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Book description

Trying to make music with the built-in loops in GarageBand '08? Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert's step-by-step instructions guide beginning and intermediate users through using GarageBand's built-in loops to create three songs, explaining not only how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. You'll learn how to plan a song, get the most out of Magic GarageBand, edit loops using both graphical and notation view, create exciting mixes, and export your masterpieces. The book also covers how to change track volume, tempo, and panning dynamically, and how to work with GarageBand's effects. Plus, it includes seven suggestions for solving performance problems. Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them, and a five-page glossary helps you quickly learn about music-related terms. Questions you'll find answers to include:

  • How do I use the new Visual EQ effect?

  • How can I make a ringtone for my iPhone?

  • What's the new arrange track used for?

  • How do I easily change the tempo in different sections of my tune?

  • How can I customize a Magic GarageBand song so it doesn't sound like everyone else's?

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '08
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in This Edition
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Making Music with GarageBand Quick Start
    4. 2. Configure GarageBand
      1. Upgrade to the Latest Version
      2. Launch Garageband
      3. Set Preferences
    5. 3. Make Your First Tune
      1. Get Acquainted with the Interface
      2. Add Loops
      3. Add Melody Instruments
      4. Learn Editing and Mixing Basics
    6. 4. Make a Great Song
      1. Plan the Song
      2. Consider the Elements that Make a Song Work
      3. Melody
      4. Harmony
      5. Rhythm
      6. Texture
      7. Dynamics
      8. Timbre
      9. Work with Regions and Loops
      10. What to Do with All Those Loops
      11. Add Bass and Percussion
      12. Edit Notes to Create a New Bass Line
      13. Shift Into a New Gear
      14. Add More Loops
      15. Map Out the Arrangement
      16. Add the Final Few Loops
      17. Create a Track in Notation View
      18. Add a Sound Effect
      19. Finishing Touches
      20. Mix Your Song
      21. Adjust Track Volumes
        1. Pan your tracks
        2. Adjust equalization
        3. Set bass/treble reduction
        4. Set other effects
        5. Finish up
    7. 5. Transform a Magic GarageBand Song
      1. Create Your First Magic Garageband Song
      2. Customize Your Magic Garageband Song
      3. Rearrange the Song
        1. Change the tempo
        2. Duplicate arrangement sections
        3. Add a key change
        4. Add a ritard
      4. Change the Instrumentation
        1. Switch the drums
        2. Alternate the keyboards
        3. Fade the rest of the instruments in and out
      5. Add the Finishing Touches
        1. Adjust the panning
        2. Fade the ending
    8. 6. Learn More Loop Techniques
      1. Create a Drum Break
      2. Add Chord Changes to Loops
      3. Force a Loop to Keep Its Original Tempo
      4. Use Loops from Other Sources
      5. Import MIDI Files
    9. 7. Export Your Song
      1. Send Your Song to iTunes
      2. Create a Ringtone
      3. Export Your Song to Your Hard Disk
      4. Burn Your Song to Cd
    10. 8. Learn More
      1. Web Sites
      2. Books
      3. Videos
    11. A. Improving Performance
    12. B. Glossary
    13. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits