I am seriously considering switching all my audio production and recording over to Logic Studio 8. Given recent frustrations with the whole iLok prison and limitations and costs of the Digi upgrade trap (I do like ProTools, really), I am interested to know how Logic users have their systems configured. Most notably, hardware interfaces and CPU specs. I am leaning toward Logic with an Apogee AD16 and an Apogee Ensemble which would give me 24 in and 8 out, 40 virtual instruments, and about 80 plugins WITH NO DONGLES or iLoks. for about $5500. About the price of a HD1 Accel card and ProTools software (no interface) Another $600 for a PCI express card would allow it all to run on a MacBook Pro and keep me totally mobile :)
I've been a Logic user for quite some time, and the instant that Logic 8 hit the market, I knew it was time to pursue my mix setup. Here's what I've got:
- Apogee Ensemble
- Mac Pro (Jan 2008, 8-Core Penryn)
- UAD 2 Duo
- JBL LSR4326/LSR4312 5.1
Since my main focus was mixing/overdubs, I went with the Ensemble, and I haven't been disappointed. Working in Logic has been less painless with the switch to 8, and it feels so much more intuitive after having worked with it for about a year. Either way, whatever your comfortable with will work for you, but the cost was probably the largest reason I went with a Logic setup, especially since I was going surround.