“Do I really have to upgrade my DAW?”


Do I really have to upgrade my DAW?

A little while ago I was in a studio session with a very gifted young musician. I had allowed him to sit in during the editing session. There were loads of drum tracks to edit and Logic Pro 9 was my DAW of choice. It wasn’t long before he finally popped the question.

Hez, why are you still using Logic 9?

[ answer at end of this post ]

The “to upgrade or not to upgrade” debate isn’t an uncommon one in the DAW world.

A little history.

I have been using Logic since version 3 on windows. I was even lucky enough to briefly experience Notator on the Atari! I have therefore become very fond of Logic’s history and maturity as a music production workhorse. With every update, features were improved and/or new ones added, making it easier, more enjoyable and intuitive. For me however Logic started approaching the point of diminishing returns with version 7 and by the time I upgraded to version 9 I had started contemplating looking at other options. Having said that, after many years of getting to know Logic intimately I was admittedly dependent on Logic because I knew exactly where to look if I was trying to solve any problem during a mix or production session.
Many people will agree with me when I say that version 9 was probably the most stable before LPX and many still have LP9 installed on their machines.

I happen to be one of those people! I still have my installation of LP9 on my main work computer. I also do have LPX.

I am a firm believer that if your current set up works for you and more importantly, you can deliver great results then that’s perfectly fine. The reason why I used LP9 in that particular session that I mentioned earlier was because I had a lot of great mix tools and horsepower on that particular computer but unfortunately didn’t meet the specs of an LPX installation. It was however to up to the task for many a mix job.

In a nutshell you don’t have to update your DAW but there are very good reasons why these updates exist and where possible, I definitely recommend it.

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! 🙂

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