Description of App
GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.
Play your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch like a musical instrument
- Perform on dozens of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
- Tap out beats from the seat of acoustic and electronic drum kits
- Recreate legendary guitar rigs with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects
- Record your voice using the built-in microphone, and apply fun sound effects
- Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard
Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
- Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard
- Strum chords on acoustic and electric Smart Guitars, or trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords
- Groove with an onscreen electric or upright Smart Bass by tapping on chords
- Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with the Smart Drums
Create a song anywhere you go
- Arrange and mix your song with up to eight tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
- Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
- Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume – solo or mute any track, or adjust pan, reverb, and echo
- Use over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song
Share your songs
- Email songs right from GarageBand (AAC)
- Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC
- Send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to continue refining your song
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AppleVis Editor Note: the comments below refer to version 1.0 of this app. The accessibility and usability ratings for this app have since been amended to reflect changes in version 1.1. See comments further down this page for information on improved accessibility.
Original comments on version 1.0 posted by Esther: The initial startup screen come up in landscape mode and is mostly not responsive to touch. There is an annoucement of "Instruments" and "Keyboard", and playing an onscreen keyboard with piano, organ, and synth sounds". If you toggle VoiceOver off, and tap on the screen. you can get the app to come up with a keyboard, with keys along the bottom part of the screen (in landscape mode). After going to the Apple Web site for the Garageband iPad app at: http://www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/garageband.html and selecting the watch the Garageband videolink, I was able to make some more progress (on the original iPad), but it's still hard going. The first screen is for instrument selection, but these don't get announced, because you can't scroll to them. (Try flicking right or left and tapping on the screen to get to these with VoiceOver off -- you have to get back to this with the "Instruments" button on one of the selected screens.) After listening to some of the demos, I could change some of the settings, but you basically have to know what you can do -- like change the keyboard to a double row keyboard -- outside of using the app. And I couldn't wokr out how to get into a compose mode or recording mode. Maybe somebody more experienced with Garageband on the Mac can get further with this. I'd advise reading about this in some articles or watching a YouTube video before trying to launch the app cold. While VoiceOver does read a number of the elements on the page, it's not clear where you've been dropped, since you get stuck at the first page (which is apparently instrument selection.)
Comments made in relation to version 1.0: This may be more usable for someone who is experienced with Garageband on the Mac, and its layout, but there are certainly plenty of accessibility issues to deal with. For comparison, I can do a lot more with ThumbJam on the iPad, including the instrument switching, configuring, and loop recording; and that app is a lot more intuitive to use than the current layout of Garageband on the iPad is for VoiceOver users. Perhaps this works better on the iPad 2.
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Thanks for the update and confirmation that it can be used with VoiceOver. I'll update the listing above to replect this.
It would be nice if someone could do a podcast on the current version as I simply can not record and play my songs or anything.
Hi is there a way I can add more Instromints? I've looked all over the app and haven't found such an option. I found how to change the Instromint but I would like to add more than the current app offers. Any help would be great!
I have forgotten but I think there is an in app purchase to get all the instruments. I don't think there is a way to add instruments other than what Apple provides. The latest update has included Chinese instruments and life Loops. Have you tried swiping left or right with three fingers when you are in the instruments category to see more types of instruments?
Cool that worked! I don't see any in app purchisses though.
Hello. Love this app. I do however have a question. Did they remove pitch correction and auto tuning? Or do they only have this in the mac version only.
The only way I know of to add new instruments is to download audio units. Theses are are software synthesizers as I understand it. The process of downloading them is simple, but The problem here is that I can't figure out the process of how to add them using VO. I'm putting out inquiries to several sources on this subject, and I'll add to this site when I find out how to do this, assuming the process is accessible.
I'd love to record for more than 5 or 10 minutes. How do you get it to record for as long as you'd like to record? Thanks! Have a really blessed day.
Is there a way to record with this app?
The cote from your article is:
Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume – solo or mute any track, or adjust pan, reverb, and echo.
But These features are not accessible now. So can you share any tricks to solve this with voiceover. Thank you.
Much to my delight, there has been an update to Garageband for iOS, and it seems to fix the problem that some of the knobs/sliders could not be manipulated with VoiceOver. I was able to change the volume, bass, treble, pan, and intensity of master effects on a track of my choosing in a controlled way.
Apple, it is very, very much appreciated.
From making the sound library easier to use, to helping editing be less of a chore with VoiceOver, Apple really double down on accessibility this time. There are definitely still issues, but it's at a point now where I can say if you need a good digital audio workstation for iOS, this is the one to choose. Also I posted in the Mac App Directory just a second ago, but GarageBand is free for everyone and has been for quite a while now. I think the entry should be updated to reflect this change. Would anyone like a podcast series on GarageBand? If so, I'd be more than happy to make a multipart series discussing many of the features of this app. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in.
I definitely would be. Have wanted to learn to use GB for a while, but find it overwhelming, even after doing some today at Apple sessions on it, in which I was the only person, and the creatives teaching them really tried to understand how VoiceOver interacts with it. I have to give them credit for that. It was interesting having a speghetti mess of wires comthe out the bottom of my iPhone so all three of us could hear what was going on. lol
I've been trying to figure out Garage Band on IOS for months. I've posted to several groups with little joy. I would very much welcome a podcast series on using Garage Band.
Now this is exceptionally great news!
@Zachary I'd love to listen to a podcast on how editing has improved. For example, I still have trouble moving a track right and left on the time axis, or trimming off the beginning or end, because of the following observations:
1. VoiceOver often has a hard time locating the little sizers to the left and right of a track which are used for trimming.
2. VoiceOver can land on those sizers even when they are not visible on screen.
3. When double-tapping and holding one of them, often instead of moving just the sizer, the entire track is moved.
4. VoiceOver gives very rudimentary and scattered feedback about where the track, or sizer, is currently located. Often it doesn't say anything for the entire time I move my finger, so I have to let go and then find out where I placed the object.
Can you please point out what I may be doing wrong, or create a little podcast demoing how it's supposed to work?
All the best,
All right I'll get on this soon. Hopefully I'll have one by either today or later on this week. I'm planning on starting from the basics, then slowly moving to more advanced topics. I am by no means an expert in using GarageBand, because I primarily use Logic on Mac for music production, but I'll try my best to be as thorough as possible. Unfortunately the recording quality for the podcasts won't be as good as I would like at the moment. I don't really have any mixer or equipment to record my phone directly, so you'll have to deal with the Mac internal microphone for now. I hope that's OK with everyone.
Sure that's ok. I'm excited!
Just a quick update to let everyone know that the podcast is still going to happen. It's going to take a little longer than expected, as I'm in college and pretty busy right now. Look for something to be up by either Friday or Saturday this week.
Did these podcasts ever happen? If so, where can they be found? Thanks.
the app is quite impressive by the way.
Does anyone have experience adding drum loops and the like and then. splitting them? I can't see how this would be accessible but I hope I' wrong.