GarageBand Updated For Yosemite, Brings Back AU Control


Apple quietly rolled out an update to GarageBand for OS X, earlier this week, that adds support for OS X Yosemite and brings back control over audio effect plugins.

GarageBand 10 is seen by many as an improvement in usability, but a major step backwards in functionality from the previous version. The update restores some functionality, but many may still prefer the earlier version.  Continue reading

GarageBand 2 For iOS Adds Support For Up To 32 Tracks

garageband-2Apple has released GarageBand 2 for iOS, adding support for up to 32 tracks, Inter-App Audio, 64-bit support and more.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand 2 for iOS:

  • New streamlined design
  • Create a song with up to 32 tracks* using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
  • Record compatible Third-Party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7
  • Drag and drop audio recordings to create Sampler instruments
  • Support for AirDrop in iOS 7
  • 64-bit support

Note: 32 tracks require devices with the A7 chip.16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

If you’re used the new GarageBand for iOS, let us know what you think of it!

Apple Updates GarageBand & Offers It For Free On Mac & iOS


Apple today released updates to its iWorks productivity apps and iLife creativity apps. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and offer hundreds of new features. Apple also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.

“This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’’ find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices.”

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GarageBand To Be Free On New iOS Devices

garageband-free-iosGarageband for iOS, Apple’s mobile DAW, will be free on new devices, according to Apple tech site MacRumors.

GarageBand will become a free basic download for all iOS 7 purchased on or after Sept 1st, joining the five other iLife and iWork apps that became free with the release of iOS 7.

Here’s the (leaked) blurb from Apple’s site:

GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices; additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available with an in-app purchase. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013.

No official announcement has been made on this. Apple is holding a special event tomorrow, so expect additional information then.

Garageband Wireless Controller App Updated

gbremote-garageband-remoteHarmony Systems has released an major update to its remote control app for Garageband, gbRemote 2.0.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.0.0:

  • Real time bar-beat display added
  • Set playhead position by tapping on the bar-beat display
  • Adjust current track volume
  • Tempo displayed
  • Adjust tempo by tapping on the tempo display
  • Set start and end points for cycle
  • Mute and solo control for each track now on main screen
  • Layouts optimized for 3.5 and 4 inch display devices
  • Supports iOS 7

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Apple Supports AudioBus In GarageBand For iOS

Garageband iPhoneApple today threw its weight behind  AudioBus, releasing an update to GarageBand that supports the tool for routing audio between applications.

Here’s what’s new in Garageband for iOS 1.4:

  • Play and record music apps supported by Audiobus directly into GarageBand
  • Turn off grid snapping to get finer control over region and note editing
  • Fixes an issue that resulted in feedback while connecting 3rd-party audio accessories into the headphone/microphone jack

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