I grew up as a Pro Tools only person.
All the studios I had been in had pro-tools and that is just what everyone used.
But I do remember, when studying music, about a program we used called Logic, it was really just used for Midi recording. (That’s where you record your keyboard in a special format that allows you to display the printed music, transpose and edit individual notes after the music is recorded). Google midi songs and have a listen to what is out there.
When I began recording I worked with both Logic for midi and Pro Tools for recording live. Eventually Pro Tools added midi to the product, but it just wasn’t quite right.
Moving forward to today, I use both Logic and Pro Tools for two very different scenarios.
When I am in the writing mode, creating ideas, developing songs and just putting together pre-production arrangements of songs, I nearly always use Logic Pro.
Why? Because it allows me to record midi instruments that I can print for real musicians to play later. It is quick and easy to use and has so many presets that I can quickly grab and use without wasting any time.
Changing keys and tempos with the midi part of Logic is extremely useful.
But when it comes to final recording, mixing and mastering, I move everything over to Pro Tools.
Pro Tools to me provides the real accuracy that I want when making the final recording. Now for the Logic fans, I know you can do it all in Logic as well but Logic feels a bit like my developer days with Microsoft products. So much is done for you behind the scenes in Logic that it makes it easier but you don’t really know what is happening. .NET developers will know what I mean. Whereas with Pro Tools I feel like I have more control over the audio and what is happening.
Now this is a completely personal preference and you can use either product exclusively but for me at the moment I use both.
One of the most useful parts of Logic Pro is that I can create a basic drum track to use while I develop a song. This helps immensely as I can choose a tempo, a style and feel for the music and then get on with working out chords, melody and other instrumentation for the song.
When it comes to the final drum track I can send the Logic drums audio to a real session drummer as a guide on how the song should feel and what other accents or changes I would like from the drums. Then once recorded the drum tracks go into Pro Tools.
If you are a songwriter then a program like Logic is one of the many options you can choose.
If you have used Garage Band on a Mac then you will already be familiar with some of the interface.
Now for those using a Windows PC, all is not lost. I was introduced to a product called Magix Movie Edit Pro from a friend of mine that spent a few years in Germany. At the time we were editing a lot of video and Premiere Pro was constantly crashing and took so long to preview and render. Movie Edit Pro rendered in real time and rarely crashed, so we changed over and ended up using both Movie Edit Pro and Music Maker on many projects. So if you are looking for something that will give you an easy, intuitive interface for music on your Windows machine, then this might be your solution. It worked well for us until we moved to Apple for our music editing.
In the end the most important element is the music and how well it connects with people, so pick the technology that doesn’t get in the way of you being creative and allows you to think about music instead of the technology.
Links to software.
Note: All of the software above I have used on many projects and found that they did the job for what I needed. Your needs may be slightly different so do your research before purchasing. Some of these links are affiliate links which mean I may earn some income from any orders.
Sheet music and full band score available for the song ‘Weaker’