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Videos by American Songwriter

What do The Killers, T-Pain, Lily Allen, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, M.I.A. and Slumdog Millionaire have in common?

We used a Neuman U67 mic for Holly’s vocals and an Audix SCX25-A for her Gibson acoustic guitar. For Chris’s vocals and harmonica, we used a Mojave MA-201 FET, and a BLUE Bottle Rocket for the acoustic guitar. Positioning the musicians directly across from each other with mics in between helped give us an airy, live sound. I used Apple Logic Studio software.

Logic Studio
LIST PRICE: $499.00

What do The Killers, T-Pain, Lily Allen, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, M.I.A. and Slumdog Millionaire have in common? If you guessed that each of them recently had a recent project that employed Apple’s Logic Studio, then you would correct. Released over a year-and-a-half ago, Logic Studio is showing no signs of age. Million-selling artists, arrangers, producers, writers, engineers, and laptop users are all finding Logic Studio to be everything it claimed to be and more. For those new to Logic Studio, it’s a versatile, powerful, easy-to-use, affordable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that comes with absolutely everything that you need to start creating music right away. For those familiar with Logic in its previous versions, Logic Studio is a significant upgrade complete with a single-screen user interface, improved multitrack recording capabilities, surround sound mixing, hundreds of stock virtual instruments and effects, as well as several other software programs, including Soundtrack Pro 2, Wave Burner, Mainstage, and 5 Jam packs, all for $499.

Out of the box, Logic Studio packs more punch than any other DAW on the market. For a moment, let’s pretend that Logic Studio didn’t come with a mastering suite (Waveburner), a program designed to streamline live musical performances with Logic instruments (Mainstage), or a top-notch audio post program for scoring, sound design, or mixing for picture (Soundtrack Pro 2). Take all that away and you’ve still got an incredibly powerful program for tracking, mixing, MIDI sequencing, producing, writing, and arranging that will work seamlessly with any audio interface on the market (unlike Pro Tools, which requires either a Digidesign or M-Audio Interface). Logic Pro, the cornerstone of Logic Studio, packs an enormous 40 GB sound library complete with 18,000 Apple Loops, 1,300 sampled EXS24 Instruments, 2,400 channel strip settings, and hundreds of plug-in settings. Add to that an impressive collection of plug-ins, including Space Designer (a convolution reverb) and Delay Designer. The channel strip presets, a combination of effects and instruments, help new users experiment with new sounds and discover new combinations of plug-ins, and the project templates offer users a quick route to tracking, mixing, and composition-ready sessions. Logic users will enjoy the ability to mix up to 255 tracks in a variety of formats, as Logic is capable of mixing in Stereo as well as 5.1 and 7.1 surround.


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  1. Since so many songwriters use Apple’s Garage Band, it might be important to note that Garage Band files will open up and play back perfectly in Logic, allowing you to then continue working with your song with all the additional tools in Logic.

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