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Book Description

Seattle composer Jeff Tolbert goes to 11 with his step-by-step instructions that 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 and arrange Real Instrument and Software Instrument loops in numerous ways, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in This Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. Making Music with GarageBand Quick Start
  4. Configure GarageBand
    1. Upgrade to the Latest Version
    2. Launch GarageBand
    3. Set Preferences
  5. Make Your First Tune
    1. Get Acquainted with the Interface
    2. Add Loops
    3. Add Melody Instruments
    4. Learn Editing and Mixing Basics
  6. Make a Great Song
    1. Plan the Song
    2. Consider What Makes a Song Work
    3. Work with Regions and Loops
    4. Mix Your Song
  7. Transform a Magic GarageBand Song
    1. Create Your First Magic GarageBand Song
    2. Customize Your Magic GarageBand Song
    3. Rearrange the Song
    4. Change the Instrumentation
    5. Add the Finishing Touches
  8. Learn More Loop Techniques
    1. Create a Drum Fill
    2. Add Chord Changes to Loops
    3. Add Effects to Loops
    4. Put It All Together
    5. Force a Loop to Keep Its Original Tempo
    6. Use Loops from Other Sources
    7. Import MIDI Files
  9. Create Special Projects
    1. Score a Video
    2. Fashion a Ringtone
  10. Share Your Project
    1. Export Your Song
    2. Export Your Movie
    3. Send a Ringtone to Your Phone
  11. Learn More
    1. Web Sites
    2. Books
    3. Videos
  12. Appendix A: Improving Performance
  13. Glossary
  14. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  15. Copyright and Fine Print
  16. Featured Titles