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Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ‘09
Learn how to record complete 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 '09 to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle composer 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. You'll find out how to plan a recording session, and you'll learn real-world recording studio techniques, such as using a microphone effectively, getting the best sounds from your gear, applying effects like a pro, using the new Electric Guitar track and the new stompbox effects, recording multiple tracks at once, and fixing mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed.
Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them, and a glossary covers many recording-related terms. 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, 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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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 '09 (part of Apple's iLife '09 suite), also known as GarageBand version 5. This book was written by Jeff Tolbert, edited by Jeff Carlson (with musical backup from 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 no 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 its limitations. GarageBand can't control audio as well as its high-end brethren, it gulps down processor cycles like they were candy corn, 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 around in GarageBand a little already, you'll probably feel right at home with this book. If not, I suggest that you read my other book, Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '09, to learn fundamental aspects of the program, such as arranging songs and using loops.
GarageBand offers a variety of ways to record music. Software Instruments use sounds generated by your Mac, using prerecorded samples or models of different instrument types; Real Instruments require you to plug an external sound source (such as a microphone) into your Mac; Electric Guitars also requires an external source and gives you access to GarageBand '09's new amp models and stompboxes. To use this Quick Start section, choose the heading that describes your situation or your interests. Then, follow its suggestions.
The sole purpose of the version 1.1 update is to cover the way Electric Guitar tracks function in GarageBand 5.1. GarageBand 5.1, released August 3, 2009, allows users to add up to three track or Audio Units effects to an Electric Guitar track. This was not the case with GarageBand 5.0.
I updated this book to cover new features in Apple's latest upgrade to the program, GarageBand '09, as follows:
You can read about old versions of GarageBand as follows:
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 both ebooks.
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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 2011 -- The 1.1 version of this ebook, which is currently for sale, was updated for GarageBand 5.1 (part of the iLife '09 suite). We do not plan to create a new version to further discuss GarageBand 5.x/'09. However, a GarageBand 6.x/'11 edition of the ebook is available.
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.
December 10, 2010 --
GarageBand ’11, the much-anticipated update to Apple’s wonderful GarageBand application, has a number of new features that make recording and creating music even easier than before. I’m currently updating my two ebooks—Take Control of Making Music With GarageBand and Take Control of Recording With GarageBand. Here's a list of what I plan to change:
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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