Apple has introduced two new Jam Packs for its GarageBand music creation software, giving musicians and aspiring musicians alike all of the loops and software instruments they need to 'create' something that sounds a bit like 'music' in the genre of their choice. Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools makes it easy to produce dance, hip-hop and electronica tracks; and Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section offers songwriters a complete backing band to help build a professional sounding foundation for their rock, alternative and country music.
Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools offers more than 2,000 additional loops, 20 new beat kits (Techno, R&B, House, Trance), new synth and sound effect instruments and classic drum machines from Roland (TR-808, TR-909, TR-606, CR-78), turning the Mac into an easy-to-use, all-in-one dance and urban music production tool.
Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section includes an additional 2,000 loops and over 50 new instruments. New drums (Jazz Brushes, Indie Rock, Warehouse Kit), basses (Motown, Liverpool, Progressive Rock, Unplugged) and guitars (Dobro Slide, Bluegrass Banjo, Bluesy Acoustic, Heavy Metal Electric) are a sample of the software instruments that come with Rhythm Section.
GarageBand, part of Apple's iLife '04 suite of digital lifestyle applications, allows both novice and seasoned musicians to easily play, record and create music using a simple interface. With GarageBand, recorded performances, digital audio and looping tracks can easily be arranged and edited like building blocks to create a song. Songs made with GarageBand can be imported into iTunes and used within movie or slideshow projects created with iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD.
GarageBand Jam Packs, including the new Remix Tools and Rhythm Section packs, can be used with GarageBand, Logic Express 7 and Logic Pro 7. Projects created with GarageBand can be imported into Logic Express 7 and Logic Pro 7, providing an easy upgrade path for music hobbyists who are ready to graduate to a more advanced audio production tool. Additionally, everything learned in Logic Express 7 is directly transferable to Logic Pro 7.
Pricing & Availability
The new Jam Packs are available now through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) each. Jam Pack 1 is also available for a suggested retail price of $99 (US). GarageBand comes bundled with all new Macs and is available as part of iLife '04, for a suggested retail price of $49 (US) through the Apple Store.
GarageBand and Jam Packs require Mac OS X v10.2.6 or later, QuickTime 6.4 or later, a Macintosh computer with PowerPC 600 MHz or faster G3, G4, or G5 processor, 256MB or more physical RAM and a 1024x768 or larger display. A G4 or G5 processor is required for GarageBand software instruments.
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