Back to the Mac: GarageBand ’11

In today’s event, Apple showed off the new version of GarageBand. Highlights include:

  • “Groove Matching” – A tool that will lock different instruments to the same rhythm without making the whole thing sound “robotic.” It can fix timing based on an entire sample of music.
  • “Flex Timing” – A new waveform tool that allows individual notes or clips to be stretched to fit within a certain timeframe.
  • “How Did I Play?” – While lessons were added to GarageBand ’09, the new version of the application brings several new features. New piano lessons take place with a full-sized symphony  in the background, instead of just a metronome. Lessons now include real-time feedback and are saved into a history, showing a student’s progress overtime.

Much of Garageband — like much of iPhoto — takes advantage of a full-screen mode.

Stephen Hackett, formerly a Lead Mac Genius at Apple, now spends his days running the IT department of a large non-profit in Memphis, TN. He writes about Apple, design and journalism at Like all twenty-somethings, you can find him… Full Bio