Make Music with Your iPad

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Get the most out of your iPad's music capabilities!

Music recording and performance apps are some of the top grossing applications for iPad. Major label artists are making use of Apple's iOS products and apps to make music and have even recorded complete albums on the iPad. Written by an experienced Apple and digital music journalist, this unique resource opens your eyes—and ears—to the amazing possibilities that the iPad offers as a musical creation device for both novices and ...

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Overview

Get the most out of your iPad's music capabilities!

Music recording and performance apps are some of the top grossing applications for iPad. Major label artists are making use of Apple's iOS products and apps to make music and have even recorded complete albums on the iPad. Written by an experienced Apple and digital music journalist, this unique resource opens your eyes—and ears—to the amazing possibilities that the iPad offers as a musical creation device for both novices and professionals. You'll sing a new tune when you learn the power and simplicity of using the iPad as a tool for creating professional-quality music.

  • Introduces the unique possibilities that the iPad presents for creating professional-level and high-quality music
  • Explores how the iPad can serve as a complete set of musical instruments, recording studio, and composition tool all in one
  • Discusses all areas of music production from recording live instruments and vocals to building drum parts and working with samples
  • Shares interviews and helpful tips from world-famous recording artists
  • Recommends a variety of suggested accessories to add to your iPad

Tune in! Make Music with iPad is a must-have guide for any iPad user with an interest in music, regardless of the level of experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118145586
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Harvell is a freelance writer and editor whose specialties include digital music and Apple products. Formerly editor of iCreate, a magazine for Mac users, Ben also consults on editorial and web strategy for small and midsized businesses. He has written for Macworld, MacUser, Digital Photographer, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Credits vi

About the Author vii

Introduction xiv

More than 'Just a Big iPhone' xv

You Have to Spend Money to Make Music xvi

How This Book Is Organized xvi

Conventions Used in This Book xvii

Part I: iPad Music-Making Basics 1

Chapter 1: Get Yourself Connected 4

Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit 5

Line-In Connections: Guitar, Bass, and More 6

Microphones 8

MIDI Keyboards and Other Devices 9

Headphones and Speakers 10

Connecting to 3G Networks 12

Connecting to Wi-Fi Networks 12

Charging Your iPad and Preserving Power 14

Chapter 2: I Write the Songs 18

Viewing Sheet Music on the iPad 19

Writing Sheet Music 24

Writing Lyrics 24

Chapter 3: Practice Makes Perfect 30

Slow Down Music for Learning and Practice 31

Find Chords, Tabs, and Music for Popular Songs 35

Chapter 4: You Send Me 38

Uploading Your Music to the Web 39

Collaborating and Sharing Audio Files and Projects 43

Promoting Your Songs 45

Selling Your Music on iTunes and Other Stores 48

SIDEBAR: Getting Your Music on Spotify 49

Chapter 5: Are Friends Electric? 52

Extend Your Desktop with Air Display 53

ARTIST LESSON: Evan Taubenfeld 55

Transfer Projects and Loops to Your Computer 56

Control Desktop Software with AC-7 Core for iPad 60

Chapter 6: All Mixed Up 62

Sampling with the iPad 63

Mixing and DJing with the iPad 66

The Turntable Alternative 67

ARTIST LESSON: Jason LaRocca 69

Creating Beats and Rhythms 70

Chapter 7: Different Strings 74

Jamming and Practicing 75

Get Rocking with Legendary (Virtual) Amps 76

Working with Pedals and Effects 79

ARTIST LESSON: Stefan Lessard 79

Recording Acoustic Instruments 80

Recording and Playing Bass 82

Chapter 8: Give Me the Keys 84

Connecting Keyboards to Your iPad 85

ARTIST LESSON: Jordan Rudess 88

Playing with an Onscreen Keyboard 89

Synths and Sampling 91

Chapter 9: Sing for the Moment 96

Recording Vocals 97

Vocal Effects and Techniques 100

ARTIST LESSON: Joel Kosche 102

Using Loopers for Unique Vocal Tracks 104

Rap and Hip Hop 106

Vocal Warm-up and Practice 107

Chapter 10: Bang the Drum 110

Recording Live Drums  111

Finger Drumming 113

Drum Programming 116

Unique Beat Creation 118

ARTIST LESSON: Kevin Hastings 120

Import and Export 122

Part II: GarageBand Master Class 125

Chapter 11: Understanding GarageBand 128

Tracks 129

The Control Bar 130

The GarageBand Instruments 134

Chapter 12: Song Settings 158

The Metronome 159

Tempo Control 160

Setting the Key 160

AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI 161

Chapter 13: Organizing Instruments 164

Selecting and Adding Instruments 165

The Apple Loops Popover 167

The Song Sections Popover 169

Chapter 14: Building a Drum Section 172

Start with the Basics 173

Add Intros and Fills 174

Use Multiple Tracks 175

Enhance Smart Drums Tracks 176

Chapter 15: Editing Regions 178

Moving Track Regions 179

Looping Regions 180

Trimming a Region 180

Splitting a Region 181

Copying and Pasting Regions 181

Chapter 16: Mixing Your Project 184

Working with Levels 185

The Difference between Wet and Dry 187

Adjusting Pan 187

Reverb 188

Echo 189

Master Effects 189

Mixing on a Computer 189

Chapter 17: Exporting Your Project 192

Organizing Songs 193

Another Way Out 196

Chapter 18: Advanced Techniques 198

Importing Audio Files from E-mails 199

Bouncing and Merging Tracks 200

Bouncing Tracks Manually 201

Transposition 202

Quantization 203

Create New Smart Instrument Patterns 204

Part III: Your First Song 207

Chapter 19: The Planning Stage 210

Find Inspiration 211

Get Writing 211

Tune Up 213

Chapter 20: Set Up Your Project 216

Make Minor Adjustments 217

Define Song Sections 217

Set the Key and Select Chords 220

Set the Tempo 221

Chapter 21: The Beat 224

The Intro 225

The Verse 226

The Bridge 227

The Chorus 229

Final Checks 229

Chapter 22: The Bass Line 232

The Intro 233

The Verse 234

The Bridge 235

The Chorus 236

How Does It Sound? 237

Chapter 23: The Rhythm 238

The Intro 239

The Verse 239

The Bridge 241

The Chorus 242

How Does It Sound? 244

Chapter 24: The Lead 246

Recording the Lead 247

How Does It Sound? 248

Chapter 25: Mix and Edit 250

Add New Verses and Choruses 251

Mixing Your Song 253

Chapter 26: The Vocals 254

Preparing to Sing 255

Recording Vocals 255

Adding a Harmony 257

SIDEBAR: Prepping Your Song for a Vocalist 257

How Does It Sound? 258

Index 260

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