Apple’s Logic Pro has been around since the early 2000s when Apple bought Emagic, the German company that created Logic. And I am actually old enough to remember Logic even before that. In the 90s, its earlier incarnations were called Notator and Creator and were made by the original company that was then called C-Lab.
I’m not trying to give you a history lesson here. My point is that this software has been around for over 25 years, so we’re talking about some serious mileage that translates into awesome capabilities and a very stable piece of software.
It’s pretty hard to force a bunch of digital audio workstations onto a list and order it by the best and better ones. I think it first comes down to the functions you need from your DAW. They are not all the same – some of them are better at one thing than another. This functionality preference used to include a consideration about which of your favorite plugins are available for that particular platform. However, there are now several standards that pretty much all of them support so that’s less of an issue these days. And finally, it’s all about what feels good for you and what you may already be used to.
When I was starting out, I went with Digital Performer. It gave me the best of both worlds, those two being audio and MIDI. I knew all my keyboard shortcuts and I was very comfortable and fast with it. As a long-term Mac user, I would find it very difficult to use a DAW that feels like it’s on Windows or worse – one like Sonar that runs only on Windows! No way, Jose. Instead, I’d always pick something from San Jose 🙂 I know, I know – Apple is in Cupertino. But that’s just west of San Jose.
With all that in mind, if I were to start with a new DAW these days, I’m almost certain it would be Logic. It is powerful, inexpensive, and it’s created by the same folks who make my computer of choice. And even if I were not experienced and had to learn everything from scratch, it’s a very newbie friendly piece of software, however complex it may be.
I’m probably wasting my breath and typing power preaching to the choir here. You wouldn’t be here looking at Logic courses if you weren’t already sold on it. As always, I am going to give you essential info for several choices in different price ranges and leave the final decision to you.
Best Logic Pro Online Courses
As hard as I try to stick to a standard format that I created for these reviews, I often break out of the routine. One of the main reasons is so I can group courses by platform. The second reason is that not all courses are available for purchase and not all platforms have a subscription option. That makes it somewhat difficult to compare course prices directly.
Over time, SkillShare has become my go-to choice for the low budget price range. Strictly financially speaking, there is simply no reason for you to buy a course on Udemy if you can pay even less on SkillShare and have a whole month to watch several courses. From that perspective, the choice is simple.
A good reason not to do that would be if you want to make sure that you will have access to that course forever. That is not my thing but I completely understand why you may prefer to go that route. Maybe you’re a slower learner, maybe you need to repeat lessons many times to remember – heck, maybe I should rethink that reason LOL Maybe you want to have that reference handy or maybe you just don’t care about saving a few bucks.
So to start with, my suggestions are for those who want to spend the least amount of money and don’t need to get lifetime access to their courses. And since both of these courses are available on Udemy, I will include those links as well. However, in my first suggestion, it’s important to note that there are great differences between the courses on these platforms and I will point those out.
The Complete Logic Pro X Guide: Go from Beginner to Advanced
The first course is run by Tomas George and you may remember him from my Ableton Live courses reviews. He’s a composer, full-time music producer, instructor, and a sound engineer from the UK. Tomas has a Masters in Music Production and a BA in Music Composition.
Whenever you see his name on any platform, you will find a bunch of courses not only for Live and Logic but also for various related technical topic and music theory. Tomas is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor with very positive energy. His courses and his teaching style are always highly rated.
In Tomas’ Logic course you will first learn the functions of Logic Pro X and then how to make your own music with it. You will go through how to setup the software, how to create music with included Apple Loops, use MIDI and built-in software instruments, how to record audio, do the mix, and master your tracks.
In the mixing section of the course, you will go over all the important technical aspects of it such as automation, equalization, compression, track grouping, using auxiliary sends, how to bounce your tracks, and how to master your created piece of music. There are also lessons on Logic-specific topics covering particular musical instruments that come with it. More importantly, Tomas will also teach you how to use the Space Designer reverb, Delay Designer, Echo, Amp Designer, Pedalboard, Modulation Plugins, Flex Time, and Flex Pitch.
There are three class projects called Making a Beat and they are separated into three small projects where you create your own drum, bass, and keyboard parts.
At the end of the course, you will find over four hours of interviews with a handful of music industry professionals. Most people find those interviews very useful and insightful.
All in all, this course will help you become a better music producer, and develop your song-writing skills. Although there is lots of info that’s specific to Logic, most of it is still evergreen. So you’ll be able to use your new chops in Logic Pro X or any other digital audio workstation!
This course is a beginner course and it’s important to remember that Logic is a very complex piece of software. There is a lot of ground to cover and Tomas does it masterfully. But it’s then also not to be expected that this course will go super deep into any of the phases of music production. That is simply not feasible. And that’s why Tomas has other Logic Pro X online courses that explore topics such as mixing and mastering much deeper.
“When I started I had no clue what to do, but as for my first time watching the course I understood everything that was explained!”
“This is an amazing course that provided much-needed clarification on what production is all about. The instructions were clear and Tomas is very engaging. Thank you”
As I mentioned, there is a difference here between Udemy and Skillshare is the course length or the number of lectures. And in this case, it’s a very big difference! The Skillshare course has 62 videos clocking out at about 10 hours, and that’s including over four hours of interviews.
The Udemy course has 293 lectures totaling a whopping 32 hours!!! Apart from a lot of details and additional topics such as the Retro Synth, for example, there are lots of Logic version updates there as well as a bunch of hands-on vocal recording sessions and techniques explained in detail.
I can only assume that Tomas did this on purpose leaving a slimmer version on the subscription platform and augmenting the pay-per-course one. I can’t hold that against him one bit.
If you want to buy that expanded course and keep it, get it at Udemy.
Otherwise, enroll on SkillShare.
Logic Pro X 101 – Go From Total Beginner to Advanced in this Logic Pro X Complete Guide
The second course is held by Martin Svensson. He’s a Swedish producer and musician who has worked with major labels, DJs and big names in the music business. He’s also a Certified Apple Logic Pro X Producer and has been teaching for years.
In Martin’s class, you’ll learn how to master Logic Pro X and how to create complete music productions. As part of the class, you will create three full productions from scratch – from the idea stage to a finished professional sounding music track. You’ll also get all three as templates so you’ll be able to open them in your Logic and see how these projects were built.
After taking this class, you will:
- Make music quickly and be able to get creative with Logic Pro X
- Learn how to keep your projects organized for a better workflow
- Learn about Apple Loops and be able to create a project within an hour
- Work faster with a lot of different quick tips and keyboard shortcuts
- Use Piano Roll and MIDI to quickly come up with unique chords and progressions
- Master many Logic Pro X functions in a day
“Amazing full class.. with included stuff as well. Easy to understand. This is way better than YouTubing your way through learning this massive software as Logic Pro is.”
“Martin is a great instructor!!! This may be the only course (and his other courses too) you may ever need to be an expert at using Logic Pro. He pretty much covers almost all the topic in an engaging way while explaining the subtle details hidden in Logic Pro X.”
While the two versions of this course are not exactly the same, it’s pretty much the same course. There are some minor differences and the total duration and lesson count is actually slightly longer at SkillShare. This seems to be mainly due to the added videos for the Q&A in April of 2018. The total count is well over a hundred lessons and around 14 hours of material.
In this list of my course reviews, I picked only one course on Udemy. There was no reason to select more for now as the other two top courses are available at SkillShare and reviewed above.
This course actually happens to be the best selling Logic Pro X course on Udemy with tens of thousands of students while still sporting a very high 4.5-star rating at the time of my review. As you probably know by now, I don’t just pick the top courses and review them. But in this case, we have a match!
Music + Audio Production in Logic Pro X – The Complete Guide
This is a course by Make Pro Music which is actually a London-based music producer, engineer, and a musician Rob Mayzes. As I mentioned, this is a top-rated course with thousands of reviews and scores of very happy students.
When you take this course, you will be able to:
- Focus on the music and spend less time fighting with the software
- Write music in Logic Pro X quickly and easily
- Produce clear, powerful, and professional mixes using built-in plugins
- Put together a song using Apple Loops and MIDI in under two minutes
- Get better results by staying in your creative flow and inspiration
- Speed up your workflow by learning little-know Logic Pro X features
- Write and edit more music in less time
- Professionally record and edit in Logic in less time than using any other DAW
Similar to other courses, this one runs about 14 hours and it currently has 160 lectures. As far as the course quality goes, nobody can argue with so many positive reviews:
“Great job! it’s a very complete course and well explained. I’ve mostly taken the course to improve my mixing skills, which I did, but ended up learning a lot more really!”
“Very complete course if you want to go from not knowing anything about Logic to being able to produce really good tracks.”
“The gradual flow in terms of grasping the real essence of the course is remarkable. I enjoyed taking this course and most importantly applying what I learned. Thanks, Rob!”
You can check out a dozen free preview lectures and decide if Rob’s style of teaching works for you. And as always on Udemy, there is a 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee, so there’s never a risk anyway.
I had no other reasonably-priced and noteworthy courses to offer you. But there was one premium course that stood out so I figured I should include it for those of you who may be able to afford its high sticker price. This course is called Producing Music with Logic.
This is a 12-week online music course that’s taught by the same renowned instructors and industry experts who teach at Berklee College of Music’s Boston campus. The four instructors that teach this course are:
- Jeff Baust – an author, composer, audio engineer, and a multi-instrumentalist. He is a professor in Berklee’s Synthesis and the Music Production and Engineering Departments.
- David Doms – Associate Professor in the Music Synthesis Department at Berklee College of Music and an author with a long history of teaching MIDI and music synthesis.
- Ralph Kinscheck – an Apple Certified Logic Master Trainer, keyboardist, audio engineer, video producer, technician, and entrepreneur.
- Jessica Richmond – Boston-based Canadian pianist and a cross-modal and multi-media artist. She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Piano Performance and Electronic Production & Sound Design from the Berklee College of Music.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Berklee College of Music has been around since the mid 20th century. They prepare students for their music careers through the study of contemporary music and music styles and fields that they’ll be working in.
Like most Berklee courses, it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. That means that you can transfer your earned credits to hundreds of other colleges and universities and you can apply them toward some Berklee Online certificates and degree programs.
The syllabus for this course is actually nothing out of the ordinary:
- Introduction to Logic Pro
- MIDI Recording and Editing
- Introduction to Software Instruments in Logic
- MIDI Real-Time Control
- Production Design (Planning a Project)
- Introduction to Mixing
- Working with Grooves
- Going Deeper into Logic Pro’s Software Instruments
- Audio Recording in Logic Pro
- Sound Design Plug-ins in Logic Pro
- Advanced Mixing Techniques in Logic Pro
- Working with QuickTime Movies
This Logic course is not for total beginners. It’s what they call “Level 2” which has some prerequisites. Those are basically some prior experience with Logic, including recording MIDI and audio. You are expected to have a basic ability to create a music production, as well as a working knowledge of musical terms and concepts. And there are additional software and hardware requirements that are listed on the course page.
The cost difference between tuition for a non-credited course and the one that would earn you your three credits is not that big. I would not take this course just to have the Berklee name on my resume – I don’t think it’s worth it. This is a course that I would only recommend if you are interested in taking one of the following Berklee’s associated programs where these credits can be applied to:
ASSOCIATED CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
- General Music Studies Professional Certificate
- General Music Studies Advanced Professional Certificate
- Logic Professional Certificate
- Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Advanced Professional Certificate
- Writing and Producing Music Advanced Professional Certificate
- Music Production and Technology Advanced Professional Certificate
ASSOCIATED DEGREE MAJORS
- Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production
- Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games
- Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design
- Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Create Your Own Major)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting and Producing Music
Not too many choices this time, but still a decent variety. You have two 14-hour courses, one 32-hour (!) course, and one pricey option for those of you pursuing an associate certificate or degree. It should be a relatively simple decision based on your needs and preferences.