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Apple Releases iOS GarageBand Update and New Music Memos App

Music Memos looks like a pretty fun little app. Unlike the built-in Voice Memos app, Music Memos saves uncompressed audio, so it can continue to be used right through the production chain without sacrificing quality. Jim Dalrymple went hands-on:

Music Memos analyzes the recording for tempo and chord changes for guitar and piano. It places the chords you played right on the waveform so you can see them instantly.

The brilliance of the app is that Apple built-in a drummer and bass into the app. Simply tap on those instruments and you can hear your song idea with a full band. Like Drummer in GarageBand or Logic, you can choose a different type of drummer, go half time, or any number of other options.

Since Music Memos analyzed the audio track you recorded, it follows along with you, even if you sped up or slowed down during the recording.

I know what I’m doing as soon as I get home to my guitar.

Apple also released an update to GarageBand for iOS today, with iPad Pro support, a rad looping feature, and 3D Touch support. That no iPad yet has a 3D Touch screen seems even crazier now.