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Apple Training Series GarageBand 3

Book Description

Whether you're an accomplished musician or a student, Garageband is the most rewarding way to create, perform, and record your own music. In the only Apple-certified guide to Garageband, composer and master trainer Mary Plummer shows you just how easy it is to turn your Mac into a fully featured recording studio. Plummer offers a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of Garageband - from mastering the interface and basic recording techniques to the secrets of arranging a song, editing and mixing tracks, adding effects, and distributing your Garageband compositions. Fully updated for version 3, Mary covers all of Garageband's hot new features including podcast recording and iMovie scoring.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 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. Exploring the GarageBand Window
      1. Window Basics
    2. Playing a Song in the Timeline
    3. Exploring the Timeline
    4. Exploring Tracks and Regions
      1. Real Instruments
      2. Software Instruments
      3. Apple Loops
    5. Zooming In to and Out of the Timeline
    6. Exploring the Editor
      1. Opening the Editor
    7. Using the Editor for Software Instruments
    8. Using the Editor for Real Instruments
    9. Renaming Tracks and Regions in the Editor
    10. Exploring the Loop Browser
    11. Using the Loop Browser in Podcast Sounds View
    12. Auditioning Loops with a Song
    13. Adding Movies to the Media Browser and Timeline
    14. Saving and Closing Your Project
    15. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  5. 2. Working with Tracks in the Timeline
    1. Understanding Tracks
    2. Preparing the Project
    3. Showing and Hiding the Track Info Pane
    4. Selecting Prerecorded Loops and Sound Effects
    5. Selecting and Moving All Regions in the Timeline
    6. Adding a Track
    7. Extending a Loop Region
    8. Recording a Basic Software Instrument
      1. Using the Onscreen Keyboard
      2. Selecting a Software Instrument Track
      3. Exploring Additional 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. Creating a Cycle Region
    11. Deleting a Region from the Timeline
    12. Changing a Track Name and Icon
      1. Project Tasks
    13. Saving Your Finished Project
    14. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  6. 3. Editing and Recording Software Instruments
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Monitoring the Processor with the Playhead
    3. Working with a Software Instrument Recording in the Timeline
      1. Splitting a Region
      2. Project Tasks
      3. Trimming a Region
      4. Joining Regions in the Timeline
    4. Changing a Track’s Instrument
    5. Changing Project Tempo
    6. Starting a New Song
      1. Setting Project Properties
    7. Previewing Drum Loops
    8. 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
    9. Multipass Recording
      1. Creating a Recording Cycle Region
      2. Creating a New Software Instrument Track
      3. Recording a Rough Draft
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Deleting a Track and Saving Your Project
    10. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  7. 4. Arranging a Song with Software Instruments
    1. Previewing the Finished Song
    2. Preparing the Project
    3. Understanding Melody and Rhythm
    4. Building Rhythm Tracks
      1. Arranging Loops in the Timeline
      2. Duplicating Regions in the Timeline
      3. Auditioning Software Instrument Drum Loops
      4. Building the Drum Track
      5. Backing Up a Song File in Stages
    5. Building the Melody Tracks
      1. Project Tasks
    6. 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. Recording a Single-Take Synth Part
      5. Changing a Note in the Editor
    7. Working with Advanced Music Arrangement Techniques
      1. Doubling a Track with Mixed Instruments
      2. Offsetting Parts in the Timeline
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Splitting Multiple Regions
      5. Moving Regions Between Tracks
      6. Transposing a Region in the Editor
      7. Doubling a Track to Fatten the Sound
    8. Finishing the Project
      1. Viewing Absolute Time in the Time Display
      2. Adding a Musical Stinger
      3. Saving the Finished Project
    9. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  8. 5. Working with Apple Loops
    1. Preparing the Project
      1. Understanding Apple Loops
    2. Listening to the Finished Song
    3. Customizing the Loop Browser
      1. Resizing and Rearranging Columns in the Results List
      2. Selecting Favorite Loops
      3. Moving Keyword Buttons
      4. Showing More Keyword Buttons
      5. Changing a Keyword Button
      6. Project Tasks
    4. Building a Song with Apple Loops
      1. Starting with the Melody
      2. Listening to the Completed Tracks
      3. Adding Notes to a Loop in the Editor
      4. Project Tasks
    5. Working with Real Instrument Loops
      1. Converting Software Instrument Loops to Real Instruments
      2. Resetting the Keywords in the Loop Browser
      3. Evaluating the Finished Song
    6. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  9. 6. Working with Real Instruments
    1. Connecting Musical Instruments to Your Computer
      1. Setting Up Sound Input Preferences
    2. Preparing the Project
    3. Adding 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. Setting Up Your Instrument
      2. Recording a Short Take
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Recording a Long Take
    5. Adding Preset and Custom Effects
      1. Using Amp Simulation
      2. Adding Custom Effects to a Track
      3. Viewing Selected Instruments
      4. Saving an Instrument
    6. Repairing Recording Problems
      1. Working with the Instrument Tuner
      2. Enhancing Tuning and Timing in the Editor
      3. Recording Over a Mistake
      4. Joining Noncontiguous Real Instrument Regions
      5. Project Tasks
    7. Multitrack Recording
      1. Working with Vocal Effect Presets
      2. Project Tasks
      3. Tips for Recording Multiple Tracks
    8. Reusing Your Real Instrument Recordings
      1. Archiving Your Recordings
      2. Archiving Your Projects
    9. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  10. 7. Mixing and Effects
    1. Understanding Basic Mixing
    2. Working with the Track Mixer
      1. Adjusting Levels with the Volume Slider
      2. Reading the Level Meters
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Using the Pan Wheel
    3. Creating a Rough Mix
      1. Planning Your Volume Mix
      2. Mixing Volume Levels for Individual Tracks
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Panning the Individual Tracks
      5. Locking Tracks to Improve Processor Speed
    4. Fixing the Timing and Velocity of a Software Region
      1. Evaluating Timing in the Editor
      2. Fixing the Timing of a Note
      3. Fixing the Timing of an Entire Region
      4. Changing Velocity for an Entire Region
    5. Adding Effects to a Track
    6. Manually Adjusting the EQ for a Track
    7. Working with Volume and Pan Curves
      1. Showing Volume Curves
      2. Adding and Adjusting Control Points
      3. Dynamically Panning a Track
      4. Project Tasks
    8. 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. Testing Your Trained Ear
    9. Comparing Loops from the Major and Minor Scale Types
    10. Ducking Background Tracks
      1. Project Tasks
    11. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  11. 8. Creating Podcasts
    1. Creating a New Podcast Project
      1. Showing and Hiding the Podcast Track, Browser, and Editor
      2. Choosing Podcast Recording Equipment
      3. Exploring the Vocal Track Presets
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Adding Speech Enhancer Effects to Recorded Vocals Tracks
      6. Project Tasks
    2. Importing a GarageBand Project
      1. Saving a Project with iLife Preview
      2. Adding GarageBand Projects to the Media Browser
      3. Editing a GarageBand Project Within Another Project
    3. Working with Artwork and Markers
      1. Adding Artwork to the Media Browser
      2. Adding Episode Artwork to the Project
      3. Adding Artwork to the Podcast Track
      4. Editing Marker Regions
      5. Finishing the Title Sequence
      6. Viewing Marker Information
      7. Adding a URL to a Marker
      8. Project Tasks
      9. Using Marker Artwork for Episode Artwork
      10. Resizing and Cropping Artwork
      11. Project Tasks
    4. Adding Loops and Sound Effects
      1. Project Tasks
      2. Recording Sound Effects
      3. Project Tasks
    5. Adding Episode Info to a Podcast
    6. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  12. 9. Scoring an iMovie or Video
    1. Creating a New Movie Score Project
    2. Working with Video Files in the Media Browser
      1. Previewing a Video File
      2. Importing a Video File from the Media Browser
    3. Preparing the Project for Scoring
      1. Viewing the Video
      2. Working with the Video’s Audio Track
      3. Adding and Editing Markers
      4. Project Tasks
    4. Building a Soundtrack in the Timeline
      1. Navigating Between Markers
      2. Locking the Playhead
      3. Browsing and Adding Music to the Project
      4. Project Tasks
    5. Working with Sound Effects
      1. Adding a Sound Effect from the Browser
      2. Splitting the Sound Effect in the Timeline
      3. Aligning Sound Effects to the Video
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Playing and Recording Sound Effects
      6. Project Tasks
      7. Customizing a Sound Effect Track Instrument
      8. Saving a Customized Track Instrument
      9. Project Tasks
    6. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  13. 10. Sharing Your Finished Projects
    1. Exporting Projects to iTunes
      1. Setting GarageBand Preferences for iTunes
      2. Evaluating the Song’s Output Level
      3. Sending a Song to iTunes
    2. Exporting a Project as a QuickTime Movie
    3. Sending a Movie to iDVD
    4. Sharing a Podcast
    5. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  14. A. Logic for GarageBand Users
  15. B. Exploring Jam Packs