What is GarageBand on Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad? You may be asking yourself this question if you have never had anything to do with music production or are new to the Apple cosmos. If you want to learn more about the app and its functions, then you've come to the right place. In the following I will show you some background information, interesting information and tips for using the GarageBand app for macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Do you have any comments or questions of your own? Then feel free to leave a comment on the topic!
Generally speaking, GarageBand is a proprietary digital music production app offered on Apple systems. But that's not all, because unlike Logic Pro, GarageBand is free. So you can play in electronic instruments for free, record your own instruments, use MIDI functions and effects, record vocals or other audio, use plugins and much more. GarageBand is constantly being equipped with sounds, loops, instruments, presets, effects and the like. Features are improved or added with each new version for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
How Logic became the GarageBand and Logic Pro apps
In 2002, Apple bought the company Emagic, which was based in Rellingen near Hamburg and specialized in the manufacture of hardware and software for music production. This also adopted the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called Logic. Today will Logic Pro offered as a professional Apple solution for music production. With fewer functions, but still very extensive, the GarageBand app has been available since 2004, which was part of the iLife package in between. It has been one of the preinstalled apps on macOS since 2014.
GarageBand for macOS on Apple Mac
The Apple Mac is probably where most of the opportunities to use GarageBand arise. Different devices (microphone, instruments, MIDI keyboard, etc.) can be connected here at the same time and used in addition to the mouse and keyboard. It's also worth using a large screen to keep an eye on audio tracks, sound libraries, virtual keyboards, file directories, and so on.
You can either import everything yourself or have virtual instruments played with individual specifications (e.g. different drum sets). In addition, pre-recorded sounds and loops and much more are available. Here is some useful information about the program:
Download GarageBand from the Mac App Store: Call here
Currently required macOS version: at least 11.5 Big Sur
GarageBand for iPhone and iPad
I personally use GarageBand not only on the MacBook Pro, but also sometimes on the iPhone for fun. On the small display you have to deal with less overview, because playing music, using a keyboard, selecting sounds or loops, editing sound tracks and so on fill the screen individually. In addition, the use of external hardware is limited by the iPhone's Lightning connector alone.
The whole thing looks a bit clearer on the iPad and thanks to the USB-C connection on modern models it can also be used more extensively. If you plan on using GarageBand for songs while using mobile devices, I would recommend the iPad over the iPhone. Functionally, however, both versions are designed.
Apple website for GarageBand for iOS / iPadOS: Info page
Currently required system: at least iOS 15 / iPadOS 15
Extend GarageBand with plugins and instruments
Both on the Mac and on the iPhone or iPad, you can expand the many functions of GarageBand or replace them with other offers. I recently introduced you to a synthesizer and effects plugin: mela 2. At the end of 2020, Jens also tested a semi-virtual drum kit that you can use with GarageBand, also and especially with the mobile versions on iPhone and iPad: Testing Senstroke sensors – drums without drums, but on cushions and bananas. You can find more plugins and devices via GarageBand itself, the search function in the App Store and of course search engines.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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