Grimes, for instance, has gone out of her way to dispel the myth that she relies on Garage Band.
(She used it on her breakout album, 2012's Visions, but she's since switched primarily to Ableton.) T-Pain laughs off the criticism when I ask him about it. "It’s totally legitimate." Garage Band has become a lot more capable over time, he says, offering more granular control over sounds, the ability to manage more tracks, and — a new feature in this release — the use of third-party apps, like i Maschine, as additional instruments.
It’s basically Garage Band's take on a MIDI controller, and it should make getting started with music creation much easier. Though you'd know his Auto-Tuned voice anywhere on the radio, you might not know his actual voice: it's bright and jovial; he's quick to laugh at a joke and bounces around from talking craft to making Game of Thrones references and discussing new tech he's interested in.
He’s filled the lower level of his house with arcade games, colorful skateboard decks, and blown-up magazine covers with his face on them.
T-Pain is bent over an i Pad, dancing and tapping the screen to send glimmering electronic beats through huge speakers and out into the hallway of his home.
We’re down in T-Pain’s basement studio, in a room filled with giant control boards, cases of equipment, and everything you’d need to put together a radio hit.
"Pain and I always like to say, 'It's the carpenter, not the hammer.'" When T-Pain returns, we start to go through more of what Garage Band's Live Loops interface can do.