Apple’s latest version of GarageBand, launched November 1st, is a major upgrade with more ways to make music on iOS (iPhone and iPad). The new update includes a new Sound Library with free sound packs for instruments and loops. There’s also a new Beat Sequencer similar to a classic drum machine used often by hip hop and electronic music artists. GarageBand 2.3 also features new Asian Touch Instruments and updates to Drummer, including six additional players.
You can download GarageBand 2.3 as a free download on the App Store at apple.com/ios/garageband. GarageBand 2.3 is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 11, including iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod Touch 6th.
You can now preview sounds and download new sound packs within the app. These free sound packs include Apple loops, Touch Instruments, Live Loops templates, guitar and instrument presets and more. You can also receive notifications when new sound packs become available from Apple. Immediate sound packs available for download include Future Bass, Reggaeton, Beat Sequencer kits, guitar amp tones and more.
Following the flow of classic drum machines, the new Beat Sequencer offers a range of drum sounds from classic to modern electronic drum kits in different genres. You can build and edit grooves using a step sequencer interface for individual control over multiple drum and percussion tracks. There are 12 Apple-designed drum kits. Each comes with its own unique sound and 25 beat patterns.
There are also three drum styles for percussion available for download that fit popular Pop, Songwriter and Latin styles. Each drum style comes with its own signature percussion kit of instruments such as bongos, cajon, woodblock and cowbell. There is also acoustic drum sound packs for Rock and Alternative beats as well.
The latest GarageBand software also includes multi-touch gestures for plucking and bending strings and new Touch instruments that explore sounds from Asia such as traditional Japanese Koto and Taiko Drums, and Chinese Guzheng.
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