Logic Pro X for PC

So here is the first method for installing Logic Pro in Windows. The method uses a virtual machine on your windows PC to run a copy of OSX which you then install Logic onto. Please read the following warning carefully, it isn't designed to discourage you, that said, please do consider the ramifications carefully before committing to to it.


Warning! (Here be dragons) the explanation contains many steps and is relatively complicated, it could damage your existing windows installation and if you don't have experience in using virtual machines and are not competent with complex software installations then I highly recommend you don't do this. I take no responsibility for corrupted disks, lost files or any losses incurred as a result of implementing the process I set out here. I provide this information as is without any promise of additional support. As such, you take responsibility for troubleshooting or researching fixes for any problems you may encounter. I successfully completed the installation, however, as an IT professional my machine is top spec (Core i7 16GB Ram 500GB SSD), even so I found that OSX and Logic ran relatively slowly, bottom line, don't expect top performance from a virtual machine. While still usable, if you've ever experienced using a Mac and logic natively, you will definitely feel the lag which will probably detract from the user experience.

About this Method

This method uses Virtual Box, which is free Virtual Machine software distributed by Oracle:

You will also need your own copy of OSX Mountain Lion and some additional files and software detailed in the tutorial. The process requires you to first install virtual box and then complete an installation of OSX, additionally some additional software is required to make the Virtual Machine run smoothly (USB drivers etc).

Once OSX is running you then install Logic as you would normally on the MAC.

Here are the steps in detail for completing the OSX installation:


Logic Pro for Windows

Once upon a time Pro Tools ruled the DAW kingdom but these days Logic Pro has become the weapon of choice for both Pro and home studios. With it's amazing array of plugins and easy workflow it's clear why both pro's and hobbyists choose Logic Pro.

Unfortunately though, Logic is only designed to work on a mac and if you haven't got a couple of thousand dollars spare and you already own a PC then what are you to do? Fortunately there are workarounds to this problem which I will be discussing in detail in several articles. Here is why you shouldn't buy a Mac just to run Logic.

Firstly though, let me impart some of my own wisdom about DAWS in general, the truth of the matter is that most modern DAWS have very similar functionality and the ability to produce high quality audio, so in a sense you are spoilt for choice. Having used many of the professional offerings and entry level products I can say that in reality you can produce great results with any of them. It's really a case of what you are used to and in many cases changing to another set up doesn't make much sense, in that the learning curve will likely inhibit your ability to quickly produce good results.

That said, Logic Pro has some unique functionality that really helps to get you to the end of a mix session quickly and hassle free. As an example, selection based processing, which allows you to apply specific effects to a selected segment of a track. So, if that kind of functionality appeals to you, then Logic Pro may indeed be the ideal DAW for you.

Furthermore, if you are unhappy with what you are producing currently, it's very possible that the DAW isn't the problem and perhaps upgrading your signal chain or learning how to get the best from it will get you there faster than anything I'm about to suggest.