GarageBand now available in App Store

Apple has released GarageBand for iPad today. Create music with virtual instruments, or plug in your own and record, edit, and share your music.

Play your iPad 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 on your iPad 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 your iPad (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.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

[$4.99 - iTunes link, thanks @MrJR84 for the tip!]

Leanna Lofte

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There are 18 comments. Add yours.

scientist88 says:

So...does this work with the iPad 2?

scientist88 says:

Whoops, sorry, I meant iPad 1st gen...

durangojim#AC says:

per apple it works on ipad 1

Mrjr says:

@Arnab Yes, it works on iPad 1. I'm installing it now.
Thanks for the mention, Leanna. You got the post up quick!

Matt says:

Wow for £2.99 what a bargain works great on my iPad1 I was hoping I could import tracks off iPod but can't find how to

usmc says:

Sorry I meant Leanna.

tom says:

does anybody know how you would go about plugging a mixer in to the iPad? I would LOVE to be able to record straight to my iPad, but as we all know, there isn't a USB port in the iPad.

Avenged110 says:

Dang, now I REALLY wish I had an iPad!

chaoticbuddhist says:

I am a musician and use my MacBook Pro with Ableton Live for performing. I just grabbed this for my iPad and I have to say that it is going to dramatically change the way I make music. I may even produce using this tool, but I do know I'll be able to work on new tracks from the road, my livingroom, or the can for that matter.
It is truly a powerful tool and I am not only impressed by what it's capable of, but the fact that it's only 5 bucks is amazing.
I'm liking it very much.

dloveprod says:

Woo that's a big file, good thing I'm getting the 64 gig model.

MAGNUS says:

I really wish the guitar adapter (or Jam attachment) was cheaper. I really want to play around with this so I can share my "playing" and embarrass myself. lol

john says:

bought mine today, not getting my ipad til tommorow

jpwillis269 says:

Anyone know if it will work with the irig adapter or does it require the $99 apogee interface that uses the 30 pin?

Peter johnson says:

This really is amazing value, I sent well over £5000 on 8 track reel to reel tape recorders, digital samplers, and synths back in the 80s, essentially to do what this will do for £2.99. Wonder if there'll be jam packs for it?
I think a keyboard will be pretty important to get the best out of it ( I have the camera kit and a USB MIDI keyboard, so I'm sorted there, but it would be good to see a comparative review of iRig, apogee and amp kit ifor use on Garageband in the near future, or any other options.
Peter Johnson

steveyu says:

See this video using GarageBand for iPad to record keyboard MIDI via Camera Connection Kit & EMU Xmidi 1x1 USB MIDI Cable:-