Scott C wrote:
I've got an iPad for work.
Garage Band is great. It's limited, but it's great.
Limited (or I couldn't figure out how):
You can only adjust the volume for the entire track (say, the bass). If you want the bass louder for the chorus, you need to put it in a separate track (row on the screen).
Each "smart" guitar or bass has 4 preset strum patterns. I don't know a way of expanding that. So, for the songs I posted, T18, O'Hare and I think Flyover use preset strum patterns. Rocker uses samples that are stored in another spot in the program. There is a wide variety of these samples, but they are what they are, meaning I can't use the first 2 strums of one then shift to another, and I can't easily use the same "strum pattern" of a sample using different notes or chords. <<That probably doesn't make much sense if you haven't used garage band at all, sorry.
As you keep adding tracks to a song, maybe past 4 or 5 the program takes longer and longer to save the song, and it saves it whenever it wants to, not when you want to. So, with 8 tracks it seems like it takes forever to save the song (forever = 10-15 seconds probably).
You can't program the drums precisely. You drag the individual drums (kick, snare tom) or cymbals onto a grid with 2 axes: volume and complexity. These are teh "smart" drums. You can play a drum kit on the screen and record that, but it would be nice to have sort of a traditional drum programming machine.
I still say it is an amazing program, but once you figure it out, it won't be long before you'll be wishing it could do more.