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  GarageBand - a pro-music tool for ever

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By Bob Levens

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004
News Categories: Mac Software

GarageBand consists of a pro-quality musical instrument and recording studio. This is not a “niche thing”, as surveys show that 50% off all households in the US have at least one person who plays an instrument.

You can digitally mix up to 64 tracks, play up to 50 digital software instruments and use up to 1000 pro-quality loops. There are 200 audio effects and even vintage guitar amp sounds.

Play any USB or MIDI instrument or keyboard and live record your music over any pre-recorded loops. Then save the resulting composition to iTunes and even export it to your iPod!

This software comes bundled with iLife and is on sale for $49.

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1

This is the coolest thing announced today! I can’t wait to mess around with it. I wonder if it will be provided as a free download like the other iApps seperately.

Posted by gbpod on January 6, 2004 at 11:23 AM (PDT)

2

i am totally going to buy that usb midi keyboard.  sounds like a ton of fun….

of course i’m gonna have to get a griffin imic or powerwave to hookup my guitar onto my damn cube… smile

yay for apple!

Posted by vanillacoke on January 6, 2004 at 11:26 AM (PDT)

3

so this this app going to be free with OS X like the other iLife apps? c’mon gimme a download!

Posted by gustafks in Minneapolis on January 6, 2004 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

4

It was a very impressive piece of software, I couldn’t believe how cool and easy it was to create some tunes.

Posted by idvah on January 6, 2004 at 12:34 PM (PDT)

5

To me, this was the highlight of the keynote. The iLife software turned me on to buying a Dual 1.8 G5.

Posted by superbalde on January 6, 2004 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

6

iLife looks nice, but this GarageBand…just go buy SonicFoundry Acid. More loops.

Posted by palexc on January 6, 2004 at 2:15 PM (PDT)

7

Funny how so many people were bashing this on IRC during keynote. I thought it was pretty cool, myself.

Posted by Andy on January 6, 2004 at 2:25 PM (PDT)

8

I think it’s really cool too. I thought it was a very exciting segment. It’s pretty much pushed me over the edge towards a Mac, PowerBook to be specific. I can’t wait.

I don’t see how anyone can bash this. It’s giving incredible creative power to the masses for peanuts. Honestly I think it’s what the world needs. Most people are so content to enjoy other people’s works, but never think to make any of their own.

Posted by monkedsel on January 6, 2004 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

9

This program looks VERY cool.  I just saw a demo of it on TechTV.

Posted by Clark on January 6, 2004 at 8:56 PM (PDT)

10

None of the iApps are free now. At $49.00 or less, depending on student or Govt. discounts, the suite is a super deal.

Posted by Randy on January 7, 2004 at 9:13 AM (PDT)

11

Correction: iTunes is Free.

Posted by Randy on January 7, 2004 at 9:13 AM (PDT)

12

How does this compare to Sony Acid or Magix MusicMaker? And I’ve been hearing good thinga bout the new Cakewalk Plasma - has anyone used it?

It’s nice that the Mac is finally getting some fun music software comparable to what Windoze users have been enjoying for years.

Posted by Question on January 7, 2004 at 2:34 PM (PDT)

13

The mac has had consumer music software in the past, but all had left the scene before OS X came into town.

Compared to Acid, GarageBand looks to be its equivalent technically, but way superior interface-wise and interactively. Acid was the coolest thing for the PC for a long time, and I am glad to see that the mac finally has an apparently kick ### equivalent.

Posted by Agent Orange on January 7, 2004 at 10:52 PM (PDT)

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