Apple today announced a major update to GarageBand for iOS that introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, automation curves, 32 simultaneous track recording, Audio Unit support and polyphonic aftertouch.
Live Loops seems to take some inspiration from Ableton Live’s Session View – bringing grid-based loop sequencing to GarageBand:
Here’s what they have to say about Live Loops
Live Loops makes it fun and easy to create electronic music, no turntables or specialized hardware required. Simply tap cells and columns in the grid to trigger musical loops, and then build your own original arrangements and combinations of sounds.
You can even use Remix FX to add creative, DJ-style transitions with Multi-Touch gestures, or just by tilting or moving around your iOS device.
Live Loops makes it easy for anyone to create music by simply tapping cells and columns in a visual grid to trigger different looped instruments and samples. The loops can be performed, arranged and remixed live, and GarageBand automatically keeps all the beats in sync with perfect time and pitch.
To get you started, Live Loops comes with a library of Apple-designed loop templates in a variety of genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Dubstep and Rock, or you can create your own loops from scratch.
GarageBand 2.1 for iOS also includes the new Drummer feature, with nine EDM and acoustic virtual session drummers, as well as an expanded selection of amps for bass players.
Advanced GarageBand users can now create even more dynamic and polished sounding songs using new automation features, controls recording and a new simple EQ.
Here’s what’s new in GarageBand for iOS 2.1:
- Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures*
- Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
- Record adjustments of any Touch Instrument control knob in real time
- Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
- Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
- Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
- Adds over 1,200 new Apple Loops and sounds
- Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously**
- Use third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions**
- Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
- Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****
Pricing & Availability
GarageBand 2.1 for iOS is bundled free with new iOS devices 32GB and larger, is available as a free upgrade for existing users with compatible iOS 9 devices or later, and is available to everyone else for $4.99 via the App Store.