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GarageBand has been around for a while, but it continues to impress with excellent instrument layouts and intuitive recording controls.

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Play it like a guitar

You can pluck the strings or play switch and play them as chords. Guitars also come with various effects appropriate to the style of guitar.
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So many options

There are several different types of instruments to choose from, each with their own unique sounds.
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Save your songs

Your songs are laid out in a grid to make it easy to find the one you want to work on. While I know what most of my songs are, I think I need to work on giving them names.
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Smart instruments for the less musical

The smart instruments are truly amazing in their capability to make even those with little musical talent sound great (I should know).
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Clever instrument layouts

Can't play piano? No problem. Use the smart version of instruments to get a clever layout of chords and bass notes that makes it easy to put together a great song quickly.
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Settings and options

Use the buttons in the upper right when you want to drill down to some of the more advanced settings and options.
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Switch to the track view

With the track view you can add instruments to your song, create loops, or use one of the many premade loops included with GarageBand.

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