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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. And now Live Loops makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ, by triggering loops and audio effects in real time. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar or bass into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, a built-in microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks. Audio Unit Extensions in iOS 9 allow you to play, record and edit third-party instrument Apps right into GarageBand. And share your song using email, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, or AirDrop for iOS.

Live Loops. Make music like a DJ*
• Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger any Live Loop cell or group of cells
• Start with a collection of Apple-designed templates like EDM, House and Hip Hop
• Customize a grid or build your own with a library of over 1,200 Apple Loops in a variety of popular genres
• Create your own loop by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument, or live instruments like voice, or guitar
• Use Remix FX and Multi-Touch to perform DJ-style effects like filters, repeaters, and vinyl scratching
• Tap the record button and capture your Live Loop performance

Drummer for iOS
• Add a virtual session Drummer to your song who takes direction and plays realistic grooves
• Choose from 9 acoustic or electronic drummers
• Each Drummer provides their own signature sound and the ability to create a over a million realistic groove and fills
• Fine-tune the drum performance using simple controls that influence the groove and which drums are played

Play your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch like a musical instrument
• Play musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone and apply fun sound effects
• Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual guitar and bass amps & stompboxes
• Use the Sampler to create new instruments from sounds you record
• Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****
• Play, record and edit performances from third-party music apps right into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions***

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Play an entire string orchestra with just one finger using Smart Strings
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard
• Strum or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds

Create a song anywhere you go
• Record, arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks** using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Automate the volume or fine-tune your mix using the Simple EQ, compressor, echo and reverb
• Record the movement of controls on a Touch Instrument

Share your songs
• Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs using email or Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC

* Live Loops is available on iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (4th generation), or later devices.
** 32 tracks is available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or later devices. Multi-track recording requires compatible third party audio interface.
*** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.
**** Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

What's New in Version 2.1.1

• Quickly navigate long lists of Apple Loops using a new alphabetical sidebar
• Use Multi-Touch to select multiple regions simultaneously in the Tracks area
• Send songs as an audio file using AirDrop
• Share GarageBand songs via Mail as uncompressed audio
• Apply your own custom images to songs shared to YouTube and Facebook
• Support for Shared iPad in iOS 9.3


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Customer Reviews

Used to be great

Lovely app, I've used for a for a purple of years now but some issues need fixing. Since one of the latest updates, most of my songs take up to ~5 minutes at a time optimizing. Why should it take this long? I have an iPad 4, nothing too obsolete at the time of this review. My songs aren't even that complex, because I am limited by just 4 (!) different virtual guitars. The acoustic guitar needs an update, it hasn't changed since the beginning of this app. Looking at the newer drum kits compared to the older ones-- you can see that Apple is capable of better sounding instruments. We need more variety when it comes to guitar effects as well. It's long overdue that we had more than 8 frets, why can't we just scroll the fretboard (or whatever it's called) further down the neck of these guitars? You've focused heavily on dubstep and electronica, help out some of the rock fans!


Greetings, first I want to say how much I love this app. I have used everything from Pro-Tools to Ableton and everything in between, but Garageband for the iPhone/iPad is my favorite. I just have one issue and unfortunately, it is also my biggest issue. I have the original iRig and recently got BIAS Amp for iPad Mini (1st Generation) and I love the fact that I can integrate it with Garageband. Unfortunately though, when I have multiple tracks playing in the background and I am trying to record a guitar part on a separate track using this feature, all the other tracks bleed into the amp ruining an otherwise clean recording. Please fix this issue as it is very counterproductive to the recording process. I will give 5 stars if fixed. Thank you.

***I noticed this issue also happening with the in-app amplifiers, which seems to be an iPad exclusive issue.***

Great app

I love using this app, and it's quite a good DAW. However, I would like to see more instruments and voice effects (ex. autotune but not just that), and I would also like to be able to adjust the instruments' sounds more. Also, being able to adjust certain features (like reverb, volume, pan or equalizer in a similar style to Soundation) would be great too.
One other thing is that when I'm working on a song with multiple tracks (like more than 10 or so but it really depends), sometimes when I try to play it or change key or tempo, it has to "optimize performance" which wouldn't normally bother me except when it happens almost every other time, which bugs me. Please fix this! Otherwise, it's an awesome app.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Size: 1.33 GB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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