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User Reviews for GarageBand

Needs to be solved

So I have been using this app since the iPhone 5s. And I have a major complaint it is a major book for those who are using voiceover with GarageBand. It’s a book Apple needs to take care of. I am a voiceover user myself and I have been having this issue. Whenever you would like to add compression, change your EQ, add reverb, or echo, or any really cool affect like reversing the track, changing the speed so if you were trying to make those rap style high hats, or adding other great effects. Garage band will not let you, as soon as you close out of your mixer it erases all of the things you’ve done. Matter of fact it doesn’t even add DFX it’s like you never even added them. I have been dealing with this bug, since I started using this app I have never been able to successfully add any of those amazing plug-ins garage band will not even change the sound of your recording, as soon as you go and increase or decrease the amount of compression reverb or like I said any of the other affects, and you close out of the mixer and prepped play to hear your track it doesn’t add them, then you go back to your mixer and look at it and see they’re all back down to 0% Apple please please fix this issue, recordings with sound so much better when you can actually affect the sound. This bug has been going on long enough. On behalf of me and other voiceover users a like please fix this issue

AJ_money maker, Jan 21, 2019
Please add Triplet grid and Odd time signatures

I use this app to pass the time when I’m bored and I gotta say… I don’t think another free app exists that is as good or robust as this one. The keyboard patches can get dry at times but the audio recorder function is top notch. There are tons of drum patches but the “acoustic” drum patches sound absolutely terrible unless you put some work into them. I guess that is pretty normal on professional DAWS on your computer but I use this app to pass the time and really don’t want to spend 15 min trying to get my drums to sound like drums. Another downside I see is that the 4/4 grid is the only grid truly fleshed out in the app. If you switch to 3/4 or 6/8 (the only other options that exist at the moment) the app starts to have issues. If you try to paint notes on the grid it doesn’t quite land where you press and the grid goes directly from quarter notes to 32nd notes. And there is no triplet grid for any time signature. You just have to move notes around to where you think they might fall. Also, I wish there were more options for the time signatures themselves. I think on the computer you can just type in any subdivision you want and it creates a grid for you. But, all-in-all a great free app if not the greatest of free apps for the musically curious types.

ChinChinChan, Aug 21, 2021
Pretty Good...

I like this app a lot and I honestly think that once I get better at producing music, that this could be a go to for me until I get to a professional stage in my career. The only problem is that there aren’t a lot of sound packs to choose from and it kind of gets boring after a while hearing the same sounds over and over again in almost all of your songs. So I think there should be more sound packs to choose from and that there should be more loops as well cause anytime I look through there it’s always very repetitive and boring. I also think there should be a quick tutorial cause I’ve had a lot of friends delete this app just because it was hard to navigate through and figure out what was what and where they could edit certain loops or some of their own samples at. It doesn’t have to be suuuper long but it should just go over the basic aspects of the app and where everything is at so that it’s easier for new producers to find stuff. Overall I’d recommend downloading this app cause it’s worth the while (at least until it gets old and boring but I still get on sometimes) I almost forgot to add that I also think it’d be a nice feature if you were to add a hidden loops list where you can remove loops from the general list and specific genres and things so that whenever you’re looking for some good loops you don’t come across the ones you know you’ll never use or just don’t vibe with.

KallMeDaKing, Oct 09, 2020
Issue recording vocals stops recording and doesn’t record anything you’ve recorded

Anyone know how to solve this recording stopping no matter how I record anything thru physical mic on iPhone 6s it use to record just fine. I’m about to purchase an iMac Pro and midi keyboard. Over the years I’ve tried all the daws garage band I can actually have finished work. I absolutely love it! MacBook experience wasn’t the best but it was an MacBook from 09 iPad Pro super impressed! So I can’t wait till I get the iMac Pro! I’m holding an pretty chart rank currently 17th global and 14th national chart rank. Trying to maintain this momentum until the iMac. GarageBand you tha best well tie with logic minus the new samples and loop packs! Alltho I use external more I still love physically playing the instruments that’s super dope! I now know how to play piano/keyboard and never played before. Does anyone know how to fix this recording stopping? Space seems to be the issue as always. Haha so I’m sure it’s the space problem. I deleted the app and re downloaded it and permanently lost roughly 20-25 new projects. Keep the live instruments coming definitely pretty dope! Especially playing drums and keyboard definitely give GarageBand an overall 6+ stars if I could cut samples that would be nice. Much love GarageBand been with ya guys and only you for almost 5 years now.-Khanflik-d

khanflikk, Feb 16, 2020
Ok I have some problems.

By: ——————So I think this app is pretty good but when it comes to making your own stuff there is a bad bad problem. I have no problem with creating stuff already made but today me and my mom wanted to create our own song on it and I used a lot of the loops. And then finally when I was about to hit record button, THE APP TOOK ME OUT OF IT AND I LOST ALL OF MY PROGRESS. (It crashed) It took me almost an hour just to get some of it done. And now all of the progress is gone and I really think that you need to fix that because if that’s gonna happen to every single time you make a new song by yourself that’s not created all ready, then you’re gonna have a lot of people saying the same thing. Maybe you can fix that bug in another update! Please do it because I am very mad at the game and I don’t want that to happen ever again. Overall i give it a three-star because the app allows you to still create songs that great so I gave you five stars for that but then I’m like im about I create my own song and then that happened so that’s why I took away 2 stars. But I still hope that you guys can make GarageBand way better than it is right now but I don’t mean that in a bad way because I already said that I like it I just don’t like it too much because it crashed. so please fix that because I don’t want this app to be on my bad app list for the rest of my life.

rektandreas, Jun 20, 2020
Almost Perfect

Allow me to start by saying that I’ve been using GarageBand for 3+ years and it is beyond comparison. Out of hundreds of apps on the App Store, it is by far the most user friendly I have ever been able to use. As somebody who was teaching themselves how to write music, the interface is almost always very helpful and easy to understand, even if you aren’t very knowledgeable of music in the classical sense. Although not everything about it is completely obvious, it is absolutely worth it to spend time playing around with and discovering new tricks and settings, that aid or streamline the music writing process. That being said, if there is anything about GarageBand that I don’t like, it is the sustain pedal glitch. It’s the only thing I would consider to be a flaw that truly compromises the effectiveness of the app. When adding/deleting/edited the lengths of sustains on music (particularly piano, as that is what I work with most often), I’ve frequently ran into a myriad of recurring issues; sometimes a sustain will still play even after it’s been deleted, or after shortening a sustain pedal it will still play at its original length. All in all, however much I dislike the issues with the usage of the sustain pedal feature, any grievance I have with that is dwarfed by my admiration of this app and my appreciation of the undoubtably talented people who put energy into making music so easy.

Rhsjshwhdyd, Apr 01, 2020
Let’s Do It!

This is a fabulous app that is an absolute Must for writers/arrangers who get stuck alone (not good) at airports, parking lots, Etc ..The sounds are absolutely fabulous! I could pick nits and say that on cannot press the drum-stick into the drumhead depressing just enough to tighten the next strike to a different semi-tone ... but I won’t. It is great for mapping out numerous tracks of a song in your head with symphonic strings or Japanese instruments (of which I had never heard) but which sound very Celtic. It is a candy store with invisible, one -way lids: they keep the candy clean but you can reach right through and grab whatever you need for the next part of your song!It is absolutely almost all of the “Jetson-type“ musical things about which I dreamt as a child. Everything for a complete rainy afternoon at my fingertips! If you can imagine it, most likely you can write it on this with the use of myriad tools. It’s learning curve is practically idiot proof – as attested to buy my ability to use it with such ease. Get this wonderful app and open up all the windows you can find As You Need and use them: choose a few at the beginning and find out how incredibly wonderful it is as you add on to your knowledge and your abilities. I am waiting to hear that someone has used this for an entire movie score ... it will not be long in coming – if it hasn’t already happened!Thank you for presenting this app to all of us to use it! It is almost God-given!

Roctor11, Feb 04, 2021
Apple PLEASE read!

Hello my name is Caleb.I’ve been using garage band for many years now and I’ve always loved it from the start however there is a problem that I’ve run into recently that I hope you can fix. It’s a strange problem actually but garage band still deserves 5 stars anyway. So when I started using garage band there wasn’t as much content as there is now, less then a third probably. I was easily inspired to make music and could make neat catchy tunes every other day but now it’s harder to do that because there’s SO MUCH content it’s overwhelming because besides the five main things (guitar, vocals, drums, strings, and piano) there so many sounds like synths, bass, leads and such that I never know where to begin and I lose all interest in my creation, but I think that if you put a “sample” button on each sound so that we can hear just a single note at middle C or -1C for bass that would instantly get rid of the problem. Most of the time I know what sound I want but I can’t find it and I have to select a sound, play my song, and see if it’s the right one which takes to long with there being hundreds of choices. There might be this sound sample feature already and I just don’t know how to use it but if not please consider adding it. It would help so much and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would thank you.

Some body you don't know., Apr 14, 2020
I want to use wind instruments, but they’re not there!

I’m a beginner music maker, and I’ve been playing in a school band for a lot of my life, so I grew up loving wind instruments like flute, trumpets, etc. but as of July 10, 2019, there doesn’t seem to be an option to get them. I searched for extensions to add to GarageBand so that I may use the more traditional instruments, but I couldn’t find anything. All I have is the computerized digital percussion, some strings I don’t know how to use (yet), and a piano which I’m unable to really use because on my phone screen, the accents and attacks on the instrument are very spontaneous and annoying. It’s a good app, don’t get me wrong, but no matter where I look, I can’t find any instruments I know what to do with in a composition (i.e. wind instruments). There also doesn’t seem to really be a good way of making music box music in it no matter how hard I try (I try using the Sweet Bells on the piano setting, but even after messing with the sound settings it still doesn’t feel right). The reason I point these things out is because I want to create more traditional or fantasy-based music. It would be nice to be able to create some ethereal music without struggling to find the instruments. Other than that, the app is wonderful and intuitive. I intend to keep using it, just so long as I have access to wind instruments and hopefully a music box-like instrument. Thank you for your time!

YourLittleSylveon, Jul 10, 2019
Recording Sections Limit Usefulness

I was told GarageBand is a great free Apple app that’s easy to use to start recording my podcast. Free, easy to use, Apple app, yes, but not that great for podcast recording. When I set out to try out the various features offered like adjustable line-in mic, monitor, and noise gate along with pitch controls and such I was very excited. The letdown came when I was ready for my first take. I wanted to make sure I could "spit my truth" for my full 15 minutes of fame. Now, I’m not a musician so I don’t think in terms of tempo, bars, sections, and time signatures. Unfortunately, GarageBand only allows 26 sections at 8 bars each, and adjusting tempo and time signature was no help at all. After ~4 minutes of recording I realized I had used almost 12 sections which gives me a maximum recording time of 10 minutes. Now I’m sure that’s phenomenal for musicians nailing down a riff, bridge, solo, chorus, or massive vocal track, and I’m not foolish enough to think that this app isn’t specifically designed for musicians. Yet, I still think there’s a slight loss of functionality, and opportunity to expand GarageBand’s reach by not allowing unlimited recording and the addition of a timer or stopwatch for those who are not adept at music’s timing system. Voice actors, storytellers, life coaches, podcasters, etc. could all benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the GarageBand app with a few simple tweaks.

zipperbug, Aug 28, 2020


GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before.

Plug in a guitar or bass and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, microphone, or a guitar to instantly record a performance, with support for up to 32 tracks. Use the Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops, and sound packs created by some of the biggest producers in the world. And then share your song with friends and family. Live Loops. Make music like a DJ • Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger a Live Loop cell or group of cells • Get started with templates or build your own grid from scratch with Apple Loops • Create custom loops by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument • Use Remix FX to perform DJ-style effects • Tap record to capture your performance Play your iPad, and iPhone, like a musical instrument • Play a variety of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard • Play and record using the Alchemy Touch Instrument • Build grooves inspired by classic electronic drum machines with the Beat Sequencer • Download free instruments, loops, and sound packs for GarageBand with the Sound Library • Capture any sound and apply studio-class effects • Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual amps and stompboxes • Record performances from third-party music apps directly into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions* Drummer • Add virtual session drummers to your song, who take direction and play realistic grooves • Choose from acoustic, electronic drummers and percussionists** • Each character provides their own sound and the ability to create over a million realistic grooves and fills Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments • Play an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings • Perform with Chord Strips and autoplay using any keyboard instrument • Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds • Strum chords or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar Create a song anywhere you go • Record, arrange, and mix your song with up to 32 tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops*** • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording • Use professional mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive • Recording, mixing and exporting a song can be done at 24-bit audio resolution • Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play • Automate the volume and record the movement of controls on Touch Instruments • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad Share your songs • Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, or iPhone • Share your songs using email or to social media sites like SoundCloud**** • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro project from your iPhone, or iPad via iCloud * Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extensions apps from the App Store. ** Requires free download from GarageBand Sound Library. *** Multitrack recording requires a compatible third-party audio interface. **** Sharing to some social media sites may require apps like iMovie, Clips or other third-party apps

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