If you wonder if you can run Logic Pro X on Windows the answer is no. Logic Pro X is a native OSX application, therefore, is designed to run on a Mac computer only.
Though there are workarounds to install macOS with Logic Pro X on a virtual machine, it will most likely render Logic Pro X unusable for you due to the drawbacks on audio and graphical performance specific to virtual environments. Let alone, the setup is a real pain and will not always work.
Being a Windows user, willing to explore Logic’s premium-grade features, plugins, and amazing workflow I covered in detail here, is perfectly understandable. I’ve been there before.
But with the latest M1 and Silicon-based chipsets, incredible performance, and price tag, Apple made Mac computers more affordable than ever. If you really want to use Logic Pro X to its full potential, take a leap of faith and get a Mac.
If your budget is the problem, get an entry-level Apple computer – Logic will run just fine on it and you’ll get Logic Pro X fully integrated with other premium tools such as Final Cut and Main Stage.
I can assure you that you won’t regret taking this path.
However, if you still want to stick with Windows, there are plenty of Digital Audio Workstations [DAW] out there. Though they are not exactly Logic Pro X, they pretty much can do the same job in the right hands.
Here are a few Logic Pro X alternatives for Windows users you should consider:
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Arguably the best Logic Pro X alternative for Windows users, Cubase is a name with a reputation in the DAW industry that needs no introduction.
It provides all the bells and whistles you can possibly need for audio production, has a vast library of samples, virtual instruments, and effects, and is available for Windows and Mac as well – so if you make the transition to Apple later, you won’t need to learn another DAW from scratch.
On the downside, Cubase has a steeper price tag of 578$ compared with Logic Pro X and requires a dongle. That being said, you can use Cubase on only one machine with one USB eLicenser key.
In comparison, Logic Pro X allows you to use the software on three Mac computers as long as you sign-in on the Apple store with the same Apple account you purchased Logic Pro X.
Read more about Cubase here.
2. Pro Tools
Developed by Avid, Pro Tools has been for a long time considered the industry standard for audio editing, mixing, and mastering among pro-audio veterans.
Though this status is somehow maintained due to large studios still using Pro Tools, there is nothing you can do with Pro Tools and not with Logic Pro X or other professional-grade DAWs in this list.
Pro Tools has a subscription price of 299$ per year which could be quite a steep investment for many. You can download Pro Tools First edition for free on your Windows or Mac computer but you will be limited to a few stock plugins, 16 audio, MIDI, and Auxiliary tracks, and 4 inputs.
Pro Tools is available for Windows and Mac. It no longer requires a physical iLok dongle anymore but you still need to create an iLok account as a cloud-based licensing solution.
Find out more about Pro Tools here.
3. Reaper Audio
I have to confess: besides Logic Pro X which is my main DAW for music production, I am a huge fan of Reaper Audio since version 2.0.
Though Reaper does not provide a sample library, virtual instruments, or fancy GUI for its stock plugins [which by the way are very capable], it is insanely customizable, has fantastic audio capabilities, is very low on resources, and has probably the best online community of all.
Though Reaper Audio might not be suitable out of the box for music production, it is definitively a realistic alternative for Pro Tools when it comes to professional recording, mixing, and mastering.
Reaper Audio is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux costs only 60$, and can be used for free with no limitations if you can wait 5 seconds every time you open the DAW.
You can customize Reaper to look and feel exactly like Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, etc., and if you love to use third-party effects and virtual instruments, I don’t see why you can’t consider Reaper as a great Logic Pro X alternative for Windows for everything related to audio and MIDI.
You can read more about Reaper Audio here.
4. Ableton Live
In the live club scene, Ableton technology is often cited as a standout for its versatility and ability to perform in a live setup. Logic Pro, on the other hand, is designed to be used as a specialized studio engine and audio production at home.
Having said that, Ableton is used by many producers for both live and studio settings, especially for electronic music production.
It comes with a large array of loops, an impressive amount of virtual instruments and effects, and most notably, has a unique audio and MIDI workflow that many producers find intuitive to learn and master.
Though Ableton Live is not exactly a replacement for Logic Pro X on Windows [or Macs] in terms of workflow, I found it to stimulate my creativity and come with fresh ideas every time I put my hands on it.
Ableton is available for Windows and Mac but has a price tag higher than that of Logic Pro X, respectively 449$ for the Standard edition and another 359$ for the Suite – at the time of writing this post.
You can find out more about Ableton Live here.
5. Bitwig Studio
Developed by an ex-Ableton employee, Bitwig Studio is an amazing alternative to Ableton Live, in many ways resembling Ableton’s features and workflow.
Bitwig Studio was built with touch devices in mind from the beginning. This is a significant benefit in an era when touch devices are increasingly being incorporated into electronic musicians’ live setups.
This isn’t to suggest Ableton is clumsy; rather the contrary. It isn’t exactly suited for touch devices, but those who prefer physical controllers won’t have much of a problem with this anyway.
Bitwig comes in two versions: Bitwig Studio 16-track [with 16 tracks limitation] at a price of 99$ and Bitwig Studio [no limitations] at 399$. Bitwig does not require a dongle and is supported on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Find out about Bitwig Studio here.
6. FL Studio
FL Studio is one of the most popular DAW among Windows users. In fact, FL Studio is one of the first DAWs I ever tried back in the day. It has an intuitive workflow and comes with a good arsenal of loops and effects.
Though I haven’t used FL Studio for quite a while now, I know many producers that have only good things to say about this DAW and decide to stick with it no matter what.
Contrary to many beliefs, FL Studio is no longer a DAW for beginners only. Its list of features is quite impressive and comes in various flavors tailored for loop-based workflow, song creation, mic recording, and full suite at a price tag of 737$ at the time of writing this article.
FL Studio used to be a Windows-only DAW until 2018 when the company finally decided to make FL Studio available for Mac users as well.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of Logic Pro X alternatives for Windows but they pretty much can do the same thing – or better. Remember, DAWs are just tools, what really matters is the brain behind the keyboard.
Though Logic Pro X on Windows will probably never happen – not as a native application anyway, this, by all means, should not be an impediment to trying different routes.
But if you are a Windows user and really like Logic Pro X, spare the frustration of getting it to run on a virtual machine and get a real Mac instead. You will thank me for this advice later.