Although it has similarities to the Mac version (and projects started on your tablet can be imported into it) GarageBand for iPad is very much its own app. There are Touch and Smart Instruments, an eight-track sequencer and a decent selection of guitar amps and stompboxes.
What you don't get is anything in the way of MIDI editing, though various quantize options can be used to sort out dodgy performances.
But GarageBand for iPad is still a winner: plug in a controller keyboard and you've got a powerful, fun and portable song sketching solution. And at this price, it’s pretty much a no-brainer purchase.4 Stars
Full review: Apple GarageBand for iPad (review is of a previous version)
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