Why You Should Continue Using GarageBand Instead of Upgrading To Logic Just Yet

GarageBand is the choice for many aspiring producers on a budget. It is bad enough you had to buy a MacBook. Now you need to fork out another $300 for software (i.e Logic), and possibly spend even more on plugins and virtual instruments?

That is a big ask, and while in the grand scheme of things this ask pays for itself, it is certainly a lot to ask of someone especially if making music is just a hobby.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to make music, but have never had proper enough equipment to make anything decent. While this is never an excuse, my short stint with FL-studio and an underpowered budget HP laptop left a sour taste in my music producing mouth.

When I got my first mac, I was over the moon that I finally had a decent machine with free music production software included (GarageBand). The interface was deceivingly simple, but the stock instruments were miles better than anything FL-Studio had to offer out of the box.

Little did I know the software was basically a Logic Pro “lite” version.

When I found this out, I immediately wanted to make the upgrade even though I was loving GarageBand and wasn’t even using it to its fullest potential. Spoiler alert, I made the upgrade and, in many ways, it was a mistake. Here’s why.

Logic is an extremely beefed-up version of GarageBand!

I simply cannot stress how much more powerful logic is compared to GarageBand. This might sound like an argument in favour of logic but it isn’t.

With power comes responsibility, and as a beginner, you simply won’t be able to navigate all the features in logic in a way that allows you to make better music than in GarageBand.

It is almost like giving an English speaker the option to deliver a speech to a majority Spanish crowd in Spanish or their own native tongue (English), and they end up picking Spanish.

You will end up communicating with Spanish people poorly instead of communicating in the language you are most confident with.

If you’re using GarageBand confidently or simply learning, keep on learning because you will slowly learn how to make music, and once you start finding limitations, your transition to Logic will be so seamless.

They basically share the same interface after all!

Everything is hidden in Logic

Whilst logic has a very friendly and familiar user interface, a lot of the functionality and features are hidden and to take full advantage, you are expected to know how to find all the features and hidden menus.

This is a blessing and a curse because for beginners it won’t overwhelm them, but also it will just end up looking like you never upgraded. You literally have to turn on find and turn on “advanced tools”, and even then there is still an abundance of tools you will never know about until you read about it or follow tutorials.

Everything you need as a beginner is there in GarageBand

Everyone goes on about how the lack of a mixer in GarageBand is the end of everything. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! If anything the mixer serves to scare the living daylight out of beginners.

As a beginner, you should be working on song structure, instrumental arrangements, and, mixing well, just not with the mixer. Volume faders are the only thing you should worry about.

The only reason you would need the mixer as a beginner would be to add audio effects like reverb to your instruments. You shouldn’t be focused on making your instruments sound good this way. If your structure, arrangement and general melody are off, no amount of vocal reverb or delay will bring your song into good graces with anyone.