Technology: The Virtual Virtuoso

Apple's GarageBand puts a full-scale recording studio at your fingertips

Music, as any teen in a garage band will tell you, should be as simple to make as it is to listen to. That hasn't always been the case with musicmaking software though. Turning your computer into a recording studio with programs like Pro Tools and Cakewalk Plasma means splashing out hundreds of dollars and slogging through dense instruction manuals. There had to be an easier way. Now Apple has found it with GarageBand, part of its $49 suite of Mac-only iLife applications released last week. As the name suggests, GarageBand is aimed at amateurs. You don't need to read the...

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