GarageBand for iPhone and iPod Touch Review

A short while back GarageBand made its debut on the iPad. Apple’s recording/sequencing software that comes as a part of iLife (which is included with every new Mac) made its way to the tablet.

That’s definitely something when you stop to think about the fact that software like GarageBand just didn’t happen 10 years ago. For what it is, it’s surprisingly full-featured. That’s because much of the GarageBand code comes from Logic Pro.

We installed the update on our iPhone 4 and took a quick tour of GarageBand. We threw a few instruments together just to see what we could come up with. It was nothing spectacular, but it’s not bad for roughly 10 minutes of playing around with sounds.

You can see it below:



Resource Hog

GarageBand does tend to slow down a bit as you pile on the tracks, but that’s expected on the limited memory of a mobile device. You also don’t want to leave it running in the background as it eats up a bunch of memory. Again, that’s expected, but worth keeping in mind when you use the software.


Quick Writing Tool

GarageBand makes for a quick writing tool. It has audio recording, which is nice (with some fun effects for vocals) a simple sampler, some basic synths (with simple filter and amp envelope controls) as well as bass, guitar and drums. It’s by no means a full-on production studio, but you can get a basic idea down. We just wish there was a way to edit individual notes (if there is, we missed it).


What’s Missing?

Aside from some slightly better editing tools, we wish there was a way to export tracks or midi data. However, you can export to Logic or GarageBand for Mac. Very cool, indeed.



Overall, we dig GarageBand for iOS. We were never fans of the Mac application, because it was just too simple for our needs. However, we are willing to look past most of those limitations on iOS because we see it as more of a musical idea notebook that allows us to export to Logic later.



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