Description of App: 

GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.

Play your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch like a musical instrument

  • Perform on dozens of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
  • Tap out beats from the seat of acoustic and electronic drum kits
  • Recreate legendary guitar rigs with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects 
  • Record your voice using the built-in microphone, and apply fun sound effects 
  • Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments

  • Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard
  • Strum chords on acoustic and electric Smart Guitars, or trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords 
  • Groove with an onscreen electric or upright Smart Bass by tapping on chords
  • Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with the Smart Drums

Create a song anywhere you go

  • Arrange and mix your song with up to eight tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
  • Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
  • Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume – solo or mute any track, or adjust pan, reverb, and echo 
  • Use over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song

Share your songs

  • Email songs right from GarageBand (AAC)
  • Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC 
  • Send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to continue refining your song

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known



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Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editor Note: the comments below refer to version 1.0 of this app. The accessibility and usability ratings for this app have since been amended to reflect changes in version 1.1. See comments further down this page for information on improved accessibility.

Original comments on version 1.0 posted by Esther: The initial startup screen come up in landscape mode and is mostly not responsive to touch. There is an annoucement of "Instruments" and "Keyboard", and playing an onscreen keyboard with piano, organ, and synth sounds". If you toggle VoiceOver off, and tap on the screen. you can get the app to come up with a keyboard, with keys along the bottom part of the screen (in landscape mode). After going to the Apple Web site for the Garageband iPad app at: and selecting the watch the Garageband videolink, I was able to make some more progress (on the original iPad), but it's still hard going. The first screen is for instrument selection, but these don't get announced, because you can't scroll to them. (Try flicking right or left and tapping on the screen to get to these with VoiceOver off -- you have to get back to this with the "Instruments" button on one of the selected screens.) After listening to some of the demos, I could change some of the settings, but you basically have to know what you can do -- like change the keyboard to a double row keyboard -- outside of using the app. And I couldn't wokr out how to get into a compose mode or recording mode. Maybe somebody more experienced with Garageband on the Mac can get further with this. I'd advise reading about this in some articles or watching a YouTube video before trying to launch the app cold. While VoiceOver does read a number of the elements on the page, it's not clear where you've been dropped, since you get stuck at the first page (which is apparently instrument selection.)

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

Comments made in relation to version 1.0: This may be more usable for someone who is experienced with Garageband on the Mac, and its layout, but there are certainly plenty of accessibility issues to deal with. For comparison, I can do a lot more with ThumbJam on the iPad, including the instrument switching, configuring, and loop recording; and that app is a lot more intuitive to use than the current layout of Garageband on the iPad is for VoiceOver users. Perhaps this works better on the iPad 2.