We’ve been talking a lot lately about the perks and perils of Microsoft Office, especially the program you begrudgingly used to write your college papers: Word. In what appears to be an unrelated move, Apple just made a whole host of productivity apps free. Get excited for Pages! (Borat voice: “Not!”)
Writing music, like writing anything else, is a process. Where full studio recording sessions are like meticulously edited novels, smartphone recordings are more akin to rough sketches—a quick and easy way to capture your melodic musings. On iPhone, Voice Memos was the default first-party option for capturing…
Along with the flurry of hardware updates, Apple announced substantial upgrades to iLife and iWork. Features run the gamut from seamless integration with iOS to powerful automation tricks like a robotic drummer. And like OS X Mavericks, everything is available immediately, for free.
It may not be the first USB guitar, but this USB version of the Squire Stratocaster is the first one you're going to find available from the Apple Store. A joint effort between Fender and Apple, this guitar can get you you shredding in GarageBand.
Sitting at a desk working is not the same as living the childhood dream of playing in a rock band. But now you can relive those adolescent ideas by jamming with your friends in Chrome, courtesy of Google.
To take advantage of its fancy new retina display, higher res camera, and boosted processor, the iWork and iLife apps for iOS have all been updated today. And since that new display will make working with photos a treat, Apple also introduced an iOS version of iPhoto.
Apple's music creation app has broken free of its iPad-only chains and is now ready for iPhone and iPod touch-touting musicians. Just for the love of God, please keep your headphones on while you use it.
My expected iPad 2 delivery date is sometime in late April. Torture! In the meantime, I might just have to make myself one of these adorable stop-motion Plasticine models. After all, they come with Maps, Cut the Rope, Garage Band—pretty much everything you need for a full iOS experience.
Apple showed everyone how GarageBand for iPad can teach non-players how to strum like a pro, but if you've already got a guitar (and the skills), this $99 Apogee JAM studio-quality input can connect the two together.
Garage Band for iPad always seemed like a no-brainer to me, and it's clear that Apple thought so too—they were just taking their time to get it right. It looks like it's gonna be an impressively capable solution for sketching out music on your tablet. And it looks like it's gonna be a blast to use.
Plenty of people won't be bothered by GarageBand or iMovie, and will want just iPhoto—and they'll want to download it, too. If Apple does charge just $15 per iLife '11 app as this photo suggests, that's amazing news.
At last, there's a new version of iLife. It's got all new, enhanced versions of the major apps. They're pretty fancy looking, and they've got a whole bag of new tricks, like automagic movie trailers.
Here's a nice one for Mac-using amateur musicians: Apogee's ONE is a multifunctional handheld device that features a built-in mic, preamp, and dedicated input/output. It works over USB and is designed for Garage Band, Final Cut and the like.
While iLife '09's GarageBand comes bundled with 9 free lessons on guitar and piano, Artist Lessons, with famous musicians, cost $5 a pop to download. So what does that money actually get you?
Anybody who has ever recorded in studio or garage knows that "Shure" spells "microphone." This year, they finally get into the USB mic action with PG27USB and PG42USB, plus the X2u USB mic adapter.
iPhone users with crappy bands will rejoice today, as the recently released GarageBand 4.1.1 update adds easy ringtone exporting. Users have full access to Apple Loops and iLife jingles—as well as their own recordings—to export tracks. Here's the full procedure:
Garageband for Apple is both easy to use and powerful—we've been known to whip out some ricked riffs on our bass and punch together a slammin' ballad—but the same functionality is hard to find on the PC. Until now, that is. M-Audio's new Session software is the Windows equivalent of GB, allowing you to make…