GarageBand for Mac gains Force Touch and Apple Music Connect support, new content and more

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Tuesday, Apple issued a substantial update to GarageBand for Mac, its own application that allows users to create music or podcasts. In GarageBand 10.1, users can take advantage of built-in Apple Music Connect support to share directly from GarageBand to Apple Music’s Connect feature, basically a repository for artists to share content with music lovers like lyrics, behind-the-scenes videos, photos, concert recordings, studio sessions and more.

In addition, the application now takes advantage of a third dimension provided by pressure-sensing trackpads on the new twelve-inch MacBook and fifteen-inch MacBook Pro while providing several other enhancements.

Other additions in this edition of GarageBand include over a thousand new Apple Loops (building blocks allowing you to quickly create beats and tunes), ten new Drummers for such styles as Hip Hop, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more, over a hundred hip hop-inspired synthesizer Patches, numerous Accessibility improvements and more.

GarageBand 10.1 for OS X changelog:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic music and Hip Hop styles including House, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more.
  • Over 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synthesizer Patches featuring the new Transform Pad Smart Control for sound morphing.
  • Record the movements of software instrument Smart Controls to capture performances of effect and tone adjustments.
  • 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk and Blues.
  • Share directly from GarageBand to Apple Music Connect (requires Apple Music Connect account)
  • Adds support for Force Touch trackpad.
  • Resolves an issue which prevented the export of long recordings.
  • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.

This update is free for existing users of the application.

Keep in mind that GarageBand is included at no cost with every new Mac purchase. The 911-megabyte app requires a Mac with a 64-bit Intel chip and OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later.

GarageBand is $4.99 in the Mac App Store.