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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. 

Attribute Ratings

  • Avid Pro Tools is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Logic Pro X is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Pro Tools

93%
7 Ratings
9.0

Logic Pro X

90%
8 Ratings

Usability

7.0

Pro Tools

70%
1 Rating
9.0

Logic Pro X

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.1

Pro Tools

91%
8 Ratings
9.6

Logic Pro X

96%
10 Ratings

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

We use to LPX to produce "down-and-dirty" musical snippets to serve as soundtracks for short explainer and marketing videos. As these are generally done for the tech industry, the tracks skew towards electronica and don't have to be particularly innovative or unusual sounding. FPX is brilliant for this -- out of the box, the vast collection of instruments and effects make it really easy to just layout cool-enough background music. The "Drummer" feature is especially helpful, as it instantly gives the music a custom drum track.We also do simple sound editing... mostly just timing out voice over and limited sound effects to picture (which you can do in FPX), and mixing it to background music. While FPX might not be the best tool for really complex editing/mixing, is more than adequate for our purposes.
Matt Eddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Pro Tools

  • Highly-customizable, application and UI (performance, function and appearance).
  • Wide audio format compatibility; Ease of integrating audio of different formats, sample rates; equal ease of exporting.
  • Broadest hardware compatibility. The ability to tweak performance parameters extends hardware's useful life.
Jim Lopardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • Audio Editing
  • Midi Editing and composition
  • Audio mix down and mastering
  • Live music performance, although we don't use this feature in our business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pro Tools

  • Loop-Based Production - Pro Tools is still in the old world of audio recording where you're expected to record a track from live sources. It has less features aimed at production of loop-based music like electronic music and hiphop.
  • Sample-Based Production - While you can sequence samples, you are expected to use MIDI to trigger the samples, for the most part. Of course, you can sequence them out without using MIDI to trigger a sampler plugin, but that's not the use case Pro Tools was designed for.
  • Creative Ideation - Pro Tools expects you to figure out what you want to record first, and does not have tools for helping you produce or create the music.
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

Pricing Details

Pro Tools

General

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

Starting Price

$0

Pro Tools Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro Tools - FirstFree
Pro Tools29.992
Pro Tools - Ultimate79.992
  1. none
  2. 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

Starting Price

$199.99 Per License

Logic Pro X Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$199.991
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

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 9.1
Based on 8 answers
The times I've had problems with Avid, they've responded within about 48 hours, and most of the time with a reasonable solution. More often than not, however, I've had to resort to forums to get answers, because when I'm having a problem with the software, I can't afford to wait 48 hours for a solution
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X 9.6
Based on 10 answers
The user community of Logic Pro X is vibrant, responsive, and lively. There are many great forums out there where you can solve any problem you encounter, whether it's sound card latency, a certain plugin not working, audio routing, multitrack issues, or virtually anything else you run into. The community is so helpful that I'm giving Logic Pro X a 10 in this department, despite having never contacted their official support department. I've never had to, since there is such a great user community.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Pro Tools

As discussed above, these other products are likely better suited for home audio production, especially based on their integration of software instruments and their surface-level interface and tools. Pro Tools excels as a tool for professionals, who need to move audio along efficiently towards a polished form, especially in the context of vocal production
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the natural successor to GarageBand. GarageBand is a fantastic app, however, it's fairly rudimentary and doesn't have the robust features that Logic Pro X supports. Pro Tools is more expensive but does similar things to Logic. Thankfully, Logic rests in the middle where the price is affordable, but it allows a wide assortment of tools, along with Apple's reliability of software and support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pro Tools

  • I actually finish projects, because once I set up templates it's basically plug-and-play.
  • My customers enjoy my videos more now that the audio is better.
  • I might spend too much money on plug-ins, haha.
Krisstina Hawks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Logic Pro X

  • It's helped me work - literally, by being my main program.
  • The name recognition means directors & producers trust my company.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

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