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 were kept waiting a while for an update to GarageBand that could capitalise on Apple’s own technology. That update arrived in v.2.1 back in January….. but it wasn’t the only welcome new feature as Apple also added a virtual drummer (based upon that built into their desktop DAWs) to the existing Smart Drums lineup.
Anyway, a further update has arrived on the App Store today taking GarageBand for iOS to v.2.1.1. This isn’t perhaps quite such a step up but it does bring some useful workflow refinements. For example, there are now further options to organising and navigating your Apple Loops. Multi-touch gestures have also been added to make multiple selections within the tracks area of the display. New options for sharing have also been aded including the ability to send an exported song via Mail in an uncompressed audio format.
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…. It’s priced at just UK£3.99/US$4.99 and worth every penny/cent…. 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…