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Does anyone have any experience with this software? As some of you may know, I make a lot of piano covers (http://www.youtube.com/kc89). I've been using Garageband to just directly record what I'm playing, and add a few minor effects. I'd like to go further though, to make my recordings sound more professional, especially if I'm layering and such. Is getting Logic a step in the right direction? Easy to learn? Will it make a difference?

 

Any help would be appreciated!

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For myself, I have never worked with Logic before, but it seems to be a pretty good choice. Other software I could recommend would be Cubase or Melodyne. Melodyne has this really epic feature called Direct Note Access, which allows you to do some really cool things. Hope my answer does help at least a bit.

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Logic is a professional level program but the learning curve is a bit higher than you expect. It's used by professionals to produce professional recordings and is not just a more advanced Garageband.

 

With some time and patience you'll be fine but it's not just sit down and use it.

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It really depends on why you're looking for. For me, I dont have a Mac, but I have garage band on my iPod and it's amazing....

 

What I can compare this to is Windows Movie Maker:

I make movies, but I now use Sony Vegas to further my video editing. I never had any formal classes but now I can make, somewhat decent action movies etc.

 

I recommend looking up youtube tutorials on improving your recording via Logic Pro FIRST, before you buy the software to see if it can work for you.

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Hi Kacey,

 

Logic is one of the prime competitors to Pro Tools for its comparative ease of use (believe me) and low price point. At the moment it's $200AUD on the App store. However, it IS mac only - there is no cross-compatability to be found whatsoever. (Since you're using Garageband, that shouldn't pose a problem.)

 

Learning a DAW (digital audio workstation) is a dedication, and in the words of Hans Zimmer, like learning an instrument unto itself. Unfortunately, it isn't a matter of just "I get this software, my recordings sound better!" If it were that simple I'd be an engineer long ago :) I've dedicated a portion of my life to self-teaching recording and mixing. My favourite tool is Propellerheads Reason. This software is intimidating when you first see it, but will teach you how to understand the hardware side of recording, and as such can be very valuable as a learning tool as well as a creative one. However, it does not have VST support, so if you were planning to use Quantum Leap pianos, that's out of question - Reason have their own piano refill which I think is quite competitive.

 

One thing to keep in mind is that the price you pay for Logic doesn't automatically come with the best piano sounds, nor the best dynamics processors (e.g. compressors) - you still have to buy those seperately! and some can get quite pricey. And then there's the learning curve! :)

 

Before you commit to a DAW, decide if learning how to engineer is a time dedication you're willing to make. Logic, at it's price point, is a very good option - many professionals prefer it. Just keep in mind that it will be much more complicated than Garageband!

 

Alternatively, if you don't want to go through the whole learning process, I am self-teaching mixing and producing (I primarily work with piano and orchestral music, and sometimes tinker with synthesizers). If you record your midi or audio tracks and send them to me, I'd be more than happy to run it through my software and send you the finished product as an mp3. It would be a great learning experience for me and would give you the time to focus on the important part - making music! If you want to hear what my work sounds like, here is a solo piano recording for something I'm working on, made with Reason Pianos - [ame=http://soundcloud.com/williamerasmus/a-town-called-earth]A Town Called Earth by William Erasmus on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/ame]

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Thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated.

 

spintercell, that track sounds really great. That's along the lines of what I'd like my recordings to sound like. Were you using midi with that? I've only been using direct recordings, but I think I might give midi another go (last time I tried it, there was severe lag between what I was playing and when it was recording, but I didn't have my mac then). I'll have to go get a cord. Logic should still come with a decent selection of piano sounds though right?

 

That'd be great if you could work on some of my stuff just so I know what difference it makes though.

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spintercell, that track sounds really great. That's along the lines of what I'd like my recordings to sound like. Were you using midi with that? I've only been using direct recordings, but I think I might give midi another go (last time I tried it, there was severe lag between what I was playing and when it was recording, but I didn't have my mac then). I'll have to go get a cord. Logic should still come with a decent selection of piano sounds though right?

 

That'd be great if you could work on some of my stuff just so I know what difference it makes though.

 

Thanks :) I have many different piano patches and will soon have more so you can certainly pick and choose the sound you're after.

 

When recording midi, it's generally best not to monitor direct (i.e. listen to the computer playing the sounds) as it can have extraordinary latency as you've experienced. Unless you're after a sound that the computer is producing which can't be done with your keyboard, then it's always best to listen to the keyboard's audio, that way the performance won't be hampered by your brain thinking 50ms ahead. :)

 

Most keyboards can connect via midi through a standard printer cable in the USB slot. I've never actually heard Logic's bundled sounds so I can't say for sure but after a quick search here's a song which seems to have been made with the preset Logic "pop piano" (top comment): [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRbLIK1brDw]Beautiful Piano Logic Pro 9 - 2011 Chill Out Music - YouTube[/ame]

 

And even if you wanted to give me the recordings as separate tracks I'd still be happy to mix it for you.

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I don't have my midi cord yet, I'll get it once my amazing recording headphones arrive; which honestly should be soon. Is it okay if I send just the straight recordings? It just sounds like what's on the videos basically. I'm not sure if you can work with that, but if you could that'd be great. I'll probably send some of my old stuff.

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