GarageBand

GarageBand

Make sweet music with the ultimate home recording studio

When Apple announced GarageBand Steve Jobs said they liked to develop apps to give other developers a bar to reach for.

Admittedly we baulked at this seemingly arrogant turn of phrase given some of the cool stuff off on the App Store. That was until we downloaded the app for ourselves and came to the conclusion that it is probably one of the best apps ever made.

For those who’ve not used the Mac version, GarageBand is a basic music-making app that harbours extremely advanced features in a simplistic, easy-to-use interface.

This app offers the ability to record and arrange music tracks using very simple tools that can achieve what seems like impossible quality. Trigger fingerpicking patterns from popular chord patterns, host a jam session with your friends and even upload the results directly to social networks or your Soundcloud.

You don’t need to be a musician, you don’t even really need a musical ear. You just need to be inquisitive. Playing instruments is as simple as jabbing fingers at your iPad but actually arranging tunes takes a small learning curve. Make use of the Smart Instruments function to really fool people into thinking you’re a pro.

With up to 32 tracks supported on iDevices with the A7 chip (16 prior to that), the possibilities for music creation are seemingly endless.  Now with the opportunity to try out GarageBand before fully committing to buy, it really is the ultimate musical showcase.

Rated 5 out of 5

Easy to use, instantly satisfying and undoubtedly one of the slickest apps ever created.

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  • TITLE=MAGICAL “MAKE ME MUSIC” APP FROM FEEFIFOFUN.COM!!;RATING=5;Stylishly rendered Garage Band for beginners that lets kids express their inner Mozart or Madonna while learning about rhythm and melody in a bright, beautiful sound garden. Make Me Music, is a loud, raucous cacophony of ringing, honking, strumming and banging instruments brought to life by legendary Beatles´ artist Alan Aldridge and the creative folks at FeeFiFoFun.com.
    The app is very user-friendly with little or no instruction needed. The home screen has a big play button in the centre surrounded by a few instruments including some with hands and feet.
    Pushing play takes you directly to the music room. It’s anchored by a winding red pipe covered in garlands of flowers that laugh or make funny noises when touched. A question mark in the top left corner brings up basic directions which let parents know that the four flowers across the bottom of the screen control rhythms and the arrows in the bottom right corner let you change the melody from a Caribbean vibe ukulele to a jazzy trumpet. When the melody is changed, the background in the room changes colour as well which gives pre-schoolers a subtle hint to perhaps change the tempo of their composition.
    All the kid-created symphonies and concertos can be recorded by activating the microphone symbol on the bottom left. Kids get a 3, 2, 1 countdown before recording begins. Compositions can be saved by emailing them to yourself or friends. They are converted to a mp4 format, so once downloaded, tunes can be made into ringtones or used as background music for home movies or whatever creative pursuit calls for maximum banging and clanging.
    Music is the great equalizer because you are never too young, too old or too disabled to participate in it. The recordings my kids and I made with Make Me Music were not as pretty as the app’s band room, but we had a lot of fun. Private music lessons or even the yuppie filled music classes I took my kids to are expensive and a luxury many families (and increasingly schools) can no longer afford. If the research is to be believed, this $1.99 app which follows the Orff method is a good investment in your child’s academic future.
    Regardless of your stance on the importance of music education, Make Me Music is a welcome departure from the plethora of preschool apps and games currently available.
    Recommended for 3+ ios. http://tinyurl.com/makememusic