In this revision Apple has taken things a step further, both in the entry-level element and the advanced level too. Not only that but Apple has successfully kept GarageBand true to its core strength, which is simplicity and ease of use. Starting with the entry-level aspect, GarageBand has a new system in place for learning instruments. In the launcher window that appears when GarageBand starts, you have the option of navigating to a section called ‘Learn to play’. Here you can opt to learn piano or guitar. You get one loaded lesson. On top of the HD movies that take you step by step through learning the basics, you also get a system that can track what you play and grade you on your progress. More than that, it can actually pinpoint the places where you have made errors so that you can go back and focus on problem aspects of your playing. As a learning tool it is pretty exceptional. The focus is on accessibility and for complete beginners it couldn’t be more perfect if the teacher was actually in the room. Of course, there is a requirement that you own a keyboard or guitar, but if you have already taken that step then you’ll be even more likely to get really good results from this element of the software.
The second element that will also make musicians’ lives much easier is called Flex Time and it allows users to edit recorded tracks without any worries about changing the timing of the notes they have played. Let’s say, for instance, you have been playing guitar and made just one error during the song, playing a chord out of time. Rather than having to record the whole sequence again or chop the audio up into hundreds of pieces to isolate the element you need to move, GarageBand has already done that and will let you simply drag the faulty chord forward or backwards into time without disturbing any of the other recorded parts in the same sequence. It its truly stunning. Flex Time comes directly from Logic and is one of the program’s biggest selling points. Many users will probably not be able to find an excuse to buy the pro app when its little brother is pretty much on a par in terms of functionality. Apple has also added a few more amps to the equation for good measure.
These changes in GarageBand are the perfect example of an application that is evolving perfectly. It retains the elements that make it accessible. It is easy to use, it’s great fun and it