CES this year was all about accessories, and out on the show floor we saw no shortage of headphones, keyboards, and tools ready to turn your mobile device into a music-creation powerhouse. You don’t always need fancy hardware to cook up some compelling tracks, though, and today Apple brings its users both one new and one updated tool to keep them cranking out some of their own hot tunes.
The new player is an app called Music Memos, and it gives musicians the ability to quickly and easily capture some off-the-cuff jams in a high-quality lossless format. Beyond simple recording abilities, the app lets users detect rhythm (and add in drum and bass tracks), giving song-writers a shortcut for getting tunes out of their head and into a much more accessible format. Music Memos supports a robust note-taking and tag system, letting users document their latest recording for future recall.
Next up we have an update for GarageBand, and the big deal here is a new loop tool. You can sample recordings and quickly set up some repeating beats, remixing them as you go along.
There’s also a new “Drummer” feature that offers recording of virtual performers, each with their own distinct sound, as well as newly implemented automation tools. For 6S devices there’s also 3D Touch support.
Music Memos is free for users to download, while GarageBand pricing remains unchanged.