The music creation software that’s been available on Mac OS X and the iPad has now arrived on the smaller displays of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app lets you play instruments like the piano, drums, guitar and bass. You can also plug in a real guitar or microphone directly into the device and record your own stuff.
Version 1.1 has arrived, which brings support for the previously mentioned smaller screens, as well as custom chords for the “Smart Instruments.” More features are listed below.
- Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
- Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
- Reset song key without transposing original recordings
- Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
- Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
- New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
- Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
- Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
- Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options
It’ll be interesting to see how many small iDevice owners enjoy using GarageBand on the 3.5-inch display. Like many other feature-packed iPhone apps, it can sometimes be difficult to get used to doing complex tasks on a really small screen.
The GarageBand app is $4.99 for all iPad, iPhone (3GS and above) and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen) users. Current owners of the iPad app obviously get the 1.1 update for free.