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Learn more. DP vs Logic? I’ve been a Digital Performer user since DP4. I have been on DP7 for the last few years, and obviously it’s wonderful to really know your DAW workflow inside and out.

However, Logic has always seemed attractive to me, from a distance, but I have little to no actual experience with it. I am also planning to upgrade from my Apogee Duet soon- something with at least inputs, and the top two on my list are the Apogee Element and the Focusrite Clarett range.

I see that Apogee and Logic have made a very happy marriage in recent years, and I wonder if there’s a real advantage to Logic in that regard? Is it worth the switch? Well worth the switch to LPX. DP 9 was a big disappointment to me. I switched to LPX a year ago and am quite happy with the change. A bit of a learning curve as the workflow in Logic is different. After some hair-pulling for a few weeks, I learned Logic’s workflow.

DP is more user-friendly starting out than Logic, has better multi-processor implementation but falls short in many other areas. The content included in LPX is massive – drum machine, sampler, Drummer, synths including the great Alchemy and on. I believe it’s over 50 gigs now! LPX’s built in plugs are, IMO, much better than DP’s especially the stock compressor which sees a lot of use though I have a folder full of great third-party comps. The app has been totally stable for me both in El Cap and now in Sierra.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it Good luck with your decision! DP has a lot of truly killer features that Logic doesn’t have – but most are of interest to composers working with picture, so you may not ever need them if your focus is more conventional songwriting and production. Many of those features are pretty esoteric and related to creating complex tempo maps and calculating how they will line up to specific hit points in a film.

It’s been 20 years since I was a Performer user, and even back then many of those features were pretty killer and some are still unequaled in other DAWs. The provided content and plugins are amazing and even though I have all of the big third-party plugin packages I still rely on many of Logic’s stock plugins every day for the meat-n-potatoes stuff like compressors, eq, etc.

Goodies like Drummer and Alchemy are truly top-shelf and very inspirational. For me it has been rock solid and extremely efficient on the CPU. Get in there! Reasons to consider logic in my book are : 1. Plugins – especially the compressors 2. Sampler 4. Alchemy 5. How beautiful it looks on my 4K monitor 6.

So far I have not had to pay for upgrades – I hope Apple continues this policy 8. Seems to spread the processing over my multiple cores rather evenly.

Wow some great replies from all. Although I very occasionally score to picture, I’ve never really used DP’s famed scoring features. I am much more of a songwriter and performer, so I’m much more interested in creative tools.

You guys are definitely making a strong case to try out Logic. I’ve used Logic since the Windows and pre audio days. I’ve tried just about every program out there. I keep coming back. The midi timing is an issue sometimes, but the workflow is better for me than anything else.

I tried to go from Logic to DP a while ago and I couldn’t do it, so I would guess that the opposite is hard to understand as well. Good luck my friend. We’ve run our studio on Logic exclusively for over 20 years. I just switched from Cubase to Logic. After ten years there is a lot of muscle memory to unlearn.

And Logic’s audio editing is not as elegant and intuitive as Cubase’s, but otherwise it is more or less the same. Hard to describe, but kind of like an SSL console. Once you have started working with it, you begin to realize why many recordings sound the way they do. Kaatza Music. A1 for Logic. I started with Notator then Logic 1. My Studio. Most of the stock Cubase keycommands were stock Logic commands.

I started with cubase back in the days, and I found that a lot of the old KC were the same. Both programs were created in Hamburg so maybe there are some of the same programmers Lengeling afaik is still at Apple and still has a band. I’m just waiting for them to make a version of Logic on these new ipads. Garageband integration is incredible what you can do with that program, and I think that he was the architect behind Garageband after Apple bought Emagic.

Logic for music production and quality of plugins cannot be beat IMHO. You can literally spend bucks and never have to buy anything else. That kind of value is nowhere else to be found in the software daw playground. Sorry didn’t mean to hijack the Logic part of the thread. Bottom line is you can’t lose with the value of logic. I keep going back and forth mentally, honestly speaking.

They both have pros and cons. The last year or so I’ve been a little down on DP and kind getting into LPX and learning it inside and out, here are some of the cool workflow things in LPX that really create a musical work flow for me. DP does not. I love working with midi regions. DP just lays all midi events directly into the track as if its one big huge region.

The instruments included with Logic blow away whatever is included with DP. That being said, I already have a lot of 3rd party instruments so it sort of doesn’t matter. But LPX instruments are very excellent. ArticulationID and other meta events: in LPX I can use the articulationID event attribute to store an articulation value and this makes for very smooth keyswitching behavior with big sample libraries.

Its actually super simple, very powerful. DP has nothing like this 3rd party midi fx, DP does not directly support 3rd party midi fx. Its just a little cleaner in LPX. I generally like the gui better. It looks cleaner to me, I squint my eyes a lot less, attention is always drawn to the “right” things by my eyes and the right stuff is highlighted in an effective manner. LPX can do midi takes and there is a way to comp them too by splitting up the region.

DP just doesn’t handle midi takes or comping at all very well. Flextime and beat mapping in LPX is extremely easy and powerful. The environment is occasionally something cool to use in LPX. Advanced midi transformations are easily doable in LPX, a variety of ways. LPX has notion of “patches”, very powerful way to load up multi-channel instrument setups If you use Mainstage, it can use the same patches as LPX, and there is a lot of overlapping functionality.

TrackStacks in LPX are very nice to work with Smart Controls are great to work with, very easy to use almost any midi controller and have the controls assigned to the right things. LPX has mapped instruments, which makes it very easy to create mapped instruments that have names associated with notes, such as drum machines, etc.. DP can sorta do this, but its a hassle.

Its easy in LPX. The LPX step editor, formerly known as hyper editor, is extremely fun to work with. Project Alternatives is a cool feature to use in LPX to try out an idea and see where it goes and be able to easily get back to where you were before if you don’t like it afterall. I love how easy it is in LPX to Loop a region, create aliases, etc. Arrangement track is easier to work with and more intuitive to me then DP’s song mode.



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