Apple Computer is shipping iLife ''05 (Mac, $79), which includes GarageBand 2.0. The update boasts many enhancements, including multitrack recording, music notation, an instrument tuner, and the ability to correct the pitch and timing of audio tracks. It can import Acid loops and Standard MIDI Files. Turn your audio or software-instrument tracks into Apple Loops that you can tag, browse, search, and audition. Resize the onscreen keyboard and display up to ten octaves at the same time. You can even enter musical notes using your computer keyboard.
With an appropriate multiport interface, you can now record as many as eight simultaneous audio tracks and two simultaneous software-instrument tracks. GarageBand 2 will display tracks in standard notation as you record, and you can edit software-instrument tracks in a new music-notation view. The program also features new and improved software instruments.
GarageBand 2 lets you adjust recorded audio so that it follows changes in tempo or key, just as you can with Apple Loops. Change the tempo and key of entire projects, and recorded audio will stay in sync. You can also render audio to disk, freeing up computer resources, and lock tracks to prevent accidental changes. Visit Apple Computer for more information.
– Geary Yelton