Optek Music Systems has released a plug-in for GarageBand users, which allows Mac users to interact with the company’s
Fretlight Guitar. The guitar features lights embedded in the fretboard that light up showing the user what chords and scales to play. Using the plug-in, Fretlight can be added as a GarageBand instrument to light specific chords and scales, create custom sequence lists and give the user the ability to cycle through them with a footswitch and then drag and drop loops or songs in the timeline. The Fretlight GarageBand plug-in is compatible with all four Fretlight models — FG-401 Acoustic, FG-405 Acoustic Electric, FG-421 Electric and the FG-451 Pro Electric. Systems requirements include Mac OS X with GarageBand, a Fretlight FG-400 series guitar and Fretlight GarageBand Plug-in version 1.0 or higher. The plug-in is free to try for 30 days and $29.95 for a one-user license.