GarageBand: The Missing Manual

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GarageBand lets you create music of your very own. If you're already a musician, you'll probably flip over GarageBand; it combines the CD-quality samples of Apple's Soundtrack software with the hard-disk recording features of Digital Performer and the canned rhythm tracks of Band in a Box. But what's really mind-boggling is the way this program can turn the inspiration of musical novices into commercial-sounding demos. Imagine how many thousands of singers and instrumentalists, though blessed with enormous native...

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Overview

GarageBand lets you create music of your very own. If you're already a musician, you'll probably flip over GarageBand; it combines the CD-quality samples of Apple's Soundtrack software with the hard-disk recording features of Digital Performer and the canned rhythm tracks of Band in a Box. But what's really mind-boggling is the way this program can turn the inspiration of musical novices into commercial-sounding demos. Imagine how many thousands of singers and instrumentalists, though blessed with enormous native talent, remain undiscovered because they lack recording studios and backup bands. For them, GarageBand may open a lot of doors—or just offer a lot of fun.

GarageBand: The Missing Manual is an authoritative, witty guide to constructing digital recordings with GarageBand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006952
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Building a hit
Ch. 1 Setting up the garage 9
Ch. 2 Loops 27
Ch. 3 Regions 47
Ch. 4 Software instruments (MIDI) 67
Ch. 5 Editing software instrument parts 87
Ch. 6 Recording and editing live audio 105
Ch. 7 Effects, guitar amps, and instrument modules 119
Pt. 2 Beyond the garage
Ch. 8 Mixing and publishing 139
Ch. 9 Advanced GarageBand 163
Ch. 10 The speed chapter 175
Ch. 11 Troubleshooting 187
Ch. 12 Adding on, moving up 195
App. A The GarageBand music crash course 219
App. B GarageBand, menu by menu 227
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    Sophisticated compositions

    I have several friends in the Los Angeles amateur music scene. Amateur because none of their bands are financially self-supporting. One perennial complaint is the cost of recording a professional, high quality demo CD. Which they can then take to a label or directly sell copies of. GarageBand offers a way for them to drastically lower the cost of recording. It gives them a means of becoming digital composers as well as actual musicians. While Apple proudly released GarageBand with little hardcopy documentation, Pogue shows us here a convenient supplement. He pitches it squarely at musicians, not programmers or sound engineers. Thus, there is nothing discussing signal to noise ratios, oversampling or the maths behind sound compression algorithms. Whereever possible, he tries to speak the language of musicians. He does not patronise you just because he has a technical background and you might not. But be warned that the book is not trivial. GarageBand is shown to offer a lot, but only if you concentrate and visualise the possibilities it gives your music.

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