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Making Music with GarageBand® and Mixcraft™

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MAKING MUSIC WITH GARAGEBAND AND MIXCRAFT provides music educators and self-learners with a comprehensive guide to music production using two of the most inexpensive and intuitive music software recording programs on the market today. Although easy to use, the tools included in GarageBand and Mixcraft are powerful enough to create music worthy of inclusion in professional productions, and their interfaces and workflows prepare users to work with professional studio—level digital audio workstation programs, such as Logic and Pro Tools. The book is far from a simple software guide. The first chapters introduce the programs, how to use them, and how to get the best audio results from any home or school computer setup. The subsequent chapters help develop creativity and guide the reader (with a very gentle learning curve) into using these programs not only to make recordings, but also to compose and produce great music. This book includes 12 specific lessons for GarageBand and 12 specific lessons for Mixcraft as well as lessons suitable for both platforms; students can learn from these activities whether they're working with a Mac or a PC. Although software programs are constantly changing and being updated, the lessons included here are not limited to specific versions of GarageBand and Mixcraft. They include instruction on getting started with existing audio, working with MIDI, recording audio, podcasting, working with film, multitrack recording, mixing, mastering, and much more. The companion DVD includes bonus tutorials as well as audio and video exercises that correspond to the book's chapters.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Authors
  3. DVD-ROM Downloads
  4. 1. Introduction
    1. Why Sequencing Software?
      1. Why Mixcraft?
      2. Why GarageBand?
    2. Pedagogical Considerations
    3. Classroom Environments
      1. The One-Computer Classroom
      2. The School Computer Lab
      3. The Music Technology Lab
    4. To Loop or Not to Loop?
    5. Other Software Titles
    6. Obsolescence?
    7. Format of the Book and Lessons
  5. 2. Getting Started with Mixcraft: Skills Acquisition
    1. Opening a Song
    2. The Preferences Box
    3. Testing Playback
    4. Understanding Track Settings
    5. Navigating and Zooming
    6. Basic Editing and Understanding How Regions Work
    7. The Details Section
    8. Understanding Extra Icons, Menus, and Settings
    9. Starting a New Song in Mixcraft
    10. Saving and Exporting Your Song
  6. 3. Getting Started with GarageBand: Skills Acquisition
    1. Starting GarageBand
    2. The Preferences Box
    3. Playback
    4. Understanding Track Layout and Settings
    5. The Control Menu
    6. The Track Menu
    7. Navigating and Zooming
    8. Song Display
    9. Other Onscreen Icons
    10. Basic Editing
    11. Starting a New Song in GarageBand
    12. Saving and Exporting Your Song
  7. 4. Getting Started with Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: A Beginning, a Middle, and an End by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: AABA Rock by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
  8. 5. Getting Started with GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: Loop-dee-Loop by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Alphabet Soup by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  9. 6. Getting Started with MIDI in Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: Pachelbel’s Loops by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: That 1970s Thing by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
  10. 7. Getting Started with MIDI in GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: Chord Bank Composition by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Mozart Minuet Composition by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  11. 8. Recording Your Own Audio in Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: Alice’s Adventures in Mixcraft by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: The Tongue Twister Tournament by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
  12. 9. Recording Your Own Audio in GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: Beat Box Composition by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Scene from Shakespeare by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  13. 10. Creating Podcasts in Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: What’s Your Opinion? by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Let’s Hear It for Local Music by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Copyright Note
      4. Class Time Required
      5. Materials
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  14. 11. Creating Podcasts in GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: This Day in History by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
        1. This Day in History – Essay Framework
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: AM Radio Show by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
        1. AM Radio Show – Script Framework
      7. Extensions
  15. 12. Working with Video in Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: The Marathon of Fright by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: LEGO Spider-Man by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
  16. 13. Working with Video in GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: Superman Sound Effects by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Atlas Collider Soundtrack by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  17. 14. Multitrack Recording, Mixing, and Mastering in Mixcraft
    1. Lesson 1: You Think It’s Easy? by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Susquehanna by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
  18. 15. Multitrack Recording, Mixing, and Mastering in GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: Multitrack Drum Mix by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Train Song Mix by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  19. 16. Putting It All Together: Two Final Projects for Mixcraft or GarageBand
    1. Lesson 1: The Raven Retold by Richard McCready
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Procedure
      6. Extensions
    2. Lesson 2: Nine Inch Nails Remix by Michael Fein
      1. National Standards
      2. Objectives
      3. Class Time Required
      4. Materials
      5. Preparations
      6. Procedure
      7. Extensions
  20. 17. Putting It All Together
    1. Getting the Music Off Your Computer
    2. Posting Audio Files to a Website
      1. Step 1: Registering for a Wikispaces Account
      2. Step 2: Creating Your Website
    3. Creating Your Own Podcast Channel
      1. Step 1: Creating a PodOmatic Account
      2. Step 2: Getting Your Podcasts on iTunes
    4. Posting Work to YouTube
    5. Distributing Student Work Commercially
    6. Copyright Issues and Fair Use
    7. Final Thoughts
  21. A. Existing Resources
  22. B. Setting Up Your Computers and Suggested Equipment You May Need
    1. Audio Interface and Microphones
    2. Microphones
    3. MIDI Keyboards
    4. Guitars
    5. Lab Control Systems and Speakers or Headphones
    6. Desktop Microphone Stands
    7. Drivers and Latency
    8. Troubleshooting
  23. C. Mixcraft Shortcuts
  24. D. GarageBand Shortcuts