I’ve been a Pro Tools fan for years, since around 1997 or so, but as each successive version came out, the user interface never really got any better, and the restrictions on hardware were never lifted. I’d search Google for possible replacements every time I had to pay for yet another upgrade, but stuck with it because I didn’t believe that another product would be as good. Finally, at Pro Tools 8, my hand has been forced, because this version no longer supports some of my DigiDesign hardware. I’ve finally moved to Logic Pro.
If you read the web, most opinion considers Pro Tools best for audio editing and recording, and Logic Pro best for MIDI, and I kept on believing that, version after version. However, since Apple bought Logic, they’ve been greatly improving Logic Pro into an awesome editing tool, which is most of what I do. Don’t believe what it says on the web, Logic Pro is now at least as good as ProTools in this area, and while the user interface is more complex at first, you do get used to it.
But the kicker was the hardware restriction. Pro Tools 8 removes support for my audio interface, which is also made by DigiDesign, so they’ve removed support for their own equipment. That’s just braindead, considering that Logic Pro 9 on the other hand, not only still supports my DigiDesign hardware, but when I decide to get something new, I can get pretty much anything from any company and it will work.
Its taken a few hours to figure out my Logic Pro workflow, but after a few short projects, and changing a bunch of the keyboard command to match Pro Tools, I’m almost as productive as I was before, and I can see it being way more useful and productive than Pro Tools in the long run.
Its sad saying goodbye to an old friend, but I’ve never really liked Avid, who bought DigiDesign a few years back, so adios Avid!