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Opinion: Garageband For The iPad Will Once Again Revolutionize The Music Industry


That’s right. You’re reading correctly. The iPad 2 along with its flashy new application Garageband, will in fact revolutionize the music and recording industries. In order to fully grasp this concept, we have to take a step into our technology time machine. Starting in the middle of the 20th century, recording music was a luxury. It was a tough proposition to rent a studio, hire an engineer and get a group of musicans together. Aside from the logistical side, it was expensive. As technology progressed, things got slightly easier as we approached the ’90s and recording moved mostly to computers. Instead of having to physically cut tape, recording engineers could move levers and drag their mouse across a computer screen.

One of the largest shifts in the recording world came at the turn of the century. With the ’00s came the idea of a portable recording station. I know a decent bit about these systems because I owned one early in my life. The device I used looked like a mixing board but contained software that let my band plug in instruments and record up to 15 tracks at a time. What this meant is that for the first time, many musicians could invest $1000 and record themselves. This revolution sparked thousands of wouldn’t be musicians to give it a shot. The trend was furthered by programs like Garageband which debuted in 2004. Garageband gave amateur musicians the ability to easily mix, edit, track and share their work. It was one of the programs that first got me interested in buying an Apple computer.

An Example Of A Multi Track All In One Recorder

The truth is that regardless of your preference during this past decade, getting set up with a home recording rig would end up costing at least $1000 in almost all cases. Apple computers aren’t cheap. What came next was the creation of the webcam and more importantly, the self contained computer with a built in webcam. Now, artists like a 13 year old Justin Bieber could record themselves playing acoustic guitar and singing, post it to YouTube and become an overnight success. Now it’s time to regroup. If you’re still with me through the history of recording music within the confines of your home then we’re ready to turn the page on 2010 and move into 2011.

Whether he meant to or not, Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple’s media event on March 2nd and changed the recording world one more time. Although he was on stage to reveal the iPad 2, the true winner was Garageband for iPad which was showcased as a complimentary software. Garageband for iPad would have many of the same features as the computer based software of the same name. Here’s where the revolution comes in. The marriage of the iPad 2 and Garageband gives musicians the ability to record themselves visually (using the built in camera) or focus on the audio by using Garageband. Now, you’re thinking, Harris, we could do all of this already on a Mac. There’s nothing revolutionary here. There is. It lies in the price.

Garageband And Its 8 Track Recording Screen

Overnight, the recording industries costs of entry will plummet. Solo artists plugging away will be able to spend as little as $499 for an iPad 2, another $5 for the app (Garageband) and as little as $99 for an audio interface. That’s right folks, you can be up and running, using an 8 track recorder and one of the best consumer based recording softwares ever created for around $600!! Music has always boiled down to the money and on March 11th, the recording world will get a huge jolt of energy. This product will give thousands of musicians a new avenue to explore when trying to break into the business and has the ability to truly change everything, again.

There’s always a few skeptics. I have something for you. Here’s my challenge. If you’re still doubting anything written in this article, watch this video, which shows exactly how easy this program is to use. I was still a skeptic until I saw this. It really is an amazing interface and as of today, the music industry will begin another huge transformation, for better or for worse.

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  • Comment by Wigwam65 posted May 19, 2012 at 16:44

    I initially installed Garageband on my iPod and was very impressed. Now, I have it on an iPad and it’s a revelation. Having the ability to create ‘feel’ is a huge technological accomplishment. Each cord or note responds to the lightness or otherwise of your touch, in any key, with any scale to solo against, in a range of the usual instruments (guitars, bass, keyboards, drum kits and orchestral strings).
    It’s useful to have a degree of musical knowledge, but not essential. All it would take is a dedicated and trully interested budding musician to pick it up. Maybe lessons on the subject might be helpful?
    So far I’ve only begun to explain one aspect of this software. There’s the recording and editing capabilities which are perfectly adequate for the ‘lay man’, and it will certainly provide insight and ppreciation of music to anyone interested enough to learn. I play the guitar and love it, which is why I can relate to and appreciate this impressive software.