GarageBand- Dark Mode, MIDI Keyboard, Hard Drive Support

GarageBand has been consistently improving since its launch in 2004. Apple has made sure to deliver on the quality and inventiveness of the product without giving the app a significant price rise from the originally free status to its users. The app is a favorite among audio producers, mixers, and editors with its wide range of instruments, Loops, and editing features as well as sound effects.

With its new update in 2019, the app has introduced various cool features and improved on the existing options in its iOS version. A prominent change has been the addition of Dark Mode support, external hard drive, SD card, and USB support as well as the introduction of the ‘Skyline Heat’ pack of Loops.

GarageBand also allows users to connect a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controller or keyboard to their devices which can easily be done in a macOS device to help produce music with efficiency.

With the Lightning to USB adapter cable in the market, you can also connect your iOS devices to such a keyboard and enjoy audio recording with quality and ease. An Akai Professional MPK249 49 Key or Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller are some of the best ones to be paired with the Apple free digital audio workstation. 

All these features ensure that the app is never out of the latest trend circuit in audio production and remains one of the best apps for sound recording, editing and remixing by Apple. 

Safe to say, Apple is making sure no one can make a better platform for the music composers.

Let’s tackle each of these new features one by one. Starting from the support for Dark Mode for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 devices, we see that Apple has made the app compatible with the Dark Mode. This enables the app to work with the ‘Dark Mode’ feature and because GarageBand already has a dark interface, the difference is not very prominent while working in the track workspace.


However, when you approach the file/ MySongs area, the screen is considerably much brighter, having a negative effect on users viewing both the screens frequently but with Dark Mode on, the interface of the My Songs section also changes to a darker background. To enable GarageBand with the Dark Mode, just tap on the Dark Mode button from your settings menu accessed by dragging the notifications panel on the screen of your Apple device. 

Next is the external USB file support for saving and editing files. Users can now record and save files in an external location while using GarageBand for production, manipulation and mixing. To do so, you just need to :

  1. Connect the external hard drive or flash drive to your iOS 13 device via a Lightning to USB adapter and simultaneously plug in a charger to ensure enough power.
  2. Open GarageBand file Locations and your external device will be available in the list there.
  3. Click on it and then click on ‘Create Song’ if you wish to record or you can simply copy your files saved in other locations to the external device.

This feature allows for a portable and easy backup option to GarageBand users who do not have enough space to store files on their device and need to access their recordings outside of iCloud.