Maybe you will feel differently when you get to know Logic a bit better.
but, a few things... Logic 8's interface was completely redesigned from the ground up by Apple.
You surprise me. I bought Final Cut Express at the same time as Logic Express and got the training videos at the same time too. I took to Final Cut like a duck to water (after using iMovie). I might be that the examples in the Logic 101 are so far removed from from the way I work and the Final Cut examples were closer?
Garageband is based on Logic. However, it is much less complex and contains a relatively small number of the features and possibilities that Logic offers.
Logic is a very very deep program. You will find it is extremely customizable and can be tailored to fit your workflow, where an app like Garageband will have one way to do a task, Logic may have many - it's a matter of picking the one(s) that suits you :)
That sounds a bit like a salesman talking ;) I don't think that having multiple ways to do something is necessarily good. Would you buy a car with reins and a tiller as well as a stearing wheel? One [i]good[/i] way is all that is needed.
Great glad this thread has helped you :)
Hardware is often not covered in detail in the 101 series... having said that, Martin goes into using the MIDI controller to control plug-ins etc in the "Automation" section. It's definitely worth checking out :)
Also, in the Mainstage 101 tut:
Section 7 is devoted to MIDI controllers and how to use a MIDI Controller to Channel Strip etc etc...
What is Mainstage?