GarageBand is a powerful, but easy to use, digital audio workstation (or DAW) used for music production. The software is a free addition to the suite of programs that come stock with your Mac computer, and is designed to flawlessly run on MacOS platforms. Garage band comes with a large music library, including drum tracks, wind instruments, guitar amps, and piano sounds, all of which are able to be used with a midi keyboard interface. The software also comes with rich EQ and mixing options, which allow users to polish their tracks before exporting. If you require a larger library of sounds, Apple does offer access to its full professional sample library for only $4.99. With the latest iteration of GarageBand, the interface has changed to resemble Apples flagship DAW, Logic. This new interface is more intuitive and allows users to experience a more professional recording environment. GarageBand also has a built in music teacher, which comes with 40 piano and guitar lessons for absolutely no extra cost. GarageBand also grants access to the lesson library, allowing users to purchase lessons on how to play in the style of their favorite artists. These lessons are reasonably priced at $4.99.
- Professional Interface
- Constantly Updated
- Huge Loop Library
- Rich EQ and Mixing Features
- Apple Guitar and Piano Lessons
- Supports 24 Bit Recording
- Recent Versions Removed Podcast Support
- No Mixing View on Console
- Time Signatures for Metronome are Limited
- Limited Import and Export Options
- Poor Key Transposing for Looped Tracks
For years, GarageBand has been the "go to" DAW for many novice music enthusiasts. The simple to use interface lets users jump right into creating music. The newest versions of GarageBand mimic the look and feel of Logic, which is a staple of the recording industry. Using GarageBand is an excellent way to get a deep insight into Logic, and may be a great way for new recording enthusiasts to test the product before they commit to its price point. The amount of options in GarageBand almost seems mind blowing for a free program. GarageBand comes with 28 built in amps and 35 individual stomp boxes for guitar, as well as a virtual midi keyboard. On top of the great virtual guitar options, GarageBand also has an integrated drum application similar to that of many drum looping programs. While you can create your own loops, GarageBand also comes with over 2000 "Apple Loops," allowing you to dig right in with rich and professional sounding presets. Perhaps the greatest addition to GarageBand, the integrated piano and guitar lessons are professional quality. These lessons are free for the most part, and allow users to start playing the guitar and piano quickly. While GarageBand may be limited in some respects when compared to other DAW's on the market, GarageBand's greatest asset is that it is free. Other software with the same amount of built in features would generally be priced at around the $100 dollar mark.