Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video What’s new in Q3 2015, part of GarageBand Essential Training.
- Okay, so as I record this movie, it's July 2015. On June 30th of this year, Apple released another update to Garage Band, bringing it to Version 10.1.0. And that comes with some new features and abilities that weren't present when I originally recorded this course. Like with the previous update, the functionality of Garage Band really hasn't changed much, but I did want to add this movie here, so you'll be aware of what differences you'll see when you watch some of the upcoming movies in this course. So for example in Chapter 2, I introduced you to Garage Band's Drummer feature which lets you design and place incredibly natural and realistic drum parts into your music.
At the time I originally recorded the movie on Drummer, there was a limited number of Drummer styles available. With the release of Garage Band 10.1.0, Apple has added ten more Drummers, giving you an even larger variety of playing styles to choose from. You'll find the majority of the new Drummers in the two new categories of Electronic and Hip Hop. So selecting different Drummers will give you different drumming styles.
However, the way you use Drummer hasn't changed. So, when you get to that movie on Chapter 2, you'll still be able to follow along. But you'll just have a larger variety of Drummers to choose from. Next, Garage Band 10.1 has more than 100 additional synthesizer patches added to it. So if you're into EDM or Electronic Dance Music, you'll be able to choose from tons of synthesizer sounds. The new sounds are mixed in with the old sounds. But the new sounds feature a brand new control system called the Transform Pad, which you'll find under Smart Controls which I also discuss later.
The Transform Pad allows you to dramatically alter the sound of the synths, giving you even more sound variety. So for instance, I currently have this 80s Sync Lead track selected, which sounds like this. But I can use the Transform Pad here to transform its sound. I can even drag this selector around the Pad to change the sound in real time.
You can also automate the sound transformation so that they change at specific points within the song. I've added a movie in Chapter 3 on how to use and automate the Transform Pad with the new synths. And speaking of automation, Apple has expanded Garage Band's ability in that area too. In Chapter 5, you'll learn how to automate track properties like volume and panning, but now you can also automate the movement of software instruments' smart controls to capture changes like tone and effect adjustments. So the principles you'll learn for automating volume and panning will be able to be applied to automating other properties as well.
And there are a couple of other things worth mentioning too. Apple has added over 1,000 new loops that you can add to your own songs. I covered loops in Chapter 2, but basically loops are snippets of music that are designed to repeat seamlessly and you can drag them into sections of your songs to improve, enhance, and otherwise layer music into your tracks. And lastly, to coincide with the release of Apple Music, which is Apple's subscription-based music streaming service, which also includes a service called Connect, where artists can connect with their fans by posting audio, video and status updates, Garage Band now lets you export music directly to your Connect account if you're a musician and you control your account.
Now if you are a musician and you don't yet have control of your Connect account, point your browser at apple.com/music/connect and down at the bottom of the page, find the area "Are you a musician?" And click "Learn more about Connect for artists". And here you'll be able to find information on how to sign up for your account. Okay, so that's a quick rundown of the new features of Garage Band 10.1. Many of these features are just added content, like new Drummers and new loops, but you'll also have new tools available, like the synths and Transform Pad, which we'll get to again at the end of Chapter 3.
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Working with loops
- Recording Software Instrument tracks
- Getting real sounds into your Mac
- Recording and compositing multiple tracks
- Arranging, editing, and mixing your project
- Sharing your music with the Share menu
- Controlling GarageBand remotely from an iPad
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Q: This course was updated on 11/24/2014. What changed?
A: We added one new movie ("What's new in GarageBand 10.0.3") and revised three others ("Customizing the bass sound," "Using Audio Unit and third-party plugins," and "Using the Share menu") to reflect the changes in GarageBand 10.0.3.
Q: This course was updated on 8/03/2015. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, one covering the general 6/30/2015 update to GarageBand and one at the end of chapter 3 on working with and automating the new synth sounds and Transform Pad.