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Apple Training Series: GarageBand 2

Book Description

Now that you can record eight simultaneous tracks with it, GarageBand 2 really does turn your Mac into a full-featured recording studio. To start taking advantage of it immediately, you (and your band-mates) need this Apple-certified guide from composer and master trainer Mary Plummer (who's also an Apple Certified Trainer). Through 20 hours of step-by-step lessons coupled with ample visual aids and loads of real-world tips, this book/DVD combo offers a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of GarageBand 2. You'll learn everything from mastering the interface and basic recording techniques to the secrets of arranging songs, editing and mixing tracks, adding effects, and distributing your GarageBand files. This thoroughly updated guide includes extensive coverage of all the new features of GarageBand 2, including multitrack recording, built-in real-time music notation, and smart recording features.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: Getting Started
    1. The Methodology
      1. Course Structure
    2. System Requirements
      1. System Requirements for Software Instruments
      2. Hardware Compatibility
    3. Installing GarageBand
    4. Copying the Lesson Files
      1. Installing the Lesson Files
    5. About the Apple Training Series
    6. Resources
  4. 1. Working with the Interface
    1. Before You Start
    2. Launching GarageBand
    3. Exploring the GarageBand Window
      1. Window Basics
    4. Exploring the Timeline
    5. Using the Mouse and Keyboard
      1. Practicing Mouse Maneuvers
      2. Using the Keyboard
    6. Playing a Song in the Timeline
    7. Exploring Tracks and Regions
      1. Real Instruments
      2. Software Instruments
      3. Apple Loops
    8. Zooming In to and Out of the Timeline
    9. Exploring the Track Editor
      1. Opening the Track Editor
    10. Using the Track Editor for Software Instruments
      1. Project Tasks
    11. Using the Track Editor for Real Instruments
    12. Using the Track Editor for Apple Loops
    13. Exploring the Loop Browser
    14. Using the Loop Browser in Button View
    15. Using the Loop Browser in Column View
    16. Creating a Cycle Region in the Timeline
    17. Auditioning Loops with a Song
    18. What You’ve Learned
  5. 2. Working with Tracks in the Timeline
    1. Understanding Tracks
    2. Preparing the Project
    3. Selecting Prerecorded Loops
    4. Adding a Loop Track
      1. Project Tasks
    5. Extending a Loop Region
    6. Muting a Track
    7. Deleting a Track in the Timeline
    8. Recording a Basic Software Instrument
      1. Using the Onscreen Keyboard
      2. Selecting a Software Instrument Track
      3. Exploring the New Onscreen Keyboard Features
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Adding a New Software Instrument Track
      6. Using Undo to Delete a Recording
    9. Saving Your Song
    10. Deleting a Region from the Timeline
    11. Changing a Track Name and Icon
      1. Project Tasks
    12. Saving Your Project and Opening a New Project
    13. Changing a Software Track Instrument
      1. Project Tasks
    14. Using Solo and Mute to Evaluate Tracks
      1. Save and Close the Project
    15. What You’ve Learned
  6. 3. Working with Software Instruments
    1. Starting a New Song
      1. Setting Project Properties
    2. Changing Project Tempo
      1. Preparing the Project
    3. Recording a Simple Drum Part
      1. Turning on the Metronome
      2. Practicing with the Metronome
      3. Recording a Single Take
      4. Extending Your Recorded Region
    4. Multipass Recording
      1. Creating a Recording Cycle Region
      2. Creating a New Software Instrument Track
      3. Recording a Rough Draft
      4. Resizing a Recorded Region
      5. Project Tasks
      6. Saving Your Project
    5. Building a Song from Scratch
      1. Previewing the Finished Song
      2. Starting a New Song
      3. Adding Software Instrument Tracks
    6. Building Rhythm Tracks
      1. Selecting Software Instrument Drum Loops
      2. Changing the Metronome Preferences
      3. Selecting Additional Drum Parts
      4. Viewing Actual Time in the Time Display
      5. Copying and Pasting Regions in the Timeline
      6. Backing Up a Song File in Stages
      7. Finishing the Basic Beats Tracks
    7. Recording a New Software Instrument Part
      1. Connecting a MIDI Instrument to the Computer
      2. Working with Musical Typing
      3. Practicing the Part Before You Record It
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Recording a Single-Take Organ Part
    8. Editing a Software Instrument Region in the Track Editor
      1. Using Option-Drag to Duplicate a Region
      2. Opening the Copied Region in the Track Editor
      3. Changing a Note in the Track Editor
      4. Deleting a Note in the Track Editor
      5. Transposing a Region in the Track Editor
      6. Resizing a Region in the Timeline
      7. Copying and Pasting Multiple Regions in the Timeline
    9. Recording and Editing a New Region
      1. Duplicating the Region in the Timeline
      2. Duplicating and Editing Notes in the Track Editor
      3. Finishing the Part
    10. Finishing the Song
      1. Project Tasks
    11. What You’ve Learned
  7. 4. Working with Real Instruments
    1. Connecting Musical Instruments to Your Computer
      1. Setting Preferences for the Audio-In Port
    2. Preparing the Project
    3. Creating a Real Instrument Track
      1. Stereo vs. Mono Recording
      2. Monitoring Your Input
      3. Plan Before Recording
    4. Recording and Saving a Real Instrument Part
      1. Recording Long vs. Short Regions
      2. Setting Up Your Instrument
      3. Recording a Short Take
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Recording a Long Take
    5. Adding Preset and Custom Effects
      1. Preparing the Project
      2. Using Amp Simulation
      3. Adding Custom Effects to a Track
      4. Viewing Selected Instruments
      5. Saving an Instrument
      6. Project Task
      7. Deleting a Saved Instrument
    6. Creating Guitar Test Tracks
      1. Moving a Region to Different Tracks
    7. Trimming and Looping a Real Instrument Recording
      1. Understanding Grid Lines
        1. Preparing the Project
      2. Snapping to the Grid
      3. Changing Snapping Parameters
      4. Working with Grid Lines in the Track Editor
      5. Trimming a Region in the Track Editor
      6. Project Task
    8. Arranging and Editing Regions into Songs
      1. Re-Recording Part of a Song
      2. Project Tasks
      3. Preparing the Project
      4. Editing and Arranging Long Takes to Build a Song
      5. Splitting a Track
      6. Ganging the Playhead
      7. Navigating with the Time Display
      8. Evaluating the New Split Regions
      9. Working with an Edit-Friendly Long Take
      10. Project Tasks
      11. Separating the Regions onto Different Tracks
      12. Editing and Arranging Small Takes to Build a Song
      13. Project Tasks
    9. What You’ve Learned
  8. 5. Working with Apple Loops
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Understanding Apple Loops
    3. Listening to the Finished Song
    4. Customizing the Loop Browser
      1. Resizing and Rearranging Columns in the Results List
      2. Selecting Favorite Loops
      3. Moving Keyboard Buttons
      4. Showing More Keyword Buttons
      5. Changing a Keyword Button
      6. Finishing the Loop Search
    5. Building a Song with Apple Loops
      1. Starting with the Melody
      2. Splitting a Software Instrument Region
      3. Extending Edited Software Regions
      4. Adding the Rest of the Tracks
      5. Resetting the Keywords in the Loop Browser
    6. What You’ve Learned
  9. 6. Arranging Music with GarageBand
    1. Clarifying Your Musical Goals
      1. Understanding Melody and Rhythm
      2. Preparing the Project
    2. Working with Basic Music Arrangement Techniques
      1. Searching for Loops That Fit
      2. Evaluating a Monotonous Arrangement
      3. Using Shortcuts to Solo and Mute Tracks
      4. Evaluating a Region That Is Out of Time with the Rest of the Project
      5. Arranging the Beginning of the Song
      6. Splitting a Repetitive Region
      7. Finishing the Beginning of the Song
    3. Listening to the Finished Song
    4. Working with Advanced Music Arrangement Techniques
      1. Doubling a Track with Mixed Instruments
      2. Previewing vs. Auditioning Loops
      3. Creating a Turnaround with the Drum Tracks
      4. Finishing the Turnaround
      5. Building the Song with Established Parts
    5. Finishing the Song
      1. Project Tasks
    6. What You’ve Learned
  10. 7. Mixing and Effects
    1. Understanding Basic Mixing
    2. Working with the Track Mixer
      1. Adjusting Levels with the Volume Slider
      2. Using the Level Meters
      3. Using the Pan Wheel
      4. Resetting the Volume and Pan Controls
    3. Creating a Rough Mix
      1. Planning Your Volume Mix
      2. Mixing Volume Levels for Individual Tracks
      3. Panning the Individual Tracks
      4. Locking Tracks to Improve Processor Speed
    4. Fixing the Timing and Velocity of a Software Region
      1. Evaluating Timing in the Track Editor
      2. Fixing the Timing of a Note
      3. Joining Regions
      4. Fixing the Timing of an Entire Region
      5. Changing Velocity for an Entire Region
    5. Adding Effects to a Track
      1. Manually Adjusting the EQ for a Track
    6. Working with Volume and Pan Curves
      1. Showing Volume Curves
      2. Adding and Adjusting Control Points
      3. Dynamically Panning a Track
      4. Project Task
    7. Working with the Master Track
      1. Understanding the Different Volume Controls
        1. Track Volume
        2. Master Track Volume
        3. Master Output Volume
        4. Computer Output Volume
      2. Adding Control Points to the Master Track
      3. Adding Effects to the Overall Song
      4. Checking for Clipping
      5. Working with Vocal Effect Presets
      6. Project Tasks
      7. Testing Your Trained Ear
    8. What You’ve Learned
  11. 8. Sharing Your Finished Songs
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      1. Setting GarageBand Preferences for iTunes
      2. Evaluating the Song’s Output Level
      3. Exporting a Song
      4. Exporting Selected Tracks
      5. Exporting with a Cycle Region
      6. Project Tasks
    2. Using Your Playlist with iLife
      1. Disabling Playlist Songs in iTunes
      2. Using Your Playlist for an iPhoto Slideshow
      3. Using Your Playlist with iMovie HD
      4. Using Your Playlist Songs in iDVD
    3. Converting AIFF Files to MP3
      1. Understanding the Different Audio Formats
      2. Viewing the iTunes Library in the Finder
    4. What You’ve Learned
  12. 9. Advanced GarageBand Tips and Techniques
    1. Strategies for Minimizing the Load on Your Processor
    2. Monitoring the Processor with the Playhead
      1. Setting GarageBand Preferences to Help Minimize Processor Load
      2. Exporting from GarageBand to iTunes and Back
      3. Tips for Mixing Down Tracks to iTunes
    3. Adding an MP3 File to the Timeline
    4. Reusing Your Real Instrument Recordings
      1. Project Tasks
      2. Archiving Your Recordings
      3. Archiving Your Songs
    5. Enhancing Timing in the Track Editor
    6. Adding Loops to GarageBand
      1. Preparing the Project
      2. Exploring the Apple Loops Folder
      3. Adding Loops to the Loop Browser
      4. Adding Loops from Other Applications
    7. Working with Multiple Control Points in the Timeline
    8. Working with the Instrument Tuner
    9. Multitrack Recording
      1. Tips for Recording Multiple Tracks
    10. Advanced Track Editor Techniques
      1. Splitting a Real Instrument Region in the Track Editor
      2. Moving Regions in the Track Editor
      3. Duplicating a Loop to Extend the Recording
      4. Joining Noncontiguous Real Instrument Regions
    11. Exploring Editing Controller Information in a Software Instrument Region
      1. Viewing Sustain in the Track Editor
      2. Editing Sustain Controller Movement
      3. Viewing Pitch Bend Controls
    12. Searching for Loops by Scale
      1. Changing the Scale Pop-Up in the Loop Browser
      2. Project Tasks
    13. Exploring Jam Packs
    14. What You’ve Learned
  13. Logic for GarageBand Users