The supplied percussion instruments include drums, woodblocks, cymbals and gongs, while the new loops run across a variety of instruments and styles, including guzheng, dizi, yangqin and Peking Opera.
Touch controls make adding wobble, reverb or repeat effects a snap and also made me reminisce at being back at a CES afterparty in Vegas, i.e.
simultaneously geeking out to cool tech and saying “doooope” as I bobbed my head.
With Apple seemingly on a mission to make inroads into the lucrative Chinese market, the company has taken the canny step of adding a range of Chinese instruments and musical loops to Garage Band.
The update introduces the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion instruments to the software, as well as 300 Apple-created musical loops.
Apple released Garage Band 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as Garage Band 2.0.7 for i OS 8.
Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect.
When you open Live Loops initially, Apple has pre-loaded a full set of loops for the variety of sound categorizations, which includes EDM, Hip Hop, Dubstep, House and Beat Masher modes (among others), so yeah, Apple’s definitely looking to show electronic artists some love with this release.
The stock samples sound great but after a bit you’ll want to dive deeper.
When it comes to crafting loops, this new Garage Band version also incorporates a new feature called Drummer which lets you add a virtual session drummer that has its own signature sound.