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GarageBand® ’11 Power!: The Comprehensive Recording and Podcasting Guide

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Ready to explore music composition, recording, podcasting, audio/video blogging, remixing/mashing, sound design for video editing or DVD creation, or learning to play the guitar or piano with GarageBand? Great! This book will show you how. GarageBand is one of the most powerful and user-friendly tools available for capturing, manipulating, and sharing audio, and the best part is, it comes free with your Mac! Although GarageBand has always been easy to use, it provides an amazing amount of power and sophistication to users who really want to dig in and get the most out of it. This book covers all the newest features of the most recent version of GarageBand. Through the use of screenshots, tutorials, creative jumping-off points, real-world examples, and a conversational tone, this book will teach you how to use GarageBand to create music, record and publish podcasts, or even score your own movie. Whether you're just starting out with audio creation, or you are already familiar with GarageBand and simply want to take your skills to the next level, GarageBand '11 Power! is for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Who Is This Book For?
    2. Why Is This Book Necessary?
    3. What Is GarageBand?
    4. Personal Note: Why GarageBand ’11 Power!? Why Now?
  5. 1. Software Installation and Getting Connected
    1. System Requirements
      1. Software
      2. Hardware
    2. GarageBand Installation
    3. Connection Protocols
      1. USB (Universal Serial Bus)
      2. FireWire (IEEE 1394)
      3. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
      4. Audio Line In
      5. Bringing It All Together
    4. System Preferences: Sound
      1. Sound Effects
      2. Output
      3. Input
    5. Let’s Get Started!
  6. 2. Choosing Your Project Type
    1. The Project Chooser
      1. New Project
        1. Piano
        2. Electric Guitar
        3. Voice
        4. Loops
        5. Keyboard Collection
        6. Acoustic Instrument
        7. Songwriting
        8. Podcast
        9. Movie
      2. Creating Your Own New Project Templates
      3. Learn to Play
        1. Piano Lesson 1: Intro to Piano
        2. Guitar Lesson 1: Intro to Guitar
      4. Lesson Store: Basic Lessons
        1. Guitar Lessons
        2. Piano Lessons
      5. Lesson Store: Artist Lessons
        1. Artist Guitar Lessons
        2. Artist Piano Lessons
      6. Magic GarageBand
      7. iPhone Ringtone
        1. Example Ringtone
        2. Loops
        3. Voice
      8. Recent Projects
      9. Open an Existing File
      10. Quit
    2. An In-Depth Look at Project Types in GarageBand
      1. Music Project
        1. Tempo
        2. Signature
        3. Key
      2. Podcast
      3. Magic GarageBand
    3. What’s Next?
  7. 3. GarageBand Preferences and the User Interface
    1. GarageBand’s Preferences Window
      1. Preferences: General
        1. Cycle Recording
        2. Audio Preview
        3. Reset Warnings
      2. Preferences: Audio/MIDI
        1. Audio Output and Audio Input
        2. MIDI Status
        3. Keyboard Sensitivity
      3. Preferences: Loops
        1. Keyword Browsing
        2. Keyword Layout
        3. Adding Loops to Timeline
        4. My Apple Loops
        5. Loop Browser: Display Original Tempo and Key
      4. Preferences: Advanced
        1. Auto Normalize
        2. Audio Resolution
      5. Preferences: My Info
    2. The GarageBand ’11 Menus
      1. The GarageBand Menu
      2. The File Menu
      3. The Edit Menu
      4. The Track Menu
      5. The Control Menu
      6. The Share Menu
      7. The Window Menu
      8. The Help Menu
    3. The GarageBand ’11 Application Interface
      1. The Timeline
      2. The Transport Controls
        1. Metronome
      3. The Editor
      4. The Loop Browser
      5. The Track Info Panel
      6. The Media Browser: Audio
      7. The Media Browser: Photos
      8. The Media Browser: Movies
      9. The LCD Display
        1. Time View
        2. Measures View
        3. Tuner View
        4. Chord View
        5. Project View
    4. Let’s Make Tracks
  8. 4. Working with Tracks
    1. What Is a Track?
    2. Real Instrument Tracks and Software Instrument Tracks
    3. Creating and Naming New Tracks
      1. Creating a New Track
      2. Editing a Track’s Name
    4. Duplicating and Deleting Tracks
      1. Duplicating a Track
      2. Deleting a Track
    5. Reordering Your Tracks
    6. Working in the Timeline
      1. Playback Control
      2. The Playhead and the Timeline Grid
      3. Scrolling and Zooming
      4. Trimming and Looping Audio
    7. Tracks and Track Mixer Controls
      1. Track Volume and the LED Level/Clipping Indicators
      2. Panning
      3. Enable Recording
      4. Mute
      5. Solo
      6. Lock
      7. View/Hide Track Automation
      8. The Master Track
      9. The Ducking Function
    8. Groove Matching
    9. Track Info
    10. It’s Time to Do Some Recording
  9. 5. Recording and Editing Real Instruments and Electric Guitar Tracks
    1. Check Those Sound Prefs!
      1. System Preferences Check
      2. GarageBand Preferences Audio/MIDI Check
    2. Setting Up the Input Source, Monitor, and Recording Level
      1. Input Source
      2. Monitor
      3. Monitoring and the Metronome
      4. Recording Level
    3. Effects
    4. Electric Guitar Amps
    5. Electric Guitar Stompbox Effects
      1. Phase Tripper (Phaser)
      2. Vintage Drive (Overdrive)
      3. Grinder (Distortion)
      4. Fuzz Machine (Fuzz)
      5. Retro Chorus (Chorus)
      6. Robo Flanger (Flanger)
      7. The Vibe (Vibrato)
      8. Auto-Funk (Filter)
      9. Blue Echo (Delay)
      10. Squash Compressor (Sustain)
      11. Hi-Drive Treble Boost (Distortion)
      12. Rawk! Distortion (Overdrive)
      13. Heavenly Chorus (Chorus)
      14. Modern Wah (Wah-Wah Pedal)
      15. Candy Fuzz (Fuzz)
    6. Recording in GarageBand
    7. Undo and Re-Record
    8. Experiment with Post-Processing
    9. Punching In
      1. Additional Tips for Punching In
    10. Splitting a Recorded Region
    11. Recording Multiple Takes
    12. The Step-by-Step Process of Recording Multiple Takes
      1. Give Yourself Some Breathing Room
      2. Select Your Take
      3. Combine Different Parts of Different Takes
    13. The Power of the Editor
      1. Flex Time Audio Editing
      2. Pitch
      3. Automatic Tuning
      4. Auto Quantize and Quantize Note Timing
    14. Next Up: Software Instruments
  10. 6. Recording with Software Instruments
    1. Check Those MIDI Prefs!
    2. Create a Software Instrument Track
    3. Recording with Your MIDI Controller or Keyboard
    4. Let’s Record Some MIDI Data
    5. Using Cycle Recording and Multiple Takes to Build a Drum Beat
    6. Renaming a Region in the Editor
    7. Using the Editor for Editing MIDI Information
    8. Piano Roll and Score
      1. Piano Roll View
        1. Adding New Notes to Your Performance
      2. Score View
    9. Now on to Apple Loops
  11. 7. Working with Apple Loops
    1. What Is a Region?
    2. What Is a Loop?
    3. What Is an Apple Loop?
    4. The Loop Browser
      1. The Process of Browsing Loops
        1. Column View
        2. Musical Button View
        3. Podcast Sounds View
      2. Scales
        1. The Major Scale
        2. The Minor Scale
      3. Importing Loops
    5. Setting Loop Preferences
    6. Adding Loops to the Timeline
    7. Moving, Looping, Splitting, and Copying Loops
    8. Swapping Apple Loops
    9. Editing Software Instrument Apple Loops
    10. Saving and Browsing Favorites
    11. Becoming a Conductor: Magic GarageBand
  12. 8. Magic GarageBand Jam Walkthrough
    1. Apple and Inspiration
    2. Choosing a Song Genre
    3. The Genres and Style Options in Magic GarageBand
      1. Blues
        1. Blues Guitar Styles
        2. Blues Bass Styles
        3. Blues Drums Styles
        4. Blues Keyboard Styles
        5. Blues Melody Styles
        6. Blues My Instrument Styles
      2. Rock
        1. Rock Guitar Styles
        2. Rock Bass Styles
        3. Rock Drums Styles
        4. Rock Keyboard Styles
        5. Rock Melody Styles
        6. Rock My Instrument Styles
      3. Jazz
        1. Jazz Guitar Styles
        2. Jazz Bass Styles
        3. Jazz Drums Styles
        4. Jazz Keyboard Styles
        5. Jazz Melody Styles
        6. Jazz My Instrument Styles
      4. Country
        1. Country Guitar Styles
        2. Country Bass Styles
        3. Country Drums Styles
        4. Country Keyboard Styles
        5. Country Melody Styles
        6. Country My Instrument Styles
      5. Reggae
        1. Reggae Guitar Styles
        2. Reggae Bass Styles
        3. Reggae Drums Styles
        4. Reggae Keyboard Styles
        5. Reggae Melody Styles
        6. Reggae My Instrument Styles
      6. Funk
        1. Funk Guitar Styles
        2. Funk Bass Styles
        3. Funk Drums Styles
        4. Funk Keyboard Styles
        5. Funk Melody Styles
        6. Funk My Instrument Styles
      7. Latin
        1. Latin Guitar Styles
        2. Latin Bass Styles
        3. Latin Drums Styles
        4. Latin Keyboard Styles
        5. Latin Melody Styles
        6. Latin My Instrument Styles
      8. Roots Rock
        1. Roots Rock Guitar Styles
        2. Roots Rock Bass Styles
        3. Roots Rock Drums Styles
        4. Roots Rock Keyboard Styles
        5. Roots Rock Melody Styles
        6. Roots Rock My Instrument Styles
      9. Slow Blues
        1. Slow Blues Guitar Styles
        2. Slow Blues Bass Styles
        3. Slow Blues Drums Styles
        4. Slow Blues Keyboard Styles
        5. Slow Blues Melody Styles
        6. Slow Blues My Instrument Styles
    4. Auditioning a Band and Creating Your Project
      1. Basic Blues Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      2. Basic Rock Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      3. Basic Jazz Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      4. Basic Country Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      5. Basic Reggae Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      6. Basic Funk Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      7. Basic Latin Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      8. Basic Roots Rock Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
      9. Basic Slow Blues Song Structure in Magic GarageBand
    5. Jamming Along and Overdubbing More Parts
    6. Open in GarageBand
    7. Changing Keys and Tempos
    8. Constructing Your Own Arrangements
  13. 9. Arrangements
    1. Song Form and Song Arrangement
    2. Creating Arrangements with the Arrangement Track
      1. Creating an Arrangement Region
      2. Naming an Arrangement Region
      3. Resizing an Arrangement Region
      4. Deleting an Arrangement Region
      5. Moving an Arrangement Region
      6. Copying an Arrangement Region
    3. Opening GarageBand Projects with Arrangements in Logic Pro
    4. Ready to Create Your First Podcast?
  14. 10. Podcasting
    1. Creating a Podcast
      1. Creating an Episode
      2. Creating a Video Podcast
      3. The Media Browser’s Role
    2. The Podcast Track
      1. Episode Artwork
      2. Markers: Chapters and URLs
    3. Ducking Audio in Podcasts
    4. Working with Episode Information
    5. Exporting Your Project as a Podcast Episode
      1. Submit Your Podcast to the iTunes Podcast Directory
    6. The Nitty Gritty: Mixing and Automation
  15. 11. Mixing and Automation
    1. A Perspective on Learning to Mix
    2. Some Food for Thought about Mixing Audio
    3. Mixing with GarageBand
    4. Getting Started with Your Mix
      1. No Undo with Mixing—What Gives?!
      2. Zeroing/Flattening Out Your Levels
      3. Your First Pass
      4. Subsequent Passes and the Cycle Region
      5. Muting and Soloing
    5. Final Decisions about Software Instruments
    6. Groove Matching
    7. Using Effects and Post-Processing
      1. Presets versus Effects
      2. GarageBand Effects
        1. Amp Simulation
        2. Auto Wah
        3. Automatic Filter
        4. Bass Amp
        5. Bass Reduction
        6. Bitcrusher
        7. Chorus
        8. Distortion
        9. Flanger
        10. Overdrive
        11. Phaser
        12. Speech Enhancer
        13. Track Echo
        14. Track Reverb
        15. Treble Reduction
        16. Tremolo
        17. Vocal Transformer
      3. Adjusting Guitar Stompbox Effects and Guitar Amps
      4. Audio Unit (AU) Effects
    8. Creating Nodes and Basic Automation
      1. Track Volume
      2. Gradual Automation Changes over Time
      3. Deleting Nodes
      4. Track Pan
    9. The Add Automation Menu
      1. Automating Effect and Instrument Parameters
    10. Visual EQ
    11. Master Effects
    12. Automation in the Master Track
    13. Automating Changes in Tempo and Pitch
    14. Mixing Your Own Mash-Ups
    15. What’s Next: Sharing and Archiving
  16. 12. Sharing and Archiving Your GarageBand Projects
    1. Sharing GarageBand Projects
      1. The Share Menu
        1. Send Song to iTunes
        2. Send Movie to iTunes
        3. Send Ringtone to iTunes
        4. Send Podcast to iWeb
        5. Send Movie to iDVD
        6. Export Song to Disk
        7. Burn Song to CD
    2. Archiving GarageBand Projects
    3. Sharing GarageBand Projects with Logic Pro
    4. Allow Yourself to Write Bad Ones
    5. Links for the Author
    6. What’s Next: GarageBand Learn to Play Music Lessons
  17. 13. GarageBand Learn to Play Music Lessons
    1. Getting Started with Learn to Play
      1. Basic Piano 1: Intro to Piano
      2. Basic Guitar 1: Intro to Guitar
      3. Chord Trainer
        1. Guitar
        2. Piano
        3. General
    2. Lesson Store: Basic Lessons
      1. Guitar Lessons
      2. Piano Lessons
      3. Learn
      4. Play
        1. Piano Lesson Setup
        2. Piano Lesson Mixer
        3. Guitar Lesson Setup
        4. Guitar Lesson Mixer
        5. Guitar Tuner
    3. Lesson Store: Artist Lessons
      1. Learn Song
      2. Play Song
      3. Story
    4. The Appendixes
  18. A. GarageBand Jam Packs
    1. Installing Jam Packs
    2. Using Jam Packs
    3. Troubleshooting Missing Loops
      1. GarageBand Preferences File
      2. Default Location of Apple Loops
    4. Currently Available GarageBand Jam Packs
      1. GarageBand’s Default Library
      2. Jam Pack 1
      3. Rhythm Section
      4. Symphony Orchestra
      5. Remix Tools
      6. World Music
      7. Voices
  19. B. GarageBand ’11 Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. Keyboard Shortcut Comprehensive Reference Guide