Control GarageBand With Your iPad

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iPad Music Software: Talkative’s Entrackment (App Store link) is a $2.99 application for the Apple iPad that turns it into a wireless controller for GarageBand.

Features:

  • Quick Track Access – Stop wasting time trying to find the knob for a track on your control surface. Entrackment lists full track labels and gives you direct access to the corresponding controls with a touch!
  • Dynamic accuracy – Pan from left to right with a small gesture around the pan. Make a wider movement in order to fine tune.
  • Wireless and Mobile – Entrackment might not be as powerful as your big-ass 32 channel control surface for symphony orchestra arrangement, but hey.. you can bring it when you go over to the recording room to improvise some riffs!
  • Dynamic Layout - Only used tracks are visible – enabling large controls that you don’t need to lean over to hit with the finger. Panning knobs are revealed when needed.

If you’ve used Entrackment, leave a comment with your thoughts!


27 thoughts on “Control GarageBand With Your iPad

  1. Sorry but I'm really fed up with all that iPhone, iPad, iWhatever f*ck sh*t stuff. This is guerrilla marketing as it worst. A lot of crap, toys and shiny gadgets that actually don't help making music. I can't stand it any longer.

    You shall control Omnisphere with an iPhone/iPad, Garage Band, your PC, your dog or cat, your TV set, your stereo, your MIND, your BRAIN and now, the hottest, the latest:

    Control your defecation with an iPhone.

    PLEASE STOP IT NOW! Before it is too late.

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  2. Sorry but I'm really fed up with all that iPhone, iPad, iWhatever f*ck sh*t stuff. This is guerrilla marketing as it worst. A lot of crap, toys and shiny gadgets that actually don't help making music. I can't stand it any longer.

    You shall control Omnisphere with an iPhone/iPad, Garage Band, your PC, your dog or cat, your TV set, your stereo, your MIND, your BRAIN and now, the hottest, the latest:

    Control your defecation with an iPhone.

    PLEASE STOP IT NOW! Before it is too late.

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  3. Andy – tell us how you really feel!

    What's wrong with having new tools? Should we all go back to patch chords and tape recorders?

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  4. Andy – tell us how you really feel!

    What's wrong with having new tools? Should we all go back to patch chords and tape recorders?

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  5. i think its easier to control things with a mixing surface instead of a touch screen because if you are using the mixing surface its more accurate.

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  6. Hi Flancher,

    There are no new tools. There's just ONE "tool", or maybe two, from ONE company, with questionable benefits. Really, if all iPhones / iPads / iWhatever would suddenly disappear with a big bang (or, concerning its importance, a quiet sizzle), nobody would miss that stuff.

    But there're hundreds of postings, not only on blogs like this (which, as a keyboarder and pianist, I really love), hundreds of messages from different artists on Facebook, Twitter etc., hundreds of YouTube videos claiming that you can or have to use your iPhone / iPad / iWhatever to control your [insert your favourite music software / hardware / other devices / pets here].

    SO WHAT?

    I mean, It's not that somebody shouldn't use an overpriced shiny gadget to do something that he might as well do without that stuff. I really don't care. But this kind of inflationary numbers of "Use your iPhone / iPad / iWhatever to control whatever" becomes bothersome.

    There's a huge marketing strategy behind all that. They choose a few (or not so few) role models, pay them to show how "fantastic" this stuff is (which turns out to be quite ridiculous sometimes – I mean, blowing into an iPhone is … strange, to say the least) and everybody, really EVERYBODY jumps on the bandwagon. Okay, from Apples point of view it's a successfull campaign. But for me it's cumbersome BRAINF*CK.

    It's just too much iF*ck.

    BTW: I'd really love to know your opinions about that.

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  7. Hi Flancher,

    There are no new tools. There's just ONE "tool", or maybe two, from ONE company, with questionable benefits. Really, if all iPhones / iPads / iWhatever would suddenly disappear with a big bang (or, concerning its importance, a quiet sizzle), nobody would miss that stuff.

    But there're hundreds of postings, not only on blogs like this (which, as a keyboarder and pianist, I really love), hundreds of messages from different artists on Facebook, Twitter etc., hundreds of YouTube videos claiming that you can or have to use your iPhone / iPad / iWhatever to control your [insert your favourite music software / hardware / other devices / pets here].

    SO WHAT?

    I mean, It's not that somebody shouldn't use an overpriced shiny gadget to do something that he might as well do without that stuff. I really don't care. But this kind of inflationary numbers of "Use your iPhone / iPad / iWhatever to control whatever" becomes bothersome.

    There's a huge marketing strategy behind all that. They choose a few (or not so few) role models, pay them to show how "fantastic" this stuff is (which turns out to be quite ridiculous sometimes – I mean, blowing into an iPhone is … strange, to say the least) and everybody, really EVERYBODY jumps on the bandwagon. Okay, from Apples point of view it's a successfull campaign. But for me it's cumbersome BRAINF*CK.

    It's just too much iF*ck.

    BTW: I'd really love to know your opinions about that.

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  8. Actually, the idea of a virtual control surface that adapts to or can load controls for whatever software I might have running at the moment is very appealing to me. Doesn't matter if that is an iPad or Adam tablet or whatever controlling Garageband or Logic Pro or Reason or whatever. Blowing something off because you think its a massive marketing campaign when it is really just developers providing tools to people on the devices they have is a bit shortsighted.

    But, hey, each to his or her own. :)

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  9. Actually, the idea of a virtual control surface that adapts to or can load controls for whatever software I might have running at the moment is very appealing to me. Doesn't matter if that is an iPad or Adam tablet or whatever controlling Garageband or Logic Pro or Reason or whatever. Blowing something off because you think its a massive marketing campaign when it is really just developers providing tools to people on the devices they have is a bit shortsighted.

    But, hey, each to his or her own. :)

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  10. I say calm down and don't read posts about iProducts. Too much trash talking about everything going on with sites like this. If you don't like it, just move on.

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  11. I say calm down and don't read posts about iProducts. Too much trash talking about everything going on with sites like this. If you don't like it, just move on.

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  12. Andy, man, you're being a troll. So you don't like it? Great. But obviously enough people do that they're selling tons of them and the articles about apps like this are getting plenty of traffic. So please either make your point in a polite, concise way, or STFU and go back to your cave of hate while the rest of us enjoy reading about new gear and tech.

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  13. Andy, man, you're being a troll. So you don't like it? Great. But obviously enough people do that they're selling tons of them and the articles about apps like this are getting plenty of traffic. So please either make your point in a polite, concise way, or STFU and go back to your cave of hate while the rest of us enjoy reading about new gear and tech.

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  14. I AM polite. What do you think I would write if I'd really express my thoughts about that stuff. BTW: who are you to say that I shall STFU?

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  15. I AM polite. What do you think I would write if I'd really express my thoughts about that stuff. BTW: who are you to say that I shall STFU?

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  16. Whatever brings an entry to music production to the masses has got to be good. Even that Magic Piano thing has got thousands of people playing keys that would not have done so otherwise. Not all tools have to be as serious as some in these forums make out – music is not serious.
    I am dreaming of my new version of Komplete having software interfaces for each module that I could access on my Ipad and flip between them with a touch of a virtual button. This is a definite possibility now because of the worthwhile potential market for this kind of app. Millions of people will have ready made DAW/Synth controllers as opposed to an elite few. This is good for music!
    Andy I think your problem is in your confidence of you're own abilities – perhaps scared of the next kid who finds one of these apps (who may not of thought of music production otherwise) and actually has talent?

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  17. Whatever brings an entry to music production to the masses has got to be good. Even that Magic Piano thing has got thousands of people playing keys that would not have done so otherwise. Not all tools have to be as serious as some in these forums make out – music is not serious.
    I am dreaming of my new version of Komplete having software interfaces for each module that I could access on my Ipad and flip between them with a touch of a virtual button. This is a definite possibility now because of the worthwhile potential market for this kind of app. Millions of people will have ready made DAW/Synth controllers as opposed to an elite few. This is good for music!
    Andy I think your problem is in your confidence of you're own abilities – perhaps scared of the next kid who finds one of these apps (who may not of thought of music production otherwise) and actually has talent?

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  18. Whatever brings an entry to music production to the masses has got to be good. Even that Magic Piano thing has got thousands of people playing keys that would not have done so otherwise. Not all tools have to be as serious as some in these forums make out – music is not serious.
    I am dreaming of my new version of Komplete having software interfaces for each module that I could access on my Ipad and flip between them with a touch of a virtual button. This is a definite possibility now because of the worthwhile potential market for this kind of app. Millions of people will have ready made DAW/Synth controllers as opposed to an elite few. This is good for music!
    Andy I think your problem is in your confidence of you're own abilities – perhaps scared of the next kid who finds one of these apps (who may not of thought of music production otherwise) and actually has talent?

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  19. Andy… we heard you..I totally disagree with you, but you're entitled to have your opinion. Now, get to grips with the fact that other people disagree with you and there's F*** all you can do about it…. or…you could simply just F**k off, and nurture your envy somewhere else..

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  20. Dismissing new music technology because you think people have been brainwashed by Apple makes it seem like you're burying your head in the sand.

    You seem to think that the 2 million people that have bought iPads and the people that are excited about its potential for music making are all sheep. But the people talking about iPad music apps aren't from Apple – they're indie developers and end-users that think it's a cool platform.

    You also call the iPad overpriced – but people were actually surprised at how inexpensive it was, when it was released. And nobody has come out with a competitive product yet. So how is the iPad overpriced?

    I can understand if you're not interested in iPad music apps – but when you start suggesting that the people that are interested are either paid shills or brainwashed, you sound like a luddite.

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  21. What I'm not seeing in any of these posts is whether anyone is actually using Entrackment on their iPad to control Garageband and finding that it's great or it sux.

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  22. I have it and while it works without a hitch, the major drawback is that only controls the master level instead of volume automation staying with the mix.

    It's mainly a feedback tool, and not to be used as a real-time mixer.

    For a $0.99, it's great, remote transport controls (Hitting Play/Record from your vocal mic instead of the keyboard) is worth the $0.99 alone. But the faders are only good for master levels for monitoring and not for mixing.

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