Apple updates GarageBand to 2.1, brings AU instruments at last

Just to round off today (for me anyway), here’s what Apple have brought to GarageBand in version 2.1:

  • Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures*
  • Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
  • Record adjustments of any Touch Instrument control knob in real time
  • Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
  • Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
  • Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
  • Adds over 1,200 new Apple Loops and sounds
  • Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously**
  • Use third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions*** (which is the bit we’ve all been waiting for right!)
  • Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
  • Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****

* Live Loops is available on iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (4th generation), or later devices.
** 32 tracks is available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or later devices. Multi-track recording requires compatible third party audio interface.
*** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.
**** Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

GarageBand is still $4.99 on the app store:

7 comments

  1. Ashley, do you know, if there is a list of all available AU Instruments?

    I got loads of apps on my iPad, but iSem seems to be the only one?!?!

    Thanks a lot

    Best, Carsten

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    1. According to another audio tech site, iSem is currently the only one.

      I’m guessing they will slowly start rolling out like the inter-app audio apps did.

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    2. According to someone on another audio tech site, iSem is the only one.

      They most likely start rolling out in due time like the inter-app audio apps did.

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