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Take Control of Recording with GarageBand
Mar 18, 2006

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand 3

Want to record music with GarageBand 3? This book explains how to use GarageBand to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle 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. You’ll find real-world recording studio techniques, learn how to use a microphone effectively, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and plenty of practical advice help you plan a recording session, record multiple tracks at once, and fix 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. Remember us when you’re famous!


What version of GarageBand does this book cover?

This ebook covers GarageBand 3, part of iLife ‘06. It includes a download option for older PDFs that cover GarageBand 1 and 2.

Do you have later editions of this ebook that cover later versions of GarageBand?

Indeed we do. For GarageBand ‘11 (version 6, part of iLife ‘11), there’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ‘11. Then, for GarageBand ‘09 (version 5, part of iLife ‘09), there’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ‘09. For a book that covers GarageBand 4, part of iLife ‘08, check out Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ‘08.

Comes with free downgrades to the GarageBand 1 and 2 editions; info is on page 2 of the PDF.
Update Plans

We have no plans to update this book, but note that we’ve published several books about recording in later versions of GarageBand.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. GarageBand ‘11 Update

    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:

    • Flex Time and Groove Matching: Flex time lets you fix imperfect performances and correct rhythmic mistakes quickly and easily. I’ll show you how you can easily move those off notes so they line up with the rest of your tracks. I’ll also walk you through the Groove Matching feature, which let’s you lock an entire track to the timing of another. So if, for example, you’re trying to use two loops with slightly different grooves, you can now make one of them sync up with the other so they’re in perfect rhythm.

    • New guitar amps: Apple has added 7 new guitar amp models to their roster of virtual gear. There are now 12 different amp models to choose from, giving you a wide variety of tones and sounds for your songs. They’ve also thrown in 5 new stomp boxes, giving you a whole studio full of virtual toys to play with. I’m planning to talk about strategies for getting great guitar tones, how to get the most out of one guitar, and how to use guitar amps and stompboxes to effect other instruments as well.

    • Synth programming: GarageBand’s synths aren’t the most full-featured models out there, but they’re capable of some interesting tones. I’m adding a section on programming the GarageBand synths so you can create all kinds of new, exciting sounds to use in your compositions.

    • Personalizing you loops: GarageBand comes with some great loops, but they’re pretty ubiquitous. I’ll show you how to add effects and use other tricks to make your loops more unique, and I’ll walk you through the creation of a new tune using a wide variety of loop-warping techniques.

    • Mixing and effects: I plan to add to to the sections on effects and mixing, giving you more information and a lot of tips and tricks to make your masterpieces really shine.

    • Interfaces and mics: I plan to update the sections on audio interfaces and microphones, adding some newer equipment and suggesting compelling options for those on a budget (which is all of us, really!).

    • Creating a Ringtone: I touched on iPhone ringtones in past editions, but I’m adding a much more detailed walkthrough, showing you exactly how to write and export your very own personal ringtones.

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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.