IPR Blogging with the Experts: Kevin Bowe on Pro Tools, Live, Logic

Can you really Blame Kevin Bowe for his outrage? We’ve hashed out this subject over and over behind closed doors, online, while waiting for lunch, blogging, and with the guy behind the counter at Guitar Center. What audio production value does it hold? Does it make it any easier for Producers and Engineers (a.k.a IPR students) to pass their courses in Pro Tools, Live or Logic knowing that they’re using what many consider to be the best? Is there real value in having this discussion? Well, maybe there is, and maybe, just maybe, Kevin is right? You be the judge.

Pro Tools vs. Ableton vs. Logic – by Kevin Bowe

This whole argument is a colossal waste of time and says more about the people arguing than the software being argued about. It reminds me of a bunch of poets sitting around discussing the pros and cons of this brand of pen or that brand of pen….. WHO CARES????? Obviously the only thing that matters is the end product, not how you get there.

Each software has its own advantages and disadvantages (i.e price, compatibility, ease of use and style). Every producer needs to decide for themselves which product is best for what THEY do, but that doesn’t mean one is best for everyone, or that one is “better” than another. I think the best aim would be to become proficient in all of them so you could walk into any studio and be ready to fire it up.

But if I walk down the halls of IPR and hear this tired old discussion one more time I swear I will have to lock myself in my office for the rest of my life. It’s so boring! Kind of like artists who argue that the kind of music they do is “better” than the kind of music you do. If you watch closely you may notice that most REALLY successful “lifers” in this business don’t do that, and they don’t for many reasons. First, they’ve seen the wheel turn so they know that now is just now, not forever. Today’s dub step is tomorrow’s reggaeton. Remember reggaeton? Remember crunk? I didn’t think so. Nothing wrong with any of them, just know that they come and go, so does software.

20 years from now people will talk about Pro Tools the way we talk about dixie cups and string. The main question is…. will you still be doing this for a living? Or will you be sitting around telling your kids that “good music died with dub step, all that crap you’re listening to is stupid, now I’m gonna go fire up my Pro Tools 9 and get busy” while they laugh at you behind your back?

What do you think? Is this a worthwhile discussion or is it time to put it to bed?

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