Apple on Monday issued updates for GarageBand on both iOS and Mac, bringing the apps to version 2.1.1 and 10.1.2 respectively. The release notes for the updates mention various bug fixes and other improvements, but Apple points to some bigger changes in a press release.
“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing.
Many new Chinese sounds were also added in today’s GarageBand updates, to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music”, users can now choose from the pipa and erhu, and there are 300 Apple-create Chinese musical loops you can use in your tracks. On iOS, GarageBand also gets two new Chinese templates for Live Loops, and new sharing options for Chinese networks.
The pipa and erhu can be played on iOS devices using multi-touch, and on Mac using the build in Musical Typing feature. Users can also connect a USB music keyboard. Each instrument includes different playing articulations, Apple says, including rapid picking and note bending.
On the iPhone 6s series, users can also use 3D Touch to control things like vibrato and intensity.
The latest version of GarageBand can be downloaded from the App Store and Mac App Store now for iOS and OS X. If you already have the app installed, you’ll find it under the Updates tab. If not, you can follow the links below.