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Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand ‘08
Trying to make music with the built-in loops in GarageBand '08?
Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert's step-by-step instructions guide beginning and intermediate users through using GarageBand's built-in loops to create three songs, explaining not only how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. You'll learn how to plan a song, get the most out of Magic GarageBand, edit loops using both graphical and notation view, create exciting mixes, and export your masterpieces.
The book also covers how to change track volume, tempo, and panning dynamically, and how to work with GarageBand's effects. Plus, it includes seven suggestions for solving performance problems.
Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them, and a five-page glossary helps you quickly learn about music-related terms.
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About the Author
Jeff Tolbert is a composer and musician living in Seattle. He is currently writing music for advertising and video games in the comfort of his home studio. He plays bass for several Seattle acts, as well as guitar, piano, ukulele, trombone, and various percussion instruments and household objects. He wishes he had an extra $200,000 so he could buy all the gear on his wish list.
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Read Me First
GarageBand is an exceptional way for musicians and nonmusicians alike to unleash their musical creativity. This book shows you how to use loops, assemble them into a composition, mix the song, and use basic audio effects in GarageBand '08 (part of Apple's iLife '08 suite), also known as GarageBand version 4. Even if you have no musical ability or instruments, you can create an impressive song quickly and easily. This book was written by Jeff Tolbert, edited by Caroline Rose, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
GarageBand makes it easy for someone who isn't a professional musician to create music that sounds professional. It's inexpensive, and because it was developed by Apple, it's pretty to look at. The program does provide online Help, but this book goes beyond what you find in the Help and walks you step-by-step through a number of common (and not so common) procedures. Even if you have some familiarity with other music editing software, the tips and tricks in this book will help streamline how you work in GarageBand.
This book shows you how to create a song in GarageBand using the loops that ship with the product and the new Magic GarageBand. You'll learn tricks for customizing the built-in loops and Magic GarageBand tunes, and ways to use mixing techniques and audio effects so that your songs will sound unique. Whether you're new to GarageBand or have already played around with it, plenty of audio-related goodies await you within. I won't, however, cover recording a guitar or vocals or setting up a MIDI keyboard; I cover those topics in my second book, Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08.
I'm also passing along some of the musical knowledge I've amassed over the years, to help you create an interesting and effective composition. This information is oriented toward nonmusicians, so don't worry if all you know about music is that a grand piano is bigger than a ukulele; I've presented the concepts in plain English. You don't need to know what a diminished seventh chord is or how to sight-read an orchestral score to make a song that will impress your friends. If any of the terminology stumps you, you can look it up in the Glossary (or, if the term appears in blue in the text of the ebook, click it to move to where it's defined in the Glossary).
Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand follows a step- by-step approach. I walk you through the creation of three songs: two using loops—one simple and one more complex—and one using Magic GarageBand. I point out exactly which loops, effects, and settings to use where. This specific, sequential approach keeps the book from being a dull and dry reference manual. I suggest that you follow the instructions as closely as you can.
Note: I recommend that you at least skim through all three song tutorials, since I mention different techniques in each of them. Even if you don't plan on ever using Magic GarageBand, for example, note that I cover some more advanced GarageBand features in that section.
After you've worked through a song, it's yours to play with. Fly, be free, create! GarageBand is a tool to unleash your inner genius. I hope this book helps you to do just that.
This book shows you how to create exciting songs using the music loops that come with GarageBand. I take a sequential approach and build on what I've shown in earlier sections. If you're a less linear person and like to jump around, you may have to backtrack occasionally if you come across something unfamiliar.
This book is a new edition of Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand, which I first wrote for GarageBand 1.0. I've updated the book for each major new version of GarageBand so far. For this edition, I updated the book to cover new features in Apple's latest upgrade to the program, version 4, as follows:
Finally, I've updated many of the screenshots to reflect the interface changes in GarageBand 4.
Note: You'll see under GarageBand > About GarageBand that this program is called GarageBand '08 in general, and that the latest version number (as of this writing) is 4.1.2. For the sake of brevity, I refer to it as GarageBand 4 when I'm talking about this version and call it simply GarageBand the rest of the time.
Thanks to a burst of hard work from author Jeff Tolbert in early 2009, yes, there is a new edition—Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '09.
If you're still using GarageBand 1 or 2, buy one of the above-mentioned ebooks about GarageBand 3, and then look on page 2 of the ebook for download instructions for a free copy of the earlier edition that you need.
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We do not plan to update this edition to expand its coverage of GarageBand '08. However, a current edition is available.
April 24, 2009 --
Author Jeff Tolbert talks about GarageBand '09 in MacVoices podcast #967 with host Chuck Joiner. You can tune in and find out what Jeff has to say about guitar amps, Magic GarageBand, in-GarageBand artist lessons, and more.
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