what do you guys think of Apples new GarageBand Software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by evhwanabe, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. evhwanabe

    evhwanabe Guest

    Looks pretty cool, Don't know if I am ready to give up my PC and Sonar but still is a cool comes with everynew Apple computer program!
  2. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Um... nothanks.

    I'd sooner use Geocities' automatic web page generator - liberally called a web-design assitant - to design company webpages.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    The price is right $49, and it's a bundle of 5 apps.

    Apple hired the music software developers from Sonic Foundry, before they sold their apps to Sony.

    So its a like a mixture of Acid with some emagic technology.

    It has virtual synths, time streatches audio like Acid, large loop library.

    So far the amp simulators are getting good reviews.

  4. mark1977

    mark1977 Guest

    Personally, I have no interest in GarageBand's loops and pre-recorded sounds. I am interested in a simple, intuitive multi-track audio recorder for my USB interface so i can record my bass, guitars, drums and vocals.
    And I've tried a couple of other apps out there for my mac. And none of them have anywhere near a simple, intuitive interface as Garageband, especially for the price. I am happy with my copy.

    As for the amp simulators...i think they are cool. I also like micing my Peavey amps tho.

    For $49, it blows away the competition in that price range.
  5. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    From what I hear, Apple Loops are revolutionary. They're like an extension of acidized wavs or Rex files. They contain not only the audio data, but MIDI data, and they point to sampled instruments. Meaning you can use a piano loop on an audio track, or a MIDI virtual instrument track.
  6. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    I haven't check out garage band but I did plunk my money for soundtrack- wish I gotten Garry Garritan Personal Orchestra instead- The program is like Acid, a loop kinda of thing- (and am not a loop kinda guy) if any one wants to trade for a string library, let me know- GPO would be perfect!
  7. Technetium

    Technetium Guest

    actually garage band could be the greatest scratchpad made yet, its simple & inituitive to use. it supports all AU plugins so if u want add functionlity u can, & u also have the ability record audio (ie vox. guitars, etc...) from any enabled audio input device. i will say its a bit CPU hungry, though. u don't have to use the loops if you dont want to (unlike soundtrack) thats's just one of its capabilities. u can use the included softsynths, add more through their "jam-pack" or as i stated before by getting some AudioUnit synths such as NI's stuff. Mixing is pretty spartan, but considering its price ($49 for iLife & FREE w/ all new Macs) & the fact that its potential for use as a writing tool which IMHO can greatly expedite the process of transforming ideas into sound, its a steal. does it replace a professional DAW, no way. but for the beginner, or artist who's more intersted in writing, or just getting ideas down before they escape, & less so about depth of programming capablilties its a great little app that will probably only get better with time...remember its still only v1.0

    if future versions would add Rewire, 24bit, & Rex file support, they would have a hands down winner.
  8. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    AppleLoops is like an extended Rex, so I don't see them adding Rex support. What I envision is developers adding AppleLoops support to their loops, in time. Bitshift Audio has already announced AppleLoops libraries.
  9. Technetium

    Technetium Guest

    heh, in my haste, i glossed over the fact that there were different icons for different file types in the loop browser . thought they were all just aif/wav files.
    i just kinda jumped in to see how it feels...i think over all its pretty intuitive, & should be a snap for people new to DAW type recording.

    like u, i have no problem w/ the proliferation of "Apple-Loops" as a format. so long as i can easily dissect a loop i dont care who makes the technology. i just hope they make an Apple-Loop creation app, like Recycle.

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