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.
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.
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.
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.
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 brand-new bass amps, 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.
What's new in this version:
- Improves stability and addresses a number of minor issues
- Adds the option to export songs as an MP3
- Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
- Includes 3 new Drummers and drum kits from the rock, songwriter, and R&B genres*