Apple updates GarageBand with new sounds to celebrate Chinese music

Apple on Monday issued updates for GarageBand on both iOS and Mac, bringing the apps to version 2.1.1 and 10.1.2 respectively. The release notes for the updates mention various bug fixes and other improvements, but Apple points to some bigger changes in a press release.

Many new¬†Chinese sounds were also added in today’s GarageBand updates, to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music.” This includes traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu, percussion instruments like wood blocks and cymbals, and 300 Live Loops.

GarageBand for Mac updated with Music Memos support, new Apple Loops and more

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for GarageBand for Mac, bringing the software to version 10.1.1. The release brings about several improvements, including improved compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects.

The update also brings about support for Logic Remote on the iPhone and iPad Pro, 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds, and support for Music Memos‚ÄĒthe app Apple released earlier this year to help musicians and songwriters capture ideas.

GarageBand: a beginner’s guide to Live Loops [video]

In addition to the iPad Pro support brought forth in the GarageBand 2.1 update, the app comes with a new killer feature called Live Loops. Live Loops makes music creation accessible to anyone. Creating songs using Live Loops features a low barrier to entry, but a high ceiling and virtually endless possibilities.

In this video walkthrough, I’m going to share with you 20 basic GarageBand Live Loops tips for getting¬†started¬†with this awesome new feature. I’ll even make a song, and rap to it on the fly! If GarageBand has always seemed intimidating to you, then I guarantee that after watching this video, you’ll be ready to roll your sleeves up and start creating your own musical masterpieces.

GarageBand 2.1 updated for iPad Pro, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s

Rejoice, iPad Pro users; GarageBand has finally been updated to accommodate the additional real estate provided by the iPad Pro’s massive 12.9″ screen. Not only that, but the release also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s.

All in all, the “2.1” isn’t really indicative as to¬†how big of a release this is. Have a look at the full change log for a glance into how much effort was put into this latest update.

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

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.

How to recover your recording if GarageBand crashes

It’s the most helpless¬†feeling in the world of recording. You’re halfway through‚ÄĒor worse,¬†wrapping up‚ÄĒan epic guitar solo or an entertaining two hour-long podcast, and you notice GarageBand isn’t responding. Oh no. The infamous beach ball is¬†spinning, and it looks like your genius may be¬†gone forever.

Luckily, there is a way to recoup¬†this seemingly lost audio, even if your project appears empty. Following a scare on Monday when lightning made my power flicker¬†in the final minutes of our Let’s Talk iOS recording, I came across this cool tip for recovering¬†my¬†GarageBand file that was created before the software crashed.

Apple updates GarageBand for iOS with new RED Loop Pack

Apple pushed out an update for the iOS version of GarageBand on Sunday, bringing the popular music-making app to version 2.0.5. The update adds the option to purchase the RED Loop Pack, a limited-time in-app purchase that features an exclusive collection of 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops in a variety of genres.

The pack will only be available until December 7, via a $0.99 in-app purchase, but of course once paid for it will be permanently accessible from the GarageBand loop browser. Apple says 100% of the proceeds will go to the RED foundation, a charity that raises money for a global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Apple updates iLife and Aperture with support for OS X Yosemite

Coming soon after the release of OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store, Apple has updated its iLife software suite, along with Aperture, to support Yosemite and many of the features it introduces.

iMovie and GarageBand both received support for OS X Yosemite in the way of Mail Drop, but iMovie was the only one to gain a new coat of Yosemite paint, although GarageBand now has a new icon. iPhoto and Aperture appear to have been given only the necessary compatibility tweaks to patch Yosemite-related bugs, as Apple plans to drop support entirely for both apps early next year in favor of the upcoming Photos for Mac photo manager and editor.

iLife and iWork apps to come pre-installed on 64/128GB iPhone 6/Plus

Customers who’ve purchased a 64 or 128-gigabyte edition of either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus won’t need to download Apple’s iLife and iWork productivity suite when the handset hits store shelves this Friday as the apps will come pre-loaded on their device, according to an internal Apple Retail training document obtained by Dan DeSilva of 9to5Mac.

Apple since last September started providing Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand and iTunes U apps as free downloads to every new iOS device owner.

GarageBand for Mac gains three new Drummers, can now export to MP3 and more

If you’re an aspiring musician and a user of Apple’s free music-making software for the Mac, you should know there’s a new GarageBand update sitting in the Mac App Store.

The free GarageBand version 10.0.2 edition contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility and adds the option to export a song as an MP3 file.

The latter is much welcomed as you were previously required to export songs as QuickTime or some other format and then use iTunes or a similar app to manually convert the digital file into the commonly used MP3 format. There are also some new Drummers, but more on that after the break…