Apple recently updated its GarageBand for iOS and Mac devices to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music”. The update, version 2.1.1 for iOS and version 10.1.2 for OS X, now features new Chinese musical instruments, as well as “an extensive Chinese language localisation throughout the app”.
With the update, users can now make use of traditional Chinese instruments such as pipa, erhu and Chinese percussions in GarageBand. Apple also included 300 musical loops created by the Cupertino company, allowing users to make beautiful Chinese-inspired music on their favourite Apple devices.
“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music. By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it fun and easy to make Chinese-inspired music right on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.” – Susan Prescott, Vice President of Product Marketing at Apple.
So, how does it sound? Check out this video featuring famous Singaporean singer, JJ Lin (Lin JunJie) and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, demonstrating the new feature on an iPhone and iPad.
The update for GarageBand should be available immediately, and is available for free for all existing users. If you recently purchased a new Mac or iOS device, you may download GarageBand for free in the respective App Stores. Other users using older devices may purchase the app for US$4.99