By Graham English

You can do a lot just with the Logic Pro software. You can play the software instruments with your computer keyboard by using musical typing. You can import media from a variety of sources, such as iTunes or iMovie. You can use headphones or your computer speakers to listen to your project.

To take advantage of all that Logic Pro has to offer, however, you’ll want to connect some peripheral devices.

Consider adding some or all of the following devices to your studio:

  • Audio interface: You’ll need to get audio into and out of your computer. Your computer probably has a built-in mic, but you might also want to capture audio from a variety of sources such as a keyboard, guitar, and microphone. You may want to be able to record more than one instrument at a time. Audio interfaces allow you to get professional sounding audio into your Logic Pro project.

    You can get inexpensive, good quality input devices through major retailers such as Amazon and the Apple store, or you can search eBay and Craigslist for used options. USB and Thunderbolt connectivity are standard on the latest Apple computers. Firewire might be another option, depending on the capabilities and age of your computer.

  • Speakers: In the pro audio community, your speakers are known as monitors. In a pinch, your computer speakers will do just fine. You can use them to do mixing because many people listen to music on their laptop’s speakers. (The same advice goes for Apple’s earbuds, which are provided with all their mobile devices.)

    For a more accurate picture of your audio, listen to your project on a set of monitors that produces the entire frequency range. There’s a good chance that the audio interface you choose will have a stereo monitor output for connecting a pair of speakers.

  • MIDI controller: MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) allows devices to talk to each other and enables you to control all the wonderful software instruments that come with Logic Pro. A MIDI controller can be a keyboard, drum pads, or any other device that transmits MIDI. MIDI controllers connect to your computer by USB or by a separate MIDI interface for devices that have 5-pin DIN connectors.

  • iPad: The Logic Remote iPad app can control software instruments and the mixer, execute key commands, and more. Best of all, the app is free! It connects to Logic Pro through your Wi-Fi network. Got a keyboard sitting 20 feet across the room? No problem: Use the iPad to control Logic Pro remotely.