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The inaugural Feb. 15 issue, on newsstands Feb. 8, is described as “the most sweeping evolution of its iconic brand [JET] in the company’s history.”

Ever since Apple first released GarageBand, I’ve been desperate to find something that comes close to the simplicity of GarageBand’s loop-based music composition. Many loop-based composition tools have been around forever. Sony Acid Pro, Adobe Audition, Propellerhead ReasonSteinberg Cubase and Cakewalk Project 5 are among the pro solutions for composing with loops. Steinberg offers the Cubase SE entry level product for $99. Cakewalk Kinetic is priced around $70. One other app, which I haven’t personally tried is Sony Acid Music Studio, which purports to be a light version of Acid Pro, which may mean it’s confusing to use. The one thing all these solutions lack is ease of use. GarageBand is a winner because it’s easy to use. Acoustica, the people who make Mixcraft, finally got it right for PC users by creating Mixcraft.

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