GarageBand For macOS Updated With Mellotron, 1,000 New Loops & More

Apple today released GarageBand 10.3 for macOS, an update that adds new new Mellotron sounds, a thousand new loops, Asian virtual instruments and more.

GarageBand is Apple’s entry-level DAW, but it offers multi-platform support, cloud-based sync and compatibility with Logic Pro.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand 10.3:

  • 2 new Drummers play Roots and Jazz-influenced brush styles
  • Free downloadable Artist Lessons show you how to play hit songs on piano and guitar, taught by the artist who made them famous
  • 1,000 new electronic and urban loops covering Reggaeton, Future Bass, and Chill Rap
  • 400 animal, machine, and voice sound effects
  • Play and record using traditional instruments from China and Japan with the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums
  • Add classic sounds to your song with 5 Vintage Mellotron patches
  • Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS
  • Includes stability improvements and bug fixes

It’s a free download for macOS.

10 thoughts on “GarageBand For macOS Updated With Mellotron, 1,000 New Loops & More

    1. Bloat? It’s a DAW, not a browser or text editor: if drummers and new sounds are bloatware, then Apple should deprive Logic of EXS24. For one, if the Mellotron patches are the same included in Logic, Garageband users are getting a pretty nice gift.

        1. Yes, horrible news. This sampling and looping fad has got to go. Think of all the out of work live loopers. And don’t get me started on the ammount of hard-drive space it takes up. That extra 100MB is at least the price of a coffee.

          1. It does indeed. A gigabyte of storage costs circa 0.33$ to the final user, therefore 100 MB are more or less 0.03$: back in the days you could afford a whole steak with that sum!
            Joking aside, Technomancer, there are people out there who literally do their work working off (sorry for the pun) samples and loops, on top of tracks (DJs, wannabe rappers, part of the electronic music producers etc). I would never use loops, MIDI files and whatnot, but they’re not bloatware: the fact that you don’t need them doesn’t make them useless.

            1. you guys are conflating like 5 different point i never made:
              never said loops dont have a purpose.
              dont know where the captain pulled his 100mb amount out from.

              what i am saying ist that more often than not loops are crammed in to add percieved value to updates. main reason i stopped upgrading komplete.

              that said, i do feel snobby about them and anyone relying heavily on them is a talentless hack imo.

              as far as storage cost go, you guys are obviously not mac users.

        2. I’m pretty sure the loops/sounds stay in the cloud until you choose to download them so it’s not like they take any space unless you actually use them.

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