When Apple released GarageBand for the iPad 2 back in March, many speculated it would remain exclusive to Apple’s tablet. It was a bit surprising, then, when Apple announced yesterday the GarageBand application for the iPhone and iPod touch. This newly updated application comes as an universal app, so current owners get iPhone and iPod touch usability without an additional purchase.
GarageBand offers a variety of keyboards, guitars, drums and basses, each of which supports “Smart Instruments” (making the palm-top edition more usable) so you can you play along with customs chords. GarageBand also gives you the option to plug in an external instruments and run them through the app’s amps and stompbox effects. You can use the microphone on your iPhone/iPod touch to record vocals and ambient noises to which you can apply sound effects. GarageBand records up to eight-tracks for mixing into an audio file, and there’s also a sampler, 9 amps and 10 stompboxes.
Apple tuned down the interface of GarageBand from the iPad into a smaller-screen space, but packed the application useful features. Due to the smaller screen of the iPhone, the app operates only in landscape mode. The app comes with 250 prerecorded professional samples to help you get started. Also, you can export to AAC or uncompressed AIFF without having to use GarageBand from your Mac.
The GarageBand application can be found on iTunes for $4.99. If you’ve already owned the iPad application, you can re-download it to your smaller iOS device for free. The app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the iPod touch 3rd/4th generation.
Other improvements to GarageBand include:
- Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options.
- Email songs right from GarageBand (Standard AAC format)
- Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC
- Reset song key without transposing original recordings
- Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
- Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures