Apple on Wednesday launched an update for Garageband for iOS. Version 2.1 offers a new feature called Live Loops, and adds support for the iPad Pro, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
What’s New in Version 2.1
• Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures*
• Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
• Record adjustments of any Touch Instrument control knob in real time
• Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
• Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
• Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
• Adds over 1,200 new Apple Loops and sounds
• Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously**
• Use third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions***
• Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
• Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****
* Live Loops is available on iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (4th generation), or later devices.
** 32 tracks is available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or later devices. Multi-track recording requires compatible third party audio interface.
*** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.
**** Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The Live Loops feature, inspired by DJ hardware controllers and drum machines, offers users the ability to tap cells and columns to trigger looped instruments and samples. The loops can be performed, remixed and arranged in real-time.
“I recorded my first album using GarageBand and I continue to use it in my music today,” said T-Pain, Grammy Award-winning artist and producer. “I love how the new Live Loops in GarageBand lets me quickly build tracks and beats, and even perform effects like a musical instrument. It’ll change the way an entire generation makes music.”
The updated app also includes a new feature called Drummer that adds a virtual drummer to your work that takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves.
GarageBand 2.1 also offers support for the 12.9-inch Retina display on Apple’s uber-large iPad Pro tablet, making use of the added screen space to add more controls and workspace.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users will appreciate the app’s new 3D Touch support, which allows users to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch.