Apple today released a collection of free sound packs for GarageBand for iOS and iPadOS, the free mobile DAW that they say is now the most popular music creation app in the world.
Users can create songs using seven new Producer Packs featuring beats, loops, and instruments created for GarageBand by producers Boys Noize, Mark Lettieri, Oak Felder, Soulection, Take A Daytrip, Tom Misch and TRAKGIRL.
An additional Producer Pack is designed to complement the new Apple Original docuseries Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson, premiering Friday, July 30, on Apple TV+.
Garageband users can also learn about remixing right within the app, with two new Remix Sessions that feature step-by-step video instruction and songs from Grammy Award-winning artists Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga.
Pricing and Availability
The new GarageBand Remix Sessions and Producer Packs are available today as a free download from the Sound Library in GarageBand 2.3.11 for iOS and iPadOS.
Spitfire Audio has shared a percussion virtual instrument, Labs Percussion, as a free download.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“This incredibly versatile selection of percussion instruments will provide the backbone to your next track, for media composition and electronic production alike. From essential drum hits to shakers, timbales, cowbells and congas, these instruments have been expertly recorded by producers and multi-instrumentalists Edward Scull and Sebastian Truman at Rosewood Studios, UK — a studio purpose-built for pristine percussion recordings.”
Pricing and Availability
It’s available now as a plugin for macOS or Windows. Registration is required.
Synthesist Sebastian Negulescu of URRRS contacted us to let us know that they’ve shared a free patch bank for the Elektron Digitone.
The sound library features 124 sounds that they’ve used live and in the studio.
“We do not employ any kind of download gate or email gathering or any other such marketing methods,” says Negulescu. “We don’t sell anything. We just share some of our work with other musicians.”
Here’s what URRS has to say about it:
124 Patches for Elektron Digitone
Elektron’s Digitone has become an essential piece of kit for our live shows. Its modified FM engine lends itself to any kind of sounds, from classic synths to futuristic textures. Deep and with a special character that is not normally found in other FM synthesizers.
These are 124 patches that we have used live and in the studio. Deep subs, big chords and space melodies, all ready to go.
124 Patches for Elektron Digitone is available now as a free download.
Johannesburg-based producer Emile Hoogenhout (a.k.a Behr) has shared a free sound library, featuring four African instruments, developed into unique Ableton Live Racks.
The Live Racks are based on samples made over five days in Nairobi. The Racks are set up so that you can morph from pure, multi-sampled recordings to heavily treated, filtered and arpeggiated forms.
“I wanted to approach this project with the utmost respect to the culture and history behind the instruments and musicians, but with the ability to push the sonic boundaries with the use of Ableton Live. I sat down with all the artists and asked them about the history of all the instruments – everyone was very happy this vision of cross-pollinating the traditional with music technology.”
The behr – Santuri Safari – Instruments Pack is available now as a free download.
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