Get started overview

Welcome to Logic Pro X. This chapter introduces the main working areas of Logic Pro, and presents some basic tasks to help you start working in the application.

Logic Pro X is a full-featured music and audio application you can use for every aspect of music creation: recording, arranging, mixing, and more–everything from sketching your initial ideas to producing polished final mixes. You can use Logic Pro for any type of project, from simply recording yourself singing or playing all the way to complex multi-track, multi-section compositions.

For a quick tour of the Logic Pro interface, see Get started with the Logic Pro main window, then choose topics from the list on the left that introduce specific features and working areas, with basic tasks to help you get started.

Open Logic Pro

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, then click the Logic Pro icon in Launchpad.

  • Double-click the Logic Pro icon in the Applications folder.

The first time you open Logic Pro, it downloads basic content, including software instrument presets and Apple Loops, that you can use in your projects. After the download is complete, the Project Chooser opens so you can create a new project or open an existing one.

To learn more about creating and opening projects, see Get started with projects.

Tip: If you’re using Logic Pro on a portable computer or with a smaller display, you can hide the Dock to maximize available screen space. To hide the Dock, Control-click the area in the Dock between the last application icon and the Downloads icon, then choose Turn Hiding On from the shortcut menu.