GarageBand 4/5

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

Version : 6.0.5 | Size : 182.2 MB
This update supports general compatibility and addresses overall stability and performance, including the following: 

• Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS projects
• Fixes a playback issue with the GarageBand Lesson preview videos
• Corrects issues with some software instruments triggering incorrect or stuck notes


GarageBand ’11 turns the Mac into a complete recording studio and offers fun new features that help you create even better sounding songs. Use Flex Time to quickly fix timing mistakes and Groove Matching to make multiple instruments play together seamlessly. Or plug in an electric guitar and play through realistic, inspiring new guitar amps and stompbox effects. GarageBand ’11 also has 22 new Learn to Play lessons in the most popular musical genres, and a exciting new feature called “How Did I Play?” that lets you practice along with any lesson while receiving real-time feedback – showing you where you made mistakes and tracking your improvement over time.

Flex Time
• Quickly change the timing of your audio recordings
• Fix occasional timing mistakes or make creative changes to how a part was performed
• Innovative UI – just click and drag the waveform to change the timing

Groove Matching
• Align the timing and rhythm of all your tracks with a single click
• Select a Groove Track, GarageBand analyzes its rhythm and instantly matches all other tracks

More guitar amps and stompbox effects
• Seven new guitar amps for a total of 12
• Modeled after the most revered gear in the world – from clean sounds to heavy distortion
• Five new stompbox effects, for a total of 15
• Mix Amps with stompboxes and find thousands of ways to rock

New Basic Lessons for piano and guitar
• 22 new Basic Lessons for piano and guitar (40 in total)
• Full screen, interactive video lessons with an Apple instructor to guide you
• Synchronized notation with animated onscreen instrument
• Built-in glossary to reference tuning for your guitar, reading music, and more
• Artist Lessons show you how to play a hit song taught by the artist who made it famous*
• The GarageBand Lesson Store lets you browse, purchase and download Artist Lessons*

“How Did I Play?”
• Play along with any GarageBand Lesson and get feedback on how accurately you’ve played
• Progress bar provides overview of your performance, and you can track progress over time
• Two-page notation to play along with sheet music or review your mistakes
• Chord Trainer to teach you how to play the most common chords, with real-time feedback

* GarageBand Artist Lessons are sold separately and are available directly through the GarageBand Lesson Store in select countries.

GarageBand Learn to Play requires an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better.

24-bit recording in GarageBand requires a Mac OS X-compatible audio interface with support for 24-bit audio. Some features and third-party services require Internet access and/or MobileMe; additional fees and terms apply.

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Comments and Ratings for GarageBand

Ive Installed 6 times at this point (6.0.5)
24/02/2013 21:11:00 2/5 By 1044tom
ive installed it 6 times and it crashes at 100% complete so i re do it and it dose it again garageband is good when it works not the best app it will be good when you make it downloadable

Fantastic Music (6.0.5)
02/02/2013 09:57:00 5/5 By JoeWilliams255
This application allows you to create your own music using easy tools which make music creation fun… it also provides some advanced features which can enhance the music quality sound. Would recommend this application to music lovers.

oh god….. (6.0.5)
14/01/2013 22:37:00 1/5 By Michaelx8 first this looks interesting….then you start to try to use it… …after an hour or so my son - seriously good musician - had multi-tracked his playing all the flute parts to "Stairway to Heaven"…sounds great, on the iPad….. ….but m4a is the only file output - and it won't even play on a mac! it'll play on an ipad and iPhone… ...trying to convert to MP3 is making me cry - it won't even open in Quicktime - nor VLC, nor will it import to Final Cut Pro - what is the point of this file format and why can I not convert it to MP3? - we took far less time creating the track than I am spending trying to 'jailbeak' it out of apple file formats - Apple has no ownership over it so whats the problem - bad software - very very bad software - typical of my apple experience (no flash, no flv on FCP Studio 2, lock-in after lock-in - relating to my own work…appalling, and an appalling waste of my time and anyone else's

Won (6.0.5)
05/01/2013 19:32:00 1/5 By Xiondewah
Just downloaded this and installed it - it goes off to download the missing content and doesn't do anything else. Every time I launch garageband it just re-downloads all the content!

garageband (6.0.5)
29/12/2012 16:49:00 1/5 By svenoyster
it will not stop downloading so i cannot use it

The first time I run it and it crashes….sigh (6.0.5)
09/12/2012 12:00:00 2/5 By Indigestion
What ever became of Apple quality? I remember the days when running bug free apps on my Mac made me smile, they just worked. It looks like I'm now faced with the same kind of problems that made me switch from Windows to OSX. Come on Apple focus more on the quality like you used to do. Extremely disappointing!

Laggy and buggy (6.0.5)
03/12/2012 17:59:00 2/5 By Familychoice
Works perfectly on my old iPad2, but on a new Macbook Pro it's running slow, crashing often and has serious latency issues (you press a key, and the sound arrives several seconds later). I'm running other music software (e.g. Maschine) without any latency issues whatsoever, yet a relatively small, Apple app lags terribly. Dissappointed. Was going to buy Logic Pro, but this has put me off Apple music apps.

Latency Issues! 5stars if you fix The issue! (6.0.5)
29/11/2012 23:29:00 4/5 By gv97viking
Dear apple i am writing to you to beg you on behalf of my fellow musicians! Please do something about the latency when plugging in a device via usb such as a guitar or a microphone. For those of you that dont know what latency is (although im sure youve had the misfortune to realise and understand what it is from using garageband) it is when you play a note and then it is heard or recording a noticeable time after, so therefore you cannot record anything in time. Please apple im begging you to have latency control on garageband like logic! I would even be willing to pay £3 or maybe even more just to get it fixed. We shouldnt have to buy a usb audio interface! it should work regardless. Apple if you even make an in app purchase so i can have this problem solved i will be happy just please fix the latency! Other than than i cannot fault anything with my mac or garage band or anything! its all Fantastic! But please take this issue into consideration. Thank You.

Brilliant fun (6.0.5)
24/10/2012 12:40:00 5/5 By Lindsay loves rats
I love this app, it's got me back playing my keyboard, and I'm having so much fun. Lookng forward to trying out some of the lessons.

Bloody fantastic!!! (6.0.5)
23/10/2012 15:18:00 5/5 By DSi77@twitter
Honestly don't read all of these low rated reviews. What you get for your money is absolutely top of the tree. I am completely addicted to Garageband now. It is phenominal. 1. There are 1,000's of effects for my guitar 2. It is rediculously easy to plug your guitar in via a £20 USB cable and jam like the best of them 3. You can record multiple tracks, including synth and keyboard even if you don't own one (I don't) - you just add either tab style music or the music notes. 4. The amount of effects available after you download the FREE all-inclusive package is brilliant! - 1.2gb in size 5. Even if you are slightly off when recording, you can re-jig afterwards so everything is beat perfect. 6. There are 100's of drums, beats, effects, pre-installed guides Oh, and the sound quality if wicked. I have my Apple laptop rigged to my BOSE surround sound system in the house and it simply blows me away in terms of quality. Shame I can't rate this higher.

HELP!! (6.0.5)
11/10/2012 19:14:00 3/5 By Yennadhiou
Hey guys i would be really gratefull if someone could help me with my problem. So, i go onto garageband and start a new project and it won't let me use some of the loops. It says i have to update garageband to get them, so i click and update and it just takes me to the updates page of the app store but there is no garageband update? Please help.

Why Flextime? (6.0.5)
07/10/2012 22:48:00 1/5 By genius1984
I upgraded from Garageband '09 due to some issues that had arisen since installing Mountain Lion and have almost immediately decided to revert back. The minor issues I was having were nothing compared to the headaches caused by the new version! First off, there are plenty of default settings that just strike me as wrong, such as multitrack recording being turned off, so I have to spend ages going through changing settings to what they should be every time I open the program when they were already set correctly in the old version. This makes using the software a chore when it used to be a joy. But the biggest problem by far is Flextime. I found this feature almost impossible to use and recordings that sounded great in '09 were ruined. It's tolerable on simpler arrangements but more complicated ones with tempo changes and lots of real instruments end up completely out of time and there seems to be no way to simply turn it off. I've often praised Garageband to other musicians in the past for its simplicity and professional-sounding results but now Apple have ruined it.

Additional Content in Mountain Lion? (6.0.5)
26/08/2012 18:13:00 4/5 By rootopsonfire
On doing a clean installation of ML and redownloading GarageBand, I have lost all of the additional content that you download post-installation. It won't show up in the App Store despite GarageBand trying to link to it. I now have no string or decent e. piano sounds! What's going on, Apple? Where's the additional sounds?

Fun software, could do with more media to work with (6.0.5)
30/06/2012 21:52:00 4/5 By thewilliamrayner
I really love using GarageBand, it's a really good piece of software to make music and it comes with every Mac under the iLife package, however it would be great to see more loops and software instruments added.

Smooth and easy update! (6.0.5)
30/06/2012 15:59:00 5/5 By daveyclayton
Updated my 09 version to this GB '11 on my Macbook Pro with Lion OS and can only say I've had no problems at all. It all works perfectly and runs files from the previous version saving them in the new format when you tell it to (or not). A few additional features and simplifications have been added and the new lesson videos are very good indeed. Altogether an amazing piece of software and well worth the very small cost.

CRASH!!!! (6.0.5)
12/06/2012 18:57:00 1/5 By Niall Tilley
it crashes so bad. i hate this app. apple had better fix it cos it is so annoying.

Good for what it is (6.0.5)
01/06/2012 17:59:00 5/5 By Bamber119
And as the title suggests you get what you paid for, but as it goes there is more than enough loops to suit the beginner like myself to get a decent tune made up without too much bother. However I gave up with trying to make certain bass, drums and guitar loops mix together as I was pretty hopeless at it, but not to say it was bad by any means but actually found it easy to throw a drum beat together then use my irig that I bought for my ipad2 and record my own bass and guitar parts myself. a word of warning though if you are using the metronome it does come through when you record, at least it did with me so used the drum loops to follow to instead. It has crashed once so not going to knock a star off an app thats been in my opinion worked very hard over the past 3 month! I threw a collection of 11 covers and original songs that I have written together using this app and cannot really fault it, so if you're like me and can't yet afford logic pro then give this a bash, you won't be too disappointed!! :)

Rubbish (6.0.5)
23/05/2012 22:44:00 1/5 By Apple is rubbish
What a waste of time. After the free version ( that I paid for with the purchase of my imac) didn't work I ended up paying for the latest version. Had to download that to another desktop because a lot of things were missing. Cut to a couple of months later -cheesed off with Garbageband- after a lot of noodling I came up with a couple of riffs and melodies that I wanted to put down straight away. Only to find the Garbageband version on the other desktop is unable to record through the in-board-input only with the microphone, which sounds like dogs .... Result ? I cannot record any real instruments into Garbageband. Don't buy this rubbish, get something else instead. There's probably some free software that won't have you staring at the screen thinking:" I paid good money for this piece of absolute nonsense, and I am wasting a hell of a lot time and effort. Don't buy this useless pile of garbage it is just not worth the bother.

grate (6.0.5)
09/05/2012 14:37:00 5/5 By djtommi1
this is a good program for beginners who want to start produce music tracks and there own back grown tracks you can make almost anything with this a number 1 have for all beginners

Good But……. (6.0.5)
22/04/2012 09:46:00 4/5 By Hugo_Stigletz
This is probably the best music producer I've had the pleasure to play around with. The only problem i would say is there is NO heavy metal drum loops, there is pretty much every genre on there apart from Metal. So have to now buy a £50 drum loop pack off the net to install onto it which to be honest after spending £1000 on my mac you would expect it to have more variety.

Not As Good As The '08 Version (6.0.5)
20/04/2012 15:44:00 2/5 By Ellbo11
I've been using Garageband 08 for a while and thought that by upgrading to 11 it would solve a few issues I've been having. Unfortunately the opposite has happened. It seems slow to run and the automatic recording level feature was a lot better in the 08 version, this one is too harsh when it comes to adjusting the level.

oh dear (6.0.5)
12/04/2012 02:35:00 2/5 By SonycideXR
decent software for the price, except it's ridiculously slow on a late 2011 MBA. fix it please

Bug City - 5 crashes in 30 mins (6.0.5)
12/03/2012 13:15:00 2/5 By hyios paraklēseōs
So… I want to do a quick project to show my client their movie clip with a simple soundtrack…. supposed to take me 10 minutes… Welcome to a whole can of bug city…Crash crash crash. Every single thing I do must be followed by cmd+s, every second, because this unstable piece of junk, crashes! What a waste of my time! I wouldn't pruchase this! Not expecting this review to be up for long, as I am assuming that freedom of speech is not permitted.

1.6GB Everyday? Really? (6.0.4)
25/02/2012 09:41:00 3/5 By wilkyboyjunior
Okay, I bought GarageBand for my podcast, and it worked really well, even though it had to chomp through the 'one time 1.6GB Download'. Next day, I have to get the 1.6GB download again. So I do. GarageBand goes from 5* to 4*. The day after, I have to get it again and the same for the next. 4* to 3* What is going on? I have the early 2008 15" MacBook Pro with 4GB of Memory.

Can't move projects onto iPad (6.0.4)
31/10/2011 00:56:00 1/5 By Johnacvgjsjd
The only reason I upgraded from GarageBand 5 to 6 was to swap projects between my iPad and Mac - Apple made a big deal about this function. You can import iPad projects into the Mac but not vice-versa unless you export each track as uncompressed audio. WTF? You can do it if you spend 10 minutes doing the conversion by hand so it's clearly possible, why isn't there a simple conversion routine on the iPad or even a "Save as iPad GarageBand project" option on the Mac? Waste of my money because I didn't want any of the other features.

Very good for this price (6.0.4)
28/10/2011 22:40:00 4/5 By Jason Phipps
As I said, it's good, fun adn practicle for making music and even learning it. Of corse it's lessons are nowhere near as good as seeing a real music teacher and it is goes nowhere near as deep as logic, but still good if you are not too serious about music, are a beginer, are thinking about getting logic or just for mucking around. Still nice though.

Crashes my internet connection (6.0.4)
03/10/2011 23:10:00 2/5 By CallySteele
I can't get an answer from anywhere as to why Garageband launch causes my internet connection (USB dongle) to crash, but because this DOES happen, Garageband is more or less useless to me as I can't access the internet while it's running and therefore can't get to the lessons - which is why I bought the app in the first place. All parties reckon it's not their fault, and I've updated drivers, re-installed the OS etc to no avail.

Fabulous!! (6.0.4)
19/09/2011 22:22:00 5/5 By Sam Barnwell
I love creating music with this! so simple and easy to get the hang of although there are loads of features I have yet to discover and make the most of! As it came pre-installed on my mac, Its even better :) Love it!

logic 8 export? (6.0.4)
19/07/2011 19:39:00 3/5 By stehly
I had to buy this version to be able to import my GarageBand files from the iPad to the computer. Now I have the problem that I cannot open the files in Logic 8. The privious Garageband version was obviesly deleted when version 6 of was installed. (Thanks for that as well) Do I have to buy Logic 9 Studio now for £417 to be able to use files from GarageBand 6 ???? I think I might have to bite in that sour apple...

It's just great (6.0.2)
15/06/2011 12:15:00 4/5 By Ondrax
this is not a professional music software, it's for fun and learning. The recent compatibility with iPad GB makes this a unique solution not available elsewhere on the planet. The workflow is that I use iPad for recording ideas making advantage of the smart instruments and iRig connector to make the recording as "original" as possible and not just loops. Then transfered onto my Mac, I have a material I couldn't get any other way (for the price anyway. It's just great. (Yes, I think I will have to upgrade my Logic Express to move to the higher level, but it's not necessary.)

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