Q. What's new in GarageBand '11?
A. There are two very big features, several additions, and a lot of GUI refinements
The two big features are Flex Time, and Groove Matching.
Flex Time allows you to move, stretch, or shorten individual notes without changing the good parts of your recording.
Groove Matching allows you to select any rock solid track in your song and make it the Groove Track, and all other tracks instantly match it.
This is the first time GarageBand offers these types of tools for Audio recordings!
GarageBand 6 (iLife '11) offers a bunch of new amps and stomp boxes. There are "seven new guitar amps for a total of 12. They’re modeled after the most revered gear in the world — from clean sounds to heavy distortion and everything in between. You can also reproduce the sound of classic foot pedals with five new stompbox effects, making 15 from which to choose."
Finally there's "How did I play?" The feature that listens to you play in real time and tells you how you’re doing. You’ll see how well you played with colored notes, a progress bar, and a performance meter.
If you're coming from GarageBand 3, however, keep in mind that the features that GarageBand 08 added (for which there are MANY) are there too, making this a fantastic upgrade for version 1, 2, and 3 users.
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GarageBand from Apple Computer uses audio loops and MIDI loops in Apple Loops format. It can work with Audio Units plug-ins. Apple Macintosh Compatible FireWire and USB interfaces can be used to connect Audio and MIDI instruments to your Mac, and be recorded into GarageBand.
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