How to Set Up Your Computer for Logic Pro X - dummies

How to Set Up Your Computer for Logic Pro X

By Graham English

If you haven’t already installed Logic Pro X on your computer, get it from the Apple App Store. Open the App Store in your Applications folder and search for Logic Pro X. Purchase and install it (an installation wizard will guide you) — but be patient while downloading because the program is about 800MB.

You need a minimum of 5GB of disk space plus 35GB if you want to add optional content available through a free in-app download. You also need a minimum of 4GB of RAM, a display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher, and OS X v10.8.4 or later.

To download the additional Logic Pro X content, launch Logic Pro X. Choose Logic Pro X→Download Additional Content. Select all the additional content packages you want to install, and then click the Install button.

Here are some tips to make your experience with Logic Pro X as smooth as possible:

  • Pay attention to Time Machine backups. If you use Time Machine to back up your computer, Time Machine might access the hard drive while you’re accessing the hard drive with Logic Pro. As a result, you might get an error if you’re working on a project with a high track count or lots of samples streamed from the disk. Turn off Time Machine temporarily if you encounter any issues.

  • Shut down other apps if you run out of power or if Logic Pro gets glitchy.

  • Prevent app nap in OS X Mavericks. When apps are hidden and not actively working, they enter app nap to save power and battery life. This feature might get in the way if you put Logic Pro in the background while you, say, look at lyrics in a text document while recording your voice.

    To prevent Logic Pro “napping,” go to the Applications folder, right-click or Ctrl-click the Logic Pro X application, and choose Get Info. Then select the Prevent App Nap check box.

  • Show Advanced Tools. Logic Pro X has with several advanced features that aren’t available by default. In the main menu, choose Logic Pro X→Preferences→Advanced Tools and then select the Show Advanced Tools check box.

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