GarageBand gets traditional Chinese musical instruments

Lookout China, Apple’s coming for you – and it’s bringing the pipa with it.

The latest version of GarageBand has just received a whole load of traditional Chinese instruments, including the erhu and Chinese percussion.

Apple has also created 300 different Chinese musical loops across Mac OS and iOS, as well as two new Chinese templates (traditional and modern) for GarageBand’s Live Loops on iOS. Anyone with an ear for music can play the new instruments with surprisingly realistic results, using 3D Touch to control vibrato and intensity on an iPhone.

Of course, there’s no point in making music if you can’t share it, so the update also adds expanded sharing options to Chinese social networks like QQ and Youku.

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