Hip Hop Producers Who Use Logic
As the predominant music form of the last decade, hip hop has found its way into almost every form of music. Pop, Rock, even Western music has been tinged with hip hop in recent years. Some even consider hip hop to be the forerunner of electronic dance music and all of its offshoots.
Although hip hop as a movement began in the 70s, it wasn’t until the Roland TR-808 drum machine arrived in the 80s that the genre started to move in a new direction, rich with possibilities. As the decade progressed, new electronic instruments, software, and hardware started becoming more commonplace. Prices came down, home computers became more prevalent, and hip hop impresarios no longer needed a studio or dueling tape recorders to create multiple tracks.
It was the 90s. The age of the digital audio workstation was upon us. Producers took full advantage of the technology at their fingertips and they continue doing so right on up to today.
So who are some of the hip hop producers and EDM giants who use Logic Pro? Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero, and Alesso to name a few. Logic Pro isn’t regulated to the just world of hip hop, however.
Even though hip hop permeates music around the globe, many other artists use this DAW to create their music. Taylor Swift, Björk, Brian Eno, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, and Ed Sheeran have all been known to use Logic Pro.
That’s the beauty of using a DAW to produce music – it’s accessible to all genres. Click here for an exhaustive list of who uses Logic Pro. Basically, if you want to produce hip hop, or any other kind of music, the sooner you start learning a DAW, the sooner you can make music people want to groove to.
Digital Audio Workstations
Over the years, the price of personal computers dropped to the point that nearly any household that wanted one, had one. Software and hardware started becoming widespread. The music scene went right along with it. DAWS had more instruments, more tracks, and easily adding samples meant more people could produce hip hop and lend their talents and sounds to the ever-evolving genre.
The first accessible DAW was Cubase VST (Virtual Studio Technology), created by German company Steinberg in 1996. It allowed for a mind-blowing 32-tracks. Its soft synths, mimicked the look of a mixing desk and even included a virtual rack. Subsequent DAWs essentially based their platforms on this software.
The Internet, Wifi, and Mobile Technology
In the mid- to late 2000s, mobile technology took the world by storm. Once again, music followed close by, taking advantage of impressive technology to make software even more accessible. Laptops, phones, and tablets could download software and applications almost anywhere.
Hip hop has come a long way from the days of milk crates, turntables, and a microphone to the ability to create simple but funky baselines with a “studio” right in the palm of your hand. With enough processing speed and storage, a computer and the right DAW is all you need to start making music people can groove to.
Choose Your DAW
Searching for a DAW is easy enough. There are free options available on MAC, PC, and other platforms such as Garageband, Cakewalk, and Audacity to name a few. If you’re just starting out, you may want to stick to these free or lower-cost DAWs until you know what you’re doing.
When you’re ready to step your game up, there are always more powerful DAWs to look into. Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro are some of the most used and popular DAWs on the planet. Akai MPC or FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops) are other well-received DAWs on the market.
Ableton and Pro Tools also offer free versions of their software, although they are stripped-down versions. Working with the free versions, you can acclimate yourself to how they operate, master the basics, and hit the ground running when you find you’re ready to invest some money is a DAW that’s more robust.
Is any one digital workstation better than another? In the grand scheme of things, probably not. That doesn’t mean you won’t like one more than another though. It could be as simple as you’ve always been a MAC person, so you’ll just stick with Logic Pro X.
Think of it as your favorite basketball player. If they wear Adidas, you’ll probably wear Adidas. If your favorite beat makers use Logic Pro X, you’ll probably be drawn to that DAW. That being said, all basketball shoes pretty much look and wear the same way – there’s a sole, laces, and cushioning.
Unless there’s an endorsement deal in place, your favorite pro athletes wear what suits them best. The same should apply when picking your DAW. The less you pay, the fewer the options. The more you pay, the better the features. But they all use essentially the same functionality.
Master a DAW with a Mentor
Recording Connection offers several programs that help you master a DAW as well as showing you the ins-and-outs of working in the music business. Recording Connection for Electronic Music Production Logic Pro Program will give you a fully immersive environment to learn the DAW, ask questions, and get one-on-one mentoring from an industry professional.
There are certainly several other options available to you to learn Logic Pro. Following online tutorials, watching YouTube videos, or trying to learn on your own are good, low-cost options. If this is going to be a hobby for you, we actually recommend that path for you. Why spend money on something you’re not really invested in?
But if you’re serious about making a career in the industry, our program has a lot to offer. Costing less (on average) than a four-year university or trade school, our programs run from just 6 to 9 months long. This means you’ll be put in a position to get the education and the insight you need to start your career in music. Save yourself years of time and potentially tens of thousands of dollars with Recording Connection.
You won’t have to uproot your life, either. With more than 130 locations throughout 48 states – and a few more in Canada – chances are you’ll find a Recording Connection studio near you. Stay at home to save money on rent, keep your current job, and save yourself the aggravation of moving across the country to study for years in the hopes that that will lead you in the right direction.
You don’t have to live in Los Angeles, Miami, or New York to make it in hip hop. But you will need to work your behind off. Remember, this isn’t a hobby. It’s your life, your career. Are you committed to making your hip hop career your living, breathing reality? Can you show up on-time, utilize the skills and knowledge your mentor, a working professional, share with you? Are you ready to make hip hop production your life? If that sounds like you, apply today.