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 and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on the desktop, then GarageBand under iOS makes an obvious choice on your iPad or iPhone.
Apple have kept a steady trickle of updates to the iOS version of GarageBand over the last couple of years and, while it has been perhaps been missing some features that you might want in a fully-blown DAW/sequencer (most notably a more comprehensive mixing environment), in other respects it has features that are not found in some of the other leading iOS DW/sequencer (such as the excellent ‘touch’ virtual instruments) and that make it a great choice for a first music production platform.
Anyway, alongside updates to the OSX versions of Logic and GarageBand, a further update for GarageBand iOS arrived on the App Store back in January taking the app to v.2.2. The highlight new feature was the return of Camel’s Alchemy synth under iOS – and which sadly ceased to be when Camel went out of business a while ago – and it was great to see it back under iOS…. Oh, and AU support; it was a pretty stellar update :-)
Today sees a further change, and while it is not an update as such, Apple have updated GarageBand’s pricing; at just UK£4.99/US$4.99 it was pretty much a steal but, right now, it is currently free to download. This is, of course, an absolute no-brainer. Yes, you might well outgrow it, but you will have a lot of fun doing so and take the very useful experience on with you to a more fully featured iOS recording environment. GarageBand for iOS just became an even better bet as a starting point for those getting into home recording for the first time….