The MacAddict Guide to Making Music with GarageBand

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GarageBand helps you turn your Mac into a fully-functional recording studio. The newest member of the iLife suite comes with pre-recorded loops utilizing hundreds of musical instruments to enable you to sound like a symphony orchestra or a one-man band. GarageBand ships with only limited documentation and that's where this book fills the gap. The MacAddict Guide to Making Music with GarageBand shows you how to create, perform and record your own music, even if you can't read a note or play an instrument - you can...
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Overview

GarageBand helps you turn your Mac into a fully-functional recording studio. The newest member of the iLife suite comes with pre-recorded loops utilizing hundreds of musical instruments to enable you to sound like a symphony orchestra or a one-man band. GarageBand ships with only limited documentation and that's where this book fills the gap. The MacAddict Guide to Making Music with GarageBand shows you how to create, perform and record your own music, even if you can't read a note or play an instrument - you can easily produce tunes that sound like you can! If you are musically inclined, this book shows you how to hook up your instruments and record your own sound, then you can mix it with as many other instruments as you want for a truly professional result. Once you have your tunes mixed to perfection, you can use them to score your iMovie projects, your iPhoto slide shows, and your iDVD projects. The MacAddict Guide to Making Music with GarageBand teaches you how to do all of that - and much more!
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Ever wanted to create your own music? Apple’s GarageBand is the tool you’ve been dreaming of. You don’t even need to play an instrument (though if you do, even better.) The hitch: GarageBand doesn’t come with much documentation. No sweat: Just grab a copy of The MacAddict Guide to Making Music with GarageBand.

The authors are industry insiders, including a music producer. They simplify the whole process, while adding professional insights into the entire recording and editing process. You’ll walk through getting started with Apple’s built-in library of loops. Recording new music, using software instruments -- or your own “real” ones. Adding vocals. Editing and mixing. Even creating your own virtual instruments. Free the Beethoven hiding inside you, with GarageBand -- and this book. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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GarageBand, Apple's new entry-level music production software, allows Mac users to record, mix, compose, and edit their own music. Visual QuickStart uses clear screen shots and step-by-step directions to introduce beginners to the software's features, from working with the basic interface and time line to incorporating GarageBand songs in other iLife programs. Tips add information, while appendixes cover improving performance and the add-on Jam Pack. For all libraries. By the administrator of the Mac Audio Guy web site, MacAddict offers beginning to intermediate users more information on the software's uses from a musician's point of view and provides optimization tips for those more comfortable with tinkering with the OS. Step-by-step directions, screen shots, tips, and notes make this a useful learning tool; extensive appendixes cover add-ons, configuring a music studio, keyboard shortcuts, instruments, MIDI information, online resources, and effects. Appropriate for all libraries. Apple Training Series serves as Apple's "official training course" for new users. Its CD contains project files for each step-by-step lesson, notes help address common issues, and appendixes cover the Jam Pack and summarize more professional tools. Full-color screen shots are a nice touch, as are chapter summaries. Beginners will welcome its straightforward approach; recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789732262
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 6/3/2004
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Shaffer is a freelance sound designer, audio engineering consultant and music composer. He has over 20 years experience in the recording industry and has produced and recorded several award-winning albums as well as having composed music for computer games, videos and films. Although he cut his teeth on Commodore 64s and Amigas, Jay is a certified Mac addict and is now on his eighth Macintosh since 1986. He also administers the Mac Audio Guy Web site, a resource for Mac audio professionals and enthusiasts.

Gary Rosenzweig is the chief engineer, founder and owner of CleverMedia, a game and multimedia development company in Denver, Colorado. He has written 10 books on Macromedia Director and Flash. Gary has degrees from both Drexel University in Philadelphia and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has been building multimedia projects since 1989. CleverMedia was founded in 1995 and has produced more than 250 Shockwave and Flash games for CleverMedia's sites and other companies. Some of Gary's other Que Publishing books are Special Edition Using Director MX, Advanced Lingo for Games and Flash MX ActionScript for Fun and Games.

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Table of Contents

1 Getting started with GarageBand 3
2 Making music with apple loops 11
3 Recording your own music with software instruments 31
4 Recording your guitar 49
5 Recording vocals and other instruments 71
6 Editing and mixing your music 85
7 Finishing up 103
8 Making your own software and real instruments 117
9 Making your own loops 149
10 Advanced techniques 161
A Expanding GarageBand 189
B Configuring your studio 191
C Keyboard shortcuts 207
D GarageBand software instruments 211
E Effects list 213
F General MIDI instruments list 217
G MIDI implementation chart 221
H General MIDI drum key map 223
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