Make Better Songs with the New GarageBand Update (iPhone and iPad)

February 20, 2017 •

Make Better Songs with the New GarageBand Update (iPhone and iPad)(Image via Apple)

Smartphones and tablets with touch-sensitive screens, built-in microphones and plenty of memory to store recordings are revolutionizing how people create music and spoken word presentations.
Are you a musician who relies on GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad to create new songs while on the go? Or do you use GarageBand to record podcasts for your business or just run it during impromptu jam sessions with your friends? You’ll want to get the latest update from Apple to take advantage of some new features and an improved user interface design.

Apple Adds New Features to GarageBand

GarageBand 2.2 for iOS has a new multi-take recording feature and now includes a mobile version of Alchemy Synth. This virtual synth has 150 patches for different instruments, noted a report from 9to5Mac.

Best of all, the update now lets you build songs with multi-take recording capability. You can simply continue recording and the app will organize each take into a folder automatically for you to review after the creative work is done. Creative types who dislike stopping and starting a song to make new file versions will appreciate this timesaving option.

Apple redesigned the app’s Audio Recorder so you can now tap a single icon to access effects such as delay, distortion and pitch shifting. There is a new FX pane that you access by sliding across the screen to see the Visual EQ, checking levels as you record new audio.

If you also use Logic Pro X, the latest version, Logic 10.3 (also just released) is now integrated with GarageBand. You can send a Logic recording session to GarageBand as a reference track, letting you move from the recording studio to using your iOS device on the road to finish music production.

GarageBand version 2.2.1 requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 10.2 or later. The app costs $4.99 in the app store if you are downloading it for the first time. Otherwise, you can update to 2.2.1 for free today.

When you’re recording podcasts or making music with an iOS device, you can be more productive by mounting your iPhone or iPad on a table stand. It will keep the screen positioned at the just the right angle as you perfect the sounds you’re recording.