After a few months of being iPad only, GarageBand finally made the switch to being a universal application. The app finally frees GarageBand as an iPad or Mac-only music creation app. The new universal application has the same amazing features that are found in the original version (plus the few listed below), but with support for a smaller screen. The user-interface on the iPhone has been tweaked to accomodate for the smaller screen.
The new application can be downloaded on all your other devices for free if you have already purchased the application on your iPad. Otherwise, be prepared to pay a small fee of $4.99 for one of the most amazing content-creation apps on the iOS platform. It can be found at this link, or by searching for “GarageBand” in the App Store on your iPhone/iPod touch.
There is also an update for iPad users, and adds some new minor features such as:
- Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
- Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
- Reset song key without transposing original recordings
- Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
- Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
- New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
- Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
- Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
- Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options
So if you’re really into music, or want to make some amateur tunes, the new GarageBand application will allow you to make great songs on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The app is compatible with all iOS 5 devices, and it runs like a dream on the iPhone 4S. What are your first impressions for the application? Let us know in the comments below or by sending me a tweet.