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Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ‘11
Turn it up to 11 as you learn how to record songs with drums, keyboards, bass, strings, even horns...even if all you have is a beat-up electric guitar!
This book explains how to use GarageBand '11 to make great recordings of your music with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and anything else that makes a sound. Seattle composer and musician Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. New in this edition is a complete discussion of all of the many GarageBand synthesizers, as well as a section on fixing mistakes easily with the new Flex Time and Groove Matching features.
The book also covers the 12 GarageBand guitar amps (including the seven new ones!) and the greatly expanded selection of stompbox effects. You'll also learn real-world recording studio techniques like using a microphone effectively, getting the best sounds from your gear, and applying effects like a pro.
Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them—and, new with this edition, you can follow links to download the project files for the two example songs which demonstrate many of the techniques discussed. Remember us when you're famous!
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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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Table of Contents
Read Me First
This book teaches you how to record real and software instruments, how to work creatively, and how to turn your recordings into a great-sounding piece of music in GarageBand '11 (part of Apple's iLife '11 suite), also known as GarageBand version 6. This book was written by Jeff Tolbert, edited by Geoff Duncan, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
GarageBand has changed the way Mac users create music. Many of us thought we’d need to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to make decent recordings. Instead, GarageBand makes recording much more affordable. Sure, it doesn’t include some features of higher-end programs, but what it does for the money is simply amazing.
Songwriters can make great-sounding demos to play for their bands or prospective record labels. Proud parents can record their children for friends and relatives. Those of us who never fulfilled our rock-and-roll fantasies in our youth have another chance.
GarageBand’s recording process is easy and intuitive. Even if you have o experience in a recording studio, this book will get you working like a pro in no time. Whether you’re recording using a MIDI keyboard, an electric guitar, or with a vocalist using a microphone, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get great-sounding tracks. I show you bucketloads of tricks you can use to get the best sound possible out of your equipment. Even inexpensive keyboards, microphones, preamps, and guitars will give you wonderful results.
One thing to keep in mind: GarageBand isn’t meant to compete with top-of-the-line recording software such as Pro Tools or Logic Pro. The truly demanding user will discover GarageBand’s limitations. GarageBand can’t control audio or automation as well as its high-end brethren, its effects and instruments aren’t as sophisticated, and you can’t apply effects to groups of tracks at once, among other things. But for the typical songwriter, home recording artist, or weekend rock-and-roller, GarageBand has more than enough mojo to get your ideas out of your head and into the real world.
I assume that you’re somewhat familiar with GarageBand. If you’ve played with it a little already, you’ll probably feel right at home. If not, I suggest my other book,Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand ’11, to learn fundamental aspects of the program, as well as tips on arranging songs and using loops.
GarageBand offers a variety of ways to record music. Software Instrument tracks use sounds generated by your computer, using prerecorded samples or models of different instrument types; Real Instrument and Electric Guitar tracks require you to plug an external sound source (such as a microphone or an electric guitar) into your Mac. Electric Guitar tracks also give you access to GarageBand ’11’s many amp models and stompboxes.
To use this Quick Start section, choose the heading that describes your situation or your interests. Then, follow its suggestions. However, I recommend reading through the entire book to get the most from your GarageBand experience.
I updated this book to cover new features in Apple’s latest upgrade to the program, GarageBand ’11, as follows:
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.
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.
—Tonya J Engst
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