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GarageBand '09 Essential Training

with Damian Allen

Video: Welcome

Composer Damian Allen shows how GarageBand broadens the spectrum of musical possibilities and makes composing more accessible.
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  1. 2m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 10m 36s
    1. What's new in GarageBand '09
      1m 31s
    2. Installing and configuring hardware
      5m 27s
    3. Choosing a project in the Start screen
      3m 38s
  3. 10m 27s
    1. Choosing a style
      3m 18s
    2. Working with the Timeline
      1m 35s
    3. Mixing your band
      1m 17s
    4. Recording and opening in GarageBand
      4m 17s
  4. 15m 15s
    1. Choosing a lesson
      2m 2s
    2. Navigating lessons
      4m 51s
    3. Understanding lesson preferences
      4m 15s
    4. Using the Mixer
      2m 43s
    5. Leaving a lesson
      1m 24s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Exploring the interface
      3m 35s
    2. Using the track headers
      5m 16s
    3. Exploring the Track Info pane
      4m 7s
    4. Recording a real instrument track
      8m 55s
    5. Editing timeline regions
      10m 43s
    6. Looping a recording
      3m 52s
    7. Recording multiple tracks simultaneously
      2m 1s
    8. Using the Cycle Region function
      4m 9s
    9. Making a "punch in" recording
      6m 14s
    10. Editing real instrument audio
      4m 52s
    11. Using the audio region
      8m 54s
  6. 29m 6s
    1. Using the loop browser
      11m 33s
    2. Adding loops
      4m 23s
    3. Editing loops in the Timeline
      6m 48s
    4. Creating custom loops
      4m 53s
    5. Adding third-party loops
      1m 29s
  7. 33m 25s
    1. Understanding electric guitar tracks
      2m 4s
    2. Working with amp combo presets
      2m 37s
    3. Working with amp combos
      6m 21s
    4. Working with stomp boxes
      4m 14s
    5. Using distortion and overdrive effects
      5m 32s
    6. Using modulation effects
      4m 31s
    7. Using the Echo (Delay) pedal
      2m 1s
    8. Using Sustain
      1m 40s
    9. Using Auto-Wah
      1m 54s
    10. Bouncing a guitar track
      2m 31s
  8. 43m 46s
    1. Checking that all instruments are installed
      1m 26s
    2. Understanding software instruments
      8m 27s
    3. Choosing a software instrument
      8m 59s
    4. Recording an instrument
      3m 53s
    5. Using Cycle Region to record complex parts
      2m 36s
    6. Editing a software instrument track
      5m 58s
    7. Editing in the Score view
      2m 33s
    8. Working with drum tracks
      4m 49s
    9. Advanced editing
      5m 5s
  9. 55m 59s
    1. Arranging a song with Arrange Regions
      8m 52s
    2. Setting levels and stereo panning
      7m 34s
    3. Mastering a song
      5m 18s
    4. Working with master track effects
      4m 36s
    5. Working with standard track effects
      4m 56s
    6. Creating automation
      7m 47s
    7. Understanding reverb
      2m 54s
    8. Understanding echo
      2m 18s
    9. Understanding compressors
      3m 14s
    10. Understanding EQ
      5m 58s
    11. Reviewing other effects
      2m 32s
  10. 5m 3s
    1. Exporting to disk
      1m 19s
    2. Sending to iTunes
      1m 24s
    3. Creating a ringtone
      2m 20s
  11. 2m 4s
    1. Creating podcasts and scoring video
      2m 4s
  12. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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GarageBand '09 Essential Training
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Amateurs and professionals alike can use GarageBand to produce and share great music. In GarageBand '09 Essential Training, composer Damian Allen shows how GarageBand has broadened the spectrum of musical possibilities and made composing more accessible, even for beginners. He explains the basics of how GarageBand's tracks work with the loops provided, then discusses recording live instruments, working with the new virtual guitar rigs, creating custom loops, and playing GarageBand's built-in software instruments. He also demonstrates how to apply processor effects and use the application's audio editing tools to mix and master a final song. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a project from scratch
  • Making music instantly with Magic GarageBand
  • Learning the guitar and keyboard with the lessons in GarageBand
  • Using piano and orchestral and analog synth software instruments
  • Mixing tracks for a balanced composition
  • Working with the new stomp boxes and virtual guitar amps
  • Effectively applying reverb, echo, compressors, and EQ
  • Exporting and sharing compositions
Audio + Music


GarageBand really is an amazing piece of software. In fact, GarageBand is so powerful that it's now used by professional musicians and celebrity artists around the world. (Music playing.) Welcome to GarageBand '09 Essential Training. I'm Damian Allen, President of Pixerati, a post production studio based in LA. I'll be taking you through this comprehensive training on GarageBand '09. Whether you are a beginning musician or an experienced one, you want to take a tour of the interface to get familiar with the recording tools and how GarageBand tracks function in general. Then if you're an electric guitar player, head over to the lesson on creating electric guitar tracks. And of course keyboard players can dive right into the section on software instruments.

With the addition of the new world class guitar amp and stomp box models, GarageBand '09 has everything you need to compose, arrange and master a modern pop song. We'll close out by playing a section of the master song that we'll be working on throughout the training. This song was composed entirely inside a GarageBand, no outboard effects, amplifiers or synthesisers were added. It gives you just a glimpse of the kinds of sounds that you can create with GarageBand '09. A whole world of musical possibility is out there for you to explore. So let's get started.

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