GarageBand for macOS release notes

Learn about current and previous versions of GarageBand for macOS.

New in GarageBand 10.4.1

New feature and enhancements

  • Refined new design on macOS Big Sur.
  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
  • Allows customization of region colors in your tracks.
  • Adds 1800 Apple Loops in a variety of genres including Hip-Hop, Chill Rap, Future Bass, New Disco, Bass House, and more.
  • Adds over 190 instrument patches and 50 vintage and modern drum kits.

Stability and reliability

  • GarageBand no longer becomes unresponsive sometimes when dragging the top edge of the Smart Controls display.

Performance

  • When GarageBand is on a secondary display, the app is now immediately visible when exiting from Full Screen mode.

Accessibility

  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when showing or hiding the Master Track. 
  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when showing or hiding Automation. 
  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when showing or hiding the Library. 
  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when showing or hiding alignment guides. 
  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when toggling snap to grid. 
  • VoiceOver now provides audible feedback when performing zoom. 

Apple Loops

  • Transposition now works reliably after dragging an audio Apple Loop to an empty portion of the Tracks area.
  • Creating Apple Loops from regions now works in cases where the end of the region is close to the end of the song.

Flex Time

  • When quantize is enabled for an audio region, the “Strength” setting automatically is set to 100.

Smart Controls

  • Choosing a different tab in a dual-tabbed Smart Control display now works reliably.

Plug-ins

  • Newly inserted instances of Space Designer now show the correct reverb length.
  • If dragging a plug-in to a new position or empty slot, this will no longer reset customized settings back to default.

Import

  • GarageBand now displays an alert when an audio file that contains no tempo information is imported.
  • GarageBand now displays a dialog when an audio file is imported containing tempo information into an empty project.

General

  • GarageBand now properly opens .CAF files created by Voice Memos that have been shared to the Finder or Mail.
  • When “Create Takes” mode is active, GarageBand will no longer display a “Circular Structure” error while recording MIDI over an existing Take folder that is covered by another region.
  • The quantize menu now remains visible after Flex Time is turned off and then back on.
  • The level meters for the Master Output in the Control bar now continue to function when the output is set to mono.
  • Saving a song that contains a movie no longer causes GarageBand to display a dialog asking to replace to the movie file.
  • Importing an audio file with the same name as an existing file in a song no longer overwrites the existing file.


Previous versions

GarageBand 10.3.5

• This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.

GarageBand 10.3.4

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.

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 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 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.

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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