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Garageband Updated with Audiobus!

Many have speculated that this day would never come, but Apple has indeed updated Garageband with Audiobus support!

The update allows Garageband to be used as an Audiobus Ouput. Finally Apple's own app can play with all the other great apps!

What's New in Version 1.4

  • Play and record music apps supported by Audiobus directly into GarageBand*
  • Turn off grid snapping to get finer control over region and note editing
  • Fixes an issue that resulted in feedback while connecting 3rd-party audio accessories into the headphone/microphone jack
* Requires iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 or later. Audiobus requires a separate purchase.

Multi-track recording, as we see in other DAWs like Cubasis and BeatMaker 2, is unfortunately not available in this version. All Audiobus input apps will be recorded together to a single track in Garageband. This is a small, but important, caveat in an otherwise milestone accomplishment for Audiobus support.

Buy Garageband on iTunes: $4.99

This coincides with the first, and potentially only, sale on Audiobus for 50% off!

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Reader Comments 26

Who wants to record INTO GarageBand? That's is really cheap, Apple. Not having input support in Audiobus. Useless. Same thing with the ACP support.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline ChrisG

I am astounded. Obviously, we also want to record out.....

But this is pretty amazing.

Today has turned into a complete mind-melter. Jack (implementation in my apps is underway right now, and looks to be not particularly difficult). Audiobus in GB. This might be the sign of the apocalypse.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline Fessaboy/Secret Base Design

Brilliant news? Only diehard GB users will be glad about this without audiobus out its pretty useless.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline AlexK

Jeez ChrisG. :)

I think this is frigging epic. I'll proly never use it but holy wow - what an endorsement for the AB team!

March 20, 2013  | person_outline Will

Apple seems intent on keeping Garageband strictly as a DAW, which is why I never really use it.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline Jesse

yep, totally and completely epic!

gee whiz, who would gripe at this news? the biggest player of them all has just endorsed a hard-working indie by supporting audiobus!!! what's not to like? gb is a great app and this is great news for everyone.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline gatearray

You can record multiple tracks by simply opening a new audio track in GB. Doesn't happen automatically like in BM2 or loopy. FYI


March 20, 2013  | person_outline Peter

This is cool.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline Hogo

Half a job! Still better than none if a job but with some better output options I would be happier still.

March 20, 2013  | person_outline ISM

I was surprised to see this. It doesn't meet everyone's requirements/desires, but any willingness on Apple's part to accommodate any third-party app strikes me as a big deal, especially for the Audiobus creators. Congrats to them!

March 20, 2013  | person_outline Jared

It also does something cool with the recorded tracks by not only automatically labeling them with the app's name like Multitrack DAW does, but it also shows the app's icon on each track which looks great and is a really nice touch!

To all the naysayers in this thread, what's the problem? You sound like a bunch of spoiled 14 year-old high school kids—. name a third-party app that has a perfect workflow and Audiobus implementation. It's not easy, because none of'em do! This is such an awesome update by Apple, and it shows tremendous support for everything that we're all in to around here, the Audiobus guys must be overjoyed by this development (congrats, guys!) and yet many of you brats are still not satisfied! :)

And for what it's worth, some of us choose to work with Gb because it integrates so well with Logic Pro and entire song projects can easily be shared between the iPhone/iPad and the Mac via iCloud. The integration between these devices and the ability to move whole projects between them complete with virtual instruments, mixer settings, effects, etc. makes Gb a terrific choice for myself and others like me, so lighten up dudes!

March 20, 2013  | person_outline gatearray

I was really happy about this until I realized that I could not use Garageband's electric pianos as an input and something else as an output. Now I can only yawn. I'm happy for A Tasty Pixel, at least, and all of you people who have a use for Garageband as an output only. I can't be excited about something that is no use to me at all, though.

March 21, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

This is good and bad news. The whole point of Audiobus is to open up all music apps so that they can all work together. Apple decides to control the show once again and not let anything out of Garageband without jumping through hoops. That is the only bad news about this announcement.

I have a proposal or solution. So far the closest app to Garageband is Xewton's Music Studio (?) So why don't we convince them to do a kickstarter to add features that would make it a direct competitor to Garageband.

Or better yet why don't WE (meaning the iOS music community) make a list of desired features that we would want in an music app, find a well respected developer(s) with a good track record, start a kickstarter to pay for it, and everyone wins.

March 21, 2013  | person_outline donko

There are definetely still some glitches still to work out.
If you use a mini plug interface like an iRig or similar with an amp simulator like Jamup, it records the entire mix (including metronome) onto the track and not just the instrument input. Only noting for those trying this right now.

A metronome through a simulated MesaBoogie is not pleasing to hear.

When using my USB interface there was not an issue.

I also could not seem to get the built in mic to print FX on a track using LiveFX in the effects slot. Petty things, but being that this is app somewhat for amateurs and novices as it is, issues that will come up again and again.

Props to the Audiobus team, I'm sure it will get better.

March 21, 2013  | person_outline Deltacaster

does GB have virtual midi out?

March 21, 2013  | person_outline RMG

I find this as an opportunity for me to get back in to GB. I'll never forget the day that Apple introduced iLIfe and along with that came GarageBand ... now that was Epic for me because this was my first introduction into the world of creating music on a computer and I was dumb founded with amazement .... I couldn't stop playing with it and creating little tunes ... then there were all those loops and Jam Packs you could buy! So now, many years later we got GB on this amazing little tablet ... that was a whole other wow factor for me .... but along with the iPad came the start of hundreds of amazing music creation apps and good ole GB was left in the toy box while I have been playing with all the other "toys". I'm really happy to see that Apple has allowed this integration and I know that I'll find it fun to once again play with my old friend. I'm looking forward to actually using a DAW that I fully (well almost fully) understand and who knows ... I may just come around full circle to right back where I started. Thanks Apple!

March 21, 2013  | person_outline Marlene


March 21, 2013  | person_outline Axel Fooley

This is HUGE for AudioBus! I never thought Apple would do this. Now, what does this mean for Apple's perspective? Obviously, it's recognition that there's a strong desire for multi-app audio on the iPad. I can see them purchasing the rights and placing AudioBus in the iOS core.

March 21, 2013  | person_outline kerm

>>Re: Now, what does this mean for Apple's perspective? Obviously, it's recognition that there's a strong desire for multi-app audio on the iPad. And re: the rest of this thread<<

Ya know? For twenty years I've had Mac-snobs telling me how "out in front" Apple is, and yet they are only just now figuring this out? Good God! It's like selling a car and then being surprised that customers want to use ALL four wheels at the same time, and those who have the audacity to EXPECT use of all four wheels at the same time are called "brats" and "whiners"

As if to say, "What is wrong with YOU people? The rest of us are really super happy that Apple has generously granted us the use of two out of four wheels. Only a spoiled child demands four wheels AT ONCE!"

Whatever. I said I was happy for all the satisfied Garageband users out there, and I am, but bitching at the people who aren't as satisfied is childish and kinda' ...well, whiny, so I guess both sides of this stupid disscusion have something in common.

Oh God! My kids were right... I really am a troll. Is there a "Trolls Anonymous" organization out there anywhere? I... NEED... HELP!

March 21, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

@Zenlizard Wait, did Windows or Linux get native interapp audio when I wasn't looking?

March 22, 2013  | person_outline Will

@Will -- JACK has been available on Win/OSX/Linux for years, but it's only been heavily used on Linux, AFAIK. So yes, there's interapp audio, and the grumbling at Apple for not supporting it is somewhat justified.

The flip side of the coin, though -- Apple has been working to keep OSX and iOS secure. Neither system is perfect, but they're pretty good by comparison to Windows or Android. Much of Apple's iOS security has been built around sandboxing -- really limiting how much data one app can send to another, and how they do it. There's a ton of personal data on our phones and tablets, and keeping one app out of another app's data is why there's no shared file system on iOS. The sandbox is gone now.

With Audiobus (or JACK), any two apps can send each other whatever data they want. Maybe it's audio. But it could be your email, your contact list, your photos, whatever. With Audiobus, the data passes through code that was written by a couple of dudes who met on the internet, one of whom who has a "place of residence" that's a camper van somewhere in the south of France. The security of the Apple billion-dollar empire has been entrusted to a dude in a camper van. Think about that. This, more than anything else, is why I was expecting Apple to roll out their own solution, rather than supporting Audiobus.

(That said, there's no good reason for not having MIDI and audio out of GarageBand. Apple should do it.).

March 22, 2013  | person_outline Fessaboy/Secret Base Design


Don't get me wrong. There is a LOT to love about Apple. I won't even consider anything but an iPad and an iPhone. All of the operating systems and the companies behind them are part brilliance and part utter stupidity. In this case, however, Apple deserves the criticism. No matter how noble or practical their reasons may be, they gave us a thoroughbred racehorse and then hobbled it. Even an eight-year-old was shocked when he learned that the only way to get audio from one app to another was iTunes syncing or (later) copy/pasting.

It was the insults to people who presented an entirely legitimate criticism that prompted my post. If one thinks that the way Garageband was integrated with Audiobus was wonderful - fine - then say so. If one thinks that partial implementation isn't the best thing since sliced bread - do share, but hurling insults at others for having a different opinion is not the way an adult makes an argument, so I treated them to some of their own medicine.

March 22, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

Regarding my previous post: just so there is no misunderstanding, I was referring to iOS when I made the comparison to a thoroughbred, not Garageband, which is more like a rented mule (a really good-natured mule).

Sorry about the mule comparison – I just couldn't stop myself.

March 22, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

I guess I just see it differently. GarageBand is decidedly and purposefully 'dumbed down'. It's not meant for most people that read discchord. It's iPhoto for music hobbiests. Not Aperture, not Photoshop, not Logic. Adding midi out and AB out is inviting us to start demanding more from it while increasing support costs. I'd bet the overwhelming bulk of iOS GarageBand users don't own another music app. A bunch might now though!

Don't misunderstand me. AB input only into GarageBand leaves it as useless to me as it was last week but I'm not the target audience.

My snarky comment above didn't really have anything to do with this thread. Sorry. I was feeding the self-declared troll a little. ;) for the record, it was specifically in reply to "For twenty years I've had Mac-snobs telling me how "out in front" Apple is, and yet they are only just now figuring this out? Good God!" Only meant to point out that no other OS has interapp audio baked into the OS - it's not like apple is lagging.

March 22, 2013  | person_outline Will

substantially it's a baby step, symbolically it's a giant leap forward. feature-wise, the addition of only an output slot seems insignificant; but throwing the old NIH syndrome under the (metaphorical)bus, and giving the (audio)bus traction in the process, is huge.
put another way, if 'a tasty pixel' was a restaurant, this would probably be the equivalent of earning a second michelin star.

also, i sometimes wonder if the real reason some apps seem intentionally handcuffed doesn't have more to do with software licensing than an inability to code. presumably, unless the SLA gives unlimited use, all those samples, whether loops or waveforms, will eventually have to be cleared with the rights holders (in the unlikely event that someone anytime soon produces a platinum selling album from ios materials). it may just be the next big hurdle to negotiate.

March 23, 2013  | person_outline a1

The AudioBus support is awesome for me. I am worried about getting lost in those bigger DAWs, so I use only GarageBand so far. As long as I can get other music into GarageBand, I am happy.

Overall, this seems like a very minor update to Garageband. The only change actually within the app is the Grid thing turns off- I don't know how to turn it on or off but if you zoom in far enough it turns off automatically. The other change reduces but does not eliminate noise plugging a guitar in through the headphone jack. No woodwinds or brass, added sounds or loops of any kind, new editing features of any kind. If you don't care about one of the three things mentioned there is literally no reason to update. Very minor update.

So still a lot of things remain on the GarageBand wish list. I think most of us would gladly pay 20 or 50 bucks for Ipad Logic or GarageBandPro.

March 27, 2013  | person_outline Drew

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