• Title: GarageBand
    • Price: $4.99
    • Seller: Apple
    • Category: Music
    • Release Date: March 10, 2011
    • Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
    • Rating: 4+
    • Reviewed On: iPad 2

Review

You have heard of GarageBand, a music crafting application that’s been around for a whileon the Mac, but until recently the there has not been an equivalent in the mobile space. So Apple decided to make one, and it turned out great! For those who don’t know what GarageBand is, GarageBand is an application that allows anyone to create music using a variety of virtual instruments.

GarageBand is full of instruments built for people who are not very skilled, and for those who call themselves professionals. For those of us that are unskilled with instruments, Apple has included easy to use instruments called Smart Instruments and they allow you to play like a pro without any knowledge of that instrument. Inside the app are four smart instruments that look and feel different than the instruments they represent. They allow one to play a beautiful melody without having to know anything about playing an instrument like the drums, guitar, or piano. Along with the smart instruments there are four other regular virtual instruments. These instruments look like actual instruments and although they are not too difficult to use, they do come with enough options inside that they feel like they are built for pros. All of these instruments, both smart and normal, are very easy to use and fun to play around with; even if you’re not writing an amazing song, you’ll still find yourself playing around with GarageBand for hours.

Although playing the instruments inside GarageBand is amazingly fun, there is still something better inside the app, editing your creations into one brilliant song. Probably the best thing about GarageBand is how easy and actually fun editing your stuff can be. I spent more time editing my simple piano mashings, than I did actually making them. The interface is very easy to use and is made for professional control over your music. The only thing that would hinder your music making powers is that the editor does not allow for more than 8 instruments to be edited in one song, but that is a small problem. Other than that, the app is wonderful and certainly shows that the iPad is a content creation device.

Overall, GarageBand for iPad is one of the most elegant and pristine apps available on the App Store. It’s one of those apps that you’d think Apple would cripple to run on the iPad, but this is something that could be ported over to a Mac or PC and feel like a full app. Honestly, if you’re a music lover, and you like messing around with music creation…you need this app.

Pros

    • Lots of instruments
    • Smart instruments are great for rookies

Cons

    • Can only use 8 instruments in the editor

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