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Apple released a new consumer application today as part of the iLife bundle.

GarageBand "turns your Mac into an anytime, anywhere recording studio packed with hundreds of instruments and a recording engineer or two for good measure."

The new application offers several powerful new features for musicians and will be bundled with iLife for $49. The application will be available on Janaury 16th.
 

ionas

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Dec 31, 2003
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this is very nice

just a nice app

we can hope apple will keep their consumer software pack below 100 euro/$ for the next 10 years
 

jeffy.dee-lux

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Nov 19, 2003
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k, i really really really wanna get garage band, its the perfect app for me, i don't need the software instruments and all that... whatever
minimum requirements call for 600mHz G3, i've got 500mHz. what do you think would happen if i tried to run it?

the funny thing is i remember about two and a half years ago, discussing which computer to buy, and my saying, i don't think i really care if there's an extra 100mHz...

somebody console me, tell me everything will be alright and i'll get to use this awesome software without having to buy a new computer that would cost more than a nice digital 8 track.
 

eyeluvmyimac

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Oct 27, 2002
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I'm a bit confused. Garage band looks awesome, but how is it different than Soundtrack? It appears to be the same except for the inputs (live recording and such). Is that really the only difference? If so why continue with soundtrack when it seems to have fewer features?

And what's up with the expansion for garage band costing twice the price of GarageBand(iLife 04)?

That being said, looks cool and I can't wait to try it out =)
 

tom.96

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Jun 13, 2003
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This looks like a very cool application, I was hoping they would introduce something like this. I will certainly be looking forward to trying this out asap!
 

Rocket Rion

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Jan 28, 2003
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Garageband rocks. I hope anyone who didn't see the live event stream goes to Apple's site and download the replay so you can see Garageband being demoed.

I'd like to know if the $99 Garage pack uses all new loops or steals those that come with Soundtrack.
 

El Capitano

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Jan 6, 2004
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Doesn't appear to have any MIDI support other than for keyboard input... bummer.

I was planning to finally junk my last OS 9 apps and was looking for a replacement for the late lamented Opcode Vision. Logic is way too expensive for the kind of messing around I do. :(
 

Redboy

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Jul 19, 2003
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What I can't seem to figure out is whether it supports AU instruments or just AU effects. If it is the instruments too, then this is huge.

BTW teh 600mhz limit was only for Apple Loop playback, not for just running the app.
 

McMike

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Sep 30, 2003
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Great software but couldn't it be free for download? I know it takes probably a lot of space but here in Europe it's evening! I really would like to start downloading it now and wake up with a brand new toy :D
Anyway, great job Jobs!
 

D*I*S_Frontman

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May 20, 2002
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Sample rates?

I just checked out the Apple Garage Band page. No mention of sample rates. I assume everything is limited to 44.1k/16 bit recording, which is fine for really good demo stuff. Certainly won't replace higher end stuff (Logic/DP/ProTools) but a lot of fun.

If anyone else spots the sampling rate specs, post them here.
 

cspace

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Sep 2, 2002
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i don't think it supports AU instruments, just AU effects. i think the "instruments" it uses are based on a built-in sampler (Logic's?). very nice for its intended purpose...
 

madforrit

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Jul 23, 2002
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Guitar input

Ok, so Steve mentioned how you just plug your electric guitar into your mac to use GarageBand.
I'm a novice guitar player and would like to dabble with this stuff, but how exactly do I plug my guitar into my mac (G5)?
I need an input (a card or USB device) that takes TRS jacks, don't I?
--or, as it's just dawning on me--do they make TRS to SPDIF adapters?

Any help for this novice would be appreciated! :)
 

SilentPanda

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Oct 8, 2002
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Re: Guitar input

Originally posted by madforrit
Ok, so Steve mentioned how you just plug your electric guitar into your mac to use GarageBand.
I'm a novice guitar player and would like to dabble with this stuff, but how exactly do I plug my guitar into my mac (G5)?
I need an input (a card or USB device) that takes TRS jacks, don't I?
--or, as it's just dawning on me--do they make TRS to SPDIF adapters?

Any help for this novice would be appreciated! :)

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=T9106LL/A
 

jeffy.dee-lux

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Nov 19, 2003
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Originally posted by Redboy

BTW teh 600mhz limit was only for Apple Loop playback, not for just running the app.

i really wanted to believe you, but the store says

" Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
-600MHz G3 or faster required for GarageBand; G4 or G5 required for GarageBand software instruments"

so do you think i'll be able to run it and it would just be a little slow?
what does minimum requirements usually mean, i've never tried downloading any games that require a fast processor than what i got.
 

JohnGillilan

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Oct 12, 2003
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Los Angeles
Re: Guitar input

Originally posted by madforrit
Ok, so Steve mentioned how you just plug your electric guitar into your mac to use GarageBand.
I'm a novice guitar player and would like to dabble with this stuff, but how exactly do I plug my guitar into my mac (G5)?
I need an input (a card or USB device) that takes TRS jacks, don't I?
--or, as it's just dawning on me--do they make TRS to SPDIF adapters?

1/4" TRS to S/PDIF does not exist (its apples and oranges)
 
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