On the time of writing it’s been a little bit over per week since Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite to the world at giant and with it their newest replace to Garageband – model 10.0.3.

As I discussed in my first impressions feature, it’s truthful to say that Apple dropped the ball in a giant method once they first launched Garageband 10. Stripped of plenty of the options, results and suppleness present in its predecessor (which, tellingly, was left intact and usuable in your Mac after upgrading) Garageband 10 rubbed lots of people up the fallacious method.

A yr and two minor updates (10.0.1 +10.0.2) later, issues weren’t a lot better, with customers nonetheless feeling disregarded within the chilly.

Apple actually needed to pull one thing fairly extraordinary out of the bag with model 10.0.3…

…and you realize what?

They did.


There are a variety of huge ‘blockbuster’ additions to Garageband in model 10.0.3 – right here’s a roundup of my private high Three favorite new options.

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There have additionally been quite a few much less flashy however nonetheless fairly rattling helpful adjustments to the best way Garageband 10 handles it’s interface.

For instance, the native visible EQ now works in a barely totally different method.

Now once you click on on the EQ tab within the Sensible Management window, a Plug in duplicate of the EQ shall be created, permitting you to entry and manipulate it on a bigger scale – nice for those who’re working with a smaller display screen!


Collaborating with different Garageband customers simply acquired an entire lot simpler in Garageband 10.0.3. Clicking on ‘Share’ within the toolbar will reveal a brand new possibility – Mail.

Deciding on to share through Mail opens up a small dialog field the place you’ll be able to select whether or not to ship a mixdown of your mission in mp3 format or the precise mission itself through your Mac’s in-built Mail app.


Mail Drop


A phrase of warning – the utmost file measurement you’ll be able to ship through Mail is 34mb, so sharing these bigger tasks may be higher executed utilizing compressed information or an internet service like Dropbox or iCloud.


It’s not all sunshine and lollipops nonetheless. Instantly after updating, I booted up Garageband and dived into the up to date Vocal Patches, solely to be met with the error message: “Couldn’t discover structure Normal Audio 10”.

I used to be puzzled to say the least. No quantity of restarts or fiddling appeared to do the trick, till I attempted this:


Could not find layout General Audio 10


Opening the ‘Garageband’ menu from the toolbar and deciding on ‘Restore Sound Library’ prompted a fast obtain after which voilà – I used to be good to go.


Not solely does Garageband 10.0.Three enhance on the (many) flaws of it’s rapid predecessors, it additionally brings an entire host of recent options to the desk. This added flexibility and usefulness actually means that you can be as artistic as you wish to be, with out the ‘imposed’ limitations current beforehand.

Garageband 10 nonetheless isn’t good. Sure – you’re nonetheless going to run into some bugs on occasion and no, your 32 bit plug ins nonetheless gained’t run, nevertheless it actually appears that Apple have taken on board plenty of the criticism levelled on the program within the final yr and acted on it.

With that mentioned – would I like to recommend updating to 10.0.3?


That is simply too cool to overlook out on.

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