GarageBand ’11 First Look

Apple today introduced an update to its suite of personal media tools, iLife ’11.

Included in iLife ’11 is GarageBand ’11. Here are the highlights:

GarageBand ’11

  • Flex time – lets you stretch or shorten recorded audio, interactively.
  • Groove  Matching – “a spell checker for bad rhythm” – select one track and the rhythm of other tracks is aligned to it.
  • More guitar amps and effects
  • New piano & guitar tutorials
  • “How did I play” tool that injects a bit of Guitar Hero fun into practicing

Interesting fact: Steve Jobs noted that GarageBand now has 5 million users, making it the most popular DAW, by far.

If you’re a GarageBand user, leave a comment with your thoughts on the update!

Apple iLife ’11 Press Release

Apple today introduced iLife® ’11, a major upgrade that gives Mac® users even more great ways to create and share photos, movies and music. iPhoto® ’11 has a whole new look, with stunning full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie® ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. GarageBand® ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as a $49 upgrade for existing users.

“iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of ‘Digital Life’ applications in the world, and iLife ’11 makes them even better,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar.”

iPhoto ’11 features stunning new full screen modes that take advantage of your Mac’s brilliant display for browsing, editing and showcasing your photos. Sharing your photos is easier than ever in iPhoto ’11, whether you send them by email using one of eight beautiful themes, post them to your Facebook wall with a single click, or play them in full screen with one of 12 professionally designed slideshows. iPhoto ’11 features a completely new approach to creating books and cards with a sleek carousel interface, intelligent book layout and a bookshelf that displays all your projects. New letterpress cards let you combine your photos and text with elegant imprinted designs to create unique wedding invitations, birth announcements, holiday greetings and more.

iMovie ’11 helps you turn your videos into captivating Hollywood-style trailers that are fun to watch and share. You can choose from 15 different genres including Adventure, Romantic Comedy and Epic Drama, each one complete with its own unique titles, graphics and cinematic soundtrack. Powerful new tools make it easy to selectively adjust audio levels and apply sophisticated visual effects like flash and hold, instant replay and jump cuts with a single click. People Finder analyzes your videos and marks sections containing faces, so you can quickly find the perfect clips for your trailer or movie. iMovie ’11 also adds exciting new themes that make your videos look like professional news or sports programs.

GarageBand ‘11 includes two new ways to fix or change the timing of your recordings. Flex Time lets you move, stretch or shorten individual notes by clicking on just the part of the audio waveform you want to change, without affecting the rest of the recording. With Groove Matching, you can select any track as the “Groove Track” and all other tracks will instantly match its rhythmic feel. GarageBand ’11 adds seven authentic-sounding new guitar amps, five fun new stompbox effects, and 22 new Basic Lessons for piano and guitar. The new “How did I Play?” feature listens while you play along with any lesson, highlights mistakes and tracks your progress to help you become a better musician.

Pricing & Availability

iLife ’11 is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $49 (US) through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife ’11 Family Pack includes five licenses and is available for $79 (US) and the Mac Box Set which includes iLife ’11, iWork® and Mac OS® X v10.6 Snow Leopard® is available for $129 (US).

11 thoughts on “GarageBand ’11 First Look

  1. Looks the same.

    I use GarageBand as a scratch pad mainly, but Flex Time and Groove Matching look like they could be fun creative tools.

  2. Bought it today. It needs some work though. New interface is cool. flex time is cool. Groove lock ???
    Also it opens to the choose project page instead of the previous project and there is no preference to change that. Like I said it need work….

  3. “a spell checker for bad rhythm”
    I like Apple in general but this phrase makes my skin crawl.

    "Steve Jobs noted that GarageBand now has 5 million users, making it the most popular DAW, by far."
    Well it is installed on 5m machines, but there aren't 5m users.

  4. No – that's 5 million users.

    Jobs said yesterday that the Mac user base is 50 million. GarageBand has come installed on new Macs since 2004.

    So it looks like Garageband is on close to 50 million machines, but only about 1 in 10 actually uses it.

  5. its seems like they keep dumbing Garageband down.. Starting with the amp models, and pedals. what happened to all the AU plugins? I still use 08 and have no intension of upgrading to 11 cause i hate how it feels so… idk.. lower level.. I can seriously get killer recordings with GB with some AU plug ins and the effects in 08 but in 09 those options for effects seem not to be there.

  6. Shouldn't you be able to adjust any loop to your bpm using Time Stretch or Shrink? I don't have GB'11 but it seems like an obvious idea to me…

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