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Highlights

Avid Pro Tools and Logic Pro X are both Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). They are used for recording, producing, and mixing music. 

Pro Tools is the industry standard, and serves as the high powered legacy option for those in the market. In contrast, Logic Pro X is an Apple-native DAW that is not usable by Windows-based computers. 

Features

Both Avid Pro Tools and Logic Pro X provide the core DAW functionality necessary for musicians. There are a few key features and strengths that differentiate them.

Pro Tools serves as the high powered industry standard for DAWs. It is designed for advanced editing and post-production work. Reviewers highly recommend it for professional music studios and more complex musical arrangement uses. 

On the other hand, Logic Pro X specializes as a Mac-specific DAW tool. Given its focus on Apple-based users, it has a very intuitive and easy to use interface. It is also praised for its support for writing and creating music. 

Limitations

While both products have clear strengths, Pro Tools and Logic Pro X each have certain weaknesses as well. 

Pro Tools’s focus as a high-end DAW can make it less accessible for newer or more casual users. Some reviewers caution that it can be overpowered for home studios. It is also weaker on music creation, and its looping and sample-based music production are relatively new capabilities. 

Since Logic Pro X is an Apple exclusive, it is also limited by this focus on the Apple market. This means that studios with any mix of Windows and Mac computers can struggle to use the platform. While Logic Pro X is more beginner-friendly, it is comparatively weaker on more advanced capabilities. 

Pricing

Avid Pro Tools has three pricing tiers. The First tier is a free version, with a streamlined toolset and a restricted range of inputs, tracks, etc. The core Pro Tools version provides the core essentials for music and post production, at $29.99/month. The Ultimate package includes the full range of features offered, for $79.99/month. 

Logic Pro X is priced at $199.99 for a perpetual license for Mac users. It also has a 90-day free trial. 

Likelihood to Recommend

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is great for recording multiple different tracks of audio at the same time with live inserts that you can later remove/edit if they do not suit the track. It always makes a backup of any file you copy in which is essential when working with original copies of files for clients, and you can rest easy knowing that any changes made can be reverted without having to start over or having any work be lost. You can compile many different tracks for larger-scale projects and group or bus them together with ease. The software is very user-friendly for beginners and is a great tool overall for anyone looking to edit audio. The only instance it is less suited it would be if you're only making small audio edits with any adobe video software. Also if your business is not heavy on audio editing or recording it may be a costly investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is used in my company mainly by the AV team. In my past life, I used it to produce records for bands I was in. For the last 2-3 years, I've used it almost exclusively to improve the audio in my company's marketing videos. It's good for all levels of videographers from total newb to professional. If you are brand new to mixing audio and video it's probably a bit overkill to use Logic Pro X, and might not be worth the money. But I bought it before I needed it so that if and when I was ready to really up my video game, it wouldn't require an update in software. It's not that expensive at only $299, so it wasn't a huge deal to invest in it before I was ready. But if you're looking to add a super solid tool to your AV production team, or if you do video editing yourself and are looking for more power than iMovie or Audacity or QuickTime provides, I recommend making the leap to Final Cut Pro X.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Pro Tools

  • Integration with UAD - I have used Pro Tools with a number of UAD devices over the years and it always integrates perfectly, and saves CPU resources by offloading effects processing to dedicated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips on external hardware. Plus, UAD effects sound great!
  • Multitrack Recording and Arrangement of Music - This is really the big one for Pro Tools. It's for recording and arranging, and that's really its focus.
  • Import and Export - Pro Tools is great for its ability to import and export multitrack files in a way that mimics traditional analog multitrack recording.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • Stable and reliable--never worry that we'll lose content.
  • UI is uncluttered
  • Was easy to transition from GarageBand to Logic Pro X
Beth Loeb Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pro Tools

  • MIDI production
  • Pricey Add-ons
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • PC Support - Logic Pro X is Mac-only and that prevents me from using it in conjunction with PC software.
  • Window Configuration - Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the different windows and wish it were easier to navigate. There are screensets that you can toggle between, which is a step in the right direction, but I can't help but feel some of the UI is unnecessarily cluttered.
  • Automation - There is a long-standing bug where you have to start playback where an envelope begins, in certain cases, for the automation to work. If you start in the middle, the automated plugin will have the wrong value.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Pro Tools

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Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I've figured out a basic workflow that allows me to do what I need to do with Logic Pro X without involving an AV engineer. And it also provides the AV team with enough power and customization to create whatever they desire.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 7.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a hard question - I'd give it a 10 for having so many options but a 5 for being user friendly - as it has so many options.
JEFFREY HAZLITT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 8.7
Based on 6 answers
They take too long to get back to you, but they try to answer your questions and fix your issues
Krisstina Hawks | 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

Pro Tools

In my opinion, ProTools is the best audio editing tool currently on the market. It's very user-friendly, incredibly intuitive and has so many different functionalities that would take weeks to learn how to use them all and well if you needed them. It is far better suited than Audition, Garageband or Audacity for single-track editing as well as multiple track music recording/ editing, and provides you with far more features and benefits. The only real downside to ProTools is its price- it's fantastic for what you get but may not be worth the cost if all you are doing is small audio edits along with side video projects made or edited in the Adobe Suite. For sound effect layering, creating music tracks (where the midi controls are far superior to its competition), or multiple track recording, ProTools is without a doubt the best software on the market.
Anonymous | 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

Pro Tools

  • Positive - Industry standard, gives image of professionalism and reassurance to clients that they are in good hands.
  • Positive - Great integration with UAD means in certain configurations, you don't have to spend as much on a computer to get a large amount of processing power.
  • Negative - The cost and tie-in with hardware is prohibitive. Although it is possible to use Pro Tools without hardware, that is a less supported use case, and generally speaking, you will want to use the Pro Tools software with hardware together.
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

Pro Tools

General

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

Pro Tools Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro Tools - FirstFree
Pro Tools29.992
Pro Tools - Ultimate79.992
  1. Per User / Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

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
Additional Pricing Details

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