Logic 8/9 Overview. ( a little out of date but still some valid points )

( there’s a lot of repetition here but I’m just trying to nail stuff home and search for the different routes into your mind (( a bit freaky really but hey))

Now logic has included buses in its routing we can funnily enough do away with buses!!!

I will explain. As a Logic and Protools user it has often been confusing the way tools uses buses as an internal mapping and routing as opposed to Logic which actually has bus channel strips that you route to and from tracks and sends. I’m not saying which is right just that when clients start dipping between the programs the different lingo often confuses them. Having said that I have always been disappointed with Logics inability to have sends on buses and also to be able to use a bus as an input in an audio track.

This is all sorted in Logic 8 although in a need to be backwards compatible they have left the old bus technology too which although essential can be a tad confusing.

Personally I would, where possible build yourself a new autoload and pop it in the template folder.

In this Logic 8 song I would make aux where you once had buses. If you’re new to this, this may sound a tad confusing. I will write a less confusing version when I get the time but I am aiming this at people moving over from older versions of logic with some experience of the environment. Anyway as I was saying make auxiliaries for all the bus channels you think you will need and then also for any rewire and input monitoring.

Whether you choose to have logic auto create tracks and auxes is upto you. I would suggest that you have a go either way and muck around for a week or two before casting your decision in stone.

Bear in mind that auxiliaries set to an input channel will monitor that source even with software monitoring off. Also keep in mind that there will be latency on channels set to input monitoring that are monitoring sources from the outside world such as  external sound modules. Latency is a far to big subject for me to go into at depth on this train journey.


At first glance it looks like the autoload song has gone but if you have one you are fond of, open it in Logic 8 and then save it as a template. It will then be available in your  “my template folder”. Although be warned that sometimes bugs can be related to how logic 8.02 converts projects. So if you dont have anything that important in your autoload you are better building a new one in logic 8 and pasting in your midi environment.

If you do this you could drop the buses and replace them with aux channels. You could then also drop the audio window of the environment and start to get used to the new mixer environment. It is important to note that where previously there was a mixer window and a window in the environment that was called Audio, there is now a mixer window and a window in the environment called mixer. This is not the most useful thing. I’m trying to think who this is helpful for and I am at a lose. Its confusing to old users and when I explain it to new users they glaze over. These windows are not the same thing and behave quite different. Whether this will always be the case remains to be seen.

Be aware that Logic 8 is not totally backwards compatible and will not open songs that are more than a few versions back. So don’t chuck away your dongle yet.

And even more horrific be aware that logic 8 will not open songs that where created in logic much earlier than 5.5. As a long time user with a considerable back catalogue of work I think this sucks more than gravity 

(darn it, I really am trying not to rant )


I have to give apple 5 stars for the organization of the browser and library menu this is an absolute stroke of genius once you get your head around it. I would advise assigning a key command to it so you can toggle it in an out. Basically when you open the media on the left hand side you can browser any number of events from apple loops to exs24 patches or indeed entire channel strips at the touch of a button. Notice where the highlighted plug in is on the channel strip to the left of the screen for a clue of what library you are looking at when you are in library mode. Ok so this chapter is just darn right confusing but i am merely trying to give you an over view that I can revisit in detail when I get a life.


The compressor seems to have grown up. I mean the plug in compressor not the program Compressor. The language used in these programs is a nightmare. How people are expected to learn when the same word has so many meanings? Anyway the doctor says I mustn’t rant it’s bad for the economy.


When importing key commands from Logic 7 be aware that not all commands port over and some need manually setting and some just need changing.

Control or right click has now become contextual menu’s which means in order to lasso zoom with the pointer tool you need to use control and alt rather than just control.


The sound of the EQ appears to have changed so be aware of this when you work on songs from earlier versions of logic ( that’s if you can open them).

The Auto Filter has also grown up with the full assortment of filter variables rather than the Low pass only model from 7


Logic 8 metering.

You can now choose grown up metering like ya dad used to use (sectional db linear) which helps in setting levels more realistically especially in 24bit. Whilst on metering Logic now has several pan law options. My personal favorite being -3db compensated. If you dont choose compensated then stereo 0db files will print -3db. be aware that if you are already working on a song changing this setting will change the levels of tracks within your song.


The Marque tool has some great uses that may not be immediately apparent. One in particular is the fact that you can now select area’s of the arrangement and play just the selection in the same manner as protools :-)






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