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GarageBand: Amp Guide

With the latest version of GarageBand more guitar friendly than ever, join us as we look at the amps and stompboxes available to you for getting that guitar sound you’re looking for

When the latest version of GarageBand was unveiled, it shifted the focus of the software’s target audience away from keyboard players, podcasters and DJs and aimed it at guitarists. GarageBand ’09 took a big step forward with its 3D graphical representations of five new amp models and ten virtual stompboxes, which can be assembled in multiple combinations to create a vast array of guitar tones.
To provide consistency of control across the range, each amp has the same set of ten control knobs, even if some of those were not available on the original hardware versions. Although control of these parameters, and those of all the stompboxes, can be accessed by GarageBand’s automation system, real-time changes while playing a guitar are hampered by the lack of MIDI control, so footswitches are out – you have to take your hands off the guitar and click the mouse to use them. Aside from that, both the amps and the pedals work and sound like the real thing, and are perfect for getting guitar ideas down quickly.