Most of us who use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs have a standard program that we've used for years. On occasion, we face a project which uses another program--one that's unfamiliar. Typically it's a rush, so we bash our way through, learning just enough to get the job done. That was my initial experience with Logic. With any program there are many other things that we don't know about, or that we don't know how to find. Once upon a time, you received a hard-copy manual that could be browsed. Now, as with many other programs, there's only an online manual. It's not conducive to browsing, and it can't be dog-eared and marked up. That's where a book like this comes in.
The authors give a pretty good 5000' view of the product, and I've learned about a number of things in Logic. I'll make some changes in my workflow as a result. As indicated by the title, the primary focus is audio and music production. As a result, discussions of features like low-level audio editing are a little cursory. The description of the many built-in synthesizers is very good, and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with some of them. After all the synthesis and mixing, there's an overview of the mysteries of mastering and working with video.
I have some general criticisms, along with a couple of specific complaints. In the discussion of mastering, there are many suggestions to listen to commercial releases. No mention of jazz, classical, spoken-word, etc. Most mixers and many mastering engineers absolutely despise the way many commercial releases are mastered. Following this bad practice is hardly to be recommended. There is also a brief description of mixing in surround. There is no discussion of the role of bass-management and the appropriate way to use the LFE channel. First-time surround mixers almost inevitably misunderstand this, and usually have to do their mixes over. This book could help and it doesn't
More generally, I think the organization could be improved. I'd prefer to see a complete description of the framework of a feature (mixing architecture, for example), followed by extensions such as plugins. It's a little more mixed-up in this book. But most importantly, I'd like to see a reference section--a menu-by-menu, feature-by-feature appendix. With a book like this, I can remember seeing a description of something--but I can't remember where it was. A reference section would be most appreciated.
But all in all it's a helpful book and provides a good view into a very powerful chunk of software.