Logic – a cruel mistress?
I was introduced to Logic by a friend. He was impressed by her and thought that we would get on well. I fell head over heels. She was everything I ever wanted. Beautiful, elegant, refined, classy, intelligent, mystical… I was overcome by her potential, her depth, her versatility. And she did weird stuff the others wouldn’t do, some things I’d never imagined possible. My world changed. I would think about her all the time and missed our hours apart.
But was I seeing her thought my rose tinted monitor? Did I commit too soon? The answer is yes… and no.
We set off on our journey together and all was great to begin. Until we decided to create our first children. The cracks appeared. The pressures. The long hours. There is no room for error or oversight in her eyes. I was starting to think that under the sugar coated exterior that stole my heart she had serious issues. She became moody and temperamental. Under the surface I was beginning to see how complicated she really was.
Things got worse. I even considered moving on, but where? Did I really want to be out there again (with my semi-completed babies in tow)? And to whom? Would Cubase take me back after such a rejection? Version 5 was looking good. Cubase was turning heads now. She knows how to strut these days I thought. What about good old Aunty Pro Tools? Nothing eccentric or dangerous there, just safe and reliable(?). But would I get bored? I even left Pro Tools and Ableton magazine articles lying around the studio. Yes I admit, I wanted Logic to see them.
I now realise that my perception was the problem. Because Logic was not my first love I just saw her as ‘like the ex but better’. This was my first mistake, and I have spoken to many at my support group who fell into the same trap. She is an individual and one must not generalise or make presumptions. The correct way would have been to forget those that went before and learn from the beginning. When compared to others she is quirky. Sometimes over-complicated. Sometimes very inflexible. She has her strange ways and preferences and obsesses about small points that others let go. She likes to be organised. Everything stored correctly to her exact requirements… I could go on, but I’m mellowing.
I have recently been taking an Apple Logic exam course, though it feels more like marriage guidance. I say things like ‘why is she so moody and temperamental and lets me down when it most matters’, ‘why does she feel the need to punish me and make me look a fool in front of clients and friends?’ I am told things like ‘you never listen to me’ or ‘you need to understand me more’ or ‘if you kept everything in the correct folders then I would have no reason to complain’… We are making progress. It’s all about communicating. I even walk out of the meeting with a smile on my face, remembering why I’m with her. Bathing in the magical memories of when we first met.
A studio shaman-geek gave me his wise words. ‘They are all the same. They all have their issues. All of them have glitches that they won’t admit to. Just find one that you can work with. Better the devil you know. Stick with the one that does what YOU need. There will always be problems. It just takes time and understanding… just make sure you save and back up often’
Since preparing the article I have studied my exam course book more closely. There is a small piece, tucked away (as most disclaimers are) in the latter half, titled ‘Addressing Unexpected Behaviors’ and a few lines of text advising what action to take if faced with such. Is this an acknowledgment that she may be at fault on occasion? I won’t ask. This is as close as I get to an apology by her I suppose…