GarageBand update lets artists publish directly to Apple Music Connect

GarageBand 10.1 also features updates for EDM and hip-hop artists, Force Touch support, and more.

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Apple on Tuesday announced updates to its consumer music author app, GarageBand. One of the new features ties directly to the release of Apple Music: Artists on Apple Music Connect can publish directly to the service from GarageBand for iOS.

Apple Music Connect was unveiled on Tuesday as part of the Apple Music service. It’s a social aspect that gives artist a venue for interacting with fans.

Apple Music Connect artists can, say, create a sample of a melody that they just thought of and make it available on Connect to get feedback from fans. Or an artist can offer previews of new singles that are about to drop. It’s another way for artists to cultivate a community on Apple Music.

At this time, Apple Music Connect artists will need to use the iOS version of GarageBand (App Store link) in order to directly upload content to their account. An Apple representative said that Mac support is forthcoming.

Why this matters: Differentiating Apple Music from other streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio is important to Apple. Connect is a social service that the others don’t have, and the ability of artists to upload songs from GarageBand cuts out the middleman, giving fans a sense of direct access. Fans also benefit by getting content that may not be found in any other streaming service. It’s another feature that Apple can tout over its competitors.

New Mac features for EDM and hip-hop

The new GarageBand 10.1 for Mac (Mac App Store link) has features geared towards musicians of electronic dance music (EDM) and hip-hop. These features come as a result of Apple’s acquisition earlier this year of Camel Audio, makers of the Alchemy a software sample synthesizer. They’ve been previewed on Apple’s GarageBand website prior to Tuesday, but they are now officially available.

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GarageBand 10.1’s new Transform Pad.

Version 10.1 includes an update to GarageBand’s Drummer feature, which offers simple controls that allow you to create realistic performances with a few simple control adjustments. The update has ten new drummers, all with electronic music in mind, including Boom Bap Hip Hop, Dubstep, EDM, and Retro 80s.

GarageBand also has 100 new EDM and hip-hop synth patches and a new Transform Pad Smart Control. The Transform Pad allows for customization of synths by clicking and/or dragging on a grid of controls that modify the sound. You can also record the performances of any of the software’s Smart Controls.

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Apple’s GarageBand website offers samples and demos of the new Drummer and Transform Pad features, so you can see for yourself how they work.

Other new GarageBand features include support for Force Touch gestures and feedback, and a thousand new Apple Loops.

The 10.1 update is free to owners of version 10. The app is also available in the App Store for $5.

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At a Glance
  • Musicians will be delighted with GarageBand 10. The new sounds and instruments are really good and Drum tracks now sound realistic. Podcast producers should stick with the previous version.


    • Great new instruments and loops
    • Drummer tracks helps create real-sounding drums
    • Smart Controls provide contextual effects and settings
    • Solid collection of amps and stomp boxes
    • Support for Logic Remote app


    • No support for enhanced podcasts
    • Magic GarageBand goes the way of the dodo
    • No ability to access all effects
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