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Alchemy Returns Inside of GarageBand!

Apple just released a GarageBand update that brings back Alchemy! It's no longer standalone, but for the many fans of this app you can now use it inside of GarageBand at least. There's also a new Audio Recorder in the app! This update also enables AUv3 effects in a new slide-out effects panel.

Thanks to Linda for the heads-up on this!

What's New in GarageBand v2.2:

  • Play and record using the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches*
  • Quickly find Touch Instruments and patches with a redesigned sound browser
  • Capture your voice or instrument and apply studio-class effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay with the new Audio Recorder
  • Use new mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
  • Add third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions**
  • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
  • Perform with Chord Strips from any keyboard instrument
  • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad
  • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes
* The Alchemy synth is available on iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.
** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.

At the bottom of the release notes is a brief mention of Logic Pro X integration. This is made possible with a simultaneous update to Logic today. The way this works is kind of clever. Instead of uploading a whole project file from your Mac to iOS, you just upload a mixed-down track to iCloud. When you are finished working in GarageBand it bounces that back to iCloud and you can reopen it in Logic.

Reader Comments 15

The requirement for an iPad Air 2 seemed a bit far-fetched to me. Now there are already reports that it will run fine on an iPad Air 1. Thanks to Chris for this good news!

https://twitter.com/Chris1a1/status/821838609670144000

what is clever about requiring the cloud for file transfer? why not direct wifi transfer between the two devices?
January 18, 2017  | person_outline mark
Right it will open with IAA, but it doesn't show up in GB on Air1
January 18, 2017  | person Dookone
Missing: Ableton Link.
January 19, 2017  | person_outline El Jeffe
Sadly, I'm just not gonna keep GB on my ipad just to use Alchemy. I miss Camel...
January 19, 2017  | person_outline Coopmusic247
On January 18, 2017 - @Tim Webb said:
The requirement for an iPad Air 2 seemed a bit far-fetched to me. Now there are already reports that it will run fine on an iPad Air 1. Thanks to Chris for this good news!

https://twitter.com/Chris1a1/status/821838609670144000


I think he is saying that the old alchemy app worked fine on older iPad models even with lots of multitasking going on, but now this doesn't and he's mad about it, not that this update works on the Air 1 (it doesn't)



January 19, 2017  | person_outline Lacm1993
The original Alchemy app had a recorder, 4 track at that
Thanks for clarifying that, Lacm1993 and Dookone! That's super shitty of Apple then.
Hi everyone. I have an iPad mini 2 and Alchemy still installed and it works fine. Which makes me think it is a bit bizarre that Apple don't allow this within GB. The hardware is more than capable of running the old camel app. Disappointing for me, because I was jamming away on my iPhone 7 but couldn't load anything on my iPad mini later. Sort of breaks up the workflow.
January 19, 2017  | person_outline Mr Chip
Tim Cook's pants are on fire right now.
January 19, 2017  | person_outline Mr Chip
I for one am really annoyed that they only have it for the newer iPads. I do have an iPhone 6 which it runs on but I use that to record my videos. I only have an iPad4 and an ipad mini2. I also can't believe they didn't allow it for at least the iPad mini2.
Oh well just another f u to their customers. My iPad 2 is only 3 years old and for the price my son paid to buy it for my 50th birthday it should be a viable tool for much longer. I'm tired of Apple making their equip antiquated earlier than they need be....money money greed and more money...
there..I'm done. besides I really don't want to go to droid etc...oh well...take my money apple..it's going to be now or later anyway lol
Maria
January 20, 2017  | person_outline Maria
Ipad air 2, but ios 9.3.3 and alchemy in GB is not happening. Seems like latest version of GB requires ios 10.2.
January 20, 2017  | person_outline Frank
This alchemy isn't near the other alchemy mobile app...

No user samples
Only 150 sounds
No advanced mode and no programming existing patches much
No import of patches from LPX Alchemy...


Am I glad it's back...sure. Is it Even close to where it should be...nope!
It's a player with hugely limited abilities...I don't even know if it'll import my LPX alchemy patches?
But knowing Apple it doesn't...

It's kinda like the worthless sampler in GarageBand, perhaps the most embarrassing sampler of all times...almost outdone by all samplers of the 1980's.

It's really hard to get my head around the fact that Apple, who makes LPX, does some really pathetic things in the mobile department? Make the shit IAP for cryin out loud...even cubasis kicks garage bands ass as a mobile daw...okay I'm done ranting!


January 20, 2017  | person Heretik7
On January 20, 2017 - @Heretik7 said:
It's kinda like the worthless sampler in GarageBand, perhaps the most embarrassing sampler of all times...almost outdone by all samplers of the 1980's.

It's not worthless. It's designed for simple and quick sampling, not for competing against dedicated sampling software. It works well for what it is. Korg Gadget could seriously use a sampler like it.
January 21, 2017  | person dysamoria
For gadget you can just use AudioCopy or Audioshare, they both record, they both have deeper editing features, they both can send samples to gadget, or most other sample players.
I still believe the sampler in GarageBand mobile is super underwhelming...maybe if you could sample with it and place it into another device such as the drum machine, or alchemy synth...it would make more sense, but just using it as a Casio sk1 is ...well, that old school.
August 14, 2017  | person Heretik7
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