March 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM ET
Apple's popular music creation and editing app GarageBand will be heading to the iPad soon — and at first glance, it looks like a blast.
Our very own Wilson Rothman sounded pleased with the app's general features when he saw it presented during the iPad 2 event:
It's a cool app withdynamic (that is, touch-sensitive) multi-touch instruments — it measures the intensity of your taps via the accelerometer. There are also guitar amps and effects, 8-track recording, a library of loops, and you can export via AAC, right from the iPad. Also, it's compatible with the Mac version.
GarageBand will be available in the Apple App Store on March 11 and cost $4.99.
Among the features listed above, it will also offer all sorts of instruments — guitars, pianos, organs, drums, keyboards, synths, and more — which will use the iPad's accelerometer to recognize pressure when you play them. You will be able to alter octaves, tones, and various effects using various sliders.
Don't know how to play an instrument? No problem. GarageBand has a "smart" instrument feature which teaches you to play as well as an AutoPlay feature with which you can pretend to be a master musician.
You'll be able to record and play back your masterpieces and edit, trim, and move tracks as you go along to create arrangements.
Your final product can be emailed out to friends or exported to your computer.
Want to know more about the iPad 2? You can follow our complete live coverage of Apple's iPad 2 event here.