Apple unveiled major updates to its music creation apps this month, showcasing major new features for music makers on iPhone, iPad and Mac alike.
GarageBand for iOS 2.2 has been expanded to incorporate Alchemy – a powerful creative synthesizer – in addition to a new sound browser that makes it easier than ever to search through instruments and patches.
Logic Pro X 10.3 has also been updated to become an even more powerful tool, with a modern interface and new features for professional audio production.
In addition to this, support has been implemented for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, which makes intuitive, context-sensitive controls readily available for desktop users.
With regard to the iPhone and iPad versions of Logic Pro X, the biggest new addition with the latest update is probably the ability to add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their mobile device with they are away from their Mac.
This means users can continue working on the music they're making remotely, without having to take lots of expensive and bulky equipment with them on the go.
A new share option means that users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever they choose.
After the project has been saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it's opened on the user's Mac.
Still more sophisticated music creations have been brought to the iPhone and iPad with GarageBand for iOS, which is also intended to be fun and easy to use.
A rich collection of more than 150 Apple-designed patches from a wide variety of genres have been added to the app with Alchemy, with electronic dance music, hip hop, indie, rock and pop among the styles represented.
Alchemy’s Transform Pad makes it possible for users to morph between eight sonic snapshots in real-time, creating expressive synth performances.
Multi-take recording has been added with the latest update to GarageBand for iOS. This function gives users multiple passes to capture their best performance, in addition to the ability to audition and switch between their favourite takes.
Susan Prescott, vice-president of applications product marketing for Apple, emphasised just how important music is to her company.
“Music has always been part of Apple's DNA – and we are excited to deliver yet another fun and powerful update to our music creation apps, GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X,” she commented.
“These updates bring a wide range of new and highly requested features to both hobbyists and the community of pro musicians and audio engineers who rely on our software and hardware to create amazing music.”