While the GarageBand app is the Apple users’ sweetheart for audio recording, editing and remixing available to both macOS and iOS users, Logic Pro X is THE digital audio workstation, developed in the 90s by German company Emagic (later acquired by Apple) that works on the macOS, to provide musicians and artists with professional-level studio technology on their screens. Logic Remote is Apple’s iPad app that effectively allows Logic users to work on their other devices and control them with ease when in need.
THE USP FOR GARAGEBAND
When GarageBand came into the scene it provided the average user with an option to enhance and learn the details of the audio production process with a simpler interface as compared to its alternatives and eventually became free of cost for Apple users, making it a massive success. Being an Apple software, the app is also ensured with a promise of quality and far less technical glitches and deviations than other free DAWs.
THE USP FOR LOGIC PRO X
Logic remains the oldest and most functional professional DAW on whose interface all later and latest DAWs operate. It contains a great range of high-end editing options (such as the Time Matching option, Optimization features, Auto Delete Duplicates, etc.), which were available to its users when no other platform provided them with the same and at the best efficiency level. It remains the most used professional audio workspace due to its range of functions and its efficiency in providing those to the artists.
Both of them have a very similar looking workspace consisting of a Library, a Tracks area, and a Loops browser (more advanced in Logic Pro X due to options such as the prompt for changing Tempo when you’re dragging the desired loop to the Tracks area.) as well as a number of Smart Controls and editors for PlugIns and other Sound effects.
However, Logic boasts of other features like a ‘Mixer’ button that immediately opens up a mixing panel, easily available Faders and other options to elevate your sound effects game. In the Drummer Kits area, GarageBand offers a range of options in type of audio such as Hip-Hop, Alternative etc. where Logic allows you to not only switch through genres but completely change parts or the whole of the kit and even gives options to customize the Drum Machine designer.
A GarageBand Project can be saved on the iCLoud and later accessed in Logic but you have to save it as a Logic Project (which takes a little more space) and you can then work on it. Once you export this project to the iCloud, you can access it in GarageBand easily. Where GarageBand offers a wide range of options to its users to compose and edit their recordings and to do so with ease, Logic makes sure its users are equipped with every possible function to modify and create a great track.
- The most basic difference remains the Cost factor. Where GarageBand is free of cost for Apple users, Logic Pro X remains at a price of $199.99 worldwide due to its provision of advanced features required by professional-level musicians or users who have a deeper knowledge of audio production and wish to delve into an exploration of all the available features of recording.
- Another basic difference is the availability of GarageBand for iOS software over Logic, which only operates in macOS. The reason behind this contrast is the need of Logic Pro X’s basic system requirements (a minimum of 6GB of disk space, 4GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics card3000 or later generation, etc. to name a few.)
- GarageBand also has an easier interface that allows for the auto effect of choosing to create tracks on multiple instruments simultaneously and save it as one project in its iOS interface. This easy and remote access of iOS features is not something that Logic can replicate due to its singular availability in macOS systems.
- But Logic boasts of other advanced features that GarageBand does not have such as the Auto Select button which automatically selects the current track portions for editing. It also has a ‘More Advanced Tools’ option to shift to a more technical interface and complex options such as punching in or Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) along with having a customizable toolbar and a ListView for easy access.
The question remains that which software users should opt for since Apple has excelled in mastering both with the choicest options. GarageBand is easy to use, has enough available options for quality audio production, and is free of cost. Logic Pro X, on the other hand, is expensive, high-end, technically advanced, and requires a lot of space along with availability to only macOS users.
However, both apps are necessary to their respective target audiences- GarageBand for the beginners who are creating, editing and mixing audio for the first time and need a trustworthy, portable app to learn while being able to publish their work and Logic Pro X for the professionals out there who need a functional DAW they can swear by at a cost they are ready to pay for their work.
So it is conclusive enough that though both apps share similarities in the interface but have some differences, the artist for each is available in the market.