Along with Logic Studio, today Apple introduced a new version of Logic Express. I’ve used Logic Express 8 for about 14 months, and I absolutely love it. It was a perfect step up from Garageband. I found it relatively easy to use and very powerful. Logic Express looks to be even better, and still affordable at $199.99.
Regarding Logic Express 9, Apple says:
Record, edit, and mix your music on a Mac using the new Logic Express 9. Open your GarageBand files and get right to work, or start from scratch with a new composition. Logic Express 9 is a guitar player’s dream, with Amp Designer and Pedalboard, two new plug-ins that re-create the sound of legendary amps and stompbox effect pedals. You can build your own amp model and try any combination of stompboxes. An improved set of music creation tools makes it even easier to capture and develop your musical inspirations. Use the new Flex Time tools to easily manipulate audio timing and tempo. And make music right out of the box with over 100 instrument and effect plug-ins from Logic Studio.
Logic Express Top Features:
- Perfect for capturing and developing your musical inspirations.
- Seamless compatibility with GarageBand files.
- Flex Time features that make editing audio timing and tempo easier than ever.
- More than 70 studio-quality effect plug-ins, including vintage and modern compressors, delays, reverbs, and more.
- New Amp Designer plug-in to help you re-create the sound of 25 legendary amps and 25 speaker cabinets.
- New Pedalboard plug-in with an assortment of 30 virtual stompbox pedals inspired by the classics.
- 36 software instrument plug-ins, including the Ultrabeat drum synth and beatbox, ES2 synth, and EXS24 sampler.
If you’re a musician that uses Garageband, you must read this excellent Garageband vs Logic Comparison on Macworld.com While the focus is on Logic, much of this also applies to Logic Express.