September 30, 2004
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 1024×768 or larger display. A G4
or G5 processor is required for GarageBand software instruments.
For more information, visit their web site at www.apple.com