You don’t have to play the piano. You don’t have to read music. You don’t even have to have rhythm. If you know what you like when you hear it, you can make your own kind of music. With GarageBand.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.