Sure, you started out with good intentions for iTunes, meticulously editing metadata and building perfect playlists. But gradually things got out of hand. BeaTunes is like a Swiss Army knife for your music library. The software fixes all sorts of problems, from metadata errors to spelling mistakes. It also features a couple of neat tricks that will be useful for DJs, including automatic beat detection, and the ability to identify the key of each of your tracks for more seamless mixing.
Do you like adventure? Do you like drinking? Do you like playing with snot? Well, kiddos, this week then is all about you as we've got apps that are all about all three (not at once). But wait, there's more! We've got jazz, cloud storage, words and weirdness all waiting for you under the fold. So get clicking!
Playing and composing songs on your own is a blast for some, however there's something special about making music in collaboration with other like-minded folks that just can't be beat. Up until now, GarageBand on iOS has been a solo affair, but update 1.2 includes a new jam session feature that lets up to four people rock out as a group and record their tracks together in real-time. It works surprisingly well, and jam sessions are not hard to setup. Here's how you can get grooving and recording with your own little iOS band.
When you're laying down instrument tracks in GarageBand, a simple slip-up can all but ruin an otherwise great recording take, forcing you to undo your mistake and re-record it until you nail it perfectly. If you've got a bad case of the butterfingers, constantly re-trying without success can be maddening. The good news is update 1.2 makes fixing your songs after the fact a much smoother process. Now you can open up your wonky tracks in the new Note Editor and do a little quick surgery to make them right again. It's a lot easier than it sounds. Here's how you pull it off.
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.