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Entries in GarageBand (47)

Guitar solo from Comfortably Numb recreated with GarageBand

You simply cannot produce this kind of thing on a Mac or PC, not without extra hardware at least. Despite what some still profess, the iPad really is one of the finest content creation devices ever made, and we believe it's only just getting started. 2015 should be an epic year for iPad owners.

My thanks to Firmin for inspiring us with this stunning creation. One day Apple will have the good sense to invite you, and others like you, to demo your skills on stage at an Apple keynote.

Source: Laughing Squid

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'Summer Breeze' by Vincent Vermeulen

This new GarageBand groove from Vincent Vermeulen is a blissful reminder of the fantastic summer that we have enjoyed here in UK. Great work from Vincent, as always!

GarageBand: The Perfect Kiss by TelevatorMuzak 

I must admit, I've been ignoring GarageBand lately. I think it's because GarageBand isn't something that you can simply dip into for a few minutes. No, it takes a good chunk of time to really produce something satisfying, as Francis has demonstrated yet again. Thank you for sharing your work Francis, it's really appreciated.

Video: BIAS and GarageBand Play Nicely Together

Positive Grid are doing a good job of sharing tutorials and demos on YouTube of their new BIAS amp modelling app. If you don't know much about BIAS check out our review.

This video shows how to use your carefully crafted BIAS tone with Apple's Inter-App audio feature built in to the marvellous GarageBand. We hope you find it as useful we did.


'I Melt With You' by TelevatorMuzak

Francis (TelevatorMuzak on YouTube) is something of a GarageBand master. His covers are among the most lovingly crafted iPad songs we have ever encountered. If you're new to GarageBand, or even if you think you know all it has to offer, we strongly advise you to listen to all of Francis' work on YouTube. Below is a selection of some of our favourites.

'Feels Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

Amazing Joe Satriani cover played in the new GarageBand for iPad

Francis once again demonstrates how to get the best out of GarageBand for iPad

More GarageBand perfection from TelevatorMuzak

'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

An introduction to GarageBand's Smart Strings

Few iPad apps demonstrate the remarkable possibilties offered by the blending of touch screen and computer quite as much as GarageBand. The Smart Strings section in GarageBand for iOS is probably where this is made most obvious. Smart Strings does take a little getting used to. This excellent free Smart Strings tutorial video may help.

We used Smart Strings to create the sound track in the video shown above. Just a little bit of practice pays big dividends! Why not give it a go and be sure to let us know if you create something special.

'Feels Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

Yep, he's done it again!

More from Francis

GarageBand updated to include support for Audiobus!

In an almost unprecedented move, Apple has updated GarageBand to add support for the extremely popular Audiobus app. Audiobus enables inter-app workflow by offering live app-to-app audio streaming. Within 3 months, Audiobus has welcomed aboard over 100 iOS apps. With GarageBand support we imagine that just about every iOS developer will be looking to add Audiobus compatibility to their music creation apps.

We've tested GarageBand with a handful of popluar Audiobus compatible apps and everything worked as expected. Audiobus is an essential purchase. We could be witnessing the birth of a new standard here. Exciting times!

App Store Link: Audiobus

An essential GarageBand Smart Strings tutorial video

The new Smart Strings section in GarageBand for iOS is a real gem, but its true power is easily missed. Learn how to use it effectively with this 7 minute tutorial video from Lynda.com. For the full 2.5 hour GarageBand course, head on over to Lynda.com.

Further Reading: See all our GarageBand related posts

How to: Shoot, edit and score a film using just your iPad

Nothing will hone your iPad skills quite like rising to a creative challenge. I wanted to get a better understanding of GarageBand's new Smart Strings section, plus I still felt that there was more to explore with the new iPad's camera.

With the in mind, I decided to shoot, edit and score a short film about a pleasant subtropical garden that's not too far from me. Abbotsbury Gardens is lovely this time of year, I knew that there would be lots of colour on show and that all the extra pixels of the new iPad, both in the display and the camera, would help me get those macro flower shots just right.

Smart Strings iPad GarageBand Tutorial

Smart Strings turned out to be extremely powerful, deceptively so in fact. Getting just the right expression of each note was tricky at first, but once I realised that there are three ways of playing the instruments using the onscreen controls, things began to fall into place. For example, when playing chords, you can either tap to play pizzicato, swipe up and down to bow slowly, or quickly swipe to get a chord with much more attack, it's genuinely ingenious.

Why not set yourself a challenge over the weekend. Shoot, edit and score your own movie - perhaps just some footage of your favourite local spot - you'll be surprised how quickly it all comes together. When you're finished, be sure to let us know and we'll share your film with our readers.

App Store Links: iMovie and GarageBand