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 to 32 tracks. Use the Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops and sound packs. Audio Unit Extensions in iOS 13 allow you to play, record and mix third-party instruments or effects directly in GarageBand. 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
• Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch*
• Record performances from third-party music apps directly in 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 any song section multiple times over and choose your favourite 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

* Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s or later.
** 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 2.3.8

• Support for Dark Mode and new Share Sheet in iOS 13
• Access files from external hard drives, SD card readers and USB drives
• Improves audio fidelity of Apple Loops when making tempo and key changes
• New downloadable “Skyline Heat” sound pack with a collection of over 350 new Hip Hop loops and 6 drum kits
• Search for Apple Loops by Sound Library pack name
• Provides performance and stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
844 Ratings

844 Ratings

JoaqyAtMinecraft ,

Everyhing is ok for me, just some suggestions.

First is to optionally add more drums in the drums instrument like a fourth tom, another snare, more crashes, splash, and china cymbal. Second is to add timpany, and its a better idea to collaborate with other music apps. Im trying to compose, and i cant compose electronic music. Also add more soundpacks, and some new filters that can let you make elctronic music. I also want you to add more percussion instruments like vibraphone and Timpani as a virtual instrument, not some drumpad crap or something.

PrettyApple55 ,

Really?! Apple??

Please improve this GarageBand. A lot of amazing music makers and some who dream to be it make this app as their first encountering to music making. But the problem is that their dreams are blocked due to complains about this app like inaccessible GarageBand files, can’t be download, laggy, and many more. (Just read the previous comments.) Me myself is always excited to use this app but because I encountered several problems, I deleted the app. Please, Apple, fix this app before the next iOS release (using 5s haha). I still wanna use this app though but fix everything, please. You don’t want your stocks to drop, right? I’m sorry Apple if this offended you but we’re just telling the truth. Oh please fix this app Apple, please. I just want to use an amazing GarageBand for my 5s. And please make it fair. Thank you if you’ve read this and made an action immediately.

Alaric LaBrie ,

Live loops don’t update on multi-take recording.

While I love the application this one missing feature bothers me to no end. Live Loops are great for that perfect session. But due to there being no synchronisation between the Live loops tab and the track view it makes it nearly impossible to just lay down your tracks in a logical progression. Often I will start over completely if I make a single mistake just because it is too much of a pain to fix it via the loops page or track view.


Apple Distribution International
1.7 GB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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  • Family Sharing

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

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