Apple Intros GarageBand For The iPad – The $5 Mobile DAW

iPad GarageBand

Apple today introduced GarageBand for the iPad – a version of the company’s entry-level digital audio workstation, optimized for multi-touch mobile music making.


  • Musical instruments designed for Multi-Touch.
  • 70 synth presets
  • Arpeggiator
  • “Smart instrument” features
  • 8-track recording
  • Guitar amp simulator
  • Stomp box effects
  • Track sharing via email or iTunes
  • Tracks can be opened in GarageBand on the Mac

GarageBand for the iPad will sell for $4.99,  a price that promises to radically expand the audience for music-making apps on the iPad. The iPad version of GarageBand will be available starting March 11th.

Here’s a gallery of screen shots for GarageBand for the iPad:

GarageBand for the iPad will work with the existing iPad – but it will be interesting to see how performance fares. Apple, unfortunately, doesn’t say anything about features that a lot of musicians will be interested in, like MIDI support, workflows going back and forth to the Mac and support for third-party instruments.

A $5 mobile DAW is big news, though, and Apple is packing a lot into the app for the money.

What do you think of Apple’s iPad GarageBand announcement?

18 thoughts on “Apple Intros GarageBand For The iPad – The $5 Mobile DAW

  1. I'd say it is cool as hell! Who wouldn't want a multitrack studio in a little magic box… Back when I was 16 I bought a 4 track for like $300; and I couldnt bring it to the beach or a mountain top. I used to dream about stuff like this when I was a little boy… Too bad I don't have an iPad lol.

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  2. Just a question: is there any way to record through a line in or an external microphone with the ipad?

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  3. if i would use it, i would probably just creat some samples or loops with it… nothing seriously… and specially something i could have fun with on the road and still use it later when im home..

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  4. and can you run real softwares out there on the ipad like ableton ? or some other stuff?? or maschine!!! if maschine could run on the ipad, the would be so awsome!!!

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  5. it will come.

    With a dual-core processor, these new tablets are actually pretty powerful. Time for the developers to make the processors overheat a bit!

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  6. probably a lot of fun for the first 10 minutes, then just a gadget …

    I cant call it a DAW …

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  7. The real question that nobody is asking:

    Will an external USB soundcard be supported; along with multiple channels, of course…


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  8. In the product intro, talked about the “keys” being velocity sensitive due to the iPad’s accelerometer. You hit them harder and the notes are louder.

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  9. Be aware that, as of iOS 4.2, the Yeti and similar USB mics require a powered USB hub. Before 4.2 it worked as is without a powered hub.

    IK Multimedia is coming out with a condenser mic that plugs into the headphone/mic socket. That will make for a lower quality sound signal; the same difference between the guitar jacks that pug in via the dock vs. those that use the headphone/mic socket.

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