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GarageBand
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GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug in a guitar or bass and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks. Use the Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops and sound packs. Audio Unit Extensions in iOS 13 allow you to play, record and mix third-party instruments or effects right into GarageBand. And then share your song with friends and family. Live Loops. Make music like a DJ • Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger a Live Loop cell or group of cells • Get started with templates or build your own grid from scratch with Apple Loops • Create custom loops by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument • Use Remix FX to perform DJ-style effects • Tap record to capture your performance Play your iPad, and iPhone, like a musical instrument • Play a variety of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard • Play and record using the Alchemy Touch Instrument • Build grooves inspired by classic electronic drum machines with the Beat Sequencer • Download free instruments, loops and sound packs for GarageBand with the Sound Library • Capture any sound and apply studio-class effects • Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual amps & stompboxes • Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch* • Record performances from third-party music apps directly into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions** Drummer for iOS • Add virtual session drummers to your song, who take direction and play realistic grooves • Choose from acoustic, electronic drummers and percussionists*** • Each character provides their own sound and the ability to create over a million realistic grooves and fills Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments • Play an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings • Perform with Chord Strips and autoplay using any keyboard instrument • Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds • Strum chords or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar Create a song anywhere you go • Record, arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops**** • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording • Use professional mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive • Recording, mixing and exporting a song can be done at 24-bit audio resolution • Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play • Automate the volume and record the movement of controls on Touch Instruments • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad Share your songs • Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch • Share your songs using email or Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud***** • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud * Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s or later. ** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extensions apps from the App Store. *** Requires free download from GarageBand Sound Library. **** Multitrack recording requires a compatible third-party audio interface. ***** Sharing to Facebook and YouTube requires iMovie.
Dram
by alqallaf_32 on 2020/09/19 17:54
Actually I like it cause Before I my piano keyboard I was practiced in this application it’s very good and sometimes I make some songs and I wish I become a singer
No Custom Ringtones
by Wh1sp3r_ on 2020/09/19 17:00
This update is horrible y’all removed the feature to add custom Ringtones add it back
I Can't Open Loops!!! 😭
by Ddddosneyxkahd on 2020/09/19 01:46
I Liked GarageBand But In The Beginning, If I Tap The Loop Button... The Screen Freezes As Heck!!! PLEASE SAVE GARAGEBAND!!!! PLEASE SAVE GARAGEBAND!!! PLEASE UPDATE IT!!!
i'm bored i installed this for no reason
by BrynDino on 2020/09/19 01:09
fl studio is better but this is also like really good :)
I like it
by pooooopooooo pantys on 2020/09/18 17:35
All I’m going to say is... yo dis app on the iPad sittin’ on my lap it pretty coo you can make it do what you want to yo nice app 0 problems from my concern tell everyone about it bot make it burn cus y’all say it so much this pretty coo dat all I had to say uh hu
Can some one help me?
by Armando4792 on 2020/09/18 15:51
Every time I try to sample something the smaller makes it sound different then what it’s supposed to sound like. And I try to find the right key the samples in but all of them just sound super weird, like if it had more tremble or something.
iOS 14 Glitch?
by Someone_writing_a_review on 2020/09/18 02:51
I tried to redownload GarageBand since I offloaded it and it keeps saying “Can not download try again”
This is perfect
by Billy s garland on 2020/09/17 14:03
App
up since
by ficicifjd on 2020/09/17 04:05
I’m rating five star so you can see this but my thing says it’s downloading but it hasn’t gone up since it said that
It won’t let me download
by bree madison on 2020/09/17 03:33
It says I can’t download as I have no storage so I deleted everything. Now it’s not even letting me press download it’s just a circle ⭕️
instruments
by And??? on 2020/09/17 03:00
overall good app but can we get a wider variety of woodwind brass and mallet instruments as well as stringed and worldwide instruments sounds
Err
by FUNNEHFAN.LOLKE on 2020/09/16 21:58
It’s OKAY but I want it to be on iOS 12
B
by wesley calder on 2020/09/16 17:18
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I loveeeeeee this😍😍😍😍😍
by Cielthepranksterofficial on 2020/09/16 16:40
I’ve been using this app and I’m 9 years old It’s soooooooooo fun❤️❤️😍😍❤️😍 everyone around the globe should use this app like why does it get hate? it is DA BEST APP EVER SEEN IN THE WORLD
share button lolz
by Bbjdengssksnvdjsnnzjxol on 2020/09/16 01:42
Where did the share button go 😭😭😭
Why I hate this app
by dhahsjusssshit on 2020/09/16 00:35
So I was making a pop rock and I keep messing it up. This is so stressful I want to make pop rock. It messes it up. 0.0 Stars 👎🏼
Love ❤️ at first sight
by the wolf lovet on 2020/09/15 19:40
I love the fact that I can sing and then listen to it again and again.
Love the game lol👌
by SixNines rat🐭 on 2020/09/15 19:03
I just downloaded this app and I already have 12 songs very addictive
Very loud buzzing and static in the background
by mr bkh2 on 2020/09/15 13:54
Every time I start recording when I do the first layer it sounds fine But then the next layer makes awful buzzing and screeching in the background then the next layer makes it even worse! Pls fix this because I’ve been trying to see what’s wrong and nothing is fixing it. It used to not do it and it went just fine, but now its recording badly and I can only do one layer/over dub because it gets so bad that I can barely here the instruments at all. So please Fix this glitch thanks.
BRO??THE SPACE THIS TAKES UP!?!
by NoOneLivesMe? on 2020/09/15 06:29
I had to delete HELLA videos and apps, only for it to say "unable to install garbage band at this time" IF YOU CAN, PLEASE LOWER THE DOWNLOAD SPACE!!!!! good app tho
Please ad flutes
by Ningning76 on 2020/09/14 22:22
I love this game sooooooo much but please PLEASE ad flutes
Solve problem
by Kibbeytyler11 on 2020/09/14 21:01
I like using this app it’s a good app for easily making music and it isn’t too complicated, but I can’t because there’s an issue where you import an audio file such as m4a which is what I use, it shows up, but when I drag it out and place it down there’s only a little tiny piece of the audio clip and I tried and looked it’s only been happening to me now and it isn’t with just that audio.
Try to make the system better, i ask Kindly
by Asanzai on 2020/09/14 18:58
I love garage band but the system such as the playback button and volume glitches really bad that it gets out of control. When i want to fix something , the system just get out of control so i want someone to investigate this problem and i want it fixed.
Good Needs improvement.
by Lazertazer718 on 2020/09/14 16:37
Please Fix ‘optimizing performance’ bug. Or ‘copying File’ bug when Dragging a wav. file into a new track slot. The app just freezes and never fully downloads the File. Which leads to me to reset the app and it still never works. I have plenty storage in my phone so I don’t know what the issue is. I close all my background apps and it still happens. Until this is fixed. I give it 2 stars when it could easily be a 5 star rating!
Add solo mode
by Jubayer Refa on 2020/09/14 08:27
Please solo mode at bass and guitar.Add sustain to solo mode and please add at least 24frets
Suggestion with a complaint
by camduncan1107 on 2020/09/14 05:34
My suggestion is to add a pipe organ instrument and see the letter notes in the note editor. My complaint is that I CAN’T see which notes are which in the note editor for all keyboards.
Drums
by jerrythebest82 on 2020/09/14 02:49
EVERYTHING IS SO GREAT! But I wish there were some extra cymbals to add to the drums. But other than that it is amazing!🙂
It’s a good app
by Craigwilliamson on 2020/09/13 20:46
Yayyyyy
Run in Background
by Arkentyme on 2020/09/13 17:26
Run in background is no longer working. And it continue to crash even with recent updates. I would give this 5 stars. But as a artist writing music and having to memorize your lyrics in full now is complicated. I used to be able to read off my notepad and play the track at the same time. this is no longer possible. Please fix this
Love this app
by StealthB2 on 2020/09/13 04:57
This app is great but can you maybe add some more sound packs like a Riddim sound or an electro sound pack. Also, this app is great for people who want to make music do I would suggest Garageband for people who want to make music!
Can’t add tracks after update
by wind_player1 on 2020/09/13 04:37
I can not insert any tracks, get Cubasis
fart
by i just enetered rafonmo on 2020/09/13 03:41
poo
Cool
by adwly on 2020/09/12 23:35
I just use it to make ringtones
Beatmaker3
by BeezyBeale on 2020/09/12 22:36
5 stars, I love GarageBand. I’ve been using this app for over 10 years and I’m impressed with the improvements over there years. I want to ask for 2 feature to be added please. Count you add a feature where you can import your own sounds into the drum pads, like it is with the downloaded packs? Would love that feature
It won’t load
by WHY WONT YOU LET ME REVIEW!!, on 2020/09/12 16:44
It won’t load on my ipad😡😡😡😡😡
chasing shadows 01 & 02
by Mike Greer on 2020/09/12 12:44
chasing shadows 01 & 02 in flex and flow doesn't give access to use it you can click on to here the audio but can not use it It's in apple loops instruments
Piano sounds
by John55261 on 2020/09/12 04:53
I love the app and i use it a lot, but i wish the piano had more sounds, for example harmonica, or busy boy. It would be much cooler if it had more sounds
I like to scratch my butt
by tdkfhushfdk on 2020/09/12 04:27
Hi
READ THIS PLS
by sassy💖 on 2020/09/12 02:36
Hi.. my name is Sassi I’m a normal kind girl Who loves being caring, Now Let’s get to the point I LOVE garage Band but there’s some thing that I would love to suggest... 1.) Love more instruments 🎻 2.)why not more groovy loops? 3.) Something new Thanks for reading this apple and Have a sweet day!
Bring back Fortnite please
by MaddenNFL20 on 2020/09/12 02:05
Please Pleasep Please Please Please Please Please Please
Yuh
by janie lang on 2020/09/12 00:35
Penis 😀
JD$$$$$$$$
by amazingguitarist on 2020/09/12 00:17
It’s a decent app but ITS CONFUSING🎸🎸🎸🎸🎧🎧🥁🥁🎷🪕🪕
Fantastic
by GUVE MY MONEY BACK!!!!!! on 2020/09/11 23:26
The reason i got an iPhone (almost every iPhone since the 4s) was GarageBand, but the iPhone 10 ruined totally the GarageBand. 1. The new display is very vivid and clear so it goes from absolute white to total black backgrounds in the app and in many more apps in general and i see this problem in 10s and 11 and 11 pro... 2. The NEW "go home" gesture is fighting with piano apps that invoke piano keys because they are at the bottom all of the time and the "go home" gesture its always in the way and specially when is on the keys not under. So, thats a big BIG bummer... 3. The missing headphone jack is just the tip of the cherry which got in the way first but it is something i found since iPhone 7 very frustrating... that should of never happened... but... but... there are people who's profession is to perfection-ate but this time they Pro-Defection-ate... In general i started to really not like iPhones anymore not because are so many much cheaper and farely good quality phones out there but because people at the wheal already got to much $ and stoped hearing their customers and whats next? They are getting blind and death to other living "things" like people (lets say).... boo iPhone designers and engineers.... Do you think i lost all the money i spent for apps and music? Think again... ;)
Great app
by g bengals eh el on 2020/09/11 21:23
Great for making beats
Wow
by d10messi on 2020/09/11 20:32
Wow
Booyah
by Bailey the boy bronco on 2020/09/11 19:05
Best Game ever created by humanity
lol
by POCDJ CJKBBCF on 2020/09/11 17:36
it’s good but takes 500 yrs to download
Add More Piano Presets
by Its Mikey on 2020/09/11 17:14
So they’re are only 2 classic pianos in GarageBand and they are classical grand and grand piano. I know you’re only a mobile DAW but can you please add more pianos something like the cinematic piano from FL Studio
Amazing
by dragongamer451 on 2020/09/11 14:36
It’s just great super super great I give it a 5 star
This will change ur life forever😃😃😃😃
by lucy howard on 2020/09/11 13:47
It is just like a real studio! I can make a song anytime without driving to a real one like I used to. (It also has auto tone😉) Apple I give u five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Everyone download this!!!!!!
Almost 5 stars
by 🐶🧁🥞🍦🧃🍿🍪🏈⚽️🏀⚾️ on 2020/09/11 11:54
This is the best studio game in the App Store. The only problem is that after you spend multiple days working on your song, you can’t play the whole thing through. Idk if there’s a way to and I haven’t figured it out, but if not, pls fix this.
Smh
by Scarelett South on 2020/09/11 08:07
I made ringtones or alarm sounds using this app but now i can’t anymore. Developers bring it back so people can make ringtones please, I saw a review of someone complaining about not being able to make ringtones with too, so it’s not just me.
Please
by cRaFty_kiTty$ on 2020/09/10 23:40
Yo
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
by Chris aka silver aka yung C on 2020/09/10 18:37
Thank you garage band for hooking up with Apple and the music team
this is a 5 star app but WE NEED MORE!
by Josljvxrjbko on 2020/09/10 13:02
okay so hear me out! i make almost all my music off this app and i’ve had so much success from it. i love the app and everything that comes with it but i feel like we should be able to do more like other music programs. We need more to pick from. more instruments, different sounds, new genres like lo-fi or alternative r&b. i want to be able to expand and create a different sound for my art. Also, we should be able to easily collab. i hate having to go back and forth from a song because i have to stem every single sound out. i’ve had this app since 2017. i already have a tape on all music platforms “ashjoints”. i appreciate GC making this a reliable app for people who can’t afford “professional equipment” or “studio time”. i taught myself everything i know.
Terrible
by TOO Controling on 2020/09/10 07:25
Too slow, it keeps deleting my songs by itself, when I’m playing the songs the tracks go on mute by them selves and takes up too much space.
third audio not sounding
by This is a really awesome app! on 2020/09/10 04:42
hey i can’t get the third recording to make sound when trying to overlap the parts. i’m using auto record when i play guitar and the third one never plays back with the others. if someone could write me back i would really appreciate it. thanks
please?
by BLACK BOY2415 (BLM) on 2020/09/09 22:45
can you pleaseeeeeeeeeee do follow tempo and pinch on wav files ?
Never using again
by f o xroxrjoxomrjojomjrxomjxr on 2020/09/09 16:29
Lost all my progress just because I deleted the app. Uninstalling. Do you know how long it took me to make those projects, Apple? Just for them to be erased, I didn’t even delete them!!! Never using this app again.
Love it but you gotta hear this.
by renderrite on 2020/09/09 15:30
Guys I love the game but hear this: what do you do in the sound library? I’ve been waiting all my life!! So if you get this game give it F I V E Stars for good luck. Thanks for reading!!😘😍🥰💕❤️
This new version crashes a lot on iOS 13.5.1
by Someone Already Took John Love on 2020/09/09 01:09
The previous versions of this app NEVER crashed. This newer version crashes A LOT its very annoying. App use to be great but now it crashes anytime you try to record in the background. Often I record while reading WHAT I NEED TO RECORD. Now I’m gonna have to write it down first and then read. Huge inconvenience because for 9 years before this version NEVER HAD THIS ISSUE.
Good App!
by Vivan.vibes on 2020/09/08 14:54
I like the app, it’s good. But I mostly use it for my ringtones tho which isn’t a problem I love it!
Apple please read
by bdhshshdhdhdjwnsiejsneuheee on 2020/09/08 14:13
I love the game but I have an issue with the drums I would like the snare to be louder and the ride to be louder as well.
Hello
by lily randolph on 2020/09/08 12:15
It took about an hour to download why
Good app
by app_exposed223 on 2020/09/08 06:00
It’s a good app download as soon you see the app the bomb literally no joke
Where is the “use the app” button.
by Youbea Dumass on 2020/09/08 05:37
Just put a “home” button somewhere on ALL screens, so I don’t get stuck on the “file” screen until I have to delete the app and reload it so I can use the app again. Or put a warning “if you press this icon, all your work will be lost, because you’ll be stuck on this tab, forever.”
uh
by shorty be taken on 2020/09/08 04:54
wont let ne download
Just needs 808 slides
by E Tha Don on 2020/09/08 04:52
Tbh great app but I would like if we could slide sampler files that would be great
I did not expect to like it this much
by G T DUB on 2020/09/07 22:10
I can do beats and strings and many more with this app. You can make songs. You can also do many other things and I just think this app is all of the music apps combined. For real try it, it will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!
Favorite sounds
by Exalted Golem on 2020/09/07 21:13
Garageband is amazing. It has a lot of cool keyboards and drums and the best thing is that there free. There is too many in fact that its pretty hard to browse the huge library. Can we have the option to star our favorite sounds to make browsing easier.
O heck ya
by tressie scottʕ•ᴥ•ʔ on 2020/09/07 17:04
Amazing!
Bad app
by madden nfl awesome on 2020/09/07 07:13
I hate this it won’t download it what the heck
I love it
by Isabella C. Rivera on 2020/09/07 00:28
I remember this app and other than the pedal glitch( not my reply the first one ) should be fixed. I dunno if it is now but if not fix it.
Amazing
by Mon&God24 on 2020/09/06 19:22
I’ve been playing this for 5 years now and Im impressed Doe there still some stuff missing but I like it I’ve been using the drum for 2 years and I got to say apple is the best -garage band-
Can’t create ringtone anymore
by Sunset1998 on 2020/09/06 07:22
It says I need Touch Instrument or Live Loops. I just wanna add a song as my ringtone, I don’t use GarageBand for anything else. And now that I’m using the app again, I have problems I didn’t have before.
Last few updates have made app unusable
by Cameron0208 on 2020/09/06 06:55
The app has always had its fair share of problems, but generally, they were manageable and the app was usable. That’s not the case anymore. One of the latest updates introduced extreme lag when trying to edit tracks, most notably when trying to re-arrange tracks. This lag renders the app essentially useless, as the frustration experienced as a result just isn’t worth it. GarageBand is now GarbageBand. I swear Apple is just trying to make terrible apps at this point. They have to be! Reminders, Contacts, Files, Shortcuts, HomeKit, Notes=all terrible worst-in-class apps. What an achievement!
Good but needs more stuff
by KingCamdenTheGreat on 2020/09/06 05:16
Love the app! Used it to make about 80+ songs and remixes. But I really feel like that there should be more additions to the app as well. Like more synths, better drums, etc, and more automation features instead of just volume up and volume down automation. Other than that. It’s a great app
Creepy, always has your mic on.
by Gen Z bouta act up on 2020/09/06 03:04
I don’t like the fact that it always keeps your mic on when you run the app. It makes me feel uncomfortable and like my every word is being recorded. Also I can’t get rid of the notifications.
Cannot quit app
by lsy1028 on 2020/09/05 16:08
This app doesn’t allow users to exit once it opens. Only way to quit is to restart iPhone
MORE SLAVIC DONK BASS
by Tweeleaf9130555 on 2020/09/05 00:49
I’d like to make Russian Hardbass with this app that I used for all my music, but I am a little bit from Slav country (my ancestors were from Russia) so can Apple add more samples of donk bass? pls I would apple-reciate it, hehe.
Wonderfully complex
by Christian A. Langston on 2020/09/03 23:58
Although once you’ve composed enough material to get started, it will start to lag inputs until it ultimately crashes. Without having songs backed up, I reopened the app to find a never changing gray screen with no way to access my songs ever again. Heart broken at the least!
Great app!
by cutepotatoe on 2020/09/03 18:22
GarageBand is the best free music making app that’s out there this only thing that doesn’t give it five stars is the ability to post our songs through any social media outlet like Facebook, Instagram, etc. I wish we had this option or update otherwise this app is awesome!
Almost good
by Don't like hard stuff on 2020/09/03 02:25
Easy to use, instruments sound great. Just wish it had a saxophone option.
GarageBand is awesome but with some fRUSTRATING problems
by whitfam2.0 on 2020/09/02 23:12
My son and I have written tons of really cool music on GarageBand. There are so many sounds and it is just amazing the variety of instruments and combinations you can create on the iPhone with GarageBand. However! Recently all the files suddenly deleted off of our GarageBand version. I tried to reach out for help but there was no one. It’s a great app, and I guess what do I expect? I got this for free. But it was really frustrating to lose over 40 songs that we wrote over a six-month period during Covid. Lost! Gone! Hours and hours of work gone. Was that enough to turn me away nope I’m still using it. I must be stupid. And now I’m facing a new problem. I can’t figure out how to email my files to myself. It’s like the “share” feature just disappeared!! It is really frustrating. I hope there’s some competition soon for GarageBand so I can make the switch. But I haven’t found anything better despite losing everything! Love-Hate
Space
by Potataos on 2020/09/02 14:46
Hey! I love this app and i make plenty of songs, except for a little problem. I had to delete all my songs for storage, and yet it still has most of my storage full! I’m seeing if I delete it than download it again it’s not gonna take all my space, but I still deleted ALL of my songs 😢that i worked hard to get right! I do love everything you have on there!
Fix
by woodzq on 2020/09/02 12:38
Fix this slow app
Dont support ios 12 and under
by mohammad baqer mohannad on 2020/09/02 09:56
Before ios 13 it was support ios 10 11 and 12 but now no
Why
by hdyvj ub on 2020/09/02 01:34
Why can’t you play it in the background anymore that’s so stupid
THIS APP IS AMAZING!!!!!!! HAMILTON FAN!!!
by slimey2756 on 2020/09/01 20:39
This app is sooooooooooooooooooooo good I honestly recommend this app I only have one problem though it is that when you make a sound track I wish you can still hear it when you go to other apps or when you get out of Garage Band but this app is so good really recommend it!please please please please please please please please put this feature on! I think this feature will get it to 5 stars .
Cameron
by dededede 123 on 2020/09/01 15:05
Can we please get more sounds and a variety of instruments to use please
Broken
by Cambon3s on 2020/09/01 12:58
My GarageBand randomly quit working, while at first it just would stay on the loading screen forever, now I uninstalled and reinstalled and not only did it delete all of my songs, the audio for the entire app doesn’t work. Also the hip hop drum beats have a crap selection, like add something that you could put in an actual song.
New feature request
by kdndbdudjeodyenrkvufn on 2020/09/01 05:55
First of all, I love this app. I’ve used this app for years and it never ceases to amaze. From the synths and drum sequencers to the samples, this app looks better than FL studio. However, some things can be added to make this app better. This can be: •pitch bend for piano •custom time signatures •more advanced and expanded chords •more notes at a time in a track •FX automation •if some of the Major M7 chords were fixed in the strings •more dry, grooving drum breaks •additional jazz samples This review may not get seen or might be bypassed, but these were just some feature requests, overall 5 stars across the board P.S. Ascension beat goes with everything
New packs please
by HS Story Jock on 2020/09/01 05:48
I absolutely love garage band it makes, music making easy and fun. I don’t have any complaints just a suggestion, I love I mean love the world section instruments, I use them the absolute most, but I would like more variety. Could you please please please add another pack title something like instruments around the world, which includes at least 3 different instruments, or even make multiple packs for more instruments. I just love this app and would love if I could use more diverse instruments form around the world besides the four or five that are available. Please please please consider my suggestion, thanks.
HeLp
by CowDog99 on 2020/09/01 03:08
So GarageBand was a wonderful and amazing app to make songs on-simple. It was just a plus sign and all my prior songs and all I had to do was tap that plus button and boom. I can start a new song. Today, I updated the app. I thought it would have bug fixes, maybe a new layout, O K. But I open the app(it says I have 19 notifications) and it says iCloud Drive and Browse and a BRIGHT white screen. It takes me like 5 taps to even GET to my original songs!!! I tried to take advantage of creating new folders and I created one for the songs in a album I’m making, but I have no idea how to get to those with all the weird tags and stuff. I even found old images from my camera roll in there. Like- why update a MUSIC APP for an iCloud Drive??? All I want was to have the original layout again but I tried looking it up how to get back to the older version on my iPhone (6S) and no results. I wish I could create a song without tapping 5 times. Please help, or it will stay 2 stars. :( Oh and B.T.W. I still don’t know what those 19 notifications are-
Cool app
by meadøw lakeaj on 2020/08/31 21:25
This app is so cool I have been using this app for 4 years and making music and it helps my skill because before I had this app I sucked at music and this app helped me
Pretty good
by EXOTIC BUTTERS 🤣 on 2020/08/31 19:42
It’s nice, I’m using it to make ringtones
Read before download
by Jaytown. on 2020/08/31 15:55
This is a great app for making music but if you are a serious person into music making don’t use this. But if are a beginner then get it. It is free and comes with a lot of features and can make your own beats.
Good App that needs Bug Fixes
by VBaker456 on 2020/08/31 15:17
I just started using GarageBand so that I could make new ringtones. The first two that I made were perfect. The next time I logged on however, I went to create another one and the recording was glitched. I couldn’t do anything. I tried restarting the app and that didn’t do anything. Eventually I just deleted it then reinstalled and guess what?Nothing! The screen was still completely glitched and I can’t fix it. This needs to be fixed right away.
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by BaneMalfoy on 2020/08/30 23:24
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Almost Perfect
by Rhsjshwhdyd on 2020/04/01 05:36
Allow me to start by saying that I’ve been using GarageBand for 3+ years and it is beyond comparison. Out of hundreds of apps on the App Store, it is by far the most user friendly I have ever been able to use. As somebody who was teaching themselves how to write music, the interface is almost always very helpful and easy to understand, even if you aren’t very knowledgeable of music in the classical sense. Although not everything about it is completely obvious, it is absolutely worth it to spend time playing around with and discovering new tricks and settings, that aid or streamline the music writing process. That being said, if there is anything about GarageBand that I don’t like, it is the sustain pedal glitch. It’s the only thing I would consider to be a flaw that truly compromises the effectiveness of the app. When adding/deleting/edited the lengths of sustains on music (particularly piano, as that is what I work with most often), I’ve frequently ran into a myriad of recurring issues; sometimes a sustain will still play even after it’s been deleted, or after shortening a sustain pedal it will still play at its original length. All in all, however much I dislike the issues with the usage of the sustain pedal feature, any grievance I have with that is dwarfed by my admiration of this app and my appreciation of the undoubtably talented people who put energy into making music so easy.
Almost perfect
by The child indoors on 2019/06/07 22:17
Ok so I’ve been using GarageBand seriously for 3 years. And I’ve enjoyed making beats on it. I truly have. I think it just needs a little bit of adjustment. One thing I request is to add in a saxophone sound. I’ve been trying to make a chill beat with a saxophone in it and I’m not gonna buy a saxophone for this one beat. Another thing is to have tuned drum kits. For example, in the FL studio you can use a hi-hat sound, but it on a piano roll, and make a cool effect where if you make a quick chromatic sequence, it has a cool ascending hi-hat sound. I have one last request. Auto-tune. Now you don’t have to, but it would be a cool little feature to have on GarageBand. Like say I were to record me singing one note, say middle C. I would like for that note to change into other notes. Like if I recorded myself singing the note C, and the word “office”, and both syllables were on beat, each syllable could be different notes, or to make it more complicated, divide the syllables by twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes and so on and so fourth. Ok that got complicated. I just wanted to get the specifics about a possible new auto-tune feature. But so far the app is great I just request those three things. Have a great day!
Apple PLEASE read!
by Some body you don't know. on 2020/04/14 08:47
Hello my name is Caleb. I’ve been using garage band for many years now and I’ve always loved it from the start however there is a problem that I’ve run into recently that I hope you can fix. It’s a strange problem actually but garage band still deserves 5 stars anyway. So when I started using garage band there wasn’t as much content as there is now, less then a third probably. I was easily inspired to make music and could make neat catchy tunes every other day but now it’s harder to do that because there’s SO MUCH content it’s overwhelming because besides the five main things (guitar, vocals, drums, strings, and piano) there so many sounds like synths, bass, leads and such that I never know where to begin and I lose all interest in my creation, but I think that if you put a “sample” button on each sound so that we can hear just a single note at middle C or -1C for bass that would instantly get rid of the problem. Most of the time I know what sound I want but I can’t find it and I have to select a sound, play my song, and see if it’s the right one which takes to long with there being hundreds of choices. There might be this sound sample feature already and I just don’t know how to use it but if not please consider adding it. It would help so much and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would thank you.
Issue recording vocals stops recording and doesn’t record anything you’ve recorded
by khanflikk on 2020/02/16 08:48
Anyone know how to solve this recording stopping no matter how I record anything thru physical mic on iPhone 6s it use to record just fine. I’m about to purchase an iMac Pro and midi keyboard. Over the years I’ve tried all the daws garage band I can actually have finished work. I absolutely love it! MacBook experience wasn’t the best but it was an MacBook from 09 iPad Pro super impressed! So I can’t wait till I get the iMac Pro! I’m holding an pretty chart rank currently 17th global and 14th national chart rank. Trying to maintain this momentum until the iMac. GarageBand you tha best well tie with logic minus the new samples and loop packs! Alltho I use external more I still love physically playing the instruments that’s super dope! I now know how to play piano/keyboard and never played before. Does anyone know how to fix this recording stopping? Space seems to be the issue as always. Haha so I’m sure it’s the space problem. I deleted the app and re downloaded it and permanently lost roughly 20-25 new projects. Keep the live instruments coming definitely pretty dope! Especially playing drums and keyboard definitely give GarageBand an overall 6+ stars if I could cut samples that would be nice. Much love GarageBand been with ya guys and only you for almost 5 years now. -Khanflik-d
I want to use wind instruments, but they’re not there!
by YourLittleSylveon on 2019/07/10 17:55
I’m a beginner music maker, and I’ve been playing in a school band for a lot of my life, so I grew up loving wind instruments like flute, trumpets, etc. but as of July 10, 2019, there doesn’t seem to be an option to get them. I searched for extensions to add to GarageBand so that I may use the more traditional instruments, but I couldn’t find anything. All I have is the computerized digital percussion, some strings I don’t know how to use (yet), and a piano which I’m unable to really use because on my phone screen, the accents and attacks on the instrument are very spontaneous and annoying. It’s a good app, don’t get me wrong, but no matter where I look, I can’t find any instruments I know what to do with in a composition (i.e. wind instruments). There also doesn’t seem to really be a good way of making music box music in it no matter how hard I try (I try using the Sweet Bells on the piano setting, but even after messing with the sound settings it still doesn’t feel right). The reason I point these things out is because I want to create more traditional or fantasy-based music. It would be nice to be able to create some ethereal music without struggling to find the instruments. Other than that, the app is wonderful and intuitive. I intend to keep using it, just so long as I have access to wind instruments and hopefully a music box-like instrument. Thank you for your time!
Needs to be solved
by AJ_money maker on 2019/01/21 12:30
So I have been using this app since the iPhone 5s. And I have a major complaint it is a major book for those who are using voiceover with GarageBand. It’s a book Apple needs to take care of. I am a voiceover user myself and I have been having this issue. Whenever you would like to add compression, change your EQ, add reverb, or echo, or any really cool affect like reversing the track, changing the speed so if you were trying to make those rap style high hats, or adding other great effects. Garage band will not let you, as soon as you close out of your mixer it erases all of the things you’ve done. Matter of fact it doesn’t even add DFX it’s like you never even added them. I have been dealing with this bug, since I started using this app I have never been able to successfully add any of those amazing plug-ins garage band will not even change the sound of your recording, as soon as you go and increase or decrease the amount of compression reverb or like I said any of the other affects, and you close out of the mixer and prepped play to hear your track it doesn’t add them, then you go back to your mixer and look at it and see they’re all back down to 0% Apple please please fix this issue, recordings with sound so much better when you can actually affect the sound. This bug has been going on long enough. On behalf of me and other voiceover users a like please fix this issue
Ok I have some problems.
by rektandreas on 2020/06/20 14:46
By: —————— So I think this app is pretty good but when it comes to making your own stuff there is a bad bad problem. I have no problem with creating stuff already made but today me and my mom wanted to create our own song on it and I used a lot of the loops. And then finally when I was about to hit record button, THE APP TOOK ME OUT OF IT AND I LOST ALL OF MY PROGRESS. (It crashed) It took me almost an hour just to get some of it done. And now all of the progress is gone and I really think that you need to fix that because if that’s gonna happen to every single time you make a new song by yourself that’s not created all ready, then you’re gonna have a lot of people saying the same thing. Maybe you can fix that bug in another update! Please do it because I am very mad at the game and I don’t want that to happen ever again. Overall i give it a three-star because the app allows you to still create songs that great so I gave you five stars for that but then I’m like im about I create my own song and then that happened so that’s why I took away 2 stars. But I still hope that you guys can make GarageBand way better than it is right now but I don’t mean that in a bad way because I already said that I like it I just don’t like it too much because it crashed. so please fix that because I don’t want this app to be on my bad app list for the rest of my life.
Complaints about GarageBand
by ElaijahS on 2018/08/12 14:17
I love this app as it’s one of the only things I use on my Phone but as a beginner music creator, I have some complaints about various things. First off, notes snapping to the grid when you want to record certain rhythms and beats. For example, if you want to make triplets or a shuffle beat, it changes it to a straight beat, and as a beginner, I don’t know the exact placing of a triplet and while I can create a shuffle beat by editing the track, it’s super discouraging to do so because there’s no real reason to have it as a forced option. Second thing, sounds like the Violin, French Horn, and Brass Section are terribly delayed to the full attack of the sound. So if you put a note on beat 1, the full attack of the sound is an eighth of a beat later, so in order to counter that, you have to move the track over, and move notes accordingly (if it’s in the very beginning of the song). I’m also upset that this app doesn’t have sounds like a Saxophone for jazz solos and whatever else or Marching Percussion instruments (Snare, Bass Drums, and Quads/Quints) to either create a matching piece or for a stylistic piece that uses Marching Percussion instruments as well as maybe some synths. Maybe this app isn’t amazing so you upgrade to Logic Pro on a Mac and maybe all of these problems have been solved there, but for 5$, this app is great. I would expect GarageBand to fix that first issue though.
Recording Sections Limit Usefulness
by zipperbug on 2020/08/28 18:46
I was told GarageBand is a great free Apple app that’s easy to use to start recording my podcast. Free, easy to use, Apple app, yes, but not that great for podcast recording. When I set out to try out the various features offered like adjustable line-in mic, monitor, and noise gate along with pitch controls and such I was very excited. The letdown came when I was ready for my first take. I wanted to make sure I could "spit my truth" for my full 15 minutes of fame. Now, I’m not a musician so I don’t think in terms of tempo, bars, sections, and time signatures. Unfortunately, GarageBand only allows 26 sections at 8 bars each, and adjusting tempo and time signature was no help at all. After ~4 minutes of recording I realized I had used almost 12 sections which gives me a maximum recording time of 10 minutes. Now I’m sure that’s phenomenal for musicians nailing down a riff, bridge, solo, chorus, or massive vocal track, and I’m not foolish enough to think that this app isn’t specifically designed for musicians. Yet, I still think there’s a slight loss of functionality, and opportunity to expand GarageBand’s reach by not allowing unlimited recording and the addition of a timer or stopwatch for those who are not adept at music’s timing system. Voice actors, storytellers, life coaches, podcasters, etc. could all benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the GarageBand app with a few simple tweaks.
808s
by AppleLover61761 on 2019/01/03 18:51
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my request, as it is much appreciated. I have been using iOS GarageBand for about one and a half years now, and I must say that I have grown quite fond of the software, as it is exemplary in terms of simplicity and practicality. I have been making little beats and loops for some time, and while the features implemented are expansive, I wish to expand my creations by perhaps publishing music in the near future. I have a passion for music and would love to look to new opportunities. There are a few features which I wish could be added to the software. NOTE: if there are ways to achieve the following without updates, please let me know. So first, the 808 sound is quite lackluster, primarily considering modern rap/hip hop. Some examples of the 808 sound I have been trying to create can be heard in Meek Mill’s “Going Bad,” produces by Wheezy, and Trevor Daniel’s “Wild,” as well as “Mess,” produced by the members of Internet Money. I only have access to the iOS version of GarageBand, as I don’t have any Mac products. So if there is any way that I can recreate this sound, or if there are plans to implement this sound into one of the alchemy synth bases please let me know. I think this software is perfect, it’s just this particular sound that I’m after. Please let me know of any further changes or plans. Thank you for your time!
Better than fl studio mobile
by Jack Talton on 2019/01/22 16:01
I can't stop giving this app props because this is honestly the greatest music producing app so far... I'm actually in love with GarageBand the fact that there's so much to it actually makes me hype every time I get on the app. First timers will use the loops to create there songs that can tailor to there style. You can also add your own loops with the keyboard selection and synths. Millions of sounds that you can expand your arsenal with and it doesn't stop there. You can even download your own samples to expand your sound selection. Like I can record a note from my grand piano and turn it into its own song. This app will never die out as long as there is more and more sounds added to it. The only suggestion I'd add to GarageBand if I could. Would be to add more sound FX and chants. The essential to making genres of music is something that makes them memorable and the sounds that you can add will show it. I love this app and I hope it continues to grow because this potential already exceeds that of computer software. I can't wait for the community to grow more and more so that people won't have to spend 200 dollars on something when they can simply download a FREE app!!!
Essential for songwriters
by killersongz on 2018/06/14 06:46
I have been writing songs for over 20 years through a simple 4-track and using a drum machine. When I first heard about GarageBand, I thought it was a music-related computer game. I even got an iPad which already has GB downloaded on it from the factory and never even opened it for a year. Finally, I was bored one day and thought I’d take a look at it. WOW! I couldn’t believe how robust and professional it was! Here I’m tinkering with a 4-track and drum machine from the 80s all this time while I had a pro-quality music studio to write and produce sleek sounding demos just waiting for me to discover it! I’ve recorded some 400+ songs in GB that sound so good, some people actually think I recorded with an actual band! The drum sounds are impeccable along with fantastic bass, piano and string instruments. They even added brass horns! I just wish they included a saxophone with the horn selection. My favorite feature is the edit feature for each virtual instrument, especially when it comes to the drums. I’m able to move snare hits, kick hits, hi hat patterns, etc. to make them sound much more natural, like a real drummer would play. GarageBand is easy to use. You’ll be recording masterpieces in no time!
I don't get it
by OkieWolf on 2019/02/02 00:25
GarageBand is good in some ways, not good in others, and completely ridiculous in others. It's good about keeping everything in sync, easy to create tracks, easy to mix down, and simple to use. But some things in GarageBand makes you scratch your head as to what they were thinking. One of the biggest ridiculous things I've found is dealing with segmented tracks. In song creation it's often necessary to create segmented tracks....add a part here....then another part further down the timeline within the same track. It's also beneficial to then be able to merge some of the segments into one so that you're only dealing with one item rather than several. 6his can be done easily with drum tracks (colored yellow) and touch instruments (colored green). However, recorded tracks such as vocals or plugged instruments or anything recorded (colored blue) CANNOT merge segments together. Why? I have no idea and neither does Apple support. There's no logical reason why you can't do this for recorded tracks. All tracks are waveforms. A waveform is a waveform. It doesn't matter how GarageBand categorizes it. It's still just a waveform. Drum loops are waveforms and segments can be merged. Touch instruments are waveforms and segments can be merged. Recorded tracks are waveforms but CANNOT be merged. Completely ridiculous.
Confused
by MexiRocker on 2020/07/31 06:08
I was hesitant in rating this app just yet, but I chose to give it only 3 stars due to the fact that I did notice this same problem on my old old iPad. So I recently purchased the iPad Pro 12.9, and from the start I was eager to play around with the app, thinking that I’d get a more pleasant experience with the new upgrade, my new iPad. But I was very disappointed. The problem I’m having, is how the sounds on the drum sets are not being consistent, in that the volume sways from low to high when hitting the snare drum for example, even though I’m playing an upbeat 60’s Rock style rhythm. Also, being a huge 60’s Rock, Indie and Punk Rock fan, I enjoy doing a lot of noisy-Rocky tough sounds, so continuously hitting the cymbals is a true disappointment. The end result in a recording is the on and off muting of the cymbals caused by the bass drum, making the drum recording sound almost like Dubstep, instead of say, the drumming on “You Really Got Me’’ by the Kinks. I’m still confused. Could it be an actual problem with my iPad, how can that be if it’s new? I guess I’ll have to get with their online tech support. If it is my iPad, I will come back and leave a new review and rating once I get to the bottom of this issue. I will say though, the clean guitar sounds amazing, I’ll give y’all that.
It used to be super good...
by elijio7521 on 2019/10/25 19:54
GarageBand used to be awesome, it was my first music program and I loved it. Even when it first started out and it didn’t have as many features as it does now. However, over the updates and all, it’s performance has definitely dropped. It’s very laggy, it’s extremely buggy, I’ve had multiple files disappear (luckily iCloud saved me from that), and almost every single time the sustain doesn’t work properly. I record with sustain on and it plays with it off no matter how many times I keep putting the sustain on and it’s very annoying. When I tap on a key lightly it’ll play extremely loud but when I play it actually with force, it’s quiet and it happens multiple times. It’s made making music extremely frustrating and I stopped using this app. The MacBook version is much better but isn’t as portable and a lot of the keyboard sounds are nowhere to be found and it feels different and I don’t use it as often. Not only does the app itself feel laggy, but when using AIRPODS, APPLES OWN PRODUCT, it doesn’t even play correctly and there’s a huge delay when playing notes. Auxy and other music apps don’t have this problem when I use AIRPODS, so why is GarageBand BY APPLE having this sound delay when other non apple products are? It used to be 5 stars but I’m giving it 2 stars.
Headed in the right direction
by Seth Draven on 2018/12/06 23:35
I love what Apple’s done with GarageBand and GarageBand iOS over the past few years, and I’m glad that now you can import and playback MIDI files on GarageBand iOS. HOWEVER, I’m still waiting for Apple to allow the EXPORT of MIDI files FROM GarageBand Mac & iOS. That would be a feature I could use that would round out the app as a near-“proper” DAW. That aside, I love the Alchemy presets and all the ways you can tweak them to create your own unique patches, plus the great user interface which makes it easy to use for both people new to making/recording music and longtime producers/DAW users. I’d also like to throw in though, that while I don’t generally use them myself, as well-crafted as the (post-2016) built-in and downloadable loops are, they’re pretty much only for EDM and dubstep music, maybe occasionally scratching the surface of pop-trap beats and glitch-hop. I’d personally like to see more loops that lend themselves to old-school hip hop or something. P.S. — This is all coming from someone who has used multiple DAWs (GB being a constant usually) separately and together, for many different styles/genres of music, electronic and otherwise. 🙂
Idea that would help a lot (devs please read)
by Brivn gvbriel on 2018/08/13 22:51
So I’ve been using garage band for about 4 years now and it’s become sophisticated enough to make studio quality sounds but I have one request and that is to somehow implement a way to compact or stretch audio files that have been imported or even recorded to slow down or speed up tempo of that file separately from the tempo of the song, even an option for raising or lowering pitch separately at the same time as making it faster or slower, just so I can perfectly match a sample and edit pitch without changing the tempo or so I don’t have to use third party apps and import two separate files one being faster or slower. It would help a lot and it would make sampling much more easier. Another idea I have is somehow give us the option to edit the FX because when I make music I want to be able to edit out my mistakes instead of re-recording over and over again. This would all help so much for amateur producers like myself and I hope you read and I hope you agree and I hope you make this already great app better.
NO 2/4 Time template/background
by AnonymsFan on 2017/11/02 12:21
It is absolutely amazing and astonishing that Apple provides as default time signature rhythm templates NO 2/2 or 2/4 patterns but only a 4/4 template. SERIOUSLY Apple??? Lemme guess re this UX design flaw: the designers are under 30 and listen only to 21st century white rock/pop stuff. This is where either having a UX person with some maturity can be helpful or at least a person with perhaps some actual music education - someone who not only has listened to but has studied the roots of American music much of which is based in 2/2 and 2/4 time signatures. Another way of saying this is that most of the folk songs and music every kid in America has grown up with not to mention the base of most popular music especially blues is based on a 2/2 or 2/4 time signature. Your little hot coders may have figured that mathematically a 4/4 signature can be adapted. FYI: Nope. And that’s why dearest Apple you have GOT TO RETURN TO USING PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE ARTS BACKGROUND as well as the coding chops... or just at least hire UX people over 12 years old. This is such a huge missing basic that I am using it as an example to students in the UX unit of my design and development program. FIX IN NEXT REV PLEASE!!! You have been told about this multiple times. It needs to be moved WAY up on the fix list.
I love the App, but there’s room for improvement
by AngelaPaulson on 2018/04/19 03:37
As a blind musician, I want to say, this is by far the best app I’ve tried, and the most accessible. It’s very screen reader friendly, and works very well with apple’s built in screen reader, voiceover. However, there is something that I really think would make the experience better. When I customize the chords, for example, if I want a major 7th chord, when auto play is turned off, it plays the chord just fine, and it sounds exactly like a major 7th chord. When auto play is turned on, however, it only plays a major chord. It does not play the notes to make the major 7th chord. I’ve also noticed this in minor 7th chords. It will just play a regular minor chord in auto play. And it also doesn’t play 9th chords. Pretty much the custom chords have no auto plays that play the notes of the custom chord. Auto play only plays the basic major and minor chords respectively. I would really like to see an update that auto play will make the changes to custom chords. Other than that, very good, and I enjoy using it.
Some Suggestions?
by —• B •— on 2017/10/14 19:26
Hello! I’ve been a fan of GarageBand for a long time now- back before the Alchemy Synth and the orchestral instruments were added. It’s been great making music, whether it’s covers of songs or my own creations, but I do have a few things to suggest. Key changes and tempo changes. When you’re working on a song, there are times when you realize, “Dang. This needs a cool change!” Here’s what I’m thinking: When you duplicate/add parts or edit them, there’s a switch for key/tempo changes. When you turn them on, the app will ask what key you want to change it to, or the tempo screen will pop up and say, “What tempo will your song be?” or something. 😂 Ukulele. Please. People may‘ve been asking for this already, but please, please add this in! It’s a cute sounding instrument and for those of us who don’t own one but want to use one in our music, who better to ask than the GarageBand team? Otherwise, it’s a great app, and I love using it. I haven’t experienced any bugs so far, and I’m happy I haven’t! Keep doing what you’re doing, guys! ❤️ Peace out! ✌🏻
Love it! But I have a huge problem.
by Lsahjspjsohauvibojd on 2019/04/10 04:23
I love the app but I have a problem. I’m making a pretty long medley. Roughly 350 measures in total. It’s been playing back and working well. Every so often, it says “Optimizing performance…” which is pretty normal, although it takes a while. Anyway, it just happened, I waited, and somewhere in the middle I got a “storage almost full” alert. I let it finish optimizing, and then I went into settings and cleared roughly 8GB of data. I go back into GarageBand, and my audio wasn’t working. So I closed it and re-entered. It was working again, but cutting out at some parts. So I closed it again and reset my phone and tried again. After a few tries, I discovered that it now works all the way until about measure 219 or so, and then the audio cuts off. But it doesn’t cut off all together. Certain instruments go about one beat before the others. What is that all about? I would be really upset if I really just lost 100 measures of audio. Please respond to this or update or help me somehow. I’m really worried.
It is SO detailed
by Sarge23060 on 2018/08/27 12:45
So, all of the worse reviews are 100% because the users didn’t try hard enough or put in enough time on this app, because I’m not saying it easy for a beginner to use all of the complex features on this app. People who complained that they got discouraged when they couldn’t figure out the app, just keep trying, because there is honestly NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO with this amazing app. One motive for this review is that I felt bad for GarageBand getting beat down by all the bad reviews of people saying that it was bad because it was too hard or they just hadn’t figured it out yet. (no offense to those people) GarageBand is truly one of if not the best mobile music maker apps out there, you just have to put in the actual time and effort to unlock a world of musical possibilities. My only problem, and this started happening very very recently, is that now my device crashes whenever I try to open it up, but its no big deal because I’m sure that it’s just a problem with my device, and if not, it will be fixed soon. 😄😄
NEEDS SERIOUS BUG FIXES
by Hohokitten on 2018/04/29 08:00
Okay the program works great, but once you add some FX, get ready for rage quit. The program will take at least four bars to get in time and in Tune for some weird reason and it’s quite annoying when you can’t get an idea out because the program is having ridiculous issues. On top of that, there has been multiple times where the program won’t even launch, and when it does all of my data isn’t there. It seems to be a serious hassle when your data isn’t there and you got to reset your iPad and reload the program 100 times before you can even enjoy yourself. I have even downloaded this programs most recent update along with my software update and these problems are still here. As far as I am concerned you people are lucky this program is cheap and is easy to work with when the issues are not present. As of right now, I wouldn’t even give this program a star for the problems that come along with it. And when the problems are fixed, I’d give it six.
Awesome app!
by DesertEagle252 on 2017/11/08 03:27
GarageBand has become my best friend. I have been using it for about a year and a half now and have made over 100 songs on it. It is perfect for anyone who has a curiosity about making music. It is so easy to pick up and start using, and the learning curve is nice and progressive. To this day, I’m still learning new things about it! Such a little app contains so much power to create music of one’s own; it is truly second to none. The only reason it didn’t get its fourth star is because of bugs I’ve had to work around and one bad one that prompted this review. I recently had a bug pop up that would crash the app before it even opened. I couldn’t use it at all. I had to delete and reinstall the app and when I did, all of my songs were lost, even though they were saved in iCloud. There have also been other bugs that I had to work around in the past (most of which got fixed in the recent update), including reverse recordings not working and the recordings sounding way different than the loops they were recorded from. I do recommend this app to anyone wishing to start up in music, but beware of the bugs.
Minor Problems
by P3t3r129 on 2019/12/08 08:12
Although it’s a really great app for beginners, there are some really weird problems. Sometimes, when you play the song the audio just went crazy and play this really piercing, loud noise and if you’re turning the volume up for whatever reasons (for example, mixing with headroom), it’s just...CRAZY LOUD. You’ll also have to add features like, curve automations, automations for the FX, more frequently-used samples, automations for multiple knobs on a preset, more slots for plugins. Another problem is when you’re playing chords, sometimes one or two of the notes just mute itself and it sounds incomplete and really thin, there must be some technical issues because I’m sure I didn’t mute the note myself somehow and it’s supposed to play all of the notes at once. I also hate that the FX is applying to all of the instruments, rather than having an FX tab for each of them. And please add a sidechain plugin, it’s such a prominent, important effect in any popular songs recently, and editing automations is tiring.
Surprisingly great
by elliot.harper.90 on 2018/04/08 18:17
GarageBand is one of those music softwares that gets backlash because it’s “not professional” or because it’s “on a phone”. However, a quick look at all the new effects and instruments Apple has added to the newest version of the iOS GarageBand will nullify those criticisms. I have used GarageBand on my iPad and phone for three years now, and I have produced very good sounding music with it. Its pre-made synths are easy to play with and manipulate to the producer’s liking. If you are not content with your technical skills or musical connaissance, then Apple offers hundreds of loops, from beautiful synth chord progressions to distorted rock drum kits, that you can chop up and use in your songs. It is hard to see any flaw with the newest GarageBand. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in dipping their toes into production. And if music-making isn’t your goal for your future career, the app is still loads of fun and a good way to unload creativity and boost your imagination. Strong 5/5 for this app!
Amazing App
by Lojavvvv on 2020/04/07 06:54
I paid $100 for another DAW on my computer and have been using it for years, then I download GarageBand on my phone and find that I can do more on this app than I can on my expensive PC-operated DAW. Granted, if I understood the technical side of the production process better I'm sure I could get more out of the other DAW, but I don't have the time it takes to learn it, and Garage Band is very intuitive in comparison. So while it might be less powerful overall compared to FL Studio or Ableton, etc; in the hands of an average user like myself, GarageBand ends up being more powerful simply because it's easy to use. I think Apple knows that if they offer a high-quality, powerful and intuitive audio workspace for free that it gives people a reason to buy their products. So if you already have an iPhone or Mac, might as well take advantage of that access. It's crazy what you can do on the iOS app. I never would have thought I could work entirely from my phone and produce quality music.
You can take this app more serious.
by JayOTO on 2017/11/08 08:05
Apple has really stepped up the mobile DAW scene with this update. There's NO mobile software out there that's better than GarageBand right now. I don't use much samples in my work so the added mixing features helps me customize and bring out my sounds even better now and I can finally practice touching knobs before I buy a Macbook and really start working on tracks at a more professional level. I started using GarageBand a year ago and it just gets better and better. *UPDATE* So I'm 2 years into using this app and I really learned a lot. You can make underground level tracks using the app alone it has a ton of features and if you know what your doing you can create really cool sounds. I have the alchemy synths (via iPhone 6) and they sound great so far. The electric drum kits need a new update like the keyboards did they sound a bit outdated at times with the new sounds. I think an updated 808 trap kit would be good and a few more basses other than all the dubstep ones. A couple of amps for guitar/bass would also be pretty cool! A few extra mixing effects wouldn't be a bad thing either I really learned a lot with that new feature and it's really key for beat makers to become real producers. Also if you really read these reviews apple you should add to the mastering options a bit as well. Just a few more options to help introduce beginners to the world of engineering more. Great app though keep up the great work we appreciate it!
I have a problem
by catgamer🐱 on 2020/01/13 00:11
This is a great app, and I use it almost every day. But I have some kind of glitch with my loops. In the past, when I used garage band, full on side chained pad was my favorite loop. On this new device, I forgot the name, but I found it listening to the dubstep thing in live loops. (Is that even what it’s called?) It was different, though. I saw the name and favorited it. But it had a different pitch, tune, and tempo, and caused all the other loops to have this problem as well. No matter how much I try to reset settings, it does not do anything. When I looked in the house live loop set, it reset the tempo (idk if it is exact,) but not the pitch. It changed the tune again. I liked the way they sounded before they were changed. If this is a fixable problem, please fix it, and if I need to fix it, please tell me how. If it isn’t fixable, it’s alright, I love the loops anyway. Please at least respond or look into the problem if possible. Other than that, it’s a great app.
So Close, And Yet So Far (For Professionals, Anyway)
by legittristan on 2018/04/15 05:01
GarageBand is awesome, especially for a free app. However, it’s missing a couple critical components: First, it NEEDS FULL MIDI CONTROL. All buttons and parameters need to be MIDI mapable. The iPad is such a great tool for live performance (way more potential possibility than a laptop), but until Apple makes GarageBand a little more hardware-friendly, the laptop will continue to win. Second, the looper is dope but again needs to be MIDI controllable (so you could record and play loops with a MIDI foot pedal for example), have easier access to mute and solo functions per track, and the ability to optionally have audio effects tails continue after a loop or track is muted. Also, a MIDI clock visualizer so you can easily tell what beat you’re on before the first loop starts would be extremely helpful for those who don’t want the audience hearing a metronome click. More loop/pad playback options would be great too. There’s more to be done, but these are a couple key places that need improvement.
Love it. I have a few critiques
by evilmonkeyinchrisescloset on 2017/11/24 21:46
I’ve been using GarageBand for about seven years and I love it. The biggest problem right now is that with the new iOS update GarageBand force closes immediately every time. I’ve tried turning off iCloud for it in settings like Apple suggested to no avail. Other than that some things that I would love to see (and others from what I’ve read in the reviews) include: 1. Allowing key and tempo changes in the song. When you click a section one of the options could next to “join, delete, split ex.” Could be key change and tempo change. 2. More user friendly ways to mix and master songs. It CAN be done with the current version, however it does require a plethora of steps to accomplish. Instead of controlling the EQ for each track as a whole at least let us control each section of a track. That would be incredibly helpful. 3. The map for each note being played is INCREDIBLE, I would like to see the same map for vocals in order to fix slightly off pitch vocals without the Auto-Tune sound. 4. More types of guitars and a more realistic sounding acoustic guitar. Overall I love the huge strides that the developers of this app have made over the years from the ever growing sample library for beginners to being able to legitimately write your music in the note grid. I would love to see these in a future update, as well as getting the crashing issue resolved so we can continue using our favorite music production app.
iOS 11 Bug makes GarageBand TAP OUT -R.I.P
by Asterplax on 2017/10/10 08:19
Anyone with iOS 11 will NOT be able to use this app until they fix this bullpiss. Absolutely frustrating to say the least. Such a great app, or so I thought because to have not anybody around to protect such an investment must mean it’s not only a low priority concern, it means they have almost no concern for low priority apps. Updates come just like iOS 11 and apps constantly must adjust ect. But for THE company itself to have produced the error without any follow up or even remark of it is just lame. I mean at the end of the day they have the 5$ it seems at this point, I may as well have just thrown away. What is it that that is worth between the clergy and customer if there isn’t that follow up of assurance? Of Insurance! How one day even big companies like apple will rue the day of -Just- when even as far up as they’ve gone can only mean the longer the fall back down to earth back to reality to a day when they may face people at the bottom. We are waiting. Please just fix the app <\3 (1 Star until the app is something anyone on iOS 11 may actually use again.. would give it 0 until so if I could. Other then that it’s an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G app.. or WAS.)
GarageBand For iOS Is Awesome! However, A Few Features Need To Be Added.
by Calebo 85 on 2020/06/19 00:49
I’ve been using GarageBand for iOS to produce my songs for a while, and it’s been absolutely perfect for my needs and workflow. The Alchemy Synth is amazing, and I love how you can customize the presets to your liking. I like the stock piano. While not the best piano out there, it is certainly great for those people who cannot afford a more expensive third party piano plugin. I am constantly amazed by how professional sounding you can get your mix to be even though it is a free, mobile app. I’ve had people say that my songs produced with GarageBand for iOS sound professional, and I love that I can make that kind of song using this amazing, free tool. However, despite how I love this app, there are a few features which I wish were added. For example, automation of effects would be great to have. Despite this, I can still use GarageBand, as it is b amazing tool. Props to Apple, you really did it good, as you guys always do!
Great app but some suggestions
by Murf Music on 2017/08/30 20:50
The app is great, and I can use it to write songs with a wide variety of instruments. There are some thing I think could be improved. When working on songs that are longer or more complex, the song "optimizes performance" which can take quite a long time, and happens often on some songs. I also think that the drum sounds could be better, and mote cymbals and drums would be nice. It would also be good if there was a disk scratching instrument, separate from the one in FX, where you could actually have rhythms and control the volume of the turntables. I think that a better metal guitar tone would also be good to have, and notes on that guitar could go lower than they can now. And as always I would like to see more sounds in the keyboards (like a harpsichord) and all of the other instruments, as well as possibly some more instruments. Overall good app but I think these things should be added.
Awesome functionality - want more capability
by Joelfarris on 2019/04/26 20:40
This app is a great pocket version of GarageBand for Mac, and I especially love how what you create on here can interface with LogicPro X. My major complaint with this app is that I can’t adjust volume of individual tracks within the context of the track. All you can do is set the volume for the entire track. If I could fade or isolate individual portions of the track, I would have so much more capability! I use this app most often to import and cut music for show numbers, and the ability to cross fade tracks would be huge. Also, it would be super great if the time of the track could be seen as well as the measure numbers. Difficult to know how long a section is! Lastly, could we please make it so that I can share songs DIRECTLY into iTunes right on my phone or iPad instead of putting them in “File Sharing”..? This means you have to plug you phone into your computer and drop it into iTunes from there. I’d love for the entire capability to be onboard. Please make these adjustment and I’d be happy to give this app 5 stars!
Good app, needs changes.
by gabi marieeee on 2017/12/30 18:15
I downloaded GarageBand on my laptop and my phone. On my laptop, it took about an hour to download (not including the very long amount of time it took to "download all essential sounds"). On my phone, it took about a half an hour to download. On top of this, it freezes almost every time I use the app. I will be very close to being done with a song, and the app will freeze (not crash). I then have no other choice but to close out the app, and when I open it back up, my progress will be gone. I have seen multiple people's reviews and almost half of them say that the same thing is happening to them. This proves that it is not just my phone, it os the app. Another suggestion from me would be to add key changes and tempo changes. This is definitely possible and I think it could make this app much better. Other than that, this music-making program is highly suggested from me and it works very well. There is just a little bit more work that should've gone into it during the iOS 11 process. 3/5 stars
Almost top notch! But it’s got some little issues..
by The new login problem on 2018/03/08 01:03
This app is one of the only ways for me to make music currently, but man is it successful! I’ve written and made some great songs on it, so it functions really well! BUT it is missing some great instruments. The one that I think many would want the most (definitely me) is the Accordion. They are also missing things like Bag pipes, Organ (ones from steeples not from old 70’s pianos), Harmonica, some brass instruments like the Saxophone, and some other ones. But they do have a lot of instruments so I’m not pressuring it. The one thing that takes a star away is the drums. MAN I DESPISE THE DRUM SETTINGS. None of my songs have a good beat due to one thing. When I’m recording for drums and I make a mistake, it plays the last attempt with my new one! So I have to work around deleting mistakes every time! Please stop that drum thing! But other then that, this app is finely tuned, pun intended, And can make great songs! Get garage band, worth the time and effort!
🥇🏆🏅🎖 wonderful app!
by Pat riot 1 on 2018/10/15 17:34
Thank you GarageBand developers! It makes zero sense that your app is rating at four stars. This must be people with low music backgrounds that have brought that number down. Is it a perfect app? Absolutely not but this is the best music creation app I’ve seen for iOS and it absolutely deserves five stars. I have one request other than the optimizing that happens if your performance gets a little heavy, long or if you use external instruments- I wish that this could happen less or faster but I also realize that this probably happens due to various limitations ie; phones are not necessary meant for such an app and audio and sequencing is a processor heavy job. But my request is devs- Can you add an ok prompt after pressing the undo button? Sometimes I delete accidentally and it can be an issue as the button may be pressed when doing other things unrelated. Thanks again for making GB great !
Ech.
by ZZZZZZZZEEDEDEDE on 2017/11/15 04:42
You know that feeling you get when you’ve worked on something really hard, and then someone comes over and just ruins it so you have to do it over again? That’s what it’s like using garage band most of the time. I’ll be minding my own business, when out of the blue the app freezes. Not crashes, but freezes. So I have to exit out of the app, go back, and what do you know? All the progress I had been working on my song has vanished! Guess I have to go back and take another 2 hours to remake that song! And this doesn’t happen because my phone has problems (it’s an iPhone seven, it’s never had problems), it’s because the app is just unfinished. It’s hard to use kits in your songs because they’re off-tempo with loops and you can’t change that. And you can’t put two loops from different genres together because again, the tempo is out of place and you can’t fix it. This app is nice and dandy and I REALLY like it at times, but this constant annoyance this app continually brings up is near impossible to tolerate.
Great App And Perfect For Music Making
by GoldenBirdPlays_YT on 2020/06/15 16:23
Hello, GarageBand Is A Very Good App. With very great music loops and virtual music instruments. They make creating music very easy on here that other bad music softwares like, FL Studio, esc. The Great Thing about GarageBand is it’s free and FL Studio isn’t if vice viscera I will be writing a review for fl studio right now. When I Just wake up and see a app that stands out of all the other apps that is GarageBand. Nothings wrong about it since it’s one of Apple’s greatest apps. At first glance I thought this app was trash but I downloaded it and I got from 1 star to 100 stars! Everyone who uses a apple device should download this. No matter what version you’re using, it’s still the best app. I downloading this right now while I’m typing this. When there is apps also take up so much storage I know it’s gonna be worth it. This is only MY opinion. Other people could not like it. But this app is good in many ways.
Ideas for iPadOS update
by SynthJockey748 on 2019/06/16 17:21
I have noticed that when there is a major update for iOS, GarageBand for iOS is updated as well. Before iPadOS comes out, I do have a few ideas that may be helpful (and I really support) for any major update to GarageBand. A. Please add to the Chillwave loop pack. I love the loops that you guys have there, though there are too little. Also consider adding some bass loops as well. And, of course, new drum kits (preferably electronic) and synthesizers. B. I really do suggest expanding your selection of wind instruments. It would be great if you guys added trombones, tubas, bass clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, etc., because they are just as important as French horn and flute and whatnot. C. Lastly, please make the interface more user-friendly. I can hardly double-tap a loop or instrument to get access to its settings without it taking me to the recording screen. The knobs are also very difficult to adjust. Thanks for your support, the app is wonderful for splicing loops and stuff but I do believe that these suggestions I put out are quite important.
Amazing! One big suggestion.
by 2Beast4UGamingYT on 2018/11/16 13:11
Favorite music production app by far, especially the fact that it’s free. I love the Alchemy Synth because before that, there were few presets. The interface is easy. It’s looks nice, and most importantly it sounds great. I remember being so excited because I learned that you can automate the volume in tracks, and I use it all the time and for side chaining. I do however want there to be automation for different effects. Like cutoff, pitch, delay, etc. it would be the greatest thing ever. I think how it would work is you add an effect from the “Plug-ins and EQ” tab. Then there would be a button somewhere on that effect that says “create automation clip” or something. It would be AMAZING if you added this and I think that I would be fully satisfied with GarageBand. I’ve been producing for 2 years (since I was 12) and I have expanded my knowledge of music production. Thanks again for the best mobile DAW!
Solid app but has some odd kinks
by Monkey lord ):( on 2019/10/08 03:50
I love this app. It’s amazing what you can make on mobile thanks to GB, but there are flaws. Most of these are little bugs. Occasionally the app has crashed on my phone and lost my progress on a song, I’m usually able to regain what I lost but it’s insanely annoying. It would be solved if there was an automatic save button somewhere on the app, rather then relying on automatic saves that can be disturbed. Alongside that the recent updates with the dark mode and stuff is cool, but I hate this redo bar that has randomly appeared. All of a sudden this white bar appears when I’m doing stuff on the keys, with options to redo errors and stuff. This shouldn’t be an issue but it kind of blocks the top of the screen, and is just a hassle due to it’s overdone sensitivity. Other then that it’s a great app with a huge selection of sounds, sampling from the loop library is really enjoyable. I love the additional instruments ranging from guitar to drum machine.
The only good app for music production
by ummmhello on 2019/08/02 03:41
this is straight up the best option for anyone wanting to get into music production. each consecutive update keeps bringing more and more: effects like compression and eq, usable amp and pedal simulation, and the whole Alchemy library. if you have an iPhone and want to make music, you have no excuse not to start learning or at least start playing around with samples and loops. One of my favorite things about Logic Pro is it’s large library of proprietary VST’s, samples, and loops. This extends this app as well, making Garageband a great writing tool along with simple production software. there’s so many virtual instruments for beginners to play with, from orchestral instruments and band instruments, to a multitude of synths and electronic drums. of course there’s always room for improvement, but this is the absolute best app for anyone starting out in music production, and even a viable writing tool for songwriters and producers who aren’t beginners to demo their tracks.
A few things you could add
by stysjejvsiejdbdjcowlqpap on 2019/01/25 03:54
Ok so this is like the greatest music making app and it’s free, as well as the sound packs. Groovebox and noise are also apps I tried and they also have sound packs, a few are free but the rest cost money so I LOVE that all the packs on GarageBand are free. I do also have a few suggestions to add to the app though 1. Alternate tunings for guitar and bass. I think that the presets are fine for guitar and bass but I think that there should be alternate tunings, like drop D, drop C, and standard E flat, as well as standard D tuning. For the last two tunings you can use a vocal transformer to shift it down 1 or 2 semitones but it would be a lot easier to just switch between tunings 2. A woodwind touch instrument Ok so I don’t know what this would look like but I think we need this touch instrument. Maybe instruments like what we have in the keyboard, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and oboe, but we could also add instruments like recorder, Irish whistle, and Dizi. 3. Brass touch instrument So like woodwind we need the instrument in the keyboard, like the French horn, but we only have the, “Brass ensemble” I want touch instruments like, tuba, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, and euphonium. It would kinda look like the strings touch instrument where you can choose what instruments are playing. Well that’s all I can think of for now but if you could add those in, it would make my week!!
The tyranny of sections
by Stephen. on 2019/01/20 22:39
This is an outstanding app, don’t get me wrong. It’s loaded with great sounds, simple to use, and makes capturing inspiration easy. I’ve really enjoyed messing with it. My one complaint though, and for me it’s a big one, is that you pretty much have to use their concept of sections. This makes some sense, but I’ve found it very limiting. It makes it more difficult to move from one section of a song to the next while recording, because really you should stop and make another section for that. You could go back and do it later, but it’s a pain. And what if you want to throw a bar of only 3 beats in there, or something like that? You can’t really, because you’re beholden to the song’s time signature, enforced through sections. The solution seems pretty simple, and it looks like it actually used to be in the app - time-based, rather than measure-based, recording. Similar to what GarageBand for the Mac has. That gives you the freedom to play with the structure, length, tempo, whatever, however you want. Sure you give up some stuff, but I feel like that’s a common enough use case to warrant inclusion in the app, just like in the Mac version. Until then, I find it too limiting for actual composition, and more suited to sketching ideas and making loops. TL;DR - bring back time-based recording. Don’t force us to use sections. And keep up the great work! It’s an outstanding app in many ways.
Amazing, but also limiting!
by jwhite-71 on 2019/11/21 04:39
I absolutely love this program! In comparison to others I have used, as a professional musician having used many, this one is simple to use, easy to understand, and allows even the novice to start creating immediately. The downside, however, would be that the sampled instruments are limiting, which most are. Unfortunately everything you create sounds like a similar, re-hashed version of what anyone else has created. Therefore, lacking originality though it may sound like a masterpiece. Finally, a suggestion to make this program amazing would be to allow the ability of importing unlimited sampled instruments, VST effects, and plugins if not already able to do so. In the meantime, though both a positive and negative benefit, it’s a blast of fun, creativity, and well worth the download even for a novice to enjoy the simplicity it allows in creating music that can make anyone sound like a musical genius.
Amazing
by SkylarkFlight on 2019/03/08 23:50
I wanted a good music-making app like this for ages! I’m a violin player, and it makes me so happy that the orchestral sounds here are decent. I also love the virtual string instruments, they are very creative and are things I have never seen before. However, it could be improved by adding guidelines on each string (like lines telling me where to tap for a G on the D string and all that. Just the basic notes that a beginner would learn, no naturals, no flats). And it bugs me how the full dynamic of the sound comes a tiny bit later than when I actually tapped. This is a big problem, because it’s MUSIC we’re all making here... please fix this. This app, like all others, was kind of hard to get a grasp of. I mean, when I want to use instruments I do not know how to play, I might use the piano version, but the thing is... I don’t play the piano. This is no big deal though.
Would be a 5 star on performance but...
by Robbin BanxX on 2019/01/03 10:19
Everything on here is very good and clean,, I’m giving you guys only 3 stars because I’ve had this app and been using it a lot more then most people do and in the past year and a half you guys have not loaded any new samples/loops/fx during this whole time!!! Literally,,, I saw you guys load those new guitar sounds and drummer sounds consisting of like 20 new loops total,, not even enough for 1 whole new mixpack,,, it’s very disappointing to myself and many of my friends that you guys haven’t added anything else after u made the app,,, it’s been almost 2 years and nobody wants to re-use and recycle the same 6 or 7 mix packs again and again , (come on now it’s time for some new loops/ /samples/ kits to be put on GarageBand! The ones preloaded with the app are all great in quality and sound very nice,, but it’s time you guys gave us some new material to work with nobody likes the same song on repeat for two years straight.. Thank you for listening Sincerely,
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GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug in a guitar or bass and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks. Use the Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops and sound packs. Audio Unit Extensions in iOS 13 allow you to play, record and mix third-party instruments or effects right into GarageBand. And then share your song with friends and family. Live Loops. Make music like a DJ • Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger a Live Loop cell or group of cells • Get started with templates or build your own grid from scratch with Apple Loops • Create custom loops by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument • Use Remix FX to perform DJ-style effects • Tap record to capture your performance Play your iPad, and iPhone, like a musical instrument • Play a variety of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard • Play and record using the Alchemy Touch Instrument • Build grooves inspired by classic electronic drum machines with the Beat Sequencer • Download free instruments, loops and sound packs for GarageBand with the Sound Library • Capture any sound and apply studio-class effects • Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual amps & stompboxes • Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch* • Record performances from third-party music apps directly into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions** Drummer for iOS • Add virtual session drummers to your song, who take direction and play realistic grooves • Choose from acoustic, electronic drummers and percussionists*** • Each character provides their own sound and the ability to create over a million realistic grooves and fills Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments • Play an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings • Perform with Chord Strips and autoplay using any keyboard instrument • Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds • Strum chords or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar Create a song anywhere you go • Record, arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops**** • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording • Use professional mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive • Recording, mixing and exporting a song can be done at 24-bit audio resolution • Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play • Automate the volume and record the movement of controls on Touch Instruments • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad Share your songs • Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch • Share your songs using email or Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud***** • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud * Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s or later. ** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extensions apps from the App Store. *** Requires free download from GarageBand Sound Library. **** Multitrack recording requires a compatible third-party audio interface. ***** Sharing to Facebook and YouTube requires iMovie.
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by alqallaf_32 on 2020/09/19 17:54
Actually I like it cause Before I my piano keyboard I was practiced in this application it’s very good and sometimes I make some songs and I wish I become a singer
No Custom Ringtones
by Wh1sp3r_ on 2020/09/19 17:00
This update is horrible y’all removed the feature to add custom Ringtones add it back
I Can't Open Loops!!! 😭
by Ddddosneyxkahd on 2020/09/19 01:46
I Liked GarageBand But In The Beginning, If I Tap The Loop Button... The Screen Freezes As Heck!!! PLEASE SAVE GARAGEBAND!!!! PLEASE SAVE GARAGEBAND!!! PLEASE UPDATE IT!!!
i'm bored i installed this for no reason
by BrynDino on 2020/09/19 01:09
fl studio is better but this is also like really good :)
I like it
by pooooopooooo pantys on 2020/09/18 17:35
All I’m going to say is... yo dis app on the iPad sittin’ on my lap it pretty coo you can make it do what you want to yo nice app 0 problems from my concern tell everyone about it bot make it burn cus y’all say it so much this pretty coo dat all I had to say uh hu
Can some one help me?
by Armando4792 on 2020/09/18 15:51
Every time I try to sample something the smaller makes it sound different then what it’s supposed to sound like. And I try to find the right key the samples in but all of them just sound super weird, like if it had more tremble or something.
iOS 14 Glitch?
by Someone_writing_a_review on 2020/09/18 02:51
I tried to redownload GarageBand since I offloaded it and it keeps saying “Can not download try again”
This is perfect
by Billy s garland on 2020/09/17 14:03
App
up since
by ficicifjd on 2020/09/17 04:05
I’m rating five star so you can see this but my thing says it’s downloading but it hasn’t gone up since it said that
It won’t let me download
by bree madison on 2020/09/17 03:33
It says I can’t download as I have no storage so I deleted everything. Now it’s not even letting me press download it’s just a circle ⭕️
instruments
by And??? on 2020/09/17 03:00
overall good app but can we get a wider variety of woodwind brass and mallet instruments as well as stringed and worldwide instruments sounds
Err
by FUNNEHFAN.LOLKE on 2020/09/16 21:58
It’s OKAY but I want it to be on iOS 12
B
by wesley calder on 2020/09/16 17:18
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I loveeeeeee this😍😍😍😍😍
by Cielthepranksterofficial on 2020/09/16 16:40
I’ve been using this app and I’m 9 years old It’s soooooooooo fun❤️❤️😍😍❤️😍 everyone around the globe should use this app like why does it get hate? it is DA BEST APP EVER SEEN IN THE WORLD
share button lolz
by Bbjdengssksnvdjsnnzjxol on 2020/09/16 01:42
Where did the share button go 😭😭😭
Why I hate this app
by dhahsjusssshit on 2020/09/16 00:35
So I was making a pop rock and I keep messing it up. This is so stressful I want to make pop rock. It messes it up. 0.0 Stars 👎🏼
Love ❤️ at first sight
by the wolf lovet on 2020/09/15 19:40
I love the fact that I can sing and then listen to it again and again.
Love the game lol👌
by SixNines rat🐭 on 2020/09/15 19:03
I just downloaded this app and I already have 12 songs very addictive
Very loud buzzing and static in the background
by mr bkh2 on 2020/09/15 13:54
Every time I start recording when I do the first layer it sounds fine But then the next layer makes awful buzzing and screeching in the background then the next layer makes it even worse! Pls fix this because I’ve been trying to see what’s wrong and nothing is fixing it. It used to not do it and it went just fine, but now its recording badly and I can only do one layer/over dub because it gets so bad that I can barely here the instruments at all. So please Fix this glitch thanks.
BRO??THE SPACE THIS TAKES UP!?!
by NoOneLivesMe? on 2020/09/15 06:29
I had to delete HELLA videos and apps, only for it to say "unable to install garbage band at this time" IF YOU CAN, PLEASE LOWER THE DOWNLOAD SPACE!!!!! good app tho
Please ad flutes
by Ningning76 on 2020/09/14 22:22
I love this game sooooooo much but please PLEASE ad flutes
Solve problem
by Kibbeytyler11 on 2020/09/14 21:01
I like using this app it’s a good app for easily making music and it isn’t too complicated, but I can’t because there’s an issue where you import an audio file such as m4a which is what I use, it shows up, but when I drag it out and place it down there’s only a little tiny piece of the audio clip and I tried and looked it’s only been happening to me now and it isn’t with just that audio.
Try to make the system better, i ask Kindly
by Asanzai on 2020/09/14 18:58
I love garage band but the system such as the playback button and volume glitches really bad that it gets out of control. When i want to fix something , the system just get out of control so i want someone to investigate this problem and i want it fixed.
Good Needs improvement.
by Lazertazer718 on 2020/09/14 16:37
Please Fix ‘optimizing performance’ bug. Or ‘copying File’ bug when Dragging a wav. file into a new track slot. The app just freezes and never fully downloads the File. Which leads to me to reset the app and it still never works. I have plenty storage in my phone so I don’t know what the issue is. I close all my background apps and it still happens. Until this is fixed. I give it 2 stars when it could easily be a 5 star rating!
Add solo mode
by Jubayer Refa on 2020/09/14 08:27
Please solo mode at bass and guitar.Add sustain to solo mode and please add at least 24frets
Suggestion with a complaint
by camduncan1107 on 2020/09/14 05:34
My suggestion is to add a pipe organ instrument and see the letter notes in the note editor. My complaint is that I CAN’T see which notes are which in the note editor for all keyboards.
Drums
by jerrythebest82 on 2020/09/14 02:49
EVERYTHING IS SO GREAT! But I wish there were some extra cymbals to add to the drums. But other than that it is amazing!🙂
It’s a good app
by Craigwilliamson on 2020/09/13 20:46
Yayyyyy
Run in Background
by Arkentyme on 2020/09/13 17:26
Run in background is no longer working. And it continue to crash even with recent updates. I would give this 5 stars. But as a artist writing music and having to memorize your lyrics in full now is complicated. I used to be able to read off my notepad and play the track at the same time. this is no longer possible. Please fix this
Love this app
by StealthB2 on 2020/09/13 04:57
This app is great but can you maybe add some more sound packs like a Riddim sound or an electro sound pack. Also, this app is great for people who want to make music do I would suggest Garageband for people who want to make music!
Can’t add tracks after update
by wind_player1 on 2020/09/13 04:37
I can not insert any tracks, get Cubasis
fart
by i just enetered rafonmo on 2020/09/13 03:41
poo
Cool
by adwly on 2020/09/12 23:35
I just use it to make ringtones
Beatmaker3
by BeezyBeale on 2020/09/12 22:36
5 stars, I love GarageBand. I’ve been using this app for over 10 years and I’m impressed with the improvements over there years. I want to ask for 2 feature to be added please. Count you add a feature where you can import your own sounds into the drum pads, like it is with the downloaded packs? Would love that feature
It won’t load
by WHY WONT YOU LET ME REVIEW!!, on 2020/09/12 16:44
It won’t load on my ipad😡😡😡😡😡
chasing shadows 01 & 02
by Mike Greer on 2020/09/12 12:44
chasing shadows 01 & 02 in flex and flow doesn't give access to use it you can click on to here the audio but can not use it It's in apple loops instruments
Piano sounds
by John55261 on 2020/09/12 04:53
I love the app and i use it a lot, but i wish the piano had more sounds, for example harmonica, or busy boy. It would be much cooler if it had more sounds
I like to scratch my butt
by tdkfhushfdk on 2020/09/12 04:27
Hi
READ THIS PLS
by sassy💖 on 2020/09/12 02:36
Hi.. my name is Sassi I’m a normal kind girl Who loves being caring, Now Let’s get to the point I LOVE garage Band but there’s some thing that I would love to suggest... 1.) Love more instruments 🎻 2.)why not more groovy loops? 3.) Something new Thanks for reading this apple and Have a sweet day!
Bring back Fortnite please
by MaddenNFL20 on 2020/09/12 02:05
Please Pleasep Please Please Please Please Please Please
Yuh
by janie lang on 2020/09/12 00:35
Penis 😀
JD$$$$$$$$
by amazingguitarist on 2020/09/12 00:17
It’s a decent app but ITS CONFUSING🎸🎸🎸🎸🎧🎧🥁🥁🎷🪕🪕
Fantastic
by GUVE MY MONEY BACK!!!!!! on 2020/09/11 23:26
The reason i got an iPhone (almost every iPhone since the 4s) was GarageBand, but the iPhone 10 ruined totally the GarageBand. 1. The new display is very vivid and clear so it goes from absolute white to total black backgrounds in the app and in many more apps in general and i see this problem in 10s and 11 and 11 pro... 2. The NEW "go home" gesture is fighting with piano apps that invoke piano keys because they are at the bottom all of the time and the "go home" gesture its always in the way and specially when is on the keys not under. So, thats a big BIG bummer... 3. The missing headphone jack is just the tip of the cherry which got in the way first but it is something i found since iPhone 7 very frustrating... that should of never happened... but... but... there are people who's profession is to perfection-ate but this time they Pro-Defection-ate... In general i started to really not like iPhones anymore not because are so many much cheaper and farely good quality phones out there but because people at the wheal already got to much $ and stoped hearing their customers and whats next? They are getting blind and death to other living "things" like people (lets say).... boo iPhone designers and engineers.... Do you think i lost all the money i spent for apps and music? Think again... ;)
Great app
by g bengals eh el on 2020/09/11 21:23
Great for making beats
Wow
by d10messi on 2020/09/11 20:32
Wow
Booyah
by Bailey the boy bronco on 2020/09/11 19:05
Best Game ever created by humanity
lol
by POCDJ CJKBBCF on 2020/09/11 17:36
it’s good but takes 500 yrs to download
Add More Piano Presets
by Its Mikey on 2020/09/11 17:14
So they’re are only 2 classic pianos in GarageBand and they are classical grand and grand piano. I know you’re only a mobile DAW but can you please add more pianos something like the cinematic piano from FL Studio
Amazing
by dragongamer451 on 2020/09/11 14:36
It’s just great super super great I give it a 5 star
This will change ur life forever😃😃😃😃
by lucy howard on 2020/09/11 13:47
It is just like a real studio! I can make a song anytime without driving to a real one like I used to. (It also has auto tone😉) Apple I give u five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Everyone download this!!!!!!
Almost 5 stars
by 🐶🧁🥞🍦🧃🍿🍪🏈⚽️🏀⚾️ on 2020/09/11 11:54
This is the best studio game in the App Store. The only problem is that after you spend multiple days working on your song, you can’t play the whole thing through. Idk if there’s a way to and I haven’t figured it out, but if not, pls fix this.
Smh
by Scarelett South on 2020/09/11 08:07
I made ringtones or alarm sounds using this app but now i can’t anymore. Developers bring it back so people can make ringtones please, I saw a review of someone complaining about not being able to make ringtones with too, so it’s not just me.
Please
by cRaFty_kiTty$ on 2020/09/10 23:40
Yo
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
by Chris aka silver aka yung C on 2020/09/10 18:37
Thank you garage band for hooking up with Apple and the music team
this is a 5 star app but WE NEED MORE!
by Josljvxrjbko on 2020/09/10 13:02
okay so hear me out! i make almost all my music off this app and i’ve had so much success from it. i love the app and everything that comes with it but i feel like we should be able to do more like other music programs. We need more to pick from. more instruments, different sounds, new genres like lo-fi or alternative r&b. i want to be able to expand and create a different sound for my art. Also, we should be able to easily collab. i hate having to go back and forth from a song because i have to stem every single sound out. i’ve had this app since 2017. i already have a tape on all music platforms “ashjoints”. i appreciate GC making this a reliable app for people who can’t afford “professional equipment” or “studio time”. i taught myself everything i know.
Terrible
by TOO Controling on 2020/09/10 07:25
Too slow, it keeps deleting my songs by itself, when I’m playing the songs the tracks go on mute by them selves and takes up too much space.
third audio not sounding
by This is a really awesome app! on 2020/09/10 04:42
hey i can’t get the third recording to make sound when trying to overlap the parts. i’m using auto record when i play guitar and the third one never plays back with the others. if someone could write me back i would really appreciate it. thanks
please?
by BLACK BOY2415 (BLM) on 2020/09/09 22:45
can you pleaseeeeeeeeeee do follow tempo and pinch on wav files ?
Never using again
by f o xroxrjoxomrjojomjrxomjxr on 2020/09/09 16:29
Lost all my progress just because I deleted the app. Uninstalling. Do you know how long it took me to make those projects, Apple? Just for them to be erased, I didn’t even delete them!!! Never using this app again.
Love it but you gotta hear this.
by renderrite on 2020/09/09 15:30
Guys I love the game but hear this: what do you do in the sound library? I’ve been waiting all my life!! So if you get this game give it F I V E Stars for good luck. Thanks for reading!!😘😍🥰💕❤️
This new version crashes a lot on iOS 13.5.1
by Someone Already Took John Love on 2020/09/09 01:09
The previous versions of this app NEVER crashed. This newer version crashes A LOT its very annoying. App use to be great but now it crashes anytime you try to record in the background. Often I record while reading WHAT I NEED TO RECORD. Now I’m gonna have to write it down first and then read. Huge inconvenience because for 9 years before this version NEVER HAD THIS ISSUE.
Good App!
by Vivan.vibes on 2020/09/08 14:54
I like the app, it’s good. But I mostly use it for my ringtones tho which isn’t a problem I love it!
Apple please read
by bdhshshdhdhdjwnsiejsneuheee on 2020/09/08 14:13
I love the game but I have an issue with the drums I would like the snare to be louder and the ride to be louder as well.
Hello
by lily randolph on 2020/09/08 12:15
It took about an hour to download why
Good app
by app_exposed223 on 2020/09/08 06:00
It’s a good app download as soon you see the app the bomb literally no joke
Where is the “use the app” button.
by Youbea Dumass on 2020/09/08 05:37
Just put a “home” button somewhere on ALL screens, so I don’t get stuck on the “file” screen until I have to delete the app and reload it so I can use the app again. Or put a warning “if you press this icon, all your work will be lost, because you’ll be stuck on this tab, forever.”
uh
by shorty be taken on 2020/09/08 04:54
wont let ne download
Just needs 808 slides
by E Tha Don on 2020/09/08 04:52
Tbh great app but I would like if we could slide sampler files that would be great
I did not expect to like it this much
by G T DUB on 2020/09/07 22:10
I can do beats and strings and many more with this app. You can make songs. You can also do many other things and I just think this app is all of the music apps combined. For real try it, it will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!
Favorite sounds
by Exalted Golem on 2020/09/07 21:13
Garageband is amazing. It has a lot of cool keyboards and drums and the best thing is that there free. There is too many in fact that its pretty hard to browse the huge library. Can we have the option to star our favorite sounds to make browsing easier.
O heck ya
by tressie scottʕ•ᴥ•ʔ on 2020/09/07 17:04
Amazing!
Bad app
by madden nfl awesome on 2020/09/07 07:13
I hate this it won’t download it what the heck
I love it
by Isabella C. Rivera on 2020/09/07 00:28
I remember this app and other than the pedal glitch( not my reply the first one ) should be fixed. I dunno if it is now but if not fix it.
Amazing
by Mon&God24 on 2020/09/06 19:22
I’ve been playing this for 5 years now and Im impressed Doe there still some stuff missing but I like it I’ve been using the drum for 2 years and I got to say apple is the best -garage band-
Can’t create ringtone anymore
by Sunset1998 on 2020/09/06 07:22
It says I need Touch Instrument or Live Loops. I just wanna add a song as my ringtone, I don’t use GarageBand for anything else. And now that I’m using the app again, I have problems I didn’t have before.
Last few updates have made app unusable
by Cameron0208 on 2020/09/06 06:55
The app has always had its fair share of problems, but generally, they were manageable and the app was usable. That’s not the case anymore. One of the latest updates introduced extreme lag when trying to edit tracks, most notably when trying to re-arrange tracks. This lag renders the app essentially useless, as the frustration experienced as a result just isn’t worth it. GarageBand is now GarbageBand. I swear Apple is just trying to make terrible apps at this point. They have to be! Reminders, Contacts, Files, Shortcuts, HomeKit, Notes=all terrible worst-in-class apps. What an achievement!
Good but needs more stuff
by KingCamdenTheGreat on 2020/09/06 05:16
Love the app! Used it to make about 80+ songs and remixes. But I really feel like that there should be more additions to the app as well. Like more synths, better drums, etc, and more automation features instead of just volume up and volume down automation. Other than that. It’s a great app
Creepy, always has your mic on.
by Gen Z bouta act up on 2020/09/06 03:04
I don’t like the fact that it always keeps your mic on when you run the app. It makes me feel uncomfortable and like my every word is being recorded. Also I can’t get rid of the notifications.
Cannot quit app
by lsy1028 on 2020/09/05 16:08
This app doesn’t allow users to exit once it opens. Only way to quit is to restart iPhone
MORE SLAVIC DONK BASS
by Tweeleaf9130555 on 2020/09/05 00:49
I’d like to make Russian Hardbass with this app that I used for all my music, but I am a little bit from Slav country (my ancestors were from Russia) so can Apple add more samples of donk bass? pls I would apple-reciate it, hehe.
Wonderfully complex
by Christian A. Langston on 2020/09/03 23:58
Although once you’ve composed enough material to get started, it will start to lag inputs until it ultimately crashes. Without having songs backed up, I reopened the app to find a never changing gray screen with no way to access my songs ever again. Heart broken at the least!
Great app!
by cutepotatoe on 2020/09/03 18:22
GarageBand is the best free music making app that’s out there this only thing that doesn’t give it five stars is the ability to post our songs through any social media outlet like Facebook, Instagram, etc. I wish we had this option or update otherwise this app is awesome!
Almost good
by Don't like hard stuff on 2020/09/03 02:25
Easy to use, instruments sound great. Just wish it had a saxophone option.
GarageBand is awesome but with some fRUSTRATING problems
by whitfam2.0 on 2020/09/02 23:12
My son and I have written tons of really cool music on GarageBand. There are so many sounds and it is just amazing the variety of instruments and combinations you can create on the iPhone with GarageBand. However! Recently all the files suddenly deleted off of our GarageBand version. I tried to reach out for help but there was no one. It’s a great app, and I guess what do I expect? I got this for free. But it was really frustrating to lose over 40 songs that we wrote over a six-month period during Covid. Lost! Gone! Hours and hours of work gone. Was that enough to turn me away nope I’m still using it. I must be stupid. And now I’m facing a new problem. I can’t figure out how to email my files to myself. It’s like the “share” feature just disappeared!! It is really frustrating. I hope there’s some competition soon for GarageBand so I can make the switch. But I haven’t found anything better despite losing everything! Love-Hate
Space
by Potataos on 2020/09/02 14:46
Hey! I love this app and i make plenty of songs, except for a little problem. I had to delete all my songs for storage, and yet it still has most of my storage full! I’m seeing if I delete it than download it again it’s not gonna take all my space, but I still deleted ALL of my songs 😢that i worked hard to get right! I do love everything you have on there!
Fix
by woodzq on 2020/09/02 12:38
Fix this slow app
Dont support ios 12 and under
by mohammad baqer mohannad on 2020/09/02 09:56
Before ios 13 it was support ios 10 11 and 12 but now no
Why
by hdyvj ub on 2020/09/02 01:34
Why can’t you play it in the background anymore that’s so stupid
THIS APP IS AMAZING!!!!!!! HAMILTON FAN!!!
by slimey2756 on 2020/09/01 20:39
This app is sooooooooooooooooooooo good I honestly recommend this app I only have one problem though it is that when you make a sound track I wish you can still hear it when you go to other apps or when you get out of Garage Band but this app is so good really recommend it!please please please please please please please please put this feature on! I think this feature will get it to 5 stars .
Cameron
by dededede 123 on 2020/09/01 15:05
Can we please get more sounds and a variety of instruments to use please
Broken
by Cambon3s on 2020/09/01 12:58
My GarageBand randomly quit working, while at first it just would stay on the loading screen forever, now I uninstalled and reinstalled and not only did it delete all of my songs, the audio for the entire app doesn’t work. Also the hip hop drum beats have a crap selection, like add something that you could put in an actual song.
New feature request
by kdndbdudjeodyenrkvufn on 2020/09/01 05:55
First of all, I love this app. I’ve used this app for years and it never ceases to amaze. From the synths and drum sequencers to the samples, this app looks better than FL studio. However, some things can be added to make this app better. This can be: •pitch bend for piano •custom time signatures •more advanced and expanded chords •more notes at a time in a track •FX automation •if some of the Major M7 chords were fixed in the strings •more dry, grooving drum breaks •additional jazz samples This review may not get seen or might be bypassed, but these were just some feature requests, overall 5 stars across the board P.S. Ascension beat goes with everything
New packs please
by HS Story Jock on 2020/09/01 05:48
I absolutely love garage band it makes, music making easy and fun. I don’t have any complaints just a suggestion, I love I mean love the world section instruments, I use them the absolute most, but I would like more variety. Could you please please please add another pack title something like instruments around the world, which includes at least 3 different instruments, or even make multiple packs for more instruments. I just love this app and would love if I could use more diverse instruments form around the world besides the four or five that are available. Please please please consider my suggestion, thanks.
HeLp
by CowDog99 on 2020/09/01 03:08
So GarageBand was a wonderful and amazing app to make songs on-simple. It was just a plus sign and all my prior songs and all I had to do was tap that plus button and boom. I can start a new song. Today, I updated the app. I thought it would have bug fixes, maybe a new layout, O K. But I open the app(it says I have 19 notifications) and it says iCloud Drive and Browse and a BRIGHT white screen. It takes me like 5 taps to even GET to my original songs!!! I tried to take advantage of creating new folders and I created one for the songs in a album I’m making, but I have no idea how to get to those with all the weird tags and stuff. I even found old images from my camera roll in there. Like- why update a MUSIC APP for an iCloud Drive??? All I want was to have the original layout again but I tried looking it up how to get back to the older version on my iPhone (6S) and no results. I wish I could create a song without tapping 5 times. Please help, or it will stay 2 stars. :( Oh and B.T.W. I still don’t know what those 19 notifications are-
Cool app
by meadøw lakeaj on 2020/08/31 21:25
This app is so cool I have been using this app for 4 years and making music and it helps my skill because before I had this app I sucked at music and this app helped me
Pretty good
by EXOTIC BUTTERS 🤣 on 2020/08/31 19:42
It’s nice, I’m using it to make ringtones
Read before download
by Jaytown. on 2020/08/31 15:55
This is a great app for making music but if you are a serious person into music making don’t use this. But if are a beginner then get it. It is free and comes with a lot of features and can make your own beats.
Good App that needs Bug Fixes
by VBaker456 on 2020/08/31 15:17
I just started using GarageBand so that I could make new ringtones. The first two that I made were perfect. The next time I logged on however, I went to create another one and the recording was glitched. I couldn’t do anything. I tried restarting the app and that didn’t do anything. Eventually I just deleted it then reinstalled and guess what?Nothing! The screen was still completely glitched and I can’t fix it. This needs to be fixed right away.
:)
by BaneMalfoy on 2020/08/30 23:24
IF YOU LOVE ME LET ME GOOooOoOoOoo
Almost Perfect
by Rhsjshwhdyd on 2020/04/01 05:36
Allow me to start by saying that I’ve been using GarageBand for 3+ years and it is beyond comparison. Out of hundreds of apps on the App Store, it is by far the most user friendly I have ever been able to use. As somebody who was teaching themselves how to write music, the interface is almost always very helpful and easy to understand, even if you aren’t very knowledgeable of music in the classical sense. Although not everything about it is completely obvious, it is absolutely worth it to spend time playing around with and discovering new tricks and settings, that aid or streamline the music writing process. That being said, if there is anything about GarageBand that I don’t like, it is the sustain pedal glitch. It’s the only thing I would consider to be a flaw that truly compromises the effectiveness of the app. When adding/deleting/edited the lengths of sustains on music (particularly piano, as that is what I work with most often), I’ve frequently ran into a myriad of recurring issues; sometimes a sustain will still play even after it’s been deleted, or after shortening a sustain pedal it will still play at its original length. All in all, however much I dislike the issues with the usage of the sustain pedal feature, any grievance I have with that is dwarfed by my admiration of this app and my appreciation of the undoubtably talented people who put energy into making music so easy.
Almost perfect
by The child indoors on 2019/06/07 22:17
Ok so I’ve been using GarageBand seriously for 3 years. And I’ve enjoyed making beats on it. I truly have. I think it just needs a little bit of adjustment. One thing I request is to add in a saxophone sound. I’ve been trying to make a chill beat with a saxophone in it and I’m not gonna buy a saxophone for this one beat. Another thing is to have tuned drum kits. For example, in the FL studio you can use a hi-hat sound, but it on a piano roll, and make a cool effect where if you make a quick chromatic sequence, it has a cool ascending hi-hat sound. I have one last request. Auto-tune. Now you don’t have to, but it would be a cool little feature to have on GarageBand. Like say I were to record me singing one note, say middle C. I would like for that note to change into other notes. Like if I recorded myself singing the note C, and the word “office”, and both syllables were on beat, each syllable could be different notes, or to make it more complicated, divide the syllables by twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes and so on and so fourth. Ok that got complicated. I just wanted to get the specifics about a possible new auto-tune feature. But so far the app is great I just request those three things. Have a great day!
Apple PLEASE read!
by Some body you don't know. on 2020/04/14 08:47
Hello my name is Caleb. I’ve been using garage band for many years now and I’ve always loved it from the start however there is a problem that I’ve run into recently that I hope you can fix. It’s a strange problem actually but garage band still deserves 5 stars anyway. So when I started using garage band there wasn’t as much content as there is now, less then a third probably. I was easily inspired to make music and could make neat catchy tunes every other day but now it’s harder to do that because there’s SO MUCH content it’s overwhelming because besides the five main things (guitar, vocals, drums, strings, and piano) there so many sounds like synths, bass, leads and such that I never know where to begin and I lose all interest in my creation, but I think that if you put a “sample” button on each sound so that we can hear just a single note at middle C or -1C for bass that would instantly get rid of the problem. Most of the time I know what sound I want but I can’t find it and I have to select a sound, play my song, and see if it’s the right one which takes to long with there being hundreds of choices. There might be this sound sample feature already and I just don’t know how to use it but if not please consider adding it. It would help so much and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would thank you.
Issue recording vocals stops recording and doesn’t record anything you’ve recorded
by khanflikk on 2020/02/16 08:48
Anyone know how to solve this recording stopping no matter how I record anything thru physical mic on iPhone 6s it use to record just fine. I’m about to purchase an iMac Pro and midi keyboard. Over the years I’ve tried all the daws garage band I can actually have finished work. I absolutely love it! MacBook experience wasn’t the best but it was an MacBook from 09 iPad Pro super impressed! So I can’t wait till I get the iMac Pro! I’m holding an pretty chart rank currently 17th global and 14th national chart rank. Trying to maintain this momentum until the iMac. GarageBand you tha best well tie with logic minus the new samples and loop packs! Alltho I use external more I still love physically playing the instruments that’s super dope! I now know how to play piano/keyboard and never played before. Does anyone know how to fix this recording stopping? Space seems to be the issue as always. Haha so I’m sure it’s the space problem. I deleted the app and re downloaded it and permanently lost roughly 20-25 new projects. Keep the live instruments coming definitely pretty dope! Especially playing drums and keyboard definitely give GarageBand an overall 6+ stars if I could cut samples that would be nice. Much love GarageBand been with ya guys and only you for almost 5 years now. -Khanflik-d
I want to use wind instruments, but they’re not there!
by YourLittleSylveon on 2019/07/10 17:55
I’m a beginner music maker, and I’ve been playing in a school band for a lot of my life, so I grew up loving wind instruments like flute, trumpets, etc. but as of July 10, 2019, there doesn’t seem to be an option to get them. I searched for extensions to add to GarageBand so that I may use the more traditional instruments, but I couldn’t find anything. All I have is the computerized digital percussion, some strings I don’t know how to use (yet), and a piano which I’m unable to really use because on my phone screen, the accents and attacks on the instrument are very spontaneous and annoying. It’s a good app, don’t get me wrong, but no matter where I look, I can’t find any instruments I know what to do with in a composition (i.e. wind instruments). There also doesn’t seem to really be a good way of making music box music in it no matter how hard I try (I try using the Sweet Bells on the piano setting, but even after messing with the sound settings it still doesn’t feel right). The reason I point these things out is because I want to create more traditional or fantasy-based music. It would be nice to be able to create some ethereal music without struggling to find the instruments. Other than that, the app is wonderful and intuitive. I intend to keep using it, just so long as I have access to wind instruments and hopefully a music box-like instrument. Thank you for your time!
Needs to be solved
by AJ_money maker on 2019/01/21 12:30
So I have been using this app since the iPhone 5s. And I have a major complaint it is a major book for those who are using voiceover with GarageBand. It’s a book Apple needs to take care of. I am a voiceover user myself and I have been having this issue. Whenever you would like to add compression, change your EQ, add reverb, or echo, or any really cool affect like reversing the track, changing the speed so if you were trying to make those rap style high hats, or adding other great effects. Garage band will not let you, as soon as you close out of your mixer it erases all of the things you’ve done. Matter of fact it doesn’t even add DFX it’s like you never even added them. I have been dealing with this bug, since I started using this app I have never been able to successfully add any of those amazing plug-ins garage band will not even change the sound of your recording, as soon as you go and increase or decrease the amount of compression reverb or like I said any of the other affects, and you close out of the mixer and prepped play to hear your track it doesn’t add them, then you go back to your mixer and look at it and see they’re all back down to 0% Apple please please fix this issue, recordings with sound so much better when you can actually affect the sound. This bug has been going on long enough. On behalf of me and other voiceover users a like please fix this issue
Ok I have some problems.
by rektandreas on 2020/06/20 14:46
By: —————— So I think this app is pretty good but when it comes to making your own stuff there is a bad bad problem. I have no problem with creating stuff already made but today me and my mom wanted to create our own song on it and I used a lot of the loops. And then finally when I was about to hit record button, THE APP TOOK ME OUT OF IT AND I LOST ALL OF MY PROGRESS. (It crashed) It took me almost an hour just to get some of it done. And now all of the progress is gone and I really think that you need to fix that because if that’s gonna happen to every single time you make a new song by yourself that’s not created all ready, then you’re gonna have a lot of people saying the same thing. Maybe you can fix that bug in another update! Please do it because I am very mad at the game and I don’t want that to happen ever again. Overall i give it a three-star because the app allows you to still create songs that great so I gave you five stars for that but then I’m like im about I create my own song and then that happened so that’s why I took away 2 stars. But I still hope that you guys can make GarageBand way better than it is right now but I don’t mean that in a bad way because I already said that I like it I just don’t like it too much because it crashed. so please fix that because I don’t want this app to be on my bad app list for the rest of my life.
Complaints about GarageBand
by ElaijahS on 2018/08/12 14:17
I love this app as it’s one of the only things I use on my Phone but as a beginner music creator, I have some complaints about various things. First off, notes snapping to the grid when you want to record certain rhythms and beats. For example, if you want to make triplets or a shuffle beat, it changes it to a straight beat, and as a beginner, I don’t know the exact placing of a triplet and while I can create a shuffle beat by editing the track, it’s super discouraging to do so because there’s no real reason to have it as a forced option. Second thing, sounds like the Violin, French Horn, and Brass Section are terribly delayed to the full attack of the sound. So if you put a note on beat 1, the full attack of the sound is an eighth of a beat later, so in order to counter that, you have to move the track over, and move notes accordingly (if it’s in the very beginning of the song). I’m also upset that this app doesn’t have sounds like a Saxophone for jazz solos and whatever else or Marching Percussion instruments (Snare, Bass Drums, and Quads/Quints) to either create a matching piece or for a stylistic piece that uses Marching Percussion instruments as well as maybe some synths. Maybe this app isn’t amazing so you upgrade to Logic Pro on a Mac and maybe all of these problems have been solved there, but for 5$, this app is great. I would expect GarageBand to fix that first issue though.
Recording Sections Limit Usefulness
by zipperbug on 2020/08/28 18:46
I was told GarageBand is a great free Apple app that’s easy to use to start recording my podcast. Free, easy to use, Apple app, yes, but not that great for podcast recording. When I set out to try out the various features offered like adjustable line-in mic, monitor, and noise gate along with pitch controls and such I was very excited. The letdown came when I was ready for my first take. I wanted to make sure I could "spit my truth" for my full 15 minutes of fame. Now, I’m not a musician so I don’t think in terms of tempo, bars, sections, and time signatures. Unfortunately, GarageBand only allows 26 sections at 8 bars each, and adjusting tempo and time signature was no help at all. After ~4 minutes of recording I realized I had used almost 12 sections which gives me a maximum recording time of 10 minutes. Now I’m sure that’s phenomenal for musicians nailing down a riff, bridge, solo, chorus, or massive vocal track, and I’m not foolish enough to think that this app isn’t specifically designed for musicians. Yet, I still think there’s a slight loss of functionality, and opportunity to expand GarageBand’s reach by not allowing unlimited recording and the addition of a timer or stopwatch for those who are not adept at music’s timing system. Voice actors, storytellers, life coaches, podcasters, etc. could all benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the GarageBand app with a few simple tweaks.
808s
by AppleLover61761 on 2019/01/03 18:51
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my request, as it is much appreciated. I have been using iOS GarageBand for about one and a half years now, and I must say that I have grown quite fond of the software, as it is exemplary in terms of simplicity and practicality. I have been making little beats and loops for some time, and while the features implemented are expansive, I wish to expand my creations by perhaps publishing music in the near future. I have a passion for music and would love to look to new opportunities. There are a few features which I wish could be added to the software. NOTE: if there are ways to achieve the following without updates, please let me know. So first, the 808 sound is quite lackluster, primarily considering modern rap/hip hop. Some examples of the 808 sound I have been trying to create can be heard in Meek Mill’s “Going Bad,” produces by Wheezy, and Trevor Daniel’s “Wild,” as well as “Mess,” produced by the members of Internet Money. I only have access to the iOS version of GarageBand, as I don’t have any Mac products. So if there is any way that I can recreate this sound, or if there are plans to implement this sound into one of the alchemy synth bases please let me know. I think this software is perfect, it’s just this particular sound that I’m after. Please let me know of any further changes or plans. Thank you for your time!
Better than fl studio mobile
by Jack Talton on 2019/01/22 16:01
I can't stop giving this app props because this is honestly the greatest music producing app so far... I'm actually in love with GarageBand the fact that there's so much to it actually makes me hype every time I get on the app. First timers will use the loops to create there songs that can tailor to there style. You can also add your own loops with the keyboard selection and synths. Millions of sounds that you can expand your arsenal with and it doesn't stop there. You can even download your own samples to expand your sound selection. Like I can record a note from my grand piano and turn it into its own song. This app will never die out as long as there is more and more sounds added to it. The only suggestion I'd add to GarageBand if I could. Would be to add more sound FX and chants. The essential to making genres of music is something that makes them memorable and the sounds that you can add will show it. I love this app and I hope it continues to grow because this potential already exceeds that of computer software. I can't wait for the community to grow more and more so that people won't have to spend 200 dollars on something when they can simply download a FREE app!!!
Essential for songwriters
by killersongz on 2018/06/14 06:46
I have been writing songs for over 20 years through a simple 4-track and using a drum machine. When I first heard about GarageBand, I thought it was a music-related computer game. I even got an iPad which already has GB downloaded on it from the factory and never even opened it for a year. Finally, I was bored one day and thought I’d take a look at it. WOW! I couldn’t believe how robust and professional it was! Here I’m tinkering with a 4-track and drum machine from the 80s all this time while I had a pro-quality music studio to write and produce sleek sounding demos just waiting for me to discover it! I’ve recorded some 400+ songs in GB that sound so good, some people actually think I recorded with an actual band! The drum sounds are impeccable along with fantastic bass, piano and string instruments. They even added brass horns! I just wish they included a saxophone with the horn selection. My favorite feature is the edit feature for each virtual instrument, especially when it comes to the drums. I’m able to move snare hits, kick hits, hi hat patterns, etc. to make them sound much more natural, like a real drummer would play. GarageBand is easy to use. You’ll be recording masterpieces in no time!
I don't get it
by OkieWolf on 2019/02/02 00:25
GarageBand is good in some ways, not good in others, and completely ridiculous in others. It's good about keeping everything in sync, easy to create tracks, easy to mix down, and simple to use. But some things in GarageBand makes you scratch your head as to what they were thinking. One of the biggest ridiculous things I've found is dealing with segmented tracks. In song creation it's often necessary to create segmented tracks....add a part here....then another part further down the timeline within the same track. It's also beneficial to then be able to merge some of the segments into one so that you're only dealing with one item rather than several. 6his can be done easily with drum tracks (colored yellow) and touch instruments (colored green). However, recorded tracks such as vocals or plugged instruments or anything recorded (colored blue) CANNOT merge segments together. Why? I have no idea and neither does Apple support. There's no logical reason why you can't do this for recorded tracks. All tracks are waveforms. A waveform is a waveform. It doesn't matter how GarageBand categorizes it. It's still just a waveform. Drum loops are waveforms and segments can be merged. Touch instruments are waveforms and segments can be merged. Recorded tracks are waveforms but CANNOT be merged. Completely ridiculous.
Confused
by MexiRocker on 2020/07/31 06:08
I was hesitant in rating this app just yet, but I chose to give it only 3 stars due to the fact that I did notice this same problem on my old old iPad. So I recently purchased the iPad Pro 12.9, and from the start I was eager to play around with the app, thinking that I’d get a more pleasant experience with the new upgrade, my new iPad. But I was very disappointed. The problem I’m having, is how the sounds on the drum sets are not being consistent, in that the volume sways from low to high when hitting the snare drum for example, even though I’m playing an upbeat 60’s Rock style rhythm. Also, being a huge 60’s Rock, Indie and Punk Rock fan, I enjoy doing a lot of noisy-Rocky tough sounds, so continuously hitting the cymbals is a true disappointment. The end result in a recording is the on and off muting of the cymbals caused by the bass drum, making the drum recording sound almost like Dubstep, instead of say, the drumming on “You Really Got Me’’ by the Kinks. I’m still confused. Could it be an actual problem with my iPad, how can that be if it’s new? I guess I’ll have to get with their online tech support. If it is my iPad, I will come back and leave a new review and rating once I get to the bottom of this issue. I will say though, the clean guitar sounds amazing, I’ll give y’all that.
It used to be super good...
by elijio7521 on 2019/10/25 19:54
GarageBand used to be awesome, it was my first music program and I loved it. Even when it first started out and it didn’t have as many features as it does now. However, over the updates and all, it’s performance has definitely dropped. It’s very laggy, it’s extremely buggy, I’ve had multiple files disappear (luckily iCloud saved me from that), and almost every single time the sustain doesn’t work properly. I record with sustain on and it plays with it off no matter how many times I keep putting the sustain on and it’s very annoying. When I tap on a key lightly it’ll play extremely loud but when I play it actually with force, it’s quiet and it happens multiple times. It’s made making music extremely frustrating and I stopped using this app. The MacBook version is much better but isn’t as portable and a lot of the keyboard sounds are nowhere to be found and it feels different and I don’t use it as often. Not only does the app itself feel laggy, but when using AIRPODS, APPLES OWN PRODUCT, it doesn’t even play correctly and there’s a huge delay when playing notes. Auxy and other music apps don’t have this problem when I use AIRPODS, so why is GarageBand BY APPLE having this sound delay when other non apple products are? It used to be 5 stars but I’m giving it 2 stars.
Headed in the right direction
by Seth Draven on 2018/12/06 23:35
I love what Apple’s done with GarageBand and GarageBand iOS over the past few years, and I’m glad that now you can import and playback MIDI files on GarageBand iOS. HOWEVER, I’m still waiting for Apple to allow the EXPORT of MIDI files FROM GarageBand Mac & iOS. That would be a feature I could use that would round out the app as a near-“proper” DAW. That aside, I love the Alchemy presets and all the ways you can tweak them to create your own unique patches, plus the great user interface which makes it easy to use for both people new to making/recording music and longtime producers/DAW users. I’d also like to throw in though, that while I don’t generally use them myself, as well-crafted as the (post-2016) built-in and downloadable loops are, they’re pretty much only for EDM and dubstep music, maybe occasionally scratching the surface of pop-trap beats and glitch-hop. I’d personally like to see more loops that lend themselves to old-school hip hop or something. P.S. — This is all coming from someone who has used multiple DAWs (GB being a constant usually) separately and together, for many different styles/genres of music, electronic and otherwise. 🙂
Idea that would help a lot (devs please read)
by Brivn gvbriel on 2018/08/13 22:51
So I’ve been using garage band for about 4 years now and it’s become sophisticated enough to make studio quality sounds but I have one request and that is to somehow implement a way to compact or stretch audio files that have been imported or even recorded to slow down or speed up tempo of that file separately from the tempo of the song, even an option for raising or lowering pitch separately at the same time as making it faster or slower, just so I can perfectly match a sample and edit pitch without changing the tempo or so I don’t have to use third party apps and import two separate files one being faster or slower. It would help a lot and it would make sampling much more easier. Another idea I have is somehow give us the option to edit the FX because when I make music I want to be able to edit out my mistakes instead of re-recording over and over again. This would all help so much for amateur producers like myself and I hope you read and I hope you agree and I hope you make this already great app better.
NO 2/4 Time template/background
by AnonymsFan on 2017/11/02 12:21
It is absolutely amazing and astonishing that Apple provides as default time signature rhythm templates NO 2/2 or 2/4 patterns but only a 4/4 template. SERIOUSLY Apple??? Lemme guess re this UX design flaw: the designers are under 30 and listen only to 21st century white rock/pop stuff. This is where either having a UX person with some maturity can be helpful or at least a person with perhaps some actual music education - someone who not only has listened to but has studied the roots of American music much of which is based in 2/2 and 2/4 time signatures. Another way of saying this is that most of the folk songs and music every kid in America has grown up with not to mention the base of most popular music especially blues is based on a 2/2 or 2/4 time signature. Your little hot coders may have figured that mathematically a 4/4 signature can be adapted. FYI: Nope. And that’s why dearest Apple you have GOT TO RETURN TO USING PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE ARTS BACKGROUND as well as the coding chops... or just at least hire UX people over 12 years old. This is such a huge missing basic that I am using it as an example to students in the UX unit of my design and development program. FIX IN NEXT REV PLEASE!!! You have been told about this multiple times. It needs to be moved WAY up on the fix list.
I love the App, but there’s room for improvement
by AngelaPaulson on 2018/04/19 03:37
As a blind musician, I want to say, this is by far the best app I’ve tried, and the most accessible. It’s very screen reader friendly, and works very well with apple’s built in screen reader, voiceover. However, there is something that I really think would make the experience better. When I customize the chords, for example, if I want a major 7th chord, when auto play is turned off, it plays the chord just fine, and it sounds exactly like a major 7th chord. When auto play is turned on, however, it only plays a major chord. It does not play the notes to make the major 7th chord. I’ve also noticed this in minor 7th chords. It will just play a regular minor chord in auto play. And it also doesn’t play 9th chords. Pretty much the custom chords have no auto plays that play the notes of the custom chord. Auto play only plays the basic major and minor chords respectively. I would really like to see an update that auto play will make the changes to custom chords. Other than that, very good, and I enjoy using it.
Some Suggestions?
by —• B •— on 2017/10/14 19:26
Hello! I’ve been a fan of GarageBand for a long time now- back before the Alchemy Synth and the orchestral instruments were added. It’s been great making music, whether it’s covers of songs or my own creations, but I do have a few things to suggest. Key changes and tempo changes. When you’re working on a song, there are times when you realize, “Dang. This needs a cool change!” Here’s what I’m thinking: When you duplicate/add parts or edit them, there’s a switch for key/tempo changes. When you turn them on, the app will ask what key you want to change it to, or the tempo screen will pop up and say, “What tempo will your song be?” or something. 😂 Ukulele. Please. People may‘ve been asking for this already, but please, please add this in! It’s a cute sounding instrument and for those of us who don’t own one but want to use one in our music, who better to ask than the GarageBand team? Otherwise, it’s a great app, and I love using it. I haven’t experienced any bugs so far, and I’m happy I haven’t! Keep doing what you’re doing, guys! ❤️ Peace out! ✌🏻
Love it! But I have a huge problem.
by Lsahjspjsohauvibojd on 2019/04/10 04:23
I love the app but I have a problem. I’m making a pretty long medley. Roughly 350 measures in total. It’s been playing back and working well. Every so often, it says “Optimizing performance…” which is pretty normal, although it takes a while. Anyway, it just happened, I waited, and somewhere in the middle I got a “storage almost full” alert. I let it finish optimizing, and then I went into settings and cleared roughly 8GB of data. I go back into GarageBand, and my audio wasn’t working. So I closed it and re-entered. It was working again, but cutting out at some parts. So I closed it again and reset my phone and tried again. After a few tries, I discovered that it now works all the way until about measure 219 or so, and then the audio cuts off. But it doesn’t cut off all together. Certain instruments go about one beat before the others. What is that all about? I would be really upset if I really just lost 100 measures of audio. Please respond to this or update or help me somehow. I’m really worried.
It is SO detailed
by Sarge23060 on 2018/08/27 12:45
So, all of the worse reviews are 100% because the users didn’t try hard enough or put in enough time on this app, because I’m not saying it easy for a beginner to use all of the complex features on this app. People who complained that they got discouraged when they couldn’t figure out the app, just keep trying, because there is honestly NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO with this amazing app. One motive for this review is that I felt bad for GarageBand getting beat down by all the bad reviews of people saying that it was bad because it was too hard or they just hadn’t figured it out yet. (no offense to those people) GarageBand is truly one of if not the best mobile music maker apps out there, you just have to put in the actual time and effort to unlock a world of musical possibilities. My only problem, and this started happening very very recently, is that now my device crashes whenever I try to open it up, but its no big deal because I’m sure that it’s just a problem with my device, and if not, it will be fixed soon. 😄😄
NEEDS SERIOUS BUG FIXES
by Hohokitten on 2018/04/29 08:00
Okay the program works great, but once you add some FX, get ready for rage quit. The program will take at least four bars to get in time and in Tune for some weird reason and it’s quite annoying when you can’t get an idea out because the program is having ridiculous issues. On top of that, there has been multiple times where the program won’t even launch, and when it does all of my data isn’t there. It seems to be a serious hassle when your data isn’t there and you got to reset your iPad and reload the program 100 times before you can even enjoy yourself. I have even downloaded this programs most recent update along with my software update and these problems are still here. As far as I am concerned you people are lucky this program is cheap and is easy to work with when the issues are not present. As of right now, I wouldn’t even give this program a star for the problems that come along with it. And when the problems are fixed, I’d give it six.
Awesome app!
by DesertEagle252 on 2017/11/08 03:27
GarageBand has become my best friend. I have been using it for about a year and a half now and have made over 100 songs on it. It is perfect for anyone who has a curiosity about making music. It is so easy to pick up and start using, and the learning curve is nice and progressive. To this day, I’m still learning new things about it! Such a little app contains so much power to create music of one’s own; it is truly second to none. The only reason it didn’t get its fourth star is because of bugs I’ve had to work around and one bad one that prompted this review. I recently had a bug pop up that would crash the app before it even opened. I couldn’t use it at all. I had to delete and reinstall the app and when I did, all of my songs were lost, even though they were saved in iCloud. There have also been other bugs that I had to work around in the past (most of which got fixed in the recent update), including reverse recordings not working and the recordings sounding way different than the loops they were recorded from. I do recommend this app to anyone wishing to start up in music, but beware of the bugs.
Minor Problems
by P3t3r129 on 2019/12/08 08:12
Although it’s a really great app for beginners, there are some really weird problems. Sometimes, when you play the song the audio just went crazy and play this really piercing, loud noise and if you’re turning the volume up for whatever reasons (for example, mixing with headroom), it’s just...CRAZY LOUD. You’ll also have to add features like, curve automations, automations for the FX, more frequently-used samples, automations for multiple knobs on a preset, more slots for plugins. Another problem is when you’re playing chords, sometimes one or two of the notes just mute itself and it sounds incomplete and really thin, there must be some technical issues because I’m sure I didn’t mute the note myself somehow and it’s supposed to play all of the notes at once. I also hate that the FX is applying to all of the instruments, rather than having an FX tab for each of them. And please add a sidechain plugin, it’s such a prominent, important effect in any popular songs recently, and editing automations is tiring.
Surprisingly great
by elliot.harper.90 on 2018/04/08 18:17
GarageBand is one of those music softwares that gets backlash because it’s “not professional” or because it’s “on a phone”. However, a quick look at all the new effects and instruments Apple has added to the newest version of the iOS GarageBand will nullify those criticisms. I have used GarageBand on my iPad and phone for three years now, and I have produced very good sounding music with it. Its pre-made synths are easy to play with and manipulate to the producer’s liking. If you are not content with your technical skills or musical connaissance, then Apple offers hundreds of loops, from beautiful synth chord progressions to distorted rock drum kits, that you can chop up and use in your songs. It is hard to see any flaw with the newest GarageBand. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in dipping their toes into production. And if music-making isn’t your goal for your future career, the app is still loads of fun and a good way to unload creativity and boost your imagination. Strong 5/5 for this app!
Amazing App
by Lojavvvv on 2020/04/07 06:54
I paid $100 for another DAW on my computer and have been using it for years, then I download GarageBand on my phone and find that I can do more on this app than I can on my expensive PC-operated DAW. Granted, if I understood the technical side of the production process better I'm sure I could get more out of the other DAW, but I don't have the time it takes to learn it, and Garage Band is very intuitive in comparison. So while it might be less powerful overall compared to FL Studio or Ableton, etc; in the hands of an average user like myself, GarageBand ends up being more powerful simply because it's easy to use. I think Apple knows that if they offer a high-quality, powerful and intuitive audio workspace for free that it gives people a reason to buy their products. So if you already have an iPhone or Mac, might as well take advantage of that access. It's crazy what you can do on the iOS app. I never would have thought I could work entirely from my phone and produce quality music.
You can take this app more serious.
by JayOTO on 2017/11/08 08:05
Apple has really stepped up the mobile DAW scene with this update. There's NO mobile software out there that's better than GarageBand right now. I don't use much samples in my work so the added mixing features helps me customize and bring out my sounds even better now and I can finally practice touching knobs before I buy a Macbook and really start working on tracks at a more professional level. I started using GarageBand a year ago and it just gets better and better. *UPDATE* So I'm 2 years into using this app and I really learned a lot. You can make underground level tracks using the app alone it has a ton of features and if you know what your doing you can create really cool sounds. I have the alchemy synths (via iPhone 6) and they sound great so far. The electric drum kits need a new update like the keyboards did they sound a bit outdated at times with the new sounds. I think an updated 808 trap kit would be good and a few more basses other than all the dubstep ones. A couple of amps for guitar/bass would also be pretty cool! A few extra mixing effects wouldn't be a bad thing either I really learned a lot with that new feature and it's really key for beat makers to become real producers. Also if you really read these reviews apple you should add to the mastering options a bit as well. Just a few more options to help introduce beginners to the world of engineering more. Great app though keep up the great work we appreciate it!
I have a problem
by catgamer🐱 on 2020/01/13 00:11
This is a great app, and I use it almost every day. But I have some kind of glitch with my loops. In the past, when I used garage band, full on side chained pad was my favorite loop. On this new device, I forgot the name, but I found it listening to the dubstep thing in live loops. (Is that even what it’s called?) It was different, though. I saw the name and favorited it. But it had a different pitch, tune, and tempo, and caused all the other loops to have this problem as well. No matter how much I try to reset settings, it does not do anything. When I looked in the house live loop set, it reset the tempo (idk if it is exact,) but not the pitch. It changed the tune again. I liked the way they sounded before they were changed. If this is a fixable problem, please fix it, and if I need to fix it, please tell me how. If it isn’t fixable, it’s alright, I love the loops anyway. Please at least respond or look into the problem if possible. Other than that, it’s a great app.
So Close, And Yet So Far (For Professionals, Anyway)
by legittristan on 2018/04/15 05:01
GarageBand is awesome, especially for a free app. However, it’s missing a couple critical components: First, it NEEDS FULL MIDI CONTROL. All buttons and parameters need to be MIDI mapable. The iPad is such a great tool for live performance (way more potential possibility than a laptop), but until Apple makes GarageBand a little more hardware-friendly, the laptop will continue to win. Second, the looper is dope but again needs to be MIDI controllable (so you could record and play loops with a MIDI foot pedal for example), have easier access to mute and solo functions per track, and the ability to optionally have audio effects tails continue after a loop or track is muted. Also, a MIDI clock visualizer so you can easily tell what beat you’re on before the first loop starts would be extremely helpful for those who don’t want the audience hearing a metronome click. More loop/pad playback options would be great too. There’s more to be done, but these are a couple key places that need improvement.
Love it. I have a few critiques
by evilmonkeyinchrisescloset on 2017/11/24 21:46
I’ve been using GarageBand for about seven years and I love it. The biggest problem right now is that with the new iOS update GarageBand force closes immediately every time. I’ve tried turning off iCloud for it in settings like Apple suggested to no avail. Other than that some things that I would love to see (and others from what I’ve read in the reviews) include: 1. Allowing key and tempo changes in the song. When you click a section one of the options could next to “join, delete, split ex.” Could be key change and tempo change. 2. More user friendly ways to mix and master songs. It CAN be done with the current version, however it does require a plethora of steps to accomplish. Instead of controlling the EQ for each track as a whole at least let us control each section of a track. That would be incredibly helpful. 3. The map for each note being played is INCREDIBLE, I would like to see the same map for vocals in order to fix slightly off pitch vocals without the Auto-Tune sound. 4. More types of guitars and a more realistic sounding acoustic guitar. Overall I love the huge strides that the developers of this app have made over the years from the ever growing sample library for beginners to being able to legitimately write your music in the note grid. I would love to see these in a future update, as well as getting the crashing issue resolved so we can continue using our favorite music production app.
iOS 11 Bug makes GarageBand TAP OUT -R.I.P
by Asterplax on 2017/10/10 08:19
Anyone with iOS 11 will NOT be able to use this app until they fix this bullpiss. Absolutely frustrating to say the least. Such a great app, or so I thought because to have not anybody around to protect such an investment must mean it’s not only a low priority concern, it means they have almost no concern for low priority apps. Updates come just like iOS 11 and apps constantly must adjust ect. But for THE company itself to have produced the error without any follow up or even remark of it is just lame. I mean at the end of the day they have the 5$ it seems at this point, I may as well have just thrown away. What is it that that is worth between the clergy and customer if there isn’t that follow up of assurance? Of Insurance! How one day even big companies like apple will rue the day of -Just- when even as far up as they’ve gone can only mean the longer the fall back down to earth back to reality to a day when they may face people at the bottom. We are waiting. Please just fix the app <\3 (1 Star until the app is something anyone on iOS 11 may actually use again.. would give it 0 until so if I could. Other then that it’s an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G app.. or WAS.)
GarageBand For iOS Is Awesome! However, A Few Features Need To Be Added.
by Calebo 85 on 2020/06/19 00:49
I’ve been using GarageBand for iOS to produce my songs for a while, and it’s been absolutely perfect for my needs and workflow. The Alchemy Synth is amazing, and I love how you can customize the presets to your liking. I like the stock piano. While not the best piano out there, it is certainly great for those people who cannot afford a more expensive third party piano plugin. I am constantly amazed by how professional sounding you can get your mix to be even though it is a free, mobile app. I’ve had people say that my songs produced with GarageBand for iOS sound professional, and I love that I can make that kind of song using this amazing, free tool. However, despite how I love this app, there are a few features which I wish were added. For example, automation of effects would be great to have. Despite this, I can still use GarageBand, as it is b amazing tool. Props to Apple, you really did it good, as you guys always do!
Great app but some suggestions
by Murf Music on 2017/08/30 20:50
The app is great, and I can use it to write songs with a wide variety of instruments. There are some thing I think could be improved. When working on songs that are longer or more complex, the song "optimizes performance" which can take quite a long time, and happens often on some songs. I also think that the drum sounds could be better, and mote cymbals and drums would be nice. It would also be good if there was a disk scratching instrument, separate from the one in FX, where you could actually have rhythms and control the volume of the turntables. I think that a better metal guitar tone would also be good to have, and notes on that guitar could go lower than they can now. And as always I would like to see more sounds in the keyboards (like a harpsichord) and all of the other instruments, as well as possibly some more instruments. Overall good app but I think these things should be added.
Awesome functionality - want more capability
by Joelfarris on 2019/04/26 20:40
This app is a great pocket version of GarageBand for Mac, and I especially love how what you create on here can interface with LogicPro X. My major complaint with this app is that I can’t adjust volume of individual tracks within the context of the track. All you can do is set the volume for the entire track. If I could fade or isolate individual portions of the track, I would have so much more capability! I use this app most often to import and cut music for show numbers, and the ability to cross fade tracks would be huge. Also, it would be super great if the time of the track could be seen as well as the measure numbers. Difficult to know how long a section is! Lastly, could we please make it so that I can share songs DIRECTLY into iTunes right on my phone or iPad instead of putting them in “File Sharing”..? This means you have to plug you phone into your computer and drop it into iTunes from there. I’d love for the entire capability to be onboard. Please make these adjustment and I’d be happy to give this app 5 stars!
Good app, needs changes.
by gabi marieeee on 2017/12/30 18:15
I downloaded GarageBand on my laptop and my phone. On my laptop, it took about an hour to download (not including the very long amount of time it took to "download all essential sounds"). On my phone, it took about a half an hour to download. On top of this, it freezes almost every time I use the app. I will be very close to being done with a song, and the app will freeze (not crash). I then have no other choice but to close out the app, and when I open it back up, my progress will be gone. I have seen multiple people's reviews and almost half of them say that the same thing is happening to them. This proves that it is not just my phone, it os the app. Another suggestion from me would be to add key changes and tempo changes. This is definitely possible and I think it could make this app much better. Other than that, this music-making program is highly suggested from me and it works very well. There is just a little bit more work that should've gone into it during the iOS 11 process. 3/5 stars
Almost top notch! But it’s got some little issues..
by The new login problem on 2018/03/08 01:03
This app is one of the only ways for me to make music currently, but man is it successful! I’ve written and made some great songs on it, so it functions really well! BUT it is missing some great instruments. The one that I think many would want the most (definitely me) is the Accordion. They are also missing things like Bag pipes, Organ (ones from steeples not from old 70’s pianos), Harmonica, some brass instruments like the Saxophone, and some other ones. But they do have a lot of instruments so I’m not pressuring it. The one thing that takes a star away is the drums. MAN I DESPISE THE DRUM SETTINGS. None of my songs have a good beat due to one thing. When I’m recording for drums and I make a mistake, it plays the last attempt with my new one! So I have to work around deleting mistakes every time! Please stop that drum thing! But other then that, this app is finely tuned, pun intended, And can make great songs! Get garage band, worth the time and effort!
🥇🏆🏅🎖 wonderful app!
by Pat riot 1 on 2018/10/15 17:34
Thank you GarageBand developers! It makes zero sense that your app is rating at four stars. This must be people with low music backgrounds that have brought that number down. Is it a perfect app? Absolutely not but this is the best music creation app I’ve seen for iOS and it absolutely deserves five stars. I have one request other than the optimizing that happens if your performance gets a little heavy, long or if you use external instruments- I wish that this could happen less or faster but I also realize that this probably happens due to various limitations ie; phones are not necessary meant for such an app and audio and sequencing is a processor heavy job. But my request is devs- Can you add an ok prompt after pressing the undo button? Sometimes I delete accidentally and it can be an issue as the button may be pressed when doing other things unrelated. Thanks again for making GB great !
Ech.
by ZZZZZZZZEEDEDEDE on 2017/11/15 04:42
You know that feeling you get when you’ve worked on something really hard, and then someone comes over and just ruins it so you have to do it over again? That’s what it’s like using garage band most of the time. I’ll be minding my own business, when out of the blue the app freezes. Not crashes, but freezes. So I have to exit out of the app, go back, and what do you know? All the progress I had been working on my song has vanished! Guess I have to go back and take another 2 hours to remake that song! And this doesn’t happen because my phone has problems (it’s an iPhone seven, it’s never had problems), it’s because the app is just unfinished. It’s hard to use kits in your songs because they’re off-tempo with loops and you can’t change that. And you can’t put two loops from different genres together because again, the tempo is out of place and you can’t fix it. This app is nice and dandy and I REALLY like it at times, but this constant annoyance this app continually brings up is near impossible to tolerate.
Great App And Perfect For Music Making
by GoldenBirdPlays_YT on 2020/06/15 16:23
Hello, GarageBand Is A Very Good App. With very great music loops and virtual music instruments. They make creating music very easy on here that other bad music softwares like, FL Studio, esc. The Great Thing about GarageBand is it’s free and FL Studio isn’t if vice viscera I will be writing a review for fl studio right now. When I Just wake up and see a app that stands out of all the other apps that is GarageBand. Nothings wrong about it since it’s one of Apple’s greatest apps. At first glance I thought this app was trash but I downloaded it and I got from 1 star to 100 stars! Everyone who uses a apple device should download this. No matter what version you’re using, it’s still the best app. I downloading this right now while I’m typing this. When there is apps also take up so much storage I know it’s gonna be worth it. This is only MY opinion. Other people could not like it. But this app is good in many ways.
Ideas for iPadOS update
by SynthJockey748 on 2019/06/16 17:21
I have noticed that when there is a major update for iOS, GarageBand for iOS is updated as well. Before iPadOS comes out, I do have a few ideas that may be helpful (and I really support) for any major update to GarageBand. A. Please add to the Chillwave loop pack. I love the loops that you guys have there, though there are too little. Also consider adding some bass loops as well. And, of course, new drum kits (preferably electronic) and synthesizers. B. I really do suggest expanding your selection of wind instruments. It would be great if you guys added trombones, tubas, bass clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, etc., because they are just as important as French horn and flute and whatnot. C. Lastly, please make the interface more user-friendly. I can hardly double-tap a loop or instrument to get access to its settings without it taking me to the recording screen. The knobs are also very difficult to adjust. Thanks for your support, the app is wonderful for splicing loops and stuff but I do believe that these suggestions I put out are quite important.
Amazing! One big suggestion.
by 2Beast4UGamingYT on 2018/11/16 13:11
Favorite music production app by far, especially the fact that it’s free. I love the Alchemy Synth because before that, there were few presets. The interface is easy. It’s looks nice, and most importantly it sounds great. I remember being so excited because I learned that you can automate the volume in tracks, and I use it all the time and for side chaining. I do however want there to be automation for different effects. Like cutoff, pitch, delay, etc. it would be the greatest thing ever. I think how it would work is you add an effect from the “Plug-ins and EQ” tab. Then there would be a button somewhere on that effect that says “create automation clip” or something. It would be AMAZING if you added this and I think that I would be fully satisfied with GarageBand. I’ve been producing for 2 years (since I was 12) and I have expanded my knowledge of music production. Thanks again for the best mobile DAW!
Solid app but has some odd kinks
by Monkey lord ):( on 2019/10/08 03:50
I love this app. It’s amazing what you can make on mobile thanks to GB, but there are flaws. Most of these are little bugs. Occasionally the app has crashed on my phone and lost my progress on a song, I’m usually able to regain what I lost but it’s insanely annoying. It would be solved if there was an automatic save button somewhere on the app, rather then relying on automatic saves that can be disturbed. Alongside that the recent updates with the dark mode and stuff is cool, but I hate this redo bar that has randomly appeared. All of a sudden this white bar appears when I’m doing stuff on the keys, with options to redo errors and stuff. This shouldn’t be an issue but it kind of blocks the top of the screen, and is just a hassle due to it’s overdone sensitivity. Other then that it’s a great app with a huge selection of sounds, sampling from the loop library is really enjoyable. I love the additional instruments ranging from guitar to drum machine.
The only good app for music production
by ummmhello on 2019/08/02 03:41
this is straight up the best option for anyone wanting to get into music production. each consecutive update keeps bringing more and more: effects like compression and eq, usable amp and pedal simulation, and the whole Alchemy library. if you have an iPhone and want to make music, you have no excuse not to start learning or at least start playing around with samples and loops. One of my favorite things about Logic Pro is it’s large library of proprietary VST’s, samples, and loops. This extends this app as well, making Garageband a great writing tool along with simple production software. there’s so many virtual instruments for beginners to play with, from orchestral instruments and band instruments, to a multitude of synths and electronic drums. of course there’s always room for improvement, but this is the absolute best app for anyone starting out in music production, and even a viable writing tool for songwriters and producers who aren’t beginners to demo their tracks.
A few things you could add
by stysjejvsiejdbdjcowlqpap on 2019/01/25 03:54
Ok so this is like the greatest music making app and it’s free, as well as the sound packs. Groovebox and noise are also apps I tried and they also have sound packs, a few are free but the rest cost money so I LOVE that all the packs on GarageBand are free. I do also have a few suggestions to add to the app though 1. Alternate tunings for guitar and bass. I think that the presets are fine for guitar and bass but I think that there should be alternate tunings, like drop D, drop C, and standard E flat, as well as standard D tuning. For the last two tunings you can use a vocal transformer to shift it down 1 or 2 semitones but it would be a lot easier to just switch between tunings 2. A woodwind touch instrument Ok so I don’t know what this would look like but I think we need this touch instrument. Maybe instruments like what we have in the keyboard, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and oboe, but we could also add instruments like recorder, Irish whistle, and Dizi. 3. Brass touch instrument So like woodwind we need the instrument in the keyboard, like the French horn, but we only have the, “Brass ensemble” I want touch instruments like, tuba, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, and euphonium. It would kinda look like the strings touch instrument where you can choose what instruments are playing. Well that’s all I can think of for now but if you could add those in, it would make my week!!
The tyranny of sections
by Stephen. on 2019/01/20 22:39
This is an outstanding app, don’t get me wrong. It’s loaded with great sounds, simple to use, and makes capturing inspiration easy. I’ve really enjoyed messing with it. My one complaint though, and for me it’s a big one, is that you pretty much have to use their concept of sections. This makes some sense, but I’ve found it very limiting. It makes it more difficult to move from one section of a song to the next while recording, because really you should stop and make another section for that. You could go back and do it later, but it’s a pain. And what if you want to throw a bar of only 3 beats in there, or something like that? You can’t really, because you’re beholden to the song’s time signature, enforced through sections. The solution seems pretty simple, and it looks like it actually used to be in the app - time-based, rather than measure-based, recording. Similar to what GarageBand for the Mac has. That gives you the freedom to play with the structure, length, tempo, whatever, however you want. Sure you give up some stuff, but I feel like that’s a common enough use case to warrant inclusion in the app, just like in the Mac version. Until then, I find it too limiting for actual composition, and more suited to sketching ideas and making loops. TL;DR - bring back time-based recording. Don’t force us to use sections. And keep up the great work! It’s an outstanding app in many ways.
Amazing, but also limiting!
by jwhite-71 on 2019/11/21 04:39
I absolutely love this program! In comparison to others I have used, as a professional musician having used many, this one is simple to use, easy to understand, and allows even the novice to start creating immediately. The downside, however, would be that the sampled instruments are limiting, which most are. Unfortunately everything you create sounds like a similar, re-hashed version of what anyone else has created. Therefore, lacking originality though it may sound like a masterpiece. Finally, a suggestion to make this program amazing would be to allow the ability of importing unlimited sampled instruments, VST effects, and plugins if not already able to do so. In the meantime, though both a positive and negative benefit, it’s a blast of fun, creativity, and well worth the download even for a novice to enjoy the simplicity it allows in creating music that can make anyone sound like a musical genius.
Amazing
by SkylarkFlight on 2019/03/08 23:50
I wanted a good music-making app like this for ages! I’m a violin player, and it makes me so happy that the orchestral sounds here are decent. I also love the virtual string instruments, they are very creative and are things I have never seen before. However, it could be improved by adding guidelines on each string (like lines telling me where to tap for a G on the D string and all that. Just the basic notes that a beginner would learn, no naturals, no flats). And it bugs me how the full dynamic of the sound comes a tiny bit later than when I actually tapped. This is a big problem, because it’s MUSIC we’re all making here... please fix this. This app, like all others, was kind of hard to get a grasp of. I mean, when I want to use instruments I do not know how to play, I might use the piano version, but the thing is... I don’t play the piano. This is no big deal though.
Would be a 5 star on performance but...
by Robbin BanxX on 2019/01/03 10:19
Everything on here is very good and clean,, I’m giving you guys only 3 stars because I’ve had this app and been using it a lot more then most people do and in the past year and a half you guys have not loaded any new samples/loops/fx during this whole time!!! Literally,,, I saw you guys load those new guitar sounds and drummer sounds consisting of like 20 new loops total,, not even enough for 1 whole new mixpack,,, it’s very disappointing to myself and many of my friends that you guys haven’t added anything else after u made the app,,, it’s been almost 2 years and nobody wants to re-use and recycle the same 6 or 7 mix packs again and again , (come on now it’s time for some new loops/ /samples/ kits to be put on GarageBand! The ones preloaded with the app are all great in quality and sound very nice,, but it’s time you guys gave us some new material to work with nobody likes the same song on repeat for two years straight.. Thank you for listening Sincerely,
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