Most musicians don't have the necessary green kicking around to hire a full string orchestra every time they want to lay down symphonic epicness on their studio album. Thankfully, GarageBand's latest 1.2 update offers a slick solution to that pricey logistical nightmare. Whether you're crafting hip-hop, rock-n-roll, or Norwegian black metal, here's how you can use the new Smart Strings feature to spice up your songs with some orchestral oomph.
I'm going on a road trip this summer and while I've been perfecting my Spotify playlist for the occasion, I'd like to use the trip as an excuse to discover new music, too. One of my favorite places to discover music is on NPR. Sometimes they'll stream the new album of one of my favorite independent artists, and sometimes they'll have news story about some incredibly melodious sub-genre I might want to delve into. With their iPhone app, now I can get all this music on demand.
If you have a preschooler, you’re no doubt familiar with Wee Sing, a beloved children’s brand that has taught through music for more than three decades. With more than 60 million books, albums and live-action videos sold, there’s one area the company was absent from -- until today.
So, for the sake of this tutorial we’re going to assume you already know how to lay down a funky drum beat, plug in a real guitar or keyboard, and make up your own killer riffs and solos using the Smart and Touch Instruments. Of course, recording is only one part of the process-- the next step is to get it all sounding great and wrap your head around the way GarageBand organizes your songs into Sections.
While seasoned musical pros will take to GarageBand like the proverbial duck to water, what about the rest of us? People who can’t play an instrument might be left wondering what the point of GarageBand is for them. Well, they needn’t, because Apple has created something called Smart Instruments that lets just about anybody create great-sounding songs.
The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, where a gaggle of new technology products have already been unleashed over the weekend. Computer music technology firm IK Multimedia decided to save their announcements for opening day, with a volley of iOS accessory hardware for DJs and musicians alike.
Despite the rumors of a Logic Pro X being nearly complete, Apple has today released a minor update to the existing Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2.2 to the Mac App Store, thus ending an era of boxed software from Cupertino. The good news is you can now buy these pro music apps cheaper than ever before!
Ahh, geez. Can someone please give that kid something to play with? All these kids really want these days is a chance to creatively express themselves, right? Give them what they want: an iPad with musical instruments. On the flip side, those free instrument apps aren't just for kids who needs to keep their hands busy. There are a few that help us adults without idle hands actually put together a little tune, or learn to play an instrument. Here's a look at a few free music apps to either keep the kids busy or keep your mind in tune. See what I did there? (Maybe that pun didn't really work. Can't say I didn't try.)
As great as a streaming music service as Spotify is, it’s sometimes easy to get lost among all those tracks. How can you find songs you’re truly interested in? The company is making it a bit easier this week, announcing a new partnership with SoundHound to aid in your discovery of new tracks -- although for right now, it’s only for our friends across the pond.