GarageBand now works on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch!

I was very pleased today to find an update for the iOS GarageBand app that addresses several of the only complaints I had about the original app and also adds some great new features.

Perhaps the biggest news is the app is now universal and supports the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. I have absolutely loved being able to create music on my iPad with GarageBand and am looking forward to seeing how the interface translates to the smaller screen. My guess is that I’ll use the iPhone version for quick ideas and sketches and then move it over to the iPad to more serious work. Then, of course, recordings can finally be moved over to the Mac for serious polish work in the desktop version of GarageBand. Quite an amazing workflow that is now possible with all three versions.

The feature I’m probably most excited about is that they’ve added support for songs written with 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures. The original version allowed only for 4/4 timing, so that’s a huge improvement.

Other features include:

  • You can create custom chords for Smart Instruments (wow… that’s actually pretty cool too.)
  • Reset song key without transposing original recordings
  • Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
  • Additional quantization options for recordings including straight, triplet and swing
  • New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
  • Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
  • Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
  • Numerous other enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options
Altogether an amazing update and definitely one I’m looking forward to playing with.