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Likelihood to Recommend

ACID Pro

ACID Pro is great for electronic music, hip hop, and any loop-based music production such as for videogame soundtracks. It is great for audio-forward production, rather than MIDI-forward. If I were running a lot of hardware synthesizers, or even softsynths using MIDI, I would prefer another DAW since they often have better features, for instance in the shuffle department where Ableton Live has hundreds of shuffles to choose from for MIDI instruments. However, I still prefer time-stretching sound quality in ACID Pro, as well as the lack of audio artifacts in looping. To this day, Ableton Live has still not entirely figured out how to prevent clicks and pops at the beginning and end of loops, especially lower frequencies like basslines, without shaving an arbitrary amount of time off each side (.5 ms by default), resulting in lessened attack and audio artifacts during cuts. I feel that ACID Pro has a better audio engine for looping, although for many purposes this is not noticeable. Still, I prefer ACID Pro for wave-based (rather than MIDI-based) music that makes extensive use of loops.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

I recommend it to others who are doing podcasts. I started with GarageBand and lost some files, so switched to Logic Pro X after learning that features within it would have allowed the files to be recovered. Once I learned the basic features that I needed, I found it to be easy to use and stable.
Beth Loeb Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

ACID Pro

  • Audio sequencing: It's great for those who like to work primarily with waveforms, rather than MIDI.
  • Loop-based sequencing: It's perfect for loop-based music.
  • Envelopes: It's quite easy to do things like volume fades, crossfades, and other envelope-based audio manipulation of the waveform.
  • Time-stretch: ACID Pro has nice time-stretch filters.
  • Multitrack nondestructive sequencing: I like the UI for multitrack, and how easy it is to get back to a previous state through undo history, even copying something from a future state and then undoing a number of steps before pasting in the later content.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • Interface - I find the Logic Pro X user interface intuitive and easy to use.
  • Mixing - The mixer bay of Logic Pro X is excellent and allows you to see at an instant what levels everything is playing at. I much prefer it to some of its competitors who make it difficult to see the whole mixer all at once. Logic Pro X emulates analog mixing and does as great job at it.
  • Soft-Synth and MIDI Sequencing - I love the MIDI sequencer in Logic Pro X. I've struggled with a number of "piano roll" features, or step sequencers, but Logic Pro X has an intuitive and straightforward way of recording and sequencing MIDI notes that works quite well for me.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ACID Pro

  • MIDI: I don't think it is great for MIDI sequencing. There are much better piano rolls and software step sequencers out there.
  • Built-in effects: ACID Pro has not kept up with competitors like Ableton Live, who licensed Cytomic's Glue Compression for version 9 of their software, an incredible-sounding plugin that would otherwise cost a pretty penny but is now included for free in Live. That being said, I haven't used it but I see they are making strides in this area, with new versions of ACID Pro including third-party licensed effects like Zynpatic STEM MAKER 2 out of the box for free.
  • Live performance: ACID Pro still doesn't hold a candle to Ableton Live in this department.
  • Improvising with loops: Despite recently added features like the ACID Morph Pads, the Chopper, and the revised Beatmapper, which allow MIDI triggering of parts of samples as well as creating new sounds using raw audio as an input, I feel that ACID Pro has a ways to go before they harness the improvisatory power you get with something like Stutter Edit, or the performance features of Ableton Live.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • Logic Pro X is designed for music editing, so the help documents and videos don't often address my needs--would love tutorials for podcasts
  • It's designed for someone with more technical expertise than I have, so it can be overwhelming at times
  • Would like to color code segments more easily
Beth Loeb Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ACID Pro

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Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X 9.0
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Like every DAW, it takes some time and getting used to, but Logic's tools and interface just make sense to anyone who is familiar with Apple products and music tools.
Michael Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ACID Pro

ACID Pro 9.0
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ACID Pro was the first loop-based DAW I ever used, and I fell in love with it. I was an avid ACID Pro believer for many years, before making the switch to Ableton Live as my primary DAW. Even still, I prefer the sound quality of ACID Pro in many cases. Ableton Live just "sounds" like Ableton, and there are audio artifacts that annoy me. I have been able to work around many of them, but I still have a special place in my arsenal for ACID Pro and use it whenever the chance arises, typically for loop-based wave-heavy music that doesn't need to be performed live and doesn't have a strong reliance on MIDI sequencing.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X 9.7
Based on 7 answers
Apple's support, as usual, is fantastic. Their web support is filled with many articles covering many of the issues you may have. However, where it's incredibly helpful is visiting the local Apple Store when there are issues that online support can't solve. It's great to be able to talk with a real-life human who has experience with the software when you're having issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ACID Pro

Due to my history as an audio engineer and having worked at many studios over the years, I've been exposed to a wide range of DAWs from Pro Tools, Cakewalk, and Nuendo to Reaper, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Processing. (These latter two are not really DAWs, per se, but rather systems that can be used for programming audio production — Reaper has features like this as well.) I point this out simply to say that I have experience with a wide range of DAWs and am fairly agnostic about them. I certainly have preferences. If I'm working with an indie rock band or a singer-songwriter, I like Pro Tools, since it is an industry-standard. For hip hop or electronic music, I prefer Ableton Live or ACID Pro, since they make working with loops so much easier, and I believe the sound fidelity is better. I choose ACID Pro specifically for loop-based music which almost entirely comes from waveforms rather than MIDI instruments (real or virtual). I find ACID Pro's MIDI functionality lacking, but the ease of sequencing and working with loops more than makes up for it.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

One of my biggest complaints about Pro Tools is the cost. It's overpriced, in my opinion, and then they force you to pay even more for basic add-ons that you need to do your job. Logic provides all of these right out of the box, and it's much better suited for writing with MIDI instruments.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ACID Pro

  • Positive: Easy to use. Up and running in minutes. Virtually no learning curve, just drag, and drop.
  • Negative: Limited in its improvisatory and live performance. This has not made a negative impact on the business per se, but can be a creative block when you are trying to come up with a music bed or interstitial and want to experiment with mixing and matching different loops. There's no easy way to do this on the fly in ACID Pro, as there is with Ableton Live.
  • Positive: ACID Pro now includes more effects than ever, ameliorating the need to purchase plugins.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • Positive - Quickly put together music beds for various materials (instructional videos, product demos, etc).
  • Positive - Record, arrange, sequence and finalize tracks on the fly on a MacBook Pro laptop.
  • Positive - Not a CPU hog. Works well on older machines.
  • Negative - Learning curve could be a little easier in places, particularly some of the window management.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ACID Pro

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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Logic Pro X

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Logic Pro X Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$199.991
  1. Per License
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