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Logic Pro X quickly rose in popularity when it was branded commonly as, “Apple’s professional version of GarageBand.” You probably landed on this article wondering, “is there a Logic Pro X for Windows?”
The short answer is that Logic Pro X is Apple only. Because of this, the only possible way to use Logic Pro X with Windows would be by using a virtual emulator of sorts.
Note: We don’t recommend doing this as there can be bugged or malicious software potentially. It’s also quite a hassle to go this route.
What I recommend instead is using one of the Logic Pro X alternatives below. These DAWs will be similar to Logic Pro X and they will also be fully compatible with Windows/PCs.
Here’s a quick look at our favorite alternatives to Logic Pro X for Windows 7,8, &, 10.
- Cubase – Overall best alternative
- Reaper – Closest visually as well as workflow
- Fl Studio – Similar plugin functionality
- Ableton Live – Best for live music
- Cakewalk – Best free alternative ( Limited)
Below, you can find some links to the above products:
How We Graded The Best Alternatives For Logic Pro X For Windows
First things first, functionality and workflow will always be the most important when working with any DAW.
With this being said, we decided on 5 DAWs that allow you to do everything that you can do with Logic Pro X.
In terms of the visual aesthetic and workflow, Reaper is the closest alternative for Logic Pro X. If you’re not completely against using a DAW that looks different than Logic Pro X but has provided for an incredible workflow, I recommend trying out Cubase.
If you already own a MIDI controller for Logic Pro, fear not, it should be fully compatible with the options below as well.
How To Download Logic Pro X For PC/Windows
As mentioned above, Logic Pro X is created by Apple and it is not compatible with Windows. The only way that you can do this is by downloading an emulator or simulator to act as Apple.
This can be dangerous and I personally don’t recommend doing this as it more of a pain than just going with an alternative. After a few weeks of working on another DAW, you will notice that you can do basically the same things, you just have to get comfortable.
Should you choose to really want to go the emulator route, which again, we don’t recommend, you will need a moderately fast computer.
You will then be prompted to download an emulator such as Virtual Box. While we don’t recommend doing this due to the hassle and potential virus issues, you would need some sort of emulator.
Best Logic Pro X Alternatives For PC/Windows
Without further ado, let’s get into some great alternatives for Windows. If you’re currently using GarageBand and looking to upgrade to Logic Pro X, I recommend checking out our guide to GarageBand Alternatives for Windows as well.
1) Cubase – Best Overall Alternative
While Cubase is one of the main DAWs, it doesn’t seem to always get the attention as much as others such as FL Studio or Ableton Live.
Cubase provides producers with an incredible workflow experience as well as countless features that make your life easier when making music.
As far as user experience goes, Cubase has a great online community that is super helpful via forums and on Youtube.
Cubase also provides producers with a super clean interface that is user friendly. I will say that most producers who use Cubase typically swear by it. While it can be expensive, it is upgraded regularly and it is an incredible product.
2) Ableton Live – Best For Live Music
Ableton is an extremely popular DAW this is hands down the best for live performance. What makes is Ableton so popular is the fact that it is easy to use.
While all DAWs are similar in a sense, Ableton seems to have the most tutorials available for users on Youtube.
Because of this, it works as a great alternative to Logic Pro X.
As far as community goes, Ableton Live has an incredibly active community that is always helpful to users. Logic Pro X is also known for having a great community to lean on when you need help.
This is one of the reasons why I think Ableton is so great. With so many producers using Ableton, you can pretty much always find answers to problems.
3) Reaper – Feels Very Similar To Logic Pro X
Reaper is the most cost-effective alternative. While it can be tricky to learn at first, it only costs what you afford per month. You can even pay only $1 should you choose.
4) FL Studio
Fl Studio Pro is the closest to Garageband when it comes to looks and feel/interface. This is also a professional DAW that is extremely popular, especially for hip-hop.
The above video shows you a producers honest thoughts on FL Studio.
Fl Studio has risen in popularity over the years after starting as more of a budget option. FL Studio gives producers optimal control and can be used as an alternative to Logic Pro X.
When it comes to hip hop production, FL Studio is one of the most popular DAWs currently. FL Studio provides producers with some pretty good VSTs for FL Studio right out of the box.
I would say that FL Studio is probably the least similar to Logic Pro X out of these options. With that being said, it works with Windows and it is very popular and worth the mention.
5) Pro Tools
Pro Tools was widely considered the most professional DAW for years. As the years went by, it’s still remained to be one of the top DAWs, but it’s not a clear-cut number one anymore.
With this being said, Pro Tools still works as an excellent alternative to Logic.
Free Alternatives To Logic Pro X
If you’re looking for a few free options for Logic Pro X, we’ve put together this small list for you. While these options aren’t typically as powerful or as good of products overall, they are free.
Cakewalk By BandLab – Best Free Alternative
Cakewalk has quite the story as it was once an expensive DAW. Since going through company changes, Cakewalk is now free and just as powerful as it once was.
You will need Windows 7 or higher and I would recommend a moderately fast PC overall for the best user experience.
Should you be familiar with Logic Pro X, but be wanting to try something free before purchasing, this is a great option.
While you can technically get Logic Pro X for Windows, we recommend just learning a new DAW and not having to do deal with the hassle of doing so.
Should you choose the alternative route for Logic Pro X for Windows, we are confident in the ones that we have displayed for you.
Our current favorite is Cubase for overall performance followed by Reaper as Reaper will look and feel very similar to Logic Pro X.