100% crop of a screenshot of iPad GarageBand on the Retina Display

Stunning amount of detail on this display.

From the “recent projects” screen – the thumbnail of the default demo project:

Remember: these aren’t enlarged.  This is the actual image from the screen at full resolution.  Imagine if you could cram this much detail into a desktop display.

“You won’t feel as though you’ve just stolen a Klingon battle cruiser”

Create Digital Music has a great “hands on” with iOS GarageBand that reads more like a treatise on designing easy software for beginners who are uncomfortable with most music software.

I’d like to add that iOS GarageBand allows far more ability to create original “crutched” music (via the excellent Smart Instruments) than it’s Mac big brother does. In fact, if I had an unlimited budget, I’d start my class on iOS GarageBand and then move straight to Ableton Live.

The article doesn’t address the fact that “digital natives” (kids who grow up comfortable with computer-y metaphors and don’t need real world metaphors to help them use a computer) tend to care less about the look of an app, and more about how quickly/easily it works. When I say I could start beginners on Ableton Live, it’s totally due to the “laid-bareness” of the UI. Everything you need is there, works, and is clear.

Nothing needs to look like a “real” instrument (or gear/rack) because the computer itself is the “real” instrument now.

All I Need – done with iPad apps

You know I have mixed feelings about making music on iPads. Same goes for most of these “iPad Band” videos – they’re kitschy, usually don’t sound very good, and if it weren’t for the iPad/Pod/Phone part the actual sounds that are coming out wouldn’t be given a second thought by any human with working ears.

But this guy made one that sounds pretty good:

Looks like a mix of a couple good apps: GarageBand, Fingerjam, and some other thing that apparently has a glockenspiel interface?  Good find!