Apple GarageBand for Mac

Apple GarageBand for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.0.2
File Size:
47.61MB
Date Added:
March 20, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac/OS X 10.9
Total Downloads:
598,761
Downloads Last Week:
474
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Apple GarageBand for Mac is an incredibly robust tool that brings together many of the most basic tools in audio recording and editing in a single interface for Mac users. Fully compatible with the iOS version of the app, Garageband is a great start if you're just beginning to record audio on your computer and need straightforward tools for editing.

Pros

Automatic settings for different recording types: When you start a new project, GarageBand allows you to choose any number of presets to get started. This allows you to streamline the process and get into the recording steps much faster. Those settings may not be perfect for every recording, but it's a quick way to get started.

Quick setup and easy editing layouts: Once you've started, editing different audio tracks is fast and easy. The three-pane interface allows you to quickly access metadata, add markers, insert new audio, or create new tracks. There are also plenty of basic presets for audio filters.

Cons

Hidden elements and somewhat limited tutorials: While GarageBand has quite a few tools for an essentially free service, some are hard to find, and others are there but don't provide the tutorials or tooltips needed to use properly unless you know what you're looking for. The Internet is full of tutorials on how to use this tool, however. So for those without access to a more robust suite, this is still a very good entry-level replacement.

Bottom Line

As an entry-level tool that doesn't cost anything to Mac owners, GarageBand is a perfect fit for most early-recording efforts. While it won't replace a full-blown audio recording and editing suite, it does wonders for basic podcast, instrumental recordings, and other digital recordings. It's well worth having for every audiophile Mac owner.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good app for music amators"

    December 28, 2011   |   By ElizaWinter

    Version: Apple GarageBand 6.0.4

    Pros

    awasome app for young people and music fans

    Cons

    not noticed

    Summary

    good app)
    you will have fan

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  • 4 stars

    "Fun and friendly music recording software"

    November 28, 2011   |   By ohappydey

    Version: Apple GarageBand 6.0.4

    Pros

    Fun and easy to use, has a clean interface that's easy to navigate, has a good variety of instruments and loops that are customizable.

    Cons

    Can be laggy when used with a midi device.

    Summary

    This latest version of Garageband is a great upgrade to the earlier version. This has more virtual instruments, better AutoTune and more options than ever before. I like that the app has video lessons available through the App store, as well. The interface is really easy to use. My only gripe is that the app can be a bit slow when used with a midi device or uploading a number of sounds at once. Not too much of a big deal, though.

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  • 1 stars

    "I'm going in circles..."

    June 03, 2011   |   By stevencee

    Version: Apple GarageBand 6.0.2

    Pros

    I might be able to mention some, if I could actually install the update....

    Cons

    Software update says I'm up-to-date, when I download it from the CNET site & try to install it, it tells me I must have at least GB 6 already installed. Well, I have 6.0.1 installed, so now what? Don't know where to go from here...

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  • 1 stars

    "I must have overdosed on Stupidity Pills"

    April 02, 2011   |   By Ras-x

    Version: Apple GarageBand 6.0.2

    Pros

    So far none!

    Cons

    Well, I checked my version - 6.01. Can't get a download of 6.02

    Summary

    As I said, i must have overdosed on stupidity pills. Running 6.01 on both iMac and Macbook pro. tried downloading, and it shunted me onto Software update. it came back and said i was up to date. Checked, still on 6.01. Forced it to download, opened the package and it said - no, check the the App Store. Opened up the Store, there is 6.02 advertised, but it tells me it is already installed. checked "About Garageband", and it says I have 6.01 installed. Ok, I give in, just going around in circles - on both machines!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Unable to install."

    January 07, 2011   |   By Cypoman

    Version: Apple GarageBand 6.0.1

    Pros

    Unable to install.

    Cons

    Needs version 6 to install this patch.

    Cannot be installed over any version 5.

    Cannot find version 6.0.0 to install first.

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  • 4 stars

    "amazing programme"

    September 28, 2010   |   By prlblue

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    ease of use

    Cons

    Not cheap any free use would be better to promote apple software

    Summary

    like the programme, many options on how & what to use it for

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  • 5 stars

    "My savior for quick and quality production!!!"

    April 01, 2010   |   By jminutes2010

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    1. user interface is beautiful and easy to use....

    2. does not buffer as much as other DAW's

    3. sound quality is top notch when the enviorment matches it ( soundproofing)

    4. Tracks come and go flawlessly straight to my Ipod!!!!

    5.FREe

    Cons

    1. WISH IT WASN'T SO PROMOTED AS A COOKIE CUTTER DAW LIKE FL STUDIO......
    IF YOU HAVE TRICKS AS A PRODUCER, YOU KNOW IT HAS MANY AMAZING ASPECTS!!!!

    Summary

    I have been a user since 06..... I have wowed many people from its production level outdoing quality in top PC DAWS for awhile!!!!!!!!!!

    Worth it .... it's because of APPLE'S production standpoint in music, and video that they surpass it all overall!!!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great, Easy to use, and fun."

    February 06, 2010   |   By Tryx

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to use, Midi, Audio, Track pan, flying faders, and loops for the fun of wasting time

    Cons

    nothing :)

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  • 5 stars

    "its very ood"

    July 09, 2009   |   By CYR3F1R3

    Version: Apple GarageBand 4.0.0

    Pros

    is very good

    Cons

    its very good

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  • 5 stars

    "The most user-friendly recording software out there."

    April 04, 2009   |   By TokyoSound

    Version: Apple GarageBand 5.0.1

    Pros

    Based off of the solid Apple Logic platform, really decent borderline high-end guitar modelling right out of the box. The only music software on the market that let's you import midi files and disect/alter them note-by-note for full customability.

    Cons

    Well, it ISN'T Apple Logic Pro, but excellect software for anyone interested in starting home recording. Tends to be sluggish after you have more than 8 tracks going. Loops and instruments included are pretty cheesy, JamPacks make it versatile.

    Summary

    If you have Garageband with all of the available JamPacks, you have an arsenal of over 10,000 instruments and loops that are mostly MIDI and fully customizeable to make them yours. The interface is extremely easy to navigate, even almost elementary like. Highlight, split track, press delete... *shazam* all your white noise between vocal takes are gone. Pitch correction is pretty good for vocals, not so over the top like Cher or Lil' Wayne. As far as synth tones, vocal effects, and mastering effects... You just need to sit down with it and create your own tones to really feel the magic.

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