GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on

21st Mar 2011 | 16:46

GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
GarageBand for iPad hands-on

With the UK release of the iPad 2 just hours away, it's time to take another look at the app that's already causing a huge buzz amongst music-making iPad 1 owners. We've already presented a hands-on review of GarageBand for iPad, now it's time to zoom in and take a guitarist's eye view of the onboard guitar amps.

For demo purposes, we threw together a simple little ditty using nothing more than a Gibson Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute guitar and sounds from within GarageBand itself. As you can see from the session file, it's not exactly Bohemian Rhapsody, but in addition to some lead and rhythm guitar, we used a drum loop, a shaker, some Smart Bass and the Soul Organ keyboard preset.

For each of the following examples, all that changes is the virtual guitar amp selected for the lead and rhythm sounds, with a little additional tweaking of gain and EQ levels to taste. The only exception is the Modern Stack amp model, which we felt deserved its own, more aggressive composition in order to do it justice.

Click through and let us know what you think of the sounds...

GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Small Tweed Combo
'50s Fender-flavoured tones
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Blackface Combo
Classic '60s Fender tones
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
English Combo
Vox AC30-inspired raunch
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Vintage Stack
Marshall Plexi-style grind
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Stadium Stack
Live At Leeds-style sounds from this Hiwatt-inspired amp
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
British Blues Combo
JTM45-style sounds from the British blues boom
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Sunshine Stack
No prizes for guessing that this amp is Orange-inspired
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Small Brownface
Fender vibes circa 1959-63
GarageBand for iPad: guitar amps hands-on
Modern Stack
Mesa/Boogie-style super high gain sounds

For this final example, we felt that the Modern Stack sound deserved a demo tune with a harder edge. Check it out:


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