Big updates for Logic Pro and GarageBand iOS app

Apple has released major updates to its Logic Pro X audio recording and editing software for macOS and the lighter-but-free GarageBand app for iOS, introducing big new features and improving compatibility between the two apps. A more minor update to GarageBand for macOS, which includes no major new features but compatibility updates for the iOS version, has also been released.

Apple has released major updates to its Logic Pro X audio recording and editing software for macOS and the lighter-but-free GarageBand app for iOS, introducing big new features and improving compatibility between the two apps. A more minor update to GarageBand for macOS, which includes no major new features but compatibility updates for the iOS version, has also been released.

The full release notes for both apps:Logic Pro 10.3

Logic Pro 10.3

  • Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
    • View your entire project at a glance and navigate with touch in the timeline overview
    • Adjust Smart Controls on the selected track to fine-tune the sound of instruments and effects
    • Play and record software instruments using a musical keyboard with piano keys or scale mode
    • Trigger drum pads to create beats while controlling velocity and note repeat
    • Access your favorite shortcuts using a set of customizable key commands
  • Updated Interface
    • New modern design with improved legibility in a variety of lighting conditions
    • Expanded color palette offers 24 more colors to label your regions, tracks, and notes
    • Horizontal auto-zoom helps keep everything in view
    • New region editing design reveals waveform for entire audio file while trimming
  • Audio Production
    • Track Alternatives let you create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on a track
    • Render any combination of effect plug-ins to a selection of audio using Selection-based Processing
    • True stereo panning provides more control and discrete manipulation of stereo signals
    • Apply fades across multiple regions at a time
    • 64-bit summing engine
    • Use 192 additional busses
  • Additional Features
    • Share to GarageBand option allows you to remotely add new tracks to your Logic project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud
    • MIDI plug-ins can be used to creatively control plug-in parameters
    • Directly assign Software Instruments as sidechain sources
    • Import Music XML files

GarageBand 2.2

  • Play and record using the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches
  • Quickly find Touch Instruments and patches with a redesigned sound browser
  • Capture your voice or instrument and apply studio-class effects like pitch correction, distortion, and delay with the new Audio Recorder
  • Use new mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
  • Add third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions
  • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
  • Perform with Chord Strips from any keyboard instrument
  • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad
  • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes

More Info

Free iOS App – Propellerhead Take Creative Vocal Recorder

Take is a creative recorder for musicians. It’s got the same simplicity you’ve come to expect with your voice memos, with features custom-tailored to vocalists’ needs—like the ability to record harmonies along with your voice, blend in effects to sweeten the sound and sing along to an array of beats and rhythms:

Propellerhead Software has announced the release of Take Creative Vocal Recorder, a new free app for iOS.

Take is a creative recorder for musicians. It’s got the same simplicity you’ve come to expect with your voice memos, with features custom-tailored to vocalists’ needs—like the ability to record harmonies along with your voice, blend in effects to sweeten the sound and sing along to an array of beats and rhythms:

▪ Sing, hum, rap, strum. Take captures your musical ideas—any time, anywhere.
▪ With a single tap you’ll be recording, beatboxing, overdubbing, riffing, writing, trying out song ideas that you’ll want to share with the world.
▪ Feel the groove. Stay on the beat. Keep in time.
▪ Inspiring built-in clicks, loops and beats to kick start your creativity.
▪ Add new parts, double them up, create harmonies, sketch out the song.
▪ Three tracks to build on your tune and flesh out your ideas.
▪ Surprise yourself with how good you sound.
▪ Processing and effects that make your iPhone’s mic shine.
▪ Share on Facebook, Twitter, email.

Note: Take is optimized for the built-in microphone on your iOS device. Wear headphones to hear your backing tracks. Best results come from using headphones (the ones without an integrated microphone) and recording into your iPhone/iPod/iPad mic directly.
Price: Free in the iTunes App Store.

Take Creative Vocal Recorder – Propellerhead Software AB

Session Band EDM – Volume 1 for iOS

Create powerful EDM tracks to your own chords in minutes with SessionBand – the world’s only chord-based audio loop app. It’s the quickest way to produce your own complete, studio quality Electronic Dance Music – wherever you are and whatever your level of ability.

The dedicated EDM (Electronic Dance Music) version of the award-winning music making app is here!

Create powerful EDM tracks to your own chords in minutes with SessionBand – the world’s only chord-based audio loop app. It’s the quickest way to produce your own complete, studio quality Electronic Dance Music – wherever you are and whatever your level of ability.

Volume 1 includes 15 fresh and diverse EDM styles recorded exclusively for SessionBand by Polish dance music producers Loopoholics; everything you need to produce your own bass-busting, speaker-smashing tracks with over 17,000 razor-sharp, chord-based loops included in the download. Listen to the demo tracks here Soundtrack

Create your own pumping tracks in minutes with dirty saws, melodic arps, nasty leads and massive basslines – sounds inspired by EDM giants from Daft Punk, Avicii and Nero to Hardwell, EDX and Nicky Romero.

Whether you understand music or not, this is the one music app that’s focused on delivering you complete, finished tracks in minutes.

Checkout some demos:

SessionBand EDM – Volume 1 – UK Music Apps Ltd

SquashIt Multiband Distortion Free for Mac Cheap for iPad

Its developer, Klevgränd Produktion, says that it features adaptive distortion algorithms and is suitable for use on any kind of material. What’s more, its interface suggests that it’s pretty easy to use.

SquashIt multiband distortion released for Mac ( Free ) and iPad

Its developer, Klevgränd Produktion, says that it features adaptive distortion algorithms and is suitable for use on any kind of material. What’s more, its interface suggests that it’s pretty easy to use.

Check out the video above to find out more. The Mac AU version of SquashIt can be downloaded for free from the Klevgränd Produktion website, while the iPad app (which offers Inter App Audio compatibility) can be yours for £0.69/$0.99 on the Apple App Store.

Demo of All 15 Rock Styles in iOS Songwriting App Session Band Rock Vol 1

SB_Rock_Volume_1_250Create your own pro-quality Rock and Metal tracks in minutes with this special dedicated Rock edition of SessionBand – the world’s only chord-based audio loop app.

With over 16,000 stunning, chord-based Rock and Metal audio loops (included) individually recorded by 3 of the world’s top session musicians, SessionBand Rock instantly converts the chords you select into great sounding audio – wherever you are and whatever your ability.

There are 15 different classic UK and US Rock and Metal styles included. Every single loop carefully engineered so you can instantly create your own tracks in those styles: from Rolling Stones and Chili Peppers through Muse, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden, all the way to Slipknot, Slayer and Magadeth!

For Rock musicians and songwriters, this unique app is the ultimate tool for jamming and writing, with full and complete Rock and Metal tracks just minutes away! It’s also simple enough for non-musicians to create their own great-sounding, copyright-free music.

And with a host of pro features like auto-transpose, automated mixing, one-touch live recording, and Audiobus compatibility – allowing you to seamlessly export our unique content into other top music apps like Garageband – it has never been easier or quicker to create your own studio quality music even if you can’t play a note!

Get the app here: SessionBand Rock – Volume 1

Demo of All 22 Pianos & Styles in Session Band Piano App for iOS

SessionBand_Piano_Edition_Icon_138With over 7,000 precision-cut, chord-based piano loops recorded exclusively by Tom Cawley, one of the world’s leading pianists, SessionBand – Piano Edition instantly converts the chords you select into great sounding audio – wherever you are and whatever your ability.

And with a host of pro features like auto-transpose, one-touch live recording and Audiobus compatibility – allowing you to seamlessly export our unique content into other top music apps like GarageBand – it has never been easier or quicker to create your own studio-quality music, even if you can’t play a note!

SessionBand – Piano Edition is a unique app for songwriters, singers, producers and anyone who wants to quickly create professional piano tracks.

Here’s a demo of all 22 Pianos / Styles using the same chord progression.

SessionBand Piano – Volume 1 – UK Music Apps Ltd

String Master for iPad

StringMaster for iPad on the iTunes App StoreStringMaster is an advanced iPad application suitable for beginner through to advanced Guitarists and other fretted instrument Musicians. With its beautiful, natural sound, StringMaster supports a wide range of instruments. The chord building and detection, comparison between instruments, fretboard learning system, scales and advanced song writing tools are all supported with any instrument in any orientation, and with tremendously flexible alternate tuning and capo support.

With its high resolution graphics, StringMaster has been fully optimized for the iPad Retina Display, and also works with the iPad 1 and 2. Note StringMaster is an iPad Only application and is not supported on the iPhone.

Key Features:

* Play and discover a wide range of chords and fingering, all with beautiful natural tone.
* Display and play scales, including scale runs up the fretboard
* Display chord notes or suggested fingering
* Using a set of complex musical algorithms, StringMaster will show you the name of a chord based on the finger positions you define!
* StringMaster’s easy-to-use Song Writer recommends which chords sound best together making it easy to write and store killer songs and progressions, including individual notes
* Explore and learn the fretboard, Chords & sounds of a range of instruments
* Learn to play a new instrument by comparing it with one you already know. Select a chord on one instrument, then display the equivalent chord pattern and fingering on any of the many other instruments.

Supports the following Instruments:
* Acoustic Guitar
* Electric Guitar
* Electric Guitar – 7 String
* Bass
* Bass – 5 String
* Banjo
* Banjo – 4 String
* Mandolin
* Ukulele