Tune-up for GarageBand

I like GarageBand – as it ships in the box with iLife ’04 it’s a great product: if you want to make country, rock, and movie soundtrack-type music. However, if you want to create some kicking, banging and ‘avin it techno or Glade Festival-type breaks, you’ll be a little disappointed. See also: GarageBand 11 review.

Don’t be. This collection of loops fills the gap, and you’ll find a good selection of basic dance-type sounds to help you create club culture in your living room. Sure – this isn’t everybody’s musical cup-of-tea, but if you were disappointed by the lack of modern relevance of some of GarageBand’s US-centric sounds this UK-born product could reignite your
creative juices.

Installation is very easy – just drag-&-drop the loops into GarageBand’s browser window. While some packages like Apple’s Jam Pack require a bit too much effort, this collection makes it easy to find the loops you’ve just added, simply by searching for the characters TU1, which are included in each sample name. After that, well, you could be well on the way to making your new club classics.


If you like country as well as western, this collection won’t work for you – but if you want some classic club compositions or retro 1980s synth sounds, try the demos on the cover CD or splash out a measly 20 quid to put the garage in GarageBand.

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