September 20, 2007

Logic Express 8 Looks Good  [ Edit ] 

Apple announced the new version of Logic on September 12, and it looks like nearly every complaint I’ve had about Express 7 has been addressed. Express includes all the editing features of Logic Pro now, except for things have to do with surround. It also includes the full EXS24 sampler (with a new, allegedly less-crappy editor), the Ultrabeat super drum machine, the ES2 synth, the EVOC20 vocoder, and lots of other stuff that used to be Pro-only. Plugins that support sidechain are usable, all the key commands are available; it’s pretty much not crippled anymore in any meaningful way. If you’re doing music that’s aimed at CDs and other stereo or mono sources (in other words, not for film), it looks like spending $199 on Logic Express is a really good idea now. The only thing, feature-wise, that I’m bummed about is that Space Designer, the cool reverb plugin, is still Pro-only.

I would love to try this new version out, but alas, along with the many new features, they increased the system requirements beyond my iBook G4. I have an iMac G5 that would work, but I want to be able to share projects between the two machines, so until I decide to upgrade my laptop to a MacBook, I’ll hold on this.

Posted by Joe

Have you tried Logic Express 8 on the iBook G4? I tried to install Logic Studio 8.0 on my iBook, and it seems like it would install, but of course the iBook does not have the disc space required.

I would suspect that Logic Express 8.0 will install and run on the iBook G4.

Posted by: David Lection at November 27, 2007 12:32 PM

I have installed and run Logic Studio on my iBook. It warns you during the installation that you should have more RAM, CPU speed, VRAM, and so forth, but it runs and works. I haven't spent very much time with it on that machine yet, so I can't say what track counts are like, but I can confirm for sure that it works.

Posted by: Joe Chellman at November 27, 2007 12:54 PM

just got myself a express 8... tested for like 15mins to listen to the various instruments.. WOW, i must say i love them!
Transiting from garageband, I think logic express retains the GB style yet "professionalises" it =D AWESOME.

No more protool or cubase or reason blah blah blah... I think as a musician/songwriter, I'll go ahead with Logic =)

In future, i would be upgrading to a studio instead~ :)

Posted by: Jeremyspk at December 17, 2008 2:03 PM
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