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Apple Debuts $49 Recording App GarageBand

Jobs demos drag-and-drop music creation software during keynote By Frank Moldstad
Steve Jobs
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled GarageBand, a $49 recording, looping and music creation software application, during his keynote address at the Macworld Expo this morning.

GarageBand will be available Jan. 16 and will come with an extensive loop library. It includes more than 50 software instruments, an amp simulator, more than 200 effects, and a variety of editing tools for making music tracks. Users can record with a USB or MIDI keyboard, guitar or microphone, plugging directly into a Mac.

During his presentation, Jobs demonstrated how music can be created by clicking, dragging and dropping audio files into the GarageBand interface, choosing from more than 1,000 professionally recorded royalty-free loops, played on an assortment of instruments. Loops can be stretched to any length, and the volume and balance of each track can be individually adjusted, as well as fades. GarageBand files can be exported to iTunes

Apple also introduced the Jam Pack, a collection of additional software instruments, effects and amp styles. It will be available separately Jan. 16 for $99. In addition, Apple is featuring the M-Audio Keystation 49e on its site, a velocity-sensitive USB controller keyboard that allows users to play GarageBand instruments.

Built-in GarageBand effects include the following:
  • Compressor
  • Equalizer
  • Reverb
  • Echo
  • Gate
  • Treble/Bass Reduction
  • Distortion
  • Overdrive
  • Bitcrusher
  • Automatic Filter
  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Tremolo
  • Auto-Wah
  • Amp Simulation

  • John Mayer
    Professional guitarist John Mayer joined Jobs on stage to demonstrate the program's capabilities, recording a live guitar with one of his compositions while it was playing back in GarageBand. He said the Amp Simulation sounded just like an amp to him.

    Jobs said the program would be included free with new G5 computers.

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