GarageBand Update 2.3.13 // Not JUST a Sound Pack…

Apple just updated GarageBand on iOS to version 2.3.13.

Bug and stability fixes, a brand new sound pack, and ONE under the radar change that might give a wee hint at some bigger things coming to iOS later down the line…



What’s new in GarageBand 2.3.13?

Stability and reliability

  • GarageBand now has improved performance when browsing sounds for Touch Instruments while recording on iPad.
  • Resolves an issue where GarageBand might quit unexpectedly while installing sound packs.


  • Audio Unit controls are no longer interrupted because the GarageBand audio engine now automatically restarts when an external device is connected.


  • VoiceOver now announces song sections as they are swiped through.

Sound Library

  • Dragging the Car Horn loop in the Toy Box sound pack from the Loop Browser to a track now places the correct sound in the track.
  • The Horse effect in the Erhu instrument no longer remains active after releasing the control and while Grace Notes are triggered at the same time.
  • Resolves an issue where some Apple Loops previewed properly in the loop browser, but then did not sound the same when dragged to the Tracks Area.

Touch Instruments

  • Double-tapping the Chord Strip on iPhone no longer hides the keyboard.

External Hardware Support

  • Inputs from audio devices that support AudioDriverKit are now selectable in GarageBand. (This was updated to replace the wording shared in the video).


  • The Level Meter now displays as expected in the Input Menu when using a multichannel audio interface.


Apple Explains

Apple got back to me and further explained the original wording in the External Hardware Support section of the release notes:

“This is actually specific to being able to select inputs on devices that support “AudioDriverKit”. This is an API we are delivering to developers on iPadOS 16 for attaching audio devices to music creation apps like GarageBand.