If you’re a musician of any kind you know that GarageBand just doesn’t really seem to cut it. It may just be my setup, but if you’re recording anything longer than ten minutes the application starts to lag and somehow misses notes and entire words. Grant and I had to entirely abandon GarageBand for our podcasts. Apple better get things together because Avid will very shortly begin trying to steal some of Apple’s lunch. They intend to offer an entry-level package of ProTools alongside their M-Audio product line.
M-Audio has a whole range of music creation products including microphones, keyboards, and control boxes that let you record directly from your instruments into a computer with a USB or Firewire interface. The ProTools SE package that they will begin to sell includes 24 track capability, pro effects–reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/ distortion effects, as well as 3GB of audio loops. If there was ever a reason for GarageBand to worry, this would be it. ProTools is already a recognized name in the industry, and an SE edition of their software is going to be a very intriguing option for budding musicians.
You can currently purchase Recording Studio and Vocal Studio bundles for $99.00, and purchasing KeyStudio will bring the bundle up to $129.00. The SE ProTools version should be available at your local Best Buy, Fry’s, and music shops in the near future.
Article Via Electronista