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Rebuilt from the ground up with a fresh new look and amazing new features, GarageBand is the easiest way to create a great-sounding song on your Mac. Add realistic, impeccably produced and performed drum grooves to your song with Drummer. Easily shape the sound of any instrument in the Sound Library with Smart Controls. Crank up the bottom end with Bass Amp Designer, or mix and match electric guitar amps, cabinets, and pedals with Amp Designer and Pedalboard. Control GarageBand and play any software instrument wirelessly on your iPad using the Logic Remote app. Use iCloud to keep your GarageBand projects updated across multiple Mac computers, or even import GarageBand for iOS songs directly from iCloud. 

Redesigned Interface
• A fresh new look, designed for easy music making
• Stay in perfect tune with a larger, more responsive Tuner
• Find the sweet spot in every track with the all-new interactive visual EQ
• Enable Quick Help and get useful hints wherever you hover your cursor

• Add a virtual session drummer or beat producer to your song that takes direction and plays realistic beats
• Choose among 28 players from popular genres like EDM, Hip Hop, Rock, and Alternative
• Use a simple set of controls to shape your drummer’s performance
• Each player can perform over a million unique groove and fill combinations

All-new Sound Library
• Get inspired with a fresh new collection of sounds and instruments
• Explore new Apple Loops covering the latest electronic and urban genres

Smart Controls
• Easily shape any sound in the library with a custom set of knobs, buttons, and sliders
• The look and personality of Smart Controls changes with each instrument

Amps and Stompboxes
• Use Bass Amp Designer to dial up classic and modern tones
• Build your own guitar rig with Amp Designer using 25 legendary amps and cabinets
• Design a custom Pedalboard from a collection of 35 fun and creative stompbox effects

Record. Mix. Master. Share.
• Create a song with up to 255 tracks
• Quickly change the timing of an audio recording using Flex Time
• Use Groove Matching to align the rhythm and timing of all your tracks with a single click
• Choose your best performance with multi-take recording
• Create a ringtone, export to your iTunes library, or share directly to SoundCloud

• Use iCloud to keep your GarageBand projects up to date across your Mac computers
• Start a song anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then import it wirelessly to your Mac to take it even further

Works with Logic Remote for iPad
• Use your iPad and Multi-Touch gestures to wirelessly play any GarageBand instrument on your Mac
• Access Smart Controls on your iPad to shape any sound while you’re playing
• Navigate your song and browse the Sound Library from your iPad

Learn to Play
• Get started with 40 Basic Lessons for guitar and piano covering classical, blues, rock, and pop
• Artist Lessons show you how to play a hit song taught by the artist who made it famous*
• Play along with any GarageBand Lesson and use How Did I Play to get feedback on how accurately you played

* GarageBand Artist Lessons are sold separately and are available directly through the GarageBand Lesson Store in select countries.

What's New in Version 10.1.6

• Stability improvements and bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Good but a couple things..

GarageBand tends to suit our band’s needs. However, it is rather frustrating to receive the error message that the disk is too slow and cannot process all the data in time to playback what we’ve recorded. Normally, there’s no more than 4 or 5 tracks open. With 290+ GB of space remaining, the fastest and highest memory (500GB) MacBook Pro of its time and nothing open but GarageBand, what’s the deal?

The other thing is using the built-in tempo. I would absolutely like to use it since you can incorporate tempo changes mulitple times without needing to stop recording. Often times, the click sound can be too faint to tell where you are when recording, especially for me being the drummer. I have to use another app to accurately keep time and I am unable to change the tempo as easily there like in GarageBand. I need something that has a more defined or sharper sound when the tempo track is clicking away, ONE-two-three-four. (YELLING vs. speaking) <— for example

Although I’m unsure if the error message is resolvable outside of buying something extra, though I shouldn’t have to, 5 stars if the tempo click sound is given the ability to be changed or is made easier to hear the difference between ONE and four, for example.

Too many weird, unexplained, unwanted features.

While I can get manage to get some use out of this program, and while it definitely takes the cake as being one of the easiest to use music composition programs out there, there are too many bugs and weird unexplained features that nobody would ever want to use that are forced onto the user. An example of this is that one of my instruments straight up won’t play on the track when I actually take the time to play the notes for it with the musical keyboard, but when I just mash the keys and record, it all of a sudden works. It’s extremely frustrating.

There are also a bunch of dials and stuff hidden in obscure locations that you can accidentally open and are hard to get off the screen. These dials usually do nothing but make the music sound worse, so I don’t know why they’re really here for this supposedly “casual” music creator. I think those who’d want to use the stupidly complicated dials would be those who purchased Logic Pro, not the basic, “your grandma can use it” Garageband.

So all in all: fun to mess around with in spare time, but terrible and frustrating to use if you actually want to create something.

Extremely glitchy on 2014 MacBook Pro

Ever since MacOS Sierra, my MacBook has been using 4GB of RAM (half of what I got) at startup, which is bad enough. However, GarageBand, while only using MIDI tracks, is using 1+ GB of RAM and way too much CPU. Everything was fine about a year ago and now, I can’t even have a few MIDI tracks and a guitar track without some kind of overload warning. And to be honest, GarageBand (plus spending $1200) is one of very few applications that even keep me glued to Apple products and not wanting to wipe my hard drive for Linux and learn to use Guitarix and Ardour instead. It makes me wonder if these updates are just designed to keep people buying new Apple computers like iOS updates do with iPhones. Do programmers even bother testing on older computers anymore? If you have a system in which Apple provides updates, then the oldest supported hardware should have no or at least very few issues, especially when a person pays as much as they do for it. I’d hate to do it but if these glitches and lag continue, I’m going to have to figure out a way to downgrade my GarageBand as best case scenario, and I would really love to have El Capitain back.

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  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 10.1.6
  • Size: 956 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, 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: OS X 10.10 or later

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