GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug in a guitar or bass and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks. Use the Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops and sound packs created by some of the biggest producers in the world. And then share your song with friends and family.

Live Loops. Make music like a DJ
• Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger a Live Loop cell or group of cells
• Get started with templates or build your own grid from scratch with Apple Loops
• Create custom loops by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument
• Use Remix FX to perform DJ-style effects
• Tap record to capture your performance

Play your iPad, and iPhone, like a musical instrument
• Play a variety of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Play and record using the Alchemy Touch Instrument
• Build grooves inspired by classic electronic drum machines with the Beat Sequencer
• Download free instruments, loops and sound packs for GarageBand with the Sound Library
• Capture any sound and apply studio-class effects
• Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual amps & stompboxes
• Record performances from third-party music apps directly into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions*

Drummer for iOS
• Add virtual session drummers to your song, who take direction and play realistic grooves
• Choose from acoustic, electronic drummers and percussionists**
• Each character provides their own sound and the ability to create over a million realistic grooves and fills

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Play an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings
• Perform with Chord Strips and autoplay using any keyboard instrument
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds
• Strum chords or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar

Create a song anywhere you go
• Record, arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops***
• Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
• Use professional mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
• Recording, mixing and exporting a song can be done at 24-bit audio resolution
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Automate the volume and record the movement of controls on Touch Instruments
• Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad

Share your songs
• Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs using email or Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud****
• Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud

* Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extensions apps from the App Store.
** Requires free download from GarageBand Sound Library.
*** Multitrack recording requires a compatible third-party audio interface.
**** Sharing to Facebook and YouTube requires iMovie.

What’s New

Version 2.3.12

• Stability improvements and bug fixes
• Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
12.6K Ratings

12.6K Ratings

I'm tough and sweet 🤗🥔🍭 ,

Please fix this glitch

Garage band is the one app that I liked, and I appreciate the work. Although, occasionally, I face a glitch, more like a bug, wherein I aren’t allowed to make a new song. I checked if it had anything to do with my device. Unfortunately, no.

I like the packs, but it would be much more (what shall I say...) including the diversity of Indian classical along with African. The south East Asian scale that was included is really great. Including more packs would be great.

Shouldn’t the guitar be able to strum? Please help in that as well.

hvpolamarasetty ,

Pad selection request

I love this app and this is one of the biggest reasons I like the apple ecosystem. Having the ability to edit my music on my iphone and ipad is great.
One big request from me is to have an option to play multiple instruments by having a quick selection of pads assigned to different instruments. It will be very helpful to give a performance to others with this option. I like to play music for my family and friends. But I am limited to playing one instrument and letting all others instruments to play in the background.
At least having this option on ipad which has more screen real estate will be welcoming for many GarageBand enthusiasts like me.

Aman Gyani ,

Great but I have problems in exporting.

The app is great. I can make whatever type of beat I can. But there is one major flaw that screws the experience.

Whenever I try and export a song, it used to work perfectly, and saves it as an audio recording, but now it doesn’t do that. It saves them as a document, which not only means that I can’t export a sound and use it in another song, but it also means that I cannot upload it anywhere. It saves it with .aiff, .m4a, .wav, extensions, but it still saves it as a document and not an audio recording.

What should I do for this? Is this a glitch that has affected others or is it something else?

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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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