Extreme hoverboard’n and making tunes with Music Memos on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: our legs are blown off by hover boards; our favorite ways to manage iOS photos; the new Music Memos and Garageband apps get our enthusiastic thumbs up; Bob Mansfeld is back to massage us; and we remember the hard, cruel, miserable realities of life before iPhone. Our thanks to Squarespace […]

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Smart keyboard will teach you how to play piano

Lust List: The ONE Light smart keyboard Who doesn’t want to play piano? Learning to tickle the ivories must be right up there with writing the great American novel: Many of us have a hankering to become more musical. The fantastic $299 ONE Light smart keyboard is the way to go if you want a […]

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Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac With New Electronic/Hip Hop Synths and Drummers [Mac Blog]

Following the launch of Apple Music, Apple today updated GarageBand for Mac to version 10.1, adding new features and a huge amount of new content for musicians and sound makers to work with. The update to GarageBand was first announced in mid-June.

The update brings 10 new Drummers with beats appropriate for electronic music and Hip Hop styles like House, Trap, Techno, and Dubstep, plus it adds more than 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synth sounds, each of which includes Transform Pad Smart Control for tweaking sounds to each user’s personal taste. There are also 1,000 new Apple Loops made from a wide variety of instruments.

Today’s update brings support for the Force Touch trackpad when GarageBand is used with the MacBook or new MacBook Pros, and it includes a new feature that lets music be shared directly to Apple Music Connect, Apple’s new social networking platform aimed at artists.

-10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic music and Hip Hop styles including House, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more
– Over 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synthesizer Patches featuring the new Transform Pad Smart Control for sound morphing
– Record the movements of software instrument Smart Controls to capture performances of effect and tone adjustments
– 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues
– Share directly from GarageBand to Apple Music Connect
– Adds support for Force Touch trackpad
– Resolves an issue which prevented the export of long recordings
– Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility

Apple has also released a minor update for its GarageBand app for iOS, introducing bug fixes and the ability to share music directly from the app to Apple Music Connect.

GarageBand for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

GarageBand for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]



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Apple Debuts Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad Ahead of Grammy Awards

Ahead of tonight’s telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled „Change“ featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton.

The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant’s „All Or Nothing“ entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and more. Apps shown throughout the add include Apple’s GarageBand for songwriting, iMPC Pro for production, Serato Remote for live performances and Manual Camera for filming video.

Billboard also reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services were the focus of much attention at a pre-Grammy party held by record producer Clive Davis. Apple is estimated to have paid upwards of $2 million for its Grammy ad.

The new iPad ad follows rumors of a revamped Beats Music subscription service, with a report last week noting that Apple would be charging $7.99 per month for access on OS X , iOS, Apple TV, and Android. Apple is expected to relaunch Beats Music later this year, possibly at June during the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference.




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