Garageband On Ipad 1 Review
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My expectations were not particularly high while I was downloading the rather hefty 350+ MB app to my first generation iPad. After all, as a Logic user, I had been hoping for an iLogic or Logic Lite iPad app since the day the original iPad had been released. Was GarageBand for iPad, at only $4.99, going to be another musical toy or a serious tool for recording artists? Would this be a defining moment for 'touch' musicians or would it be another app I would play with for 3 days and then not return to using?
I'm happy to say that Garageband for iPad is not a toy at all! Apple have set a new benchmark for musical applications on portable touchscreen devices. In fact they have created a tool of benefit and interest to musicians and non-musicians alike within an accessible, fun and intuitive 8 track mini GarageBand interface.
Read on to find out more..
GarageBand for iPad & iPhone review: Improved sound browser. The sound browser - that carousel of instruments that appears when you add a track - had grown unwieldy. In this update, instruments are now intelligently grouped. For example, 'Amp' houses buttons for creating a.
On my iPad 1, GarageBand took a good few seconds to launch. I suspect the newly released iPad 2 will have faster load up times. I should mention that the load times had no negative impact on my overall experience.
Once ready, you're greeted with the Instruments screen where you can choose between a number of software instruments like guitars, drums, keyboard and audio tracks designed for voice recordings, sampling and a guitar input. For new songs you need to choose an instrument to get started.
Swipe to browse through instruments
Software instruments like drums, guitar, bass, keys are also available in 'smart' versions. More on this later. Tapping on an instrument takes you to the instruments page where you can tap a key, drum, or strum a guitar, etc. In my tests over 3 days the instruments were very responsive with the added benefit of velocity sensitivity! So it's possible to strike a key harder or softer and produce a more expressive performance. This utilises the iPad's built-in accelerometer and, while some people have complained of it's inconsistency, it worked for me better than expected.
The Lotus Pond Synth
Instruments and Smart Instruments
By default a Grand Piano is loaded as the standard keyboard instrument, but tapping on the picture of the Piano reveals a pop-up where a multitude of different instruments can be selected. Note the tabs at the top of the pop-up window where you can choose between types of the instrument. A nice touch is that each instrument has its own unique face plate and controls. For example the synths typically have cut-off, resonance, etc. controls, while the organs feature drawbars. If you've used Logic or GarageBand you'll likely feel at home with some of these preset instruments. While I would prefer more control to get under the hood of each synth, that's not the point of GarageBand for iPad, and although some of the controls are limited, there's enough here to play with and at least approximate the sound you're looking to create.
Changing keyboard type
The introduction of Smart Instruments makes it easy for anyone to make music on their iPad. I'm not always a fan of 'automatic' music making features, but Smart instruments are a great idea. With Smart guitars and keyboards a simple tap will trigger a chord and the AutoPlay feature provides 4 pre-recorded patterns and I found myself using it to quickly create backing tracks. The Smart Drums even include a randomization feature to help you create a variety of rhythmic tracks to suit your project.
Recording your instrument is a simple matter. Tap on the Record button at the top of the screen and play your chosen instrument. It's important to note that GarageBand for iPad works in 'Sections'. So tap on the Jigsaw button (top left) to choose the length of the section you wish to record. By default Section A is set to 8 bars.
Once you've recorded your performance tapping on the Arrange view button will take you to the main Arrange area. Here you can create, delete and duplicate tracks.. and cut, copy, paste, move, trim MIDI and Audio regions. In fact if you've ever used iMovie you may recognize the handle bar metaphor used on the edges of regions. It almost feels like Apple have been preparing us for iPad music creation since the release of iMovie'08 on the Mac!
The Arrange area. Look familiar?
There's a lot packed into GarageBand but Apple have kept the interface uncluttered, easy on the eye and responsive. I can't stress how intuitive the interface is to get around. With a little exploring you'll find features such as Quantization for MIDI notes, metronome settings, tempo and even a selection of Loops from the Apple Loops Library. The Question Mark in the top right gives you useful tips for that particular screen - and you might be surprised to discover some extra multi-touch features in certain areas of the interface.
Some people might question the quality of recording through the built in microphone or wonder how to hook up your electric guitar to your iPad. If you have an iRig that'll work as a guitar interface, but stay tuned for the studio quality Mike and Jam from Apogee, both designed specifically for GarageBand on the iPad (but will work happily on iPhone and Mac!). Expect a full review of these two devices in the near future..
Soon to be released Apogee Mic
GarageBand for iPad does feel like the younger sibling of it's Mac relative, a musical sketch-pad rather than a full blown DAW. But it packs a punch worthy of a well-designed Apple product. The ease at which you can start laying down musical tracks is as quick, if not quicker than the Mac equivalent. There are even additions not present on the Mac version, for example, an Arpeggiator for keyboard instruments and the ability to choose a Scale so that it's not possible to play a bad note!
There are of course some limitations, such as a maximum of 8 tracks, no Piano Roll editor for MIDI performances / offline note input, no advanced audio waveform editor, no track automation, limited effects to apply on tracks, limited - but fun - effects to apply on audio recordings. Additionally at the time of writing there is no way to import your song in GarageBand format into GarageBand on the Mac, though rendering your song to audio and sending to iTunes or by email is simple. Apple is, however, planning to provide this feature via an update and this should enable you to begin a project on your iPad and continue working on it in GarageBand on your Mac.
Don't let any of these limitations put you off. What Apple have created is the next step in mobile, touchscreen music production and once you're able to work on your song directly in GarageBand and Logic, the iPad will become even more of an essential portable device for musicians. And on that note I'm going to finish off a song in Garageband for iPad.. Yes, it is that much fun in a hands-on way, that I can't keep my hands off it!
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The world is your stage. This is your instrument.
GarageBand for iOS makes it incredibly simple to play, record, and share your music, no matter where you are. Tap into a wide range of instruments from around the world. And now with the Sound Library, you can choose and download more free instrument and loop packs when new sounds are released, to help you easily craft songs in your favorite styles — all right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.Download GarageBand for iOS
Play Make music. With or without an instrument.
The moment you launch GarageBand, you can start making music. Play stunningly realistic Touch Instruments, instantly build big beats, and create music like a DJ — all with just a few taps. The all-new Sound Library lets you explore and download sound packs tailored to help you build your tracks with just the right elements for the style you want.
Live Loops makes it fun and easy to create electronic music. Simply tap cells and columns in the grid to trigger musical loops, and then build your own original arrangements. You can even use Remix FX to add creative, DJ‑style transitions with Multi‑Touch gestures, or just by moving your iOS device.
If you can tap, you can play.
GarageBand comes with beautiful and highly expressive Touch Instruments that sound and respond just like the real thing. Play keyboards, guitars, and bass, as well as sounds designed for EDM and Hip Hop. Smart Instruments make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note. And now you can explore the sounds of Asia with traditional Chinese and Japanese instruments, including the Guzheng, the Koto, and an array of Taiko drums.
When it comes to how you make your beats, the choice is yours — from jamming live on virtual drum kits to instant drag‑and‑done Smart Drums. The all‑new Beat Sequencer lets you easily build rhythms using sounds and a workflow inspired by classic drum machines. And Drummer gives you access to a team of virtual session drummers, each playing a popular electronic or acoustic style with a signature kit.
Plug it in. Tear it up.
Plug in your guitar and choose from a van‑load of amps and stompbox effects that deliver the perfect feel — from dreamy soundscapes to stadium‑size rock.1 Our bass amps let you hold down the bass line with clean or distorted rigs modeled after vintage and modern amplifiers.
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GarageBand includes Alchemy, one of the world’s most advanced synthesizers. Explore hundreds of Apple‑designed Patches, perfect for EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, and Pop music. Use the expressive Transform Pad to morph between sounds in real time, or just have fun using the simple Chord Strips that help anyone play like an expert.
Garageband App For Ipad
Sound Library. Your all‑access pass to a world of sounds.
With the new Sound Library, you’ve got instant access to an incredible and expanding collection of free loops and instruments from right inside the app. Explore and download Apple‑designed sound packs that include Touch Instruments, Apple Loops, Live Loops templates, and instrument presets that will help you produce tracks in a wide variety of genres and styles. You can easily manage your library as it grows, and GarageBand will even notify you when new sound packs are released and ready for you to download.
Record A full recording studio. To go.
With its powerful and intuitive interface, GarageBand makes it easy to capture, adjust, and mix your performances into a finished composition. Build a complete song using any combination of Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops.
Work with up to an astounding 32 tracks with GarageBand for iOS.2 With a compatible third‑party audio interface, you can even plug in the entire band and record everyone simultaneously on separate tracks. Take multiple passes to nail your performance using Multi‑Take Recording — just choose any Touch Instrument, tap Record, and play continuously over a looping song section. GarageBand automatically captures each one, and you simply choose your favorite.
Fine‑tune your tracks and record each tap, swipe, and twist of the knobs. Draw and edit volume automation for precise control over your mix. And let the Simple EQ and Compressor keep your tracks sounding crisp and clear. For even more detailed control, take advantage of 10 track‑mixing effects directly from Logic Pro, like the Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, Vocal Transformer, and more.
Audio Unit Extensions let you use your favorite compatible third‑party instrument and effect plug‑ins right in your GarageBand song. Browse the App Store and download your selections from leading music app developers like Moog Music.
iCloud GarageBand everywhere. Tweak your tracks. On any device.
iCloud allows you to keep your GarageBand sessions up to date across all your iOS devices. Using iCloud Drive, you can import song sketches to your Mac and take them even further, then share your finished piece on any of your devices. You can also import a portable version of a Logic Pro X project and add more tracks. When you bring the project back into Logic Pro, the original tracks are all there, along with the new ones you’ve added in GarageBand.
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Your personal music creation studio.
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