While I’m more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple’s GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry.
With the release of iOS9 – and its inclusion of the new iOS version of the Audio Units plugin protocol – we have been waiting for an update to GarageBand to see if Apple would capitalise on their own technology. That update arrived yesterday and GarageBand now stands at v.2.1….. and, yes, amongst quite a number of other things, the app now does offer hosting of suitable AU plugins although, at this stage, I think it is only support of AU instruments (AUi) of which, of course, we currently only have one; Arturia’s iSEM.
In fact, Apple have added a whole bunch of new features and refinements to GarageBand…. and, when I’ve had time to dig in, then I’ll post a proper review of these new features. However, AU support aside, this includes some additional ‘virtual drummer’ type options, a Live Loops feature (which looks pretty cool), some new DJ-style audio effects and (even if only basic and for track volume) an automation system.
Anyway, it is good to see GarageBand for iOS get an update. As a ‘my first recording app’ candidate, GarageBand for iOS is a very good bet…. if you are newbie iOS musician looking for a place to start, you could do a lot worse…. download, spend some time with it and then, if you do outgrow it, take the very useful experience on with you to a more fully featured iOS recording environment…