garage band vs. logic express

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by blueicedj, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. blueicedj macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I've never really used a mac, but would like to have one. I was wondering what the differences are in these two programs (whether they are worth $300, $150 with my student discount)...Anways, I want to be able to record instruments, like trumpet, piano, and guitar. Any thoughts on this?
  2. Shotgun OS macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
    If you've never used a Mac, you might have a hard time with Logic Express.
    Garageband comes free with a Mac, and you can record instruments with it. I say you should familiarize yourself with OSX and Garageband, then move onto Logic Express if you need to.
  3. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    If you buy a mac new, garage band comes preinstalled as part as iLife. It can do recordings of anything you want.

    Logic is more in depth and adds more features basically so you have to buy it separately.

    If you're just doing this for fun, personally I'd just use Garageband.
  4. DarthTreydor macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    i just recently made the switch from pc to mac and had to switch recording software. i was using sonar 6 which i loved, but unfortunately, its pc only. i have been using logic express for two weeks now and while i'm still figuring stuff out with it, its not a terribly hard program to use. i'd say don't waste your time with garageband; its just too limited, at least for the stuff i do. however, one benefit of using garageband is that if you do decide to upgrade to logic later, you can still open all your old projects in logic.

    while its not technically legal, you can always download a torrent of logic and decide whether or not its worth the money. ;)
  5. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Too bad Logic Express Trial version isn't yet available for Intel Macs.
  6. tinydragon123 macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2005
    San Diego
    Wow, I didn't even that exists! I just thought Aperture is the only one. Do you know any other professional Apple software trials so I can try them out?
  7. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    I've never used Logic Express, but I use ProTools LE and it's simple and easy to use. It came with my Mbox2. And I added some Yamaha studio monitors for a killer setup.
  8. L3X macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chesapeake, VA
    I use Pro Tools LE for semi-pro recording. My brother uses Pro Tools and Logic Pro for pro recording.

    I'll prob. get Logic Pro when 8 is released. If you're just doing stuff for fun, GarageBand is fine, if you want to do anything semi-pro, get Logic Express.
  9. JustGotPaid macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    Since this thread started a lot of improvements have been made with both programs. I'm fairly new to iMac, but now have the 09 version of GarageBand and also Logic Express. I am very impressed with both. Until this, I had a lot of frustrations with computers, recording software, and compatibility. I haven't had any of that with GB and Logic. I am converting more and more to Apple and love it. GarageBand is the best entry level program I have found, and the 09 version is so good I believe it will do anything the average home studio person could want. If not....there's Logic!

    Thanks Apple.

  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Actually, there's a "third way" - that is, a program that offers more utility and function than GarageBand, but is far, FAR easier to learn and use than is Logic Express (or full version).

    That would be Cubase Essentials - $100.

    Cubase runs circles around Logic when it comes to editing functions (moving, copying, processing audio). No comparison.
  11. platypus63 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    Zanzibar Land
    If you are just starting out recording, Garageband will be more than sufficient. It has 24bit recording capability, can handle tons of real instruments and has plug in support. I actually used to use Logic Express 8 and switched over to Garageband 08. I think the smartest way to spend the $300 would be on a good microphone or a latency-free firewire interface for the microphones.
  12. bradenjobson macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2010
    Buy Logic. Make the investment and have a better product.
  13. platypus63 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    Zanzibar Land
    Wow, totally didn't realize original post was almost 3 years ago.

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