GarageBand 2.2 is big, brings back Alchemy, adds AU, and much more


Well this is a surprise and probably what a lot of people have been hoping for, for quite a long time. I think it’s time to look at GarageBand again. Here’s all the details:

  • Play and record using the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches*
  • Quickly find Touch Instruments and patches with a redesigned sound browser
  • Capture your voice or instrument and apply studio-class effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay with the new Audio Recorder
  • Use new mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
  • Add third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions**
  • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
  • Perform with Chord Strips from any keyboard instrument
  • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad
  • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes

* The Alchemy synth is available on iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.
** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.

GarageBand on the app store:

Video: Garageband for iPad, ALL The New Chinese Instruments & Live Loops

GarageBand 2.1.1 arrives

So Apple have updated GarageBand to version 2.1.1. Here’s what’s new:

  • Quickly navigate long lists of Apple Loops using a new alphabetical sidebar
  • Use Multi-Touch to select multiple regions simultaneously in the Tracks area
  • Send songs as an audio file using AirDrop
  • Share GarageBand songs via Mail as uncompressed audio
  • Apply your own custom images to songs shared to YouTube and Facebook
  • Support for Shared iPad in iOS 9.3

Video: 5 APPS, 1 DEVICE!! (Fugue Machine, iPatterning, Thor, iKaossilator & Garageband for iPad)

Video description:

“So, I decided to do a beat with iOS apps for iPad this week, hope you like it!!
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See you next week!

5 APPS, 1 DEVICE!! (Fugue Machine, iPatterning, Thor, iKaossilator & Garageband for iPad)

Video published by SugoiGaijin.

Video: Copy from AudioShare to Garageband

Video description:

“How to copy a soundfile in AudioShare and paste it into Garageband.”

Video published by Jonatan Liljedahl.

AudioShare on the app store:

Video: Garageband for iPad, New Feature, Live Loops

Garageband on the app store:

Video: Garageband for iPad, New Featues, Using Audio Units

Garageband on the app store:

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:

Will GB kill off iPad music devs? I think not!

There’s been quite a bit of talk about this over the last few days andI thought I’d take some time to put down my thoughts about Apple introducing GarageBand for the iPad.

People have been saying things like ‘it’ll kill off music apps for indie devs’ and the like and I want to respond to that. When GarageBand first arrived in January 2004 it was great. Apple putting music creation into the hands of the masses. But did it destroy the market for music making software at any level? No, not in anyway. If anything it made other software companies look up and see that there’s a market for the user making music in their bedroom studio.

That is what I think is going to happen with the introduction of GarageBand on the iPad. I think that it will generate more interest from iPad users in making music and that a percentage of those users will want to do more and that will lead them in turn to discover more apps from the community of excellent developers that exists today.

The other thing we might see is other big software houses entering the iPad and tablet market, and that would be excellent.

I think that GB on the iPad can only mean good things for the mobile music creation community, and I don’t think that any developers should see this as anything but good news.

iPads at the Apple Store