Can Garageband be used professionally? This is a common question that people ask, due to the fact Garageband and its users are, in a way, kind of stigmatized by other music producers.\n\n\n\nGarageband can be used professionally; there's no question about it, considering some big names in the industry have used the software to track entire albums and hit songs. \n\n\n\nAs an added point, it also depends on what you mean by "professionally." I use Garageband all of the time for my music, and I do mixing and very basic mastering for clients. \n\n\n\nMoreover, taking some of the most popular songs of the day as an example, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," is a beat that could easily be made with Garageband's interface. \n\n\n\nThere's no shortage of artists and performers who have used Garageband to create entire albums and hit songs, especially with Apple Loops which are royalty-free. We'll discuss some of the bigger names in the industry below. \n\n\n\nWith that said, however, there can be some issues with other artists who have also used Apple Loops, and if you upload your music to YouTube, another artist can hit you with a copyright strike, but you can dispute it. I wrote more about Apple Loops and copyright in the link here. \n\n\n\nMost people, especially those who have never used it before, are often shocked when they try it out and discover that it's actually quite sophisticated in its functions and capabilities.\n\n\n\nFor instance, you can use EQ, compression; there is automation, and nearly all of the capabilities that Logic Pro X has, Garageband has as well, although, typically in a simpler format.\n\n\n\nThe primary difference between Logic Pro X and Garageband is that Logic Pro X has more sophisticated parameters of the functions Garageband has. \n\n\n\nUsing the compressor as an example, the Logic Pro X compressor has way more functionalities and settings which can be utilized for really fine-tuning your audio tracks. \n\n\n\nTake a look at the compare-and-contrast pictures below between Logic Pro X's default compressor and that of Garageband. You can clearly see that the Garageband compressor is far less sophisticated in its parameters, however, the function is inevitably the same. \n\n\n\nLogic Pro X Compressor \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn other words, Garageband and Logic Pro X have the same functionalities, but Logic Pro X has more in-depth functionalities with more range as well. \n\n\n\nGarageband Compressor\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLogic Pro X is also a lot better at editing tracks and other recorded music, in addition to creating better sheet music with MIDI tracks. \n\n\n\nTruthfully - and this is a point I've made in other articles - elitism is arguably one of the more common aspects of human nature that people typically like to engage in. \n\n\n\nFurthermore, there have been cases where people have made successful songs using Apple Loops, that are also available in Garageband as well. \n\n\n\nTaking the example of the song, "Umbrella," by Rihanna, and you'll notice this track uses the "Vintage Funk Kit 03" at approximately 90 beats-per-minute. \n\n\n\nAccording to an article from Hypebot, there have been many artists who used Garageband to make popular music, including the aforementioned Rihanna, Usher, Grimes, Steve Lacy, Juliana Barwick, George Pringle, and Justice. \n\n\n\nJustice, who are two French DJs and producers, actually made their album, Cross, on the platform, which is arguably my favorite electronic-music album of all time. \n\n\n\nAlso, take into consideration that in the 1960s, for example, artists didn't have nearly the capabilities that we do today. There was a time when everything was done using analog equipment, and editing features weren't nearly as sophisticated as they are now.\n\n\n\nThere was a time when you literally had to re-do a part likely dozens or even hundreds of times until you got it right, and over-dubbing was more complicated than it is now. \n\n\n\nUsing the Quantizer function is another example of this - which I wrote more about in this article here. \n\n\n\nQuantizing is a useful feature in which we can quickly snap MIDI notes - as well as regularly recorded tracks - and simply pull them to the grid so that they're perfectly on time. \n\n\n\nNobody in the 1960s, the 70s, the 80s, or even the 90s had access to these tools, and now, users can have these amazing capabilities without even having to pay for the software! It's truly an amazing time to be into music. \n\n\n\nSome people also incorrectly believe that Garageband users are limited to the stock plug-ins, but as users of the software now, you can actually download other plug-ins online.\n\n\n\nIf you want to know how to do this, click the link here and read my article and tutorial about how to install plug-ins and where to find them online. \n\n\n\nThere is a plethora of plug-ins and software that work with Garageband as well, including Amplitube, which is a guitar amplifier software, as well as programs like Superior Drummer. \n\n\n\nThe main disadvantage, as I mentioned above, is that there is less we can do in the area of audio manipulation, but for the most part, the vast majority of the things that can be done in Logic Pro X can also be done in Garageband. \n\n\n\nThe Rolling Stone even did an article this past year about Garageband and what a great app it is to use on your phone. According to the outlet, T-Pain made his entire 2005 album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, using Garageband. \n\n\n\nFall Out Boy as well stated they preferred to use some of Garageband's virtual instruments over the real thing. \n\n\n\nPatrick Stump said in past interviews that they had many of the instruments created in real-time, but they ended up just using Garageband's instruments because they liked them better. \n\n\n\nPerhaps, one of the more interesting aspects of the software is that John Mayer reportedly played a role in its creation.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.instagram.com\/johnmayer\/p\/BsTXwZTjE5n\/\n\n\n\n\n 15 years ago, the guitar player stood beside Jobs and announced its unveiling to the world, and people are still using it today. \n\n\n\nOne of the primary reasons that Apple doesn't heil Garageband as a professional software is because they want their users to purchase Logic Pro X, which I believe goes for in between $200 and $300.\n\n\n\nAccording to Rolling Stone, the vice president of apps marketing for Apple, Susan Prescott, said it isn't their goal to create Garageband as a "streamed down" version of Logic Pro X. \n\n\n\nTheir goal with it is to hit all available markets, which includes professional and just consumer-level producers. \n\n\n\nAdditionally, it seems like with each update of the software, there are more and more instruments and functionalities added all of the time. Today, there are reportedly 40x as many instruments as when it was first launched in 2004. \n\n\n\nOne producer in particular who has worked with people like Eminem and Dr. Dre, said to the outlet that there have been cases where people have come into the studio with a vocal track they recorded with just a laptop internal microphone in Garageband and they end up using it because it sounds good. \n\n\n\nAlex Greenwald from Phantom Planet and Phases, for instance, came into the studio and much of the material he created was used with Garageband's basic software. \n\n\n\nSo in other words, Garageband can be used professionally, as it has access to literally thousands of loops and its quantizer function, pitch-correction, and a plethora of virtual instruments make it super easy to use. \n\n\n\nAnd it seems as though the iOS version of the software, the one loaded on to our phones, is getting better all of the time. The program is only getting more popular and convenient to use.\n\n\n\nWith the use of an iRig Pro I\/O or an iRig HD 2, which I wrote about in the respective links, all you really need is a tiny piece of gear and you can make pretty good sounding recordings on the road without having to cart around really expensive and heavy tools. \n\n\n\nAssuming you want to get started on your journey with Garageband, I suggest you check out my beginners tutorial at the link here. In this guide, I run through some of the more basic aspects of the software and help you get started. \n\n\n\nYoutube Video \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=zQdrjmBadfA\n\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nI hope this article was helpful to you. If you liked it, make sure to share it on social media, it would be appreciated a lot!