If within a year convinced you to shoot your shots to become an international DJ, Apple will update GarageBand for iOS and iPadOS on Thursday a low-stakes way to start mixing in the world of remixes. With GarageBand’s Remix Sessions, you can try your hand at remixing songs by Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga with short video tutorials that are viewable while messing with the loops.
You can access new Remix sessions from the Audio Library section of GarageBand. There is currently only one song for each artist, “Break My Heart” for Dua Lipa and “Free Woman” for Lady Gaga, but the number of samples and loops for each song is surprisingly wide. If you’ve played with GarageBand Live Loops before, the experience should go without saying. Implementing Apple’s video tutorial is a bit tricky – the downloaded artist’s Live Loops project will appear in your GarageBand, but in order to watch as you edit your song, you’ll need to start the video on the Audio Library page and add it manually in Picture mode.
Apple also publishes “hundreds of free loops, beats, instruments, drum kits, synthetic patches, and samples” in downloadable producer packages that, like Remix Sessions, contain video content that Apple says provides an insight into the producers’ creative process. If partner Mark Ronson Live Loops project joins upcoming Apple TV Plus program interested in you, it is also available.
Interestingly, these new GarageBand benefits are currently only available on iOS and iPadOS: users of the original macOS desktop version have to go without Lady Gaga’s encouragement. MacOS version of GarageBand includes “Artist Lessons” for free, what are more practical instructional videos for certain instruments like guitar or piano, so there’s at least something for you if you’re trying to start your musical journey.
GarageBand Remix sessions and producer packs are available for download now.