GarageBand for Mac Gaining New Synths and Features on June 30

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Apple has updated its GarageBand for Mac website to confirm that the music creation software will be updated with new features on June 30 alongside the launch of Apple Music, as noted by Macworld editor Kirk McElhearn on his personal blog Kirkville. GarageBand will gain new synth sounds and the software's built-in recording and editing features will be improved.


Apple will be adding 100 shape-shifting EDM- and Hip Hop-inspired synth sounds to GarageBand that each feature the Transform Pad Smart Control for morphing and tweaking sounds to your personal liking. The new controls are very similar to the Alchemy software that Apple acquired through its recent purchase of Camel Audio, known for its range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects and sound libraries.

Some of the new synths are demoed on the GarageBand website, including Sweeping Arp, Droplets, Bright Punchy Synth, Pumping Synth Waves and Epic Hook Synth. Apple further outlines that GarageBand's software instrument Smart Controls and Piano Roll Editor will be improved, allowing changes to be captured in real time and fine-tuning of music afterwards.

"Capture your changes in real time by adjusting any of your software instruments' Smart Controls while recording a performance," reads a caption on the GarageBand website. "You can also fine-tune your music later in the Piano Roll Editor." A footnote lists the new features as available on June 30 in the United States and as "coming soon" in other countries, consistent with the Apple Music website.

It is possible that Apple may also add a way for GarageBand users to upload new music to Apple Music Connect, a social platform that will enable artists to connect with fans. Apple hopes that Apple Music Connect will help not only well-known musicians, but also unsigned artists, to more easily promote their music and engage with their fans through one centralized platform.

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karmakat

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I find it fascinating that despite the recent jump in the popularity of podcasting they would still leave those who want to produce podcasts with Apple tools out in the cold. They've even removed all references to the Podcast Producer app that you had to buy the server version of the OS to use. So weird.
 

Envo

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Well, I think we will see much more Camel Audio influence in the future. (The Transformation Pad is very familiar to the Alchemy iOS synth)
 

Mike MA

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I knew it. Says available soon over here rather than June 30th, exactly like Apple Music :(

I've never much liked the name either. I cant put my finger on it, but it's just never sat well with me for some reason. Not that I could come up with anything better right enough.
Well, at least a lot more fancy than the rest of the iLife suit.
 
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Foxer

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So, where does it indicate that Apple is restoring Podcast creation to Garageband? There is no reference on that new site. Podcast related functions were removed with the last major redesign and I've been stuck using the old, old version of the software.
 

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Good to hear! I love using Garageband, I can play a few instruments but for the life of me I can't use Logic or any other advanced music software. I've used Garageband and a midi keyboard to produce some soundtracks in my games (and had real musician friends master them). Great app. Hope they never abandon it!
 

TrueBlou

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I knew it. Says available soon over here rather than June 30th, exactly like Apple Music :(
If you mean the UK site, I do find it curious that they have Apple Music as coming soon rather than June 30th, considering they said the UK was one of the launch countries for the 30th.
 

Dissonance

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First, can we add some of the features that Garageband for iOS has?

- Ability to set the key of a song without transposing it
- Smart instruments that automatically suggest chords in your chosen key
- The sampler

and please...

- control over the sound and volume of the metronome
- don't let the app cancel the computer's log-off or shut-down just because a project is left open
 

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people don't realize how powerful garageband and iMovie are (can be). some vids out there using all of about $10 in 3rd party animation/content software along with these two free programs can make really professional looking stuff. its all about avoiding cliches, i.e. getting to know the programs for more than 30m to do 'that one thing you hoped it would do.'

tangential but relevant - i got tired of missing out on editing my band's vids simply because i couldn't afford final cut, so i gave it a shot on iMovie (after doing a simple edit in logic 'garageband' pro) and ended up with a really decent product utilizing lots of quick effective edits. all it takes is time and patience - and if you find you can't do something with the free version, you upgrade, as so much time is invested and you've learned so much. such a good business model.. definitely actively saving for final cut.
 
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If you mean the UK site, I do find it curious that they have Apple Music as coming soon rather than June 30th, considering they said the UK was one of the launch countries for the 30th.
I think Mike MA is in Germany and hence the "soon."
 

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Would be nice for iTunes Match customers can get some sort of update such as better music audio quality since iTunes Match customers can not access Apple Music.
 

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I find it fascinating that despite the recent jump in the popularity of podcasting they would still leave those who want to produce podcasts with Apple tools out in the cold. They've even removed all references to the Podcast Producer app that you had to buy the server version of the OS to use. So weird.
Absolutely true. I produced a podcast with Garageband from 2005-2007. Worked great. Entirely unclear why they removed this from the app.
 
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Lactoes

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+1 on the podcast removal frustations. This makes no sense to me at all. The "old" version of GB still does a fine job, but I hate that I'm using the new version for music production and another one for podcasting.
 

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I enjoy this app, but I wish it was never called GarageBand.
Understandable. In the very beginning the name was appropriate because the application was so basic, but now it really does need to be renamed as it's really an amazing piece of software. No Windows PC comes with a free piece of full-length software as great as Garageband. Very underrated. Apple needs to promote it more.
 
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