GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated GarageBand for Mac to version 10.0.2, bringing several improvements including the ability to export tracks in MP3 format and three new Drummer options in the $4.99 content pack.

    GarageBand 10 was introduced alongside OS X Mavericks last October and was part of a significant shift in Apple's business model that saw all iLife and iWork apps for iOS and Mac devices become free for customers purchasing new devices. While the basic GarageBand app for Mac is a free download [Mac App Store], additional content such as virtual drummers, lessons, sounds, and loops are part of a $4.99 in-app purchase package due to licensing costs associated with the content.

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  2. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    I'm really impressed with GarageBand at the moment. IMHO they've done a great job with the UI, which means it's barely a learning curve from this to Logic Pro X in regards to basic editing. They're giving people the tools to create great things, and it's a really good way to help interest in their Pro applications.
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2012
    Are those new Drummers the same ones added to Logic a while back?
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    strange ... it didn't show up as a Software Update on my mac ? Had to go and re-download from the Appstore
  5. macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    I have to try this; I'm still on Mountain Lion.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    It couldn't already do this? What the . . . ?
  7. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    I think that feature was removed in the new version.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2011
    It could only do AIFF and AAC, so don't panic.
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    Finally putting back old features that I greatly missed... This feels almost like what they did with FCPX. I still wish they brought back some keyboard shortcuts. As a long time user, I try to do what I used to do and all I get is the flash of my screen now in error.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2012
    Great!!! Another gigabyte and a half update for a few tweaks :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    No, it could also do MP3 before. As someone else mentioned, Apple inexplicably removed that option in the last update.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's just the base update that contains 'a few tweaks'. And the base application is under 1GB, so I'm not sure where you got 1.5GB from.

    If you're getting a 1.5GB update, it's more than likely that you've got the loop/drummer expansion for it -- in which case, you're getting quite a lot more from this update. :confused:
  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2007
    Boston, MA
    In-app purchase

    I still can't believe Apple is keeping the in-app purchase method with this app. It is just so against what apple is about - teasing people with a "free" version that constantly annoys with the grayed out options on iPad and Macs. They should either make it free or make it a $5 app.

    They also need to figure out how to easily manage in-app purchases on "site licenses."
  15. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    In-app purchases is a dangerous term to use, as implies constant purchases to get functionality . Garageband has plenty of functionality, and if you want a few extra loops and some extra functionality, you pay a one-off fee of $5 which is permanently linked to your Apple ID.

    Frankly, you'd be hard pressed to find a better music production suite for $5. Not to mention ... it's $5. Cheaper than a packet of tabs or a couple of beers.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    Is it still as unbelievably shoddy and unstable as it was when it first came out? That's all I want to know. Couldn't care less about the drummers.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    I'm over the moon about the new Garageband really. It's a far more complex DAW than people give it credit for, especially for something that's free. Some of the software instruments (especially the drum loops) aren't as laughably unusable as they used to be. The new UI is also a major improvement over the previous iteration. The only initial issue I had was converting my old GB files to the new format, but that's over and done with now.

    Bottom line, if you just want to knock some ideas out on your Mac, there's nothing better. If you want to learn to use a DAW and start recording music, there's not a better place to start IMO.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    Does it have effects again? Amazing that they took out basic effects in the new version.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    Not sure what you're referring to. AU plug-ins and all that were always in there. It was just rearranged. It's actually better because each instrument/amp/guitar whatever now has its own interface.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2008
    right..... mine did. That's how we exported podcasts.
  21. macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Bern, Switzerland
    Export to MP3… really??

    Is this a new marketing strategy of Apple? Dropping basic features and then adding them back in a future version, claiming this to be a terrific update…?
    (Same thing with calendar synching via iTunes instead of iCloud)...
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    I don't personally see a need for Export to MP3, but to each his own. It's not like you couldn't add a song to SoundCloud/iTunes/BandCamp with the other formats. But I'm certainly glad they added it back. I just never used it.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    That's not true.

    In the old Garageband, you could add any FX to any instrument. In this new version, you can only change the ones Apple had preset with that instrument.

    For example, if I had a piano up on Garageband 2011, I could add "Bitcrusher" to any instrument. You can't do that with the newest Garageband. Also, Apple took away FX Presets.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    It's a minor .0.x update with a tiny change log, in what way are Apple using this a marketing strategy? :confused:
  25. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    I'm not interested in the pre-packaged loops. What kind of capability does Garageband offer in terms of loop generation? Can I create loops from scratch with nothing but Garageband?

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