Record with GarageBand

Get into the groove and record a song with Ap­ple’s free music-mak­ing app

Mac|Life - - NEWS - Hollin Jones

As part of the iLife fam­ily, GarageBand used to paid-for, and given away with all new Macs. Re­cently, Ap­ple made it, along with iWork and iMovie, free for all Mac users run­ning re­cent op­er­at­ing sys­tem ver­sions, re­gard­less of whether you’ve just bought new hard­ware. In GarageBand’s case you only need a Mac run­ning OS X El Cap­i­tan or later.

That’s great news as the app is more pow­er­ful than you might ex­pect a free one to be. Shar­ing much of its un­der­ly­ing tech­nol­ogy with Ap­ple’s more ad­vanced Logic Pro X, it puts a friendly face on music-mak­ing tools, and shouldn’t be daunt­ing even if you’re a be­gin­ner.

It comes with a lot of pre­made loops, in­stru­ments, and ef­fects, and build­ing up your first track is sur­pris­ingly sim­ple. Best of all, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need any ex­tra equip­ment to start mak­ing music – with just your Mac and this app, you can write tunes right now!

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