Monthly Archives: August 2014

Why Logic Pro needs a functional Score Editor

For the past six years, I have been a devotee of Apple’s generally excellent DAW – Logic. I originally learned music production through Pro Tools on a night course, and although Pro Tools is a good platform for recording, editing and mixing work, it is rather cost inefficient, and it has never historically had much to offer on the music creation side in comparison with the extensive MIDI capabilities of Logic.

Lately, I am beginning to increasingly resent the lack of a decent score editor in Logic. I am a classically trained musician, and I also do a great deal of electronic music, and to work using the Piano Roll editor is extremely tedious, and I would contend that takes several times as long to achieve the degree of complexity that I would arrive at with ease when using Sibelius. I spent most of my life learning notation so that I could recognise chords, melodies and structures at sight, and the Piano Roll/Arrange window workflow almost completely nullifies all of this. Logic does feature a pretty hilarious score editor, but this is not fit for purpose for any meaningful serious composition work. Most of the time, I do my scoring in Sibelius and use Logic as a tracker, but because electronic music relies on a constant interaction between listening, altering and writing, it is not possible to utilise this workflow, and so we are stuck with a very laborious alternative – to deal with the limitations of the software and become very frustrated, very quickly.


This problem is not entirely unrecognised:

At present, Steinberg are working with the team who wrote Sibelius to offer new notation solutions, and the word on the street is that this will appear in Cubase. When this happens, I expect a mass migration of film composers in particular from Logic to Cubase or Nuendo. Steinberg will absolutely eat Apple alive unless they address this right away.