Apple Logic Pro 9 by seangray1
I've worked with Logic for about 3 years now, since the start of my music making career.
It has it's pro's and cons. I'll be approaching it from the view of a producer, not an audio engineer.
Like I said, I've worked with this DAW for a while now and it's the only DAW I know well. I'll soon be moving to Pro Tools for various reasons. Here are my thoughts about Logic Pro 9
My main reason is that the program is a claustrophobic. I don't know if its all those dark/intense colors or the layout, but it's starting to piss me off. And I work on a lapotp + extra big screen. All the buttons seem fiddly to me. It just doesn't feel right any more.
The mixing view is very annoying. You can't move any tracks about in the mix window, you have to do that in the Arrange window. You also don't have enough flexibility with the width of the tracks.
The fact that every time I create an instrument track the logic jampack menu pops out gets a tad annoying after a while. I sometimes use those instruments to do a very quick sketch of something, but they aren't very useable sounds. So why would a pro DAW suggest that you use those ****ty sounds every time you make an instrument track. This kind of adds to the amateurish feel of the program.
Now we're on the subject I must say the jampacks are quite a useful thing to have. For writing demo's its good because you can quickly get the kind of sound that you want, so you don't loose your creative flow.
There's a ton of loops. They seem to sound quite good but I never use loops, so I can't say much on that subject.
The automation works well, most things are automatable, but they sometimes have different names so you have to look for the right function.
The recording options are quite good. The swipe comping is very clever and useful.
Midi is good. Functions such as 'force legato', etc. Are useful. Editing the velocities are quite good.
Flextime is great, though I prefer elastic audio in combination with groups in Pro Tools for editing stems.
It's a steady program. I don't have many problems with crashing.
Conclusion: Even though it's a pro DAW and it's perfecty suitable for making great pro productions, to me it has a slightly amateurish feel to it and that annoys/distracts me. I'm moving to PT, which also is better for jobs, since most studio's seem to want you to have great Pro Tools skills.