Apple has launched a new free app called Music Memos which allows users to record uncompressed, high quality audio. The app has the ability to analyse rhythms and chords from guitars and pianos; and then add a drum and bass line to provide a virtual backing band.
Music memos was inspired by Apple’s own Voice Memos, and was designed for musicians who were using voice recordings to take notes on new pieces of music. The recordings can also be tagged according to location, rating, or sounds to make it easier to track down at a later date. Naturally, these recordings can be shared on Youtube, SoundCloud, and Apple Music Connect.
The app is closely integrated with Apple’s Garageband 2.1, which has received a major update. A new feature called Live Loops has been introduced; this allows users to trigger different looped samples and instruments by tapping onto cells and columns in a grid. The feature includes a preset library of loop templates in multiple genres such as EDM or dubstep; although users are able to create their own loops.
Music Memo is currently available in the App Store for free, and is compatible with iPhone 4s and later model, as well as the iPad 2 and later versions of the tablet. Meanwhile, GarageBand 2.1 is not only bundled free with iOS devices 32GB and larger, but also available as a free upgrade for iOS 9 devices. Otherwise, it is available at the App Store with a price tag of US$4.99 (about RM21).