GarageBand for iPad Gets Support For Apple Loops, New Audio Output Options

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Apple has updated GarageBand for iPad, adding new audio output options, Apple Loop support, copy and paste for audio files and more.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand for iPad 1.0.1:

  • Support for audio output over AirPlay, Bluetooth devices and HDMI with the Apple Digital AV Adapter.
  • Import of AIFF, WAV, CAF audio files and Apple Loops (16 bit, 44.1 kHz) via iTunes.
  • Allows copy and paste of audio from supported apps into GarageBand using the clipboard.
  • Addresses occurrences of GarageBand freezing while playing Smart Instruments.
  • Improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues.

GarageBand for iPad 1.0.1 isn’t a huge update, but support for importing audio will improve workflows for a lot of users and there’s no denying the cool factor of wireless audio output via AirPlay.

Full details on the update are available at Apple’s support site.

7 thoughts on “GarageBand for iPad Gets Support For Apple Loops, New Audio Output Options

  1. Am I missing something here? I've been able to send all sound from my iPhone to Airplay (from the leftmost screen of the app switcher) since iOS 4.3 debuted, so how is an app-specific button news? There's also a pretty huge delay on that Airplay sound so you won't be using that to do any live editing or playing…

  2. Actually, in the previous version of GarageBand, audio output via AirPlay is disabled. Even if the iPod app is sending audio to the AirPlay device, GarageBand wouldn't until this update.

    I agree that the latency is a killer when using AirPlay but it is nice to have the option. You could stream via AirPlay and then play live over a GarageBand backing track with another instrument, or use AirPlay to play a song for your friends.

    What would be really nice is a way to add Apple Loops to the built-in loop browser instead of just pasting them in. I'd really like to be able to sort added loops using their metadata (instrument, key, tempo, etc.) instead of just picking from a big list. Maybe next version.

  3. What would REALLY be cool is if Apple would include a midi out on the ipad so i could use the thing live as a sequencer/synth and send midi control signals to my guitar effects. Wah.

  4. Picked up G.B.11 last week. Right out of the box I was able to make up 3 songs with just the loops. Very nice for a novice. Now i’m in search of more loops.

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