Logic Pro X for Windows

 Logic Pro X for Windows

You may be embarking on a new musical journey or looking to upgrade your existing DAW to an industry standard like Pro Tools, much like when Macs became the tool of choice for designers, in recent years Logic Pro has become the same for Studios, producers, Podcasters, musicians. So if you are here, it's very likely that you have one of these questions on your mind.
  1. Is there a Logic Pro X for Windows?
  2. Can I install Logic Pro X on a Windows PC
  3. I don't have a Mac, but I want to use Logic Pro X
  4. Is there an alternative to Logic Pro X for Windows
I too asked the same questions, so I thought why not save everyone some time by sharing my answers to these questions that I found when searching.

The Apple device realm is a very tempting one, lets face it they look really really cool, so when choosing a platform to create on it's hardly surprising that many people choose them. Once part of the ecosystem, the devices have been designed to work together seamlessly, so it's another compelling reason to go the Apple route. Add to that the brilliantly user friendly software and it's pretty much a done deal. Or is it?

If money is an issue, as it is for many of use in these difficult time, it's harder these days to rationalize expensive purchases like new devices, and in the case of an Apple device the cost is significant. With the branding adding zeros to the prices, built in obsolescence and the inability to upgrade. Either purchasing new hardware to facilitate access to newer versions of software or moving platforms to to access software not available on your existing platform starts looking a lot less enticing.

All of this brought me to ask the questions.

Is there a Logic Pro for Windows?

Short answer, no. At this time Logic Pro X is only available for Macs and you will likely need a newer Mac to run the most recent version.

Can I Install Logic Pro X for Windows?

Not directly, but you could install Mac OSX on a virtual machine running in Windows, then install Logic Pro X in Windows after that. Not recommended at all, but it might give you an idea whether it's worth while buying a Mac in the first place.

I don't have a Mac, but I want to use Logic Pro X

In this case you can't unless you go the virtual machine route, however if you happen to have an iPhone or iPad instead, you could install the iOS version of GarageBand and use it for tracking. The projects it creates can be exported to Logic Pro X.

Is there an alternative to Logic Pro X for Windows

Yes, Many, I will be investigation these in a later post.

Hopefully, these answers this will help you decide on your own solution for Logic Pro X for Windows. It's not an easy choice. Personally, I went the Windows route even though I'd owned a Mac and other Apple devices, but of course it's a different choice for everyone.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X

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.

Logic Pro X for Windows

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.

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.



How to install Logic Pro in Windows

How to install Logic Pro in Windows

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.

Logic Pro X for Windows

Disclaimer

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:
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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:

https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-run-mac-os-x-inside-windows-using-virtualbox-5938332