic is extremely advanced and can be quirky for all users, but the concept is very simple. You just need to wrap your head around it.

Good luck anyone who might be considering Logic. If you choose Garageband... well... I don't recommend it. If you simply want to play with the auto drummer and some cool loops, Garageband is probably what you want. If you want to record vocals, which is what I do, and do any kind of mixing and mastering, Logic is a must. I'm not mentioning any other daws that may be a better choice for some of you. I have no opinion. This question concerns Garageband v.s Logic and this is my take on that.

Submitted by Mitchell on Sunday, October 2, 2016

I will take that into consideration. Hopefully I can really have th" time to get serious with audio editing. N3w I need to save up my money...

Submitted by JennyK on Sunday, October 2, 2016

:) I was fortunate to get logic as a gift from a bandmate. So I get it. In my case I suppose it was more a necessity than anything. I had to abandon my Win XP and Sonar Setup as it couldn't handle it anymore. I tracked vocals on our first album on that setup and between albums I switched to get some serious quality on the album we are starting just now. I had to get up and running fairly quickly so I can't say it was fun. There are still so much I don't know and compared to the way I flew through sessions with Sonar, I feel like having to learn to walk all over again. I can say now that I can use it to do my job that it was worth it. If you had asked me a month ago I wouldn't have been so sure. All I can really say is that it seriously can be done and with Logic, you can do just about anything you might imagine in audio production. :D


Hi Jen (and anyone else)!
I was a performance major on flute in college before I failed to see the error of my ways. Two or so years ago, I retired from practicing law, and since then, I have returned to studying flute. Now, I am embarking on the road to recording, editing and mixing my own compositions on Logic Pro X.
This week I made the switch from Windows IBM compatible to MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. My MacBook is supposed to arrive in a couple weeks with Logic Pro X installed. Meanwhile, I am purchasing the other hardware, e.g., Focusrite Clarett pre2 audio interface, mics, etc. The thing is, I don't know a thing about recording, editing and mixing.
So here's my question, Jen (and anyone else): When you recommend reading reading reading and studying studying studying, I'm totally there, but read and study what, exactly? If you had to it to do all over again, what would you do to educate yourself on recording, editing and mixing using Logic Pro X (and/or any other software that does what Logic doesn't)?
Thank you for any word of advice.

Submitted by Mitchell on Sunday, January 29, 2017

The prospect of knowing that Logic is completely usable makes my choices easier. Garageband, though being great for what it is, doesn't get the job done for me. Thanks again.