Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog: buy a new PowerBook, Power Mac, or Xserve, and Apple will drop the price of Logic Pro from $1000 to $500. I’ve been impressed by performance on the top-end Power Mac G5 and current generation PowerBook G4, so it sounds like a good deal — if you’ve got the cash and are getting a new machine, anyway. You don’t have to buy Logic from Apple, either. Too bad this doesn’t extend to those new iBooks! (But, um, am I missing something? Logic Pro on an Xserve? That doesn’t make any sense.)

Let’s see, running the major DAWs through the price tracker: Cubase SX3, around US$600; MOTU Digital Performer, around US$500; Ableton Live, around $400; Cakewalk SONAR Producer Edition, around $600. (Pro Tools isn’t quite a fair comparison since you’ll need to buy hardware to get it.)

Logic is still worth its higher price, I think, given its extraordinary number of effects and synths. Keep in mind, too, many of these DAWs have upgrade deals, competitive upgrades, and academic pricing. Bargains can be had, and aside from the carefully-fixed Apple price, there’s no need to pay list.

  • Martin

    I don't know if this applies to all colleges with Apple academic pricing, or maybe it's just because Berklee is a music school, but Berklee students can get Logic for $500 through the Apple Online Store. Then again, there's a mandatory Powerbook package for all incoming freshman, so it amounts to the same thing.

  • nobrain

    Logic and XServe does make sense: you are forgetting one of the most interesting power features of Logic, it's Node processing, where a "master" machine can can split the load over multiple G5 machines in the local network, removing any practical limits on soft (Logic's) instruments, tracks, etc.
    If you realy need that power, sure you will prefere several neat, small XServe machines in a rack, instead of a farm of loud PowerMacs…

  • admin

    Yes, $500 is the academic price for Logic. This deal doesn't appear to have any equivalent on the academic pricing (but the laptop itself is less under standard academic pricing.) The one thing the Berklee folks get that is unique is the whole PB package.

    But, no, I was being practical and imagining the average Logic user.

    Rack of Xserves running Logic, Logic Node, and Apple Qmaster. . .

    [eyes getting all misty]