The Barnes & Noble Review
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.
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.