First up, a thank to Simon Thornton for a way out of yesterday’s troubles. If I can get OSX 10.10 onto the iMac, that’s enough of a stepping stone in the river of chance that everything old and new will still work. Phew.
Tonight, I did a bit more detective work, and I’ve managed to level the playing field slightly between my two possible music packages. Until 9pm the scores on the doors:
- Extremely efficient layout
- Easy to play two different plugins with two different keyboards simultaneously, like someone who was used to physical hardware might
- I know how to use it, to a medium level
- Built in instruments are ok, but I mainly use external plugins anyway. No decent sampler implementation though.
- Doesn’t run a few of my older, favourite plugins, such as ImpOSCar or the Korg Legacy Collection
- A lot of sunk cost
- Looks bloody horrible, wastes space left right and centre, no coherent design
- Really don’t know how to use it
- Can’t play two different plugins with two different keyboards simultaneously
- Really good built-in instruments
- Runs all the plugins
- Was quite cheap
I really like ProTools. And I still think Logic fundamentally feels like a bit of a toy in comparison. But then…Logic runs every bloody plugin.
And tonight, I cracked the multiple keyboard thing. (Project settings, Recording, Split by channel)
This might seem like a weird thing to some people, but being able to play two different sounds at once is really important to how I write. It’s the interplay between two textures I’ve created that often sparks the beginning of a new musical idea, in a way that just layering up from one keyboard at a time doesn’t really.
So this evening I had a sound I’d made from scratch using ImpOSCar, and a sound I’d made from scratch with Massive. Together, they were uniquely mine, and I had great fun noodling.
And there are aspects I couldn’t have done in ProTools.
This makes me sad, because I really like PT and pay for an ongoing subscription. And Logic is pig-ugly and still a foreign land.
But for now, regrettably, if I want to just get the musical muscles flexing quickly again – it’s looking like Logic is the lesser evil.