Apple Unveils GarageBand

Jan 7, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

Included in the recently released iLife '04 from Apple, GarageBand is a new music application that turns a Mac into a pro-quality musical instrument and recording studio for musicians. iLife '04 also includes iTunes 4.2, a digital music jukebox software.

According to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, "GarageBand does for music creation what iMovie did for video and iPhoto did for photos: makes the creative process easy and affordable for everyone. Over half of U.S. households have at least one member who currently plays a musical instrument, so we think GarageBand is going to find a very receptive audience."

GarageBand turns a Mac into a complete recording studio, allowing users to easily play, record and create music using a simple interface. With GarageBand, recorded performances, digital audio and looping tracks can easily be arranged and edited, and it comes with more than 50 software instruments, including a premium-quality grand piano, that can be played and recorded with any USB or MIDI music keyboard. More than 1,000 professionally pre-recorded audio loops can be combined to make complete songs or backing tracks. Vocals and live instruments such as guitars can be recorded digitally via microphone or analog input. All these tracks can be edited and mixed together with more than 200 pro-quality effects presets, including reverb and echo. With GarageBand’s advanced modeling technology, guitar players have access to vintage amplifier sounds with six guitar amps, including clean jazz, arena rock and British invasion. GarageBand can also export completed songs to iTunes for burning to CD, encoding in MP3 or high-quality AAC, transfer to iPod or for use in the other iLife applications.

A 600MHz G3 processor or faster is required for GarageBand, and a G4 or G5 processor is required for GarageBand software instruments.

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