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Apple Garageband Jam Pack: Symphony Orchestra

by Apple
Mac OS X
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Find first and second violins, violas, cellos, double basses, and a concert harp, as well
  • Include flutes, oboes, lovely French horns, trumpets, trombones, and tubas, among others
  • Play a wide selection of percussive elements: bass, snare and field drum; cymbals, gong, and bells; the woodblock and still others
  • Find new keyboard instruments

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0008GLGRM
  • Item model number: MA319Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,870 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Jam pack symphoney orchestra

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The day before I ordered this Jam Pack, I had received an M-Audio 88es USB velocity sensitive keyboard from amazon (reviewed separately) M-Audio Keystation 88ES 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-Weighted Keys - which seems to be replaced by the newer M-Audio Keystation 88 (2014) USB Keyboard MIDI Controller and sustain pedal M-Audio SP-2 US65010 Sustain Pedal Piano Style Sustain Pedal for Keyboards

The standard Garage Band 'Grand Piano' sounded just "OK", and there was no harpsichord. Those were my prime reasons for ordering this Jam Pack... and to have fun with the other sounds, of course.

The Steinway Piano in this pack is substantially better than the standard Garage Band piano. Neither is perfect - but this Steinway is great for the price. The difference is more than the soft hammer sound of a Steinway vs a hardened hammer sound of the standard piano. The velocity response and the behavior of sustained notes is much more realistic. The default settings have a fair amount of reverb - to simulate a concert hall. Adjusting that and other sliders can give a sound more appropriate to other settings.

It still does not sound like a real grand piano of course - there are no induced harmonics when the sustain pedal is depressed, for example. But, not bad at all.

The harpsichord is pretty disappointing in comparison. The lower register is amplified way louder than the upper - roughly everything below middle C as I recall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition June 7, 2007
After taking the time to get serious with garage band, I quickly found the need to get more instument voices for my uses. I play the music into garage band (record) with a M-Audio 66ES keystation (which I highly recommend) and found that there just weren't enough instruments to meet my needs for all of the tracks that I like to record. This product more than meets those needs, as it has a ton of instruments to use. I especially like how much more realistic they sound than the pre-loaded instruments in the original garage band. If you are more into using the loops, they are spectacular! They would work well as soundtracks for movies or slideshows, or as accompaniments to anything you want. This product is well worth the money and I don't feel as if I need to get any of the other Jam Packs. But that's just me........
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive array October 6, 2007
With Garage Band's standard-issue synth patches and loops, it was hard to make new music without using the same sounds more than once. With these Jam Packs, I can get lost just finding loops to use - which is a really good thing! Definitely worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars February 8, 2008
installed with no problem- only wish it had solo strings for violin, and a slide trombone- other than that lots of stuff and fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just listen to what can be achieved with this Pack January 20, 2012
A review of an audio product such as this Jam Pack should be short on words, and long on audio... so surf over to SoundCloud and look up my classic tracks (I'm DungBeatle on SC). All of them are 100% GarageBand + this Jam Pack. You'll probably agree that giving this Pack 5 stars was easy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful effects! November 23, 2008
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Very nice. The big drawback is that I must continuing purchasing different "packs" to get all the effests I would like... it gets expensive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good for holding coffee. March 6, 2014
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Was looking forward to this Jam Pack but found I was sent two blank discs. While the discs are very workable as coffee cup holders, they are not worth the overall price. Beware this seller.
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