GarageBand is a comprehensive sequencer that is easy to use and beautiful to behold. It allows you to mix and record instantly, without any special knowledge of music or audio recording.
Play and play, GarageBand does the rest
Originally, GarageBand was little more than an extra Apple threw into its operating system as a stepping stone to more "serious" sequencers. Today, however, things are significantly different with the app’s quality and functionality improved to the point that it is near essential to musicians and podcasters alike.
GarageBand is the easiest sequencer on the market. It has a well-stocked (and expandable) sample library with Apple loops, emulators for guitar amplifiers, and virtual synthesizers - making it a comprehensive tool for all musicians.
The editing features in GarageBand have also greatly improved in quality. Two important tools now included in the sequencer are Flex Time and Groove Matching.
The first of these allows you to manually correct the timing of an audio file and note length. Groove Matching lets you to select between all the tracks that make up your GarageBand project, pick the one with the most accurate groove/tempo and match all the others to it. Practically, this means that in one click you can have all of your instruments playing in time, even if the original recordings were less the perfect.
To top it all off, GarageBand now includes tutorials from famous musicians like Sting. These can be acquired from the GarageBand interface and provide a digital aid that tells you how you played in terms of harmony, melody, and rhythm.
The latest version of the program is compatible with OS X Yosemite, and includes new Voice Templates and the ability to share projects through Mail Drop.
Easy to use
With GarageBand, Apple is making home-recording a possibility for everyone, simplifying the process down while offering a host of mixing functions, virtual instruments, amplifiers, emulators, and a multitude of filter effects.
Presets to create podcasts allow users to create a "virtual" professional radio broadcast, with many fade effects and filters. No prior experience required.
All operations are instinctive, both as regards the MIDI tracks and audio. So this is a unique of its kind sequencer, whose balance between usability and power is a credit to its developers.
Please don’t stop the music
GarageBand is the ideal software for those who love making music. It adapts to the needs of all, expert or not, and it offers a range of features that are difficult to match: a sequencer of the highest order.