Apple has released an update that ‘celebrates the rich history of Chinese music’ (Apple). Added to this update are three traditional Chinese instruments – the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion. All a unique fusion to your music with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops, beyond beautiful.
Erhu – traditional Chinese violin
Pipa – traditional Chinese lute
These two instruments have different playing articulations, including rapid picking and note bend for pipa, and trill, grace note and glissando for erhu, making it incredibly easy for a novice to create a realistic and expressive performance. iPhone users can also use 3D Touch™ with the erhu and pipa to dynamically control vibrato and intensity, and both the pipa and erhu include Autoplay, letting users tap on any chord and get a complete, rich performance.
Chinese Kit available through Drums Instrument icon in the instruments section (page two) – Some of these have ‘secrets‘ to play automatically with two fingers, easily noted on the large drum.
Live Loops – Phenomenal collection of ‘live loops’ that allow you to build entire background music, or pieces of music based on the combinations of dynamic loops. The FX feature allows you to individualize your performance.
The 300 Apple-created loops use a variety of instruments and styles including guzheng, dizi, yangqin, and Peking Opera.
Please note, you have to update your iOS device to acquire these incredible changes. After this, switching on these features on your GarageBand app is required.
Toggle Chinese Instruments ‘on’
Select ‘Chinese Traditional’ under Apple loops Genre
Gather your newly updated device, headphones and head over to your favourite ‘Dim Sum’ restaurant and start creating your collection of exotic Chinese music with GarageBand iOS!