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Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand ‘11
Turn it up to 11: get creative and make music with GarageBand's loops!
Seattle composer and musician Jeff Tolbert turns it up to ’11 with step-by-step tutorials that guide you through creating five different songs using GarageBand’s built-in loops, including two brand-new tutorials covering creative loop-mangling and ringtone creation. In this book, Jeff not only explains how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing. You'll learn how to plan a song, edit and arrange Real and Software Instrument loops in imaginative ways, create exciting mixes, and export your masterpieces.
The book also covers automating track volume, tempo, and panning to create more dynamic recordings, and getting the most out of the GarageBand effects. It also teaches you how to customize Magic GarageBand songs and includes helpful suggestions for solving performance problems.
Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you work—you can even download the actual GarageBand project files used to create the tutorials in the book! To round it all off, a five-page glossary helps you quickly learn music-related terms.
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"I had a tough time getting started with GarageBand until I bought Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand."
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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, percussion instruments, and household objects. He wishes he had an extra $200,000 so he could buy all the gear on his wish list. Jeff's blog is Film Scoring.Info.
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Read Me First
GarageBand is an exceptional way for musicians and nonmusicians alike to unleash their musical creativity. This ebook shows you how to use loops, assemble them into a composition, mix the song, and use basic audio effects in GarageBand ’11 (also known as GarageBand 6) on a Mac. 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 as well as using 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 ’11.
I’m also passing along some of the musical knowledge I’ve amassed over the years writing film scores and recording with bands, 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; if a term appears in blue in the text of the ebook, you can click it to move to its definition.
This book follows a step-by-step approach. I walk you through the creation of five songs: four using loops—three fairly 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.
At least skim: I recommend that you at least skim all five 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 chapter.
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.
Note: This book talks about the Mac OS X version of GarageBand ’11, not the iPad version. The two applications share some features, but this book does not discuss the iPad version at all.
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 chapters. 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 version 1.0 and have updated for each major version so far. For this edition, I updated the book to cover new features in GarageBand ’11, also known as version 6. Here’s what’s new in this edition:
Sorry, it does not. Although the two programs share some features, this ebook has nothing particular in it about the iPad app.
You can read about old versions of GarageBand as follows:
GarageBand '09 (version 5):
GarageBand '08 (version 4):
GarageBand '06 (version 3):
GarageBand 1 or 2: From either of the above-listed ebooks for GarageBand '06, you can download free copies of still-earlier editions that cover GarageBand 1 and 2. Instructions are on the second page of Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand 3.
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I read Jeff Tolbert's books Take Control of Making Music with Garageband '09 and after that Take Control of Recording with Garageband '09. Being a foreigner myself (Dutch) and a complete beginner in music making and recording, I was surprised to understand every word, description, explanation, technical detail, and humorous remark in both books. Mr. Tolbert must be a born teacher, connecting all the time with the level of thinking of the beginning student in a most positive, even enthusiastic way.
In short, a big compliment!
Kind regards, Rob F.
April 4, 2011 --
Apple has released a minor update to the Mac version of GarageBand '11. Version 6.0.2 reportedly improves overall stability, but most notably it introduces support for opening projects created in the iPad version of GarageBand. When you first open an iPad project after installing this update, GarageBand on your Mac will need to download an additional update that’s just shy of 200 MB. Note also that when you open iPad GarageBand projects, you’ll immediately be prompted to save them under a new name. That’s because once you’ve modified a project in the desktop edition, it can no longer be opened by GarageBand for iPad.
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