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.
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.