Apple's GarageBand comes to iPhone

Apple's GarageBand comes to iPhone

Launched alongside iPad 2, Apple's multitouch version of GarageBand has just been updated as a universal app -- that's right, it now supports iPhone and iPod touch as well. GarageBand for iOS is a re-imagining of Apple's traditional iLife music recording, mixing, and rendering app for their modern mobile platforms.

Apple's SVP of Marketing, Phil Schiller:

GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The innovative Multi-Touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you’ve never studied music or played an instrument before.

Here's the full update list:

  • Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
  • Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
  • Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
  • Reset song key without transposing original recordings
  • Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
  • Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
  • New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
  • Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
  • Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
  • Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options

Get it, plug it in, and tell us how well it works for you on the smaller screen.

Source: App Store Link

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Apple's GarageBand comes to iPhone


How cool would it be if you could somehow use the iPad and iPhone GarageBand harmoniously during a session. Record guitar on the iPad and use the iPhone for stomp boxes. Plug in and record to the iPad, but stop/play/record controls pop up big on the iPhone. Use the iPhone to examine and edit wavelengths of one track on the iPad. Possibilities are endless.

If you accidentally put 4 fingers down on the same chord bar on either Smart Guitar or Smart Bass ( yes, I know it's only up to 3) but if you accidentally tap another one on the same bar it crashes out..
Does for me at least, someone else try it and see what happens?

Forgot to say I'm using it on an ipad2 and the four finger thing only seems to crash it when using Autoplay so the strings aren't visible.

It's cool but it's not too practical with the screen size. I'm having a bit of trouble hitting the right notes on the tiny screen. It'll be a fun time waster for then I don't have the iPad around, but I don't see much real music being made on the phone version.

AMAZING!!!!! Wow, technology is going next level daily!!!! Imagine where we'll be in 10 years.

AMAZING!!!!! Wow, technology is going next level daily!!!! Imagine where we'll be in 10 years.

wow, i was going to make a joke about how apple will charge you $5 for this but they actually already are..

So now we can have full music and rock and roll on our iPhone, what can be the better way to enjoy the iPhone like this with your friends.

This is one of the things that sets the iPhone and iPad apart from Android. There was nothing like this on Android for musicians.; Nothing of any decent quality, anyway. HECK YEA. I'll be downloading this gem.