Logic Pro X in Libraries

Project Title: Logic Pro X in Libraries

Project Lead’s Name: Bryan Partner

Email: partneba@MiamiOH.edu

Phone: (513) 529-1708

Please Choose the Primary Affiliation: LIB

Are There Other Project Team Members?: Yes

Other Project Team Member: Mike Bomholt

Other Team Member Email Address: bomholmm@MiamiOH.edu

Other Project Team Member: Per Bloland

Other Team Member Email Address: blolanpa@MiamiOH.edu

Brief description of project: The University Libraries currently offers only free software for audio editing in our facilities(Audacity) and consumer grade software(GarageBand). Professional level Audio editing capabilities using Logic Pro X will provide that solution.

Does this project focus on graduate student education or graduate student life?: No

Describe the problem you are attempting to solve and your approach for solving that problem.: The Libraries currently offer amateur level audio editing and composition capabilities. The goal is to provide better services to patrons that need professional level audio editing software for their classes and projects.

The criteria state that technology fee projects should benefit students in innovative and/or significant ways. How would you describe the innovation and/or significance of your project?: For students in the music and media disciplines, knowledge of professional audio editing software is essential. Audacity, and GarageBand are the only audio editing software currently available on the machines in the Libraries They are significantly less powerful than Logic, and thus do not provide students with exposure to such professional tools. The use of Audacity limits the scope of projects students might undertake. Logic is a full-fledged professional audio editing suite, though it is very similar to GarageBand, with which many students are already familiar. As a result many students will already have a certain level of familiarity with the functionality. Interest in such software is not at all restricted to students in related disciplines. There is tremendous interest among the general student body in the use software such as Logic for personal music making, whether for recording and mixing rock bands, creating Electronic Dance Music, remixes, or mashups. None of these can be effectively accomplished with Audacity, and only to a limited extent with GarageBand.

How will you assess the project?: Usage statistics of this software will be tracked through the Library Systems department. It is possible to determine which software applications have been used, for how many hours, and on what machines. Library staff will record the types of projects that utilize this software through interaction with users.

Have you applied for and/or received Tech Fee awards in past years?: No

What happens to the project in year two and beyond? Will there be any ongoing costs such as software or hardware maintenance, supplies, staffing, etc.? How will these be funded?: Logic Pro X will be purchased as managed distribution licenses using the Apple Volume Purchase program which provides a 50% discount for purchases greater than 20 licenses. The Software will be distributed using the campus Jamf Pro server which will allow us to allocate the licenses at will and reclaim licenses from machines that no longer need the software. Purchasing Logic this way means there is no software maintenance cost or subscription fee.

Budget: Software

Software Title(s) & Vendor(s): (Vendor - Apple) 80 - Logic Pro X

Software Costs: $7,999.20

What is the total budget amount requested?: $7,999.20

Comments: From August-December of 2016 the current deployment of Audacity in CIM, Kamm and Music was used for 771.7 hours by 103 unique users. These users averaged 3.5 hours of usage time per session. This indicates a real demand for audio editing capabilities in the libraries.