Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Apple expands Touch Bar support for GarageBand (updated)

The entry-level music production software got some design updates at WWDC.
Andrew Dalton, @dolftown
June 8, 2017
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Apple App Store

While the list of apps supporting the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar has been growing at a decent clip, and Apple's own entry-level music learning and production software just got an update as well. After WWDC, Apple pushed out a GarageBand update that expanded how the app works with the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar -- similar to Apple's own professional level production suite, Logic Pro X, which added touch features earlier this year.

With the 10.2 update, users can now easily navigate through GarageBand projects, adjust levels and play instruments from the MacBook Pro's dynamic function row. For everyone else diving back in to GarageBand, you'll find the latest update also brings a "modern design with improved ease of use" and the ability to add track you started on the mobile versions of the app. There are also some new drum loop controls and a trio of new virtual drummers that can play Pop, "Songwriter" or Latin styles.

Touch Bar features aside, the latest update for GarageBand is a welcome one. GarageBand gets updates on a year-ish basis, but this is one of the biggest updates we've seen since GarageBand 10 arrived way back in 2013. It's also reassuring to see that Apple hasn't forgotten to update it's entry level software with some of those pro-level features.

Correction: This article originally stated that Apple had just added Touch Bar features to GarageBand for the first time. They were aded shortly after the new MacBook Pro launched in the fall of 2016 -- this week's update adds new features. This article also stated that this was the first "major" GarageBand update in several year; Apple typically puts out bigger GarageBand for the Mac about once a year. We apologize for the error.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time

Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time

View
The best Black Friday tech deals that are already available

The best Black Friday tech deals that are already available

View
'Mechwarrior 5' will arrive on Xbox in spring 2021

'Mechwarrior 5' will arrive on Xbox in spring 2021

View
'Marvel's Avengers' hasn't turned a profit yet

'Marvel's Avengers' hasn't turned a profit yet

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr