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
- “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?