GarageBand for macOS release notes

Learn about current and previous versions of GarageBand for macOS.

New in GarageBand 10.3.3

New Features/Enhancements

  • The Loop Browser now allows you to filter by loop type.

Stability/Reliability

  • GarageBand no longer quits unexpectedly when the Intro to Guitar lesson is opened a second time in the same Learn to Play session.

Editing

  • The keys on the keyboard in the Piano Roll are now the expected size.

General

  • Open System-based windows in GarageBand now immediately change between Light and Dark mode when the mode is changed in the System Settings.
  • The input level meter now works in the Learn to Play setup window.


Previous versions

GarageBand 10.3.2

Performance

  • GarageBand no longer hangs when opening the Sound Library, the Note Pad, the Loop Browser, or the Media Browser when the Smart Controls are open.

Sound Library

  • When opening GarageBand on a Mac in which the sound library has been moved using Logic Pro X or MainStage, and the external drive containing the library is not connected, GarageBand now shows a dialog indicating the drive must be connected to access to sounds.
  • It is now possible to reinstall the Sound Library in GarageBand after moving the library in Logic Pro X or MainStage, and then disconnecting the external drive that contains the library.
  • Impulse Response files for Chinese and Japanese traditional instruments are now correctly found when a GarageBand for iOS project is opened on macOS.

Learn to Play

  • The Tuning Hint window now opens in Learn to Play lessons that feature non-standard tunings.
  • Chords now display in the correct positions in the Chord Trainer.
  • The Chord Trainer again provides visual feedback when correct and incorrect chords are played.

General

  • GarageBand now supports drag and drop from Voice Memos.
  • The Smart Controls Inspector now displays correctly in newly created projects.
  • The LCD display now immediately updates to reflect undo or redo of key signature change.
  • The GarageBand window now remains visible after exiting full screen mode.
  • It is now possible to position the end of song marker with greater precision.

GarageBand for macOS 10.3.1

  • Resolves an issue where third-party Audio Units and the PlatinumVerb plug-in could not be accessed.

GarageBand for macOS 10.3

New features and enhancements

  • Two new Drummers play roots- and jazz-influenced brush styles.
  • Over 20 free downloadable Artist Lessons show you how to play hit songs on piano and guitar, taught by the artist who made them famous.
  • Includes 1,000 new electronic and urban loops covering Reggaeton, Future Bass, and Chill Rap.
  • Includes 400 animal, transportation, and voice sound effects. Learn how to download the new sounds.
  • Play and record using traditional instruments from China mainland and Japan with the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums.
  • Add classic sounds to your song with 5 Vintage Mellotron patches.
  • Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS.

Stability and reliability

  • GarageBand no longer quits unexpectedly when loading certain patches created in Logic Pro X.

Editing

  • MIDI Pan data can now be edited in GarageBand.
  • The Help Tag for the Marquee tool now shows the total length of the current selection as well as its start and end positions.
  • Step editing of automation is now possible in the Piano Roll editor by pressing Command-Option.

Accessibility 

  • VoiceOver now announces the type of track that is selected in the New Track dialog.
  • VoiceOver now speaks the names of tracks when interacting with regions in the tracks area.

Plug-ins

  • The size of plug-in windows no longer sometimes changes unexpectedly when switching to presets that contain a different number of controls.

Flex

  • Enabling "Follow Tempo & Pitch" in the Region editor now also enables Flex in the Track Editor if it is not already active.

General

  • GarageBand no longer unexpectedly sustains notes when using Musical Typing.
  • Metronome volume and tone can be adjusted in the GarageBand Preferences.
  • The GarageBand LCD again displays times down to milliseconds.
  • Master Echo and Master Reverb bypass settings are now saved in GarageBand projects.
  • Performing Undo after changing the key of a project now correctly returns Apple Loops to the original key.
  • Software Instrument tracks now respond properly to MIDI input after Track Lock is disabled.
  • It is now possible to record audio during playback.
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