Apple GarageBand 2.0


The ease with which combine music samples, add multiple effects and save all on several tracks helps make this music creation application, included in iLife, one of the most effective tools for budding composers .


Part of the iLife ’05 software suite, GarageBand 2.0 is the program dedicated to musical composition. Occupying a large amount of disk space, it can not meet the expectations of experienced musicians. Nevertheless, it is a good starting point for beginners who want to try compositing. GarageBand 2.0 is installed automatically and quickly with iLife, which requires 4.7 GB of available disk space.

There is no configuration step. After launching the program, you simply open a new project and add tracks to it. If you want to add music samples, “Jam Packs”, namely instruments, loops and effects, Remix Tools and Rhythm Section Symphony Orchestra, it will cost 100 euros each and 3, 4.5, 5 and 10 GB disk space, respectively. Clearly, you need no less than 27.2 GB of space available to install the GarageBand 2.0 package in its entirety


This is undoubtedly one of the easiest music composition tools. A glance at the Start Guide is enough to start creating your own musical style. The startup interface takes the form of a light gray and dark gray window through which a top rule and having the middle a large section dedicated to the arrangement of the tracks. Downstairs, there is a zoom slider, shortcut keys, the playback buttons, the time display and volume control command. When you open the loop browser or the track editor, the bottom of the slide window to reveal whether the instrument selections, an editing grid, respectively. Many keyboard shortcuts are designed to speed up browsing.

GarageBand 2.0 offers more than 1,000 high-quality loops segmented into families of instruments such as Brass, Percussion and Synth, as well as moods as tonic or sad. Within these groups, various loops have been affected, such as Bongo Beat Orchestra Brass 01 and 03. Each of the “Jam Packs” adds over 2,000 loops and a selection of new instruments. Using loops in GarageBand 2.0 is the fastest and most simple to create a song; through this method, we have produced a track quickly enough( Listen to the result in WMA format).

However, with the vast feature set of the program, you are not limited to tracks based loops. It is thus possible to combine real instruments and record the program. GarageBand 2.0 provides several preset effects that you can revise your taste. It even includes a built-in tuner. Another option: use the integrated tools, you press with your keyboard, your mouse (while the piano keys on the screen) or a MIDI keyboard. There are 15 families of software sounds (organ, synths and horns, for example), each containing several types of instruments. As with real instruments, you can apply their various effects such as Distortion, Flanger, Echo and the track.

Besides these features, GarageBand 2.0 includes a basic mixing instrument for each track: it adjusts the balance right and left, as well as perform crossfades volume. You can also import audio files ( AIFF , WAV , MP3 , Apple Lossless and AAC unprotected) files and MIDI in by simple drag and drop interface. Moreover, GarageBand 2.0 offers the ability to view the records with their entire partition. The app also lets you edit individual tracks, but we were disappointed with the level of modification; impossible to go to the level of the audio sample. Choose a separate audio editing tool such as Bias Peak if you search this feature. As expected, the performance of GarageBand 2.0 vary depending on the system used. We tested the program on an iBook G4 with a 1GHz processor and 256MB of RAM, an admittedly modest requirements to run some multimedia applications. Apple recommends 512MB RAM and requires you to have Mac OS X 10.3.4 or higher. Editing and applying effects are in real time with minimal delay or no.

However, we encountered some latency problems when launching a sound overview of curls while reading tracks that were already in shape. Results varied, but we always found a noticeable delay between when we cliquions on the loop and when it was read. Sometimes, the reading of the main tracks is even stopped completely. As a result, we found more convenient to drag loops on the interface and listen to it; sometimes, we noticed a delay between the time we file loops and when it actually appeared. Hopefully these should not be a problem when Garageband for Android is released

Besides advice in using GarageBand, Apple offers a web page dedicated to the support of GarageBand. You will find discussion forums for each of iLife program, as well as software updates and a long list of related help topics.