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Quality software instruments for Garageband?

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avshawksfan Calculating status...
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Jan 31, 2013 6:57 AM

Hey guys! I'm working on demo's for a new record, and I'm using Garageband to record them (I have the '09 version, running OSX 10.6.8). I'm looking for some quality software instruments to add to Garageband (apple format, preferably). So far I have all the Apple JamPacks and I'm using the trial version of Kontakt Player (Native Instruments).

 

Specifically, I'm looking for quality pads and loops (my style is similar to Mat Kearney). Inexpensive and free is awesome, but I know for quality stuff that's not often the case. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

GarageBand '09, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:33 AM (in response to avshawksfan)

    avshawksfan wrote:

     

    I'm looking for some quality software instruments to add to Garageband (apple format, preferably).

     

    GarageBand supports only one external plugin standard, Audio Units (AU) which is developed by Apple. Virtually all commercial plugins are available in AU, except some free, oddball ones.

     

    If you want the ultimate quality plugin for synth, save all your money and get "Omnisphere" from Spectrasonics. That is the gold standard.

     

    The other option is Zebra from u-he.com. There are a lot of amazing products from this company. Check it out

     

    Although I have most of the Native Instrument stuff, I'm personally not a big fan of their synth, too plastic and Fisher Price sounding. The best synth they ever released was Pro53, now discontinued.

     

    Also have a look at Albino, Alchemy and the product line of arturia.com. At the end, it is also a matter of personal taste, preferences (and $$$).

     

     

    Hope that helps

     

    Edgar Rothermich

    http://DingDingMusic.com/Manuals/

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  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:39 PM (in response to avshawksfan)

    Again, Spectrasonics has right tool, "Stylus RMX". It comes with tons of loops, you can play them as grooves or individual slices. You can import REX files. A lot of Drum Loops Libraries provide REX file format that makes it much more flexible than just use the audio loop itself.

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