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GarageBand for iPhone

$4.99
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  • Version:
    2.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    75,816
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 10, 2016
  • Price:
    Purchase; iTunes account required.; $4.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    1.24GB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    98
  • Platform:
    iOS
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Editors' Review

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GarageBand offers a mobile version of Apple's powerful iWork music creation tool, with only a handful of drawbacks to what is otherwise a powerful, intuitive tool. More powerful than many beginner tools but not nearly as powerful as some of the most robust tools on the market, GarageBand is a perfect entry-level tool for someone interested in multi-track recording or digital composition on a mobile device.

GarageBand offers numerous options when first starting. From keyboards to drums, to sampling and a number of presets that make it easy to create fun effects without having to play with the controls too much, GarageBand has a lot to play with. It operates only in landscape mode and some tools are better on the Mac--especially the keyboard interface--but many options like the amplifier option, recording tools, and samplers are very well crafted and perfectly easy to use, even for those with no experience creating music. Multitrack recording is another very useful tool here, and despite the resources this app must demand, it ran smoothly in every test we developed for it, from an eight track recording to multiple voice inputs and three- to five-minute audio recordings being edited onscreen.

GarageBand is one of those rare apps that can be useful for almost anyone interested in recording. Whether you are interviewing someone for your podcast or are playing with Smart Drums while connected by Bluetooth to three other iPad or iPhone users, this app never ceases to amaze. This is one of Apple's better iWork apps for the iOS platform.

 
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5 stars

"Best app for beginers & Ipad, very addictive"

March 20, 2013  |  By Niksoni

2013-03-20 05:17:13  |  By Niksoni

 |  Version: GarageBand 1.3

Pros

A fully functional audio creating and editing program. You don't have to go out and spend tons of money on software or sound loops.
With the amount of royalty free loops and samples that come with it, you could create tons of original songs without ever having to spring for an audio interface & even if you get tired of the same old loops, you can always edit the MIDI files or download free loops from around the internet.They manage to fit everything onto one screen, which is nice for editing

Cons

As i am just a beginner in creating music, don't know about much of the cons, but it is gud to me , so i will try my best to be good with it.

Summary

Making music is one of my aims in life & i use to find it very hard to do as i am just an beginer,but when Garageband came up i found it bit easier & very userfriendly than others & secondly you don't have to buy all those expensive consoles & instuments to creatwe music, Ipad is awesome as it have garageband specially for a guy like me, still after i bought it i was not getting anything that easily to work it out because if you don't know how it really works, then it can be very complex. It is very sophisticated, which now i feel is one of the best reasons to buy this app & this blog have just given me pocket full of information regarding what i really wanted to kno & i am happy & satisfied with it now, I have also opted for the <a href="http://www.wiziq.com/course/11846-garageband-for-ipad-in-1-hour''/>garageband for ipad tutorials course from Mike Klinger</a> which I have found very useful to me. I will be following this blog post because of comments of such senior people in music line who have bag full of information,so i need some more knowledge of reviews of this blog & him to sharpen my skills more.

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5 stars

"Simply Awesome"

August 02, 2012  |  By korinsha

2012-08-02 11:09:04  |  By korinsha

 |  Version: GarageBand 1.2.1

Pros

Unlimited potential to create & enjoy
Great for beginners and pros
Easy to use, beautiful interface

Cons

More instruments, please!

Summary

This is my favorite app for the iPad 3 by far, I love making music with it and collaborating with other users, and my child loves learning guitar with it, too.

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5 stars

"Must-have music creation app for both pros and novices"

December 11, 2011  |  By micklerd

2011-12-11 14:10:23  |  By micklerd

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

(1) Ease of use, (2) intuitive interface (3) "smart" instruments AND the ability to hook up to real instruments (via cord for electric guitar, via mic for everything else), (4) slick integration with the desktop program. Deftly treads the line between being approachable for total novice and completely useful for pro musicians. It removes the technical aspects of music creation, and allows you to concentrate on your ideas as you're on the go. All for the price of a pint of beer? Are you kidding me?? Apple hit it out of the park with this one.

Cons

Since the release of the first iOS version of Garageband (the iPad version) Apple has fixed the ability to import work on the iOS versions into the full, desktop Garageband program, and added the ability to import Apple loops. I'm at a loss to find other things you could add that don't start to tread into the land of feature-creep. It's not the full desktop program (nor should it be), but, WOW, it sure gets pretty darn close.

Summary

There are a handful of apps that could be considered essential. This is one of them. Even if you have no musical experience, this app will bring out the musician you never knew you were. I figured out how 80% of the program worked within a couple of hours of toying around with it. The process of discovery was fun in and of itself. I had delightful glee as I discovered "ooh, it can do that?!" Yes, it can do that.

Some may question the need for phone version of Garageband. As a hobbyist musician with a demanding day job, Garageband for iOS has transformed my songcrafting. I now capture melodies as the come to me. Before I started using the desktop version of Garageband, it would take me around 10 days to complete a song. When I started using the desktop version of Garageband, that went down to 4-5 days. With the iOS version, I can hammer out a song's melody, chord progressions and rhythm section on my 40 min bus ride into work, do some tweaking and lyric writing on my lunch break and on my bus ride home, and record lyrics, re-record the synth guitar tracks I created in Garageband with my real guitar, and finish the song over a few of hours in the evening. A complete song in one day versus 10 days a few years ago. That's a 90% cut in my songwriting workflow. Literally.

The difference is mobility. The ability to create music and not be tied to a computer or a lug around a laptop--or even an iPad--is truly freeing. It means I can create whenever and wherever inspiration strikes, in a way that is as serious and as productive as when I am at my computer or at my guitar.

Musician friends of mine caution that the truly ridiculous ease with which anyone (and I do mean ANYONE) can create music using the iOS versions of Garageband means the death of "real" music. I cannot disagree more. To me, it is the democratization of music. When Apple first launched the Mac, computers were the arcane province of geeks and programmers. By adding a graphical user interface and integrating the mouse, Apple's first Mac took out the technical barrier that hindered widespread adoption of the PC. Microsoft followed suit with Windows, and the rest is history.

The same thing is happening here. Garageband and other DAWs are taking out the technical barriers that prevent most people from creating music themselves, like being able to play an instrument and knowing music theory. But no program can make a crappy song great. The elements of a great song--tight song structure, clever lyrics, hooky melodies, original musical ideas and innovative use sounds--are products of our minds. Garageband allows you to concentrate on those things, in an uniquely mobile way.

I can see the day, soon perhaps, when people will hear a song and say, "Oh, that's nothing special. I could have created that on my phone in Garageband." For musicians, the stakes to create fresh, original and innovative music have been raised. Fortunately, the thing that has raised the stakes (Garageband) is the very tool we can use to surmount the challenge.

Apple revolutionized personal computers 30 years ago with the Mac. It sea-changed music distribution 10 years ago with the iPod and iTunes, and the smart phone industry 5 years ago with the iPhone. Now, with Garageband, it is well positioned to revolutionize music production and how we think and talk about music. Garageband for iPhone is going to be a game changer, no doubt about it.

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5 stars

"truly amazing!"

December 11, 2011  |  By javin_aryan97

2011-12-11 00:11:34  |  By javin_aryan97

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

has a really smooth interface, and a lot of instruments to play.
the song compilation is really easy and quick.

Cons

connecting real instruments with the iPhone is a little slow and sluggish, but works fine with the iPad.

Summary

enjoyed it on my MacBook Pro, now i can carry that experience where ever i go. truly amazing!
It is a must have app!

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4 stars

"High on the WOW factor!"

December 07, 2011  |  By Rhinotherunt

2011-12-07 08:46:32  |  By Rhinotherunt

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

Brilliantly designed UI. My 5 yr old cousin can navigate it quite well. Truly smart instruments! Sound of digital instruments is quite impressive. Ridiculously fun as well!

Cons

Not really a software problem, but an iPad connectivity issue. You once could connect nice microphones (Blue Yeti) into the iPad to do audio recording. Apple lowered the power to the USB connection via iPad update. Now recording in the field with such a microphone requires a powered USB hub. Not very field handy anymore. Maybe in a future update Apple developers will give End Users the choice to "power save" or not "power save" on the USB connection via camera connection kit. Till then I am back to lugging my MacBook Pro around... Grrr @ Apple. They are acting like Microsoft on this.

Summary

Overall this software is fantastic!!! It is cheap, useful and a lot of fun! Can entertain 5 yr olds and adults alike for hours!

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5 stars

"Hear it programme it"

December 04, 2011  |  By misstarnia

2011-12-04 16:00:03  |  By misstarnia

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

Simple interface that is easy to use, it doesn't take up all the resources of your phone to use. If you can hear it in your head, you can make the sound using your Garagebank i0S5

Cons

None that I've found.

Summary

I've been telling everyone I know with an iPod or iPhone about this fantastic application. You can choose to programme your own sounds or use the applications preconfigured samples. Smooth running, great sounds. Go on plug your device into external speakers and hear for yourself.

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5 stars

"seems awesome but..."

December 03, 2011  |  By singerchik

2011-12-03 08:04:53  |  By singerchik

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about GB! I can't wait to figure it out.

Cons

But as a brand new user without much music theory I am overwhelmed. I am a singer and can sight read my vocal lines fairly well but beyond that I'm pretty illiterate. My goal was to be able to upload karaoke tracks from my itunes library to GB and then record my vocals over them, then adding harmonies and effects,etc...eliminating my need to go to a recording studio to make a demo. Thus far I cannot figure out a way to accomplish my goal and am wondering if there is a way to do this or a different app that may be more suitable.

Summary

Any feedback from ya'll would be greatly appreciated!

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5 stars

"Best Value of any app I've purchased."

November 22, 2011  |  By DevinL88

2011-11-22 08:15:35  |  By DevinL88

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

Easy to use.
Enough options to create more chords for advanced players.
Auto-play is a great feature.
Shows you hands-on the basic theory behind playing music. (This is great exposure to those who want to get into music)

Cons

I wish there were more slots to add chords. If there was a way to just put a scroll bar so i can choose more than just 8 chords.

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5 stars

"Great tool for professional songwriter"

November 21, 2011  |  By WhyaDuck

2011-11-21 22:26:40  |  By WhyaDuck

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

GB for iPad is an amazing app at an amazing price. It allows me to record song ideas anywhere and then transfer them to my iMac's GarageBand program (and even to Logic. a full DAW program for professional studio work).

The app is easy to use and has a plethora of features. Various instruments.including a drum pad that alone is terrific. I'm am no longer tied to my Home Recording Studio while writing songs. I can record live via the iPad's built-in mic - vocals, piano and acoustic guitar. The app is a full multi-track recorder which basically makes the iPad a fairly complete recording studio.

I recently ordered the Alesis IO dock for the iPad which allows connections for guitars, synths, mics, midi etc. This device makes iPad with GatageBand an portable professional recoding studio and mixer.

Cons

I can't think of any cons for an app that does so much.

Summary

As a professional songwriter and musician, GarageBand for iPad is now my go to device for recording new songs. It allows me to record anywhere which means that I no longer do I have to stop and jot down ideas as I work. A truly amazing app for professional musicians and amateurs who want to mkae their own music.

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5 stars

"Getting everything out of the iPhone's potential"

November 20, 2011  |  By Charlietheninth

2011-11-20 12:40:11  |  By Charlietheninth

 |  Version: GarageBand for iPad and iPhone 1.1

Pros

As always, GarageBand features Apple's great intuitive interface while providing a very complete set of instruments. There are endless possibilities for creating your own sounds using the built-in sampler, and there also are 'intelligent' instruments which make the process of creating your own song a lot easier. I love how it also supports the 4th gen iPod Touch and iPhone. Also, when you touch the screen harder, the sound gets louder and vice versa.

Cons

Even though the UI is intuitive, the iPhone or iPod Touch's screen might be a little too small for some to fully enjoy GarageBand.

Summary

Great app and surely well worth the money. For an app like this, it's quite cheap in my opinion. Handy addition to the Mac version.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.1
Quickly navigate long lists of Apple Loops using a new alphabetical sidebar Use Multi-Touch to select multiple regions simultaneously in the Tracks area Send songs as an audio file using AirDrop Share GarageBand songs via Mail as uncompressed audio Apply your own custom images to songs shared to YouTube and Facebook Support for Shared iPad in iOS 9.3
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date March 10, 2011
Date Added June 10, 2016
Version 2.1.1
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: ipad2wifi, ipad2wifi, ipad23g, ipad23g, iphone4s, iphone4s, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen4g, ipadthirdgen4g, iphone5, iphone5, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadmini, ipadmini, ipadmini4g, ipadmini4g
Download Information
File Size 1.24GB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 75,816
Downloads Last Week 98
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License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $4.99

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