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GarageBand for iOS adds new loop tools and a smarter drummerArrange and play samples with the new Live Loops interface, or let AI drummers add a human touch.
[MUSIC] Garage Band is Apple's pro [UNKNOWN] level music recording app. It combines a lot of the features you see in more professional digital audio workstations. The big. new feature in this latest version of GarageBand is actually an entirely new interface called Live Loops, and that lets you stack all sorts of samples and loops. You can use imported ones, ones that apples provides, you can record your own, or just play entire stacks of them, just kind of like this. [MUSIC] We can just play a whole row of them that you set up beforehand. [MUSIC] And now that you To do a lot of on the fly arranging and music creation. So let's say you're doing some sort of DJ performance thing and you want to play samples like an instrument, that's a cool way to do this. Or if you just have a bunch of samples you've been working on. Also of course the traditional recording interface that they still have and they've added new features to that. This looks a lot more like traditional music recording. You see all the tracks I've recorded here and I can control the volume of the track. You can do virtual keyboards and guitars, or you can actually use the built in mic and record your own. The big new edition here is something called drummer. And that is an AI drummer event found in logical pro. That has not made it's way to garage band, and what that lets you do is Open up a drum track. And then you can pick the drummer, there's several styles of drummer. And then once you pick one you can then decide if you want the drum beat they play to be more complex, or simple. Louder, quieter, there's a lot of variation there. And if you do it right it really sounds like a live drummer. It adapts. As you record the rest of your songs, it kind of gets rid of that robotic loop feeling. There's a lot more you can do in GarageBand than we can go into here. There are cool effects you can apply to the tracks, you do a time, you can go and edit the individual midi notes and even do all sorts of automation, it's a super powerful tool that still has a very casual, consumer friendly edge. [MUSIC]