GarageBand Now Works On iPhone, iPod touch

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Apple today announced that GarageBand is now available for iPhone and iPod touch users – turning these devices into the world’s tiniest recording studios.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand 1.1 for iOS:

  • Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
  • Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
  • Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
  • Reset song key without transposing original recordings
  • Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
  • Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
  • New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
  • Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
  • Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
  • Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options

While Universal support is the most notable change, the updates to Smart Instruments and other tweaks go a long way towards making GarageBand more useful as a mobile music DAW.

Missing in action is support for iCloud. It would be very handing if Apple could intelligently sync your mobile tracks among your devices – but this is still a wish list item.

“GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

GarageBand allows you to record and mix up to eight tracks & then send it to your Mac to keep working on it in GarageBand or Logic Pro.

GarageBand 1.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store for $4.99 (US) to new users, or as a free update for existing GarageBand for iPad customers. GarageBand is a universal app that runs on iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation).

GarageBand is $4.99 in the App Store.

9 thoughts on “GarageBand Now Works On iPhone, iPod touch

    1. Has anybody done a piano roll editor right on the iPad, yet?

      Every one I’ve tried is really fiddly – not scaled correctly for real fingers and not fluid with navigation.

      1. Beatmaker 2 has a great piano roll and editor and Garageband should learn a thing from it…having just purchased Irig midi I’m finding some bugs with it and not Garageband…seems like someone should come together like they did for early days of midi or speakon connectors and make a universal set of programming protocols that all programs should contain as a basic core…just a thought.

  1. I’m in search of more information on this:
    “GarageBand allows you to record and mix up to eight tracks & then send it to your Mac to keep working on it in GarageBand or Logic Pro.”

    The “send it to your Mac to keep working on it in Logic Pro intrigues me a great deal.
    The sample recording capabilities of GarageBand for the iPhone are really quite neat, just tried them. Would really love to dump them out into .EXS files, and I’m wondering how to accomplish that. I hope I’ll be able to find some solution that can do it over email or otherwise, without the need of syncing by cable.

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