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GarageBand '11 Essential Training
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Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library


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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

with Todd Howard

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The Loop Browser interface makes it really easy to browse through your large library of Apple Loops. In situations where you may have one or more of the Jam Pack libraries installed, you'll have thousands of loops to choose from. Locating and previewing filtered lists of loops based on criteria you set is essential for following the muse, especially when she's moving quickly, so have at it. The Loop Browser offers a number of ways to search and filter through your list of loops. The first is this very top double-arrowed menu that right now says Loops.
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 23m 4s
    1. Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, audio interfaces, and speakers
      4m 24s
    2. Setting important Mac OS X and GarageBand preferences
      4m 32s
    3. Creating a project with tempo, time signature, and key
      4m 37s
    4. Creating a track
      9m 31s
  3. 25m 42s
    1. Exploring Real Instrument tracks and setting a good input level
      6m 20s
    2. Exploring Software Instrument tracks, keyboard velocity, and MIDI
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Electric Guitar tracks and monitoring
      7m 48s
    4. Positioning the cursor on audio regions to access different tools
      4m 35s
  4. 10m 23s
    1. Choosing a genre in the Project Chooser
      2m 3s
    2. Auditioning players in the band and hiring new players
      8m 20s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library
      5m 20s
    2. Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts
      6m 33s
    3. Jamming along with your composition
      4m 52s
  6. 35m 11s
    1. Setting tempo, enabling count-in and metronome, and dragging in a drum loop
      5m 22s
    2. Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Arrange track to create song form sections
      3m 1s
    4. Splitting Apple Loops and choosing alternates to build a drum part
      6m 36s
    5. Recording multiple takes with cycle record
      4m 32s
    6. Punching in a small section of audio
      6m 20s
    7. Using Groove Matching to tighten up the rhythm of a performance
      5m 51s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part
      4m 26s
    2. Customizing the guitar sound using amps, stompboxes, and effects
      11m 44s
    3. Using Flex Time to fix a double-tracked rhythm guitar part
      7m 40s
    4. Using Cycle Record to record multiple takes for soloing
      3m 40s
    5. Compositing a final guitar solo from multiple takes
      6m 26s
  8. 19m 25s
    1. Recording a Software Instrument track
      3m 48s
    2. Editing the parameters of Software Instruments
      8m 44s
    3. Editing MIDI notes in the piano roll editor after the performance
      6m 53s
  9. 14m 12s
    1. Recording lead vocals
      6m 39s
    2. Correcting pitch with automatic tuning
      4m 16s
    3. Reordering, duplicating, and deleting song sections using the Arrangement track
      3m 17s
  10. 1h 7m
    1. Creating successful mixes
      7m 4s
    2. Pre-mixing
      15m 31s
    3. Equalizing tracks
      5m 51s
    4. Compressing tracks
      10m 13s
    5. Adding reverb and echo effects to individual tracks
      6m 39s
    6. Creating automated volume and pan moves
      10m 41s
    7. Freezing tracks to improve system performance
      2m 0s
    8. Using master track effects and automating a fade-out
      3m 31s
    9. Creating a final mixdown: Exporting a finished song to disk
      5m 40s
  11. 12m 51s
    1. Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs
      3m 6s
    2. Opening a GarageBand project in Logic
      4m 26s
    3. Archiving GarageBand project files
      5m 19s
  12. 36m 44s
    1. Taking music lessons
      7m 32s
    2. Creating ringtones
      3m 50s
    3. Creating podcasts
      14m 12s
    4. Scoring a movie
      11m 10s
  13. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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GarageBand '11 Essential Training
4h 58m Beginner Jul 29, 2011

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This course is a comprehensive guide to the popular digital audio software from Apple, demonstrating the tools and techniques to create, edit, and publish music and podcasts. Author Todd Howard covers the ins and outs of the application, from interfacing with external devices, exploring Apple Loops, and recording instrument and vocal tracks to creating successful mixes, performing edits, and sharing finished projects. Additionally, the course introduces the new features in GarageBand '11, including Flex Time and Groove Matching, which provide powerful methods for editing and tightening up the rhythmic timing of tracks.

Topics include:
  • Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, and speakers
  • Creating a project and specifying tempo, time signature, and key
  • Jumpstarting the recording process with Magic GarageBand
  • Recording real instruments, software instruments, and electric guitar tracks
  • Compositing a final track from multiple takes
  • Creating, naming, and organizing song sections using the Arrangement track
  • Equalizing and compressing tracks
  • Adding reverb and echo effects
  • Sharing songs with iTunes and Logic Pro
  • Archiving GarageBand project files
  • Taking guitar and piano lessons
  • Creating podcasts, movies scores, and ringtones
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
GarageBand
Author:
Todd Howard

Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library

The Loop Browser interface makes it really easy to browse through your large library of Apple Loops. In situations where you may have one or more of the Jam Pack libraries installed, you'll have thousands of loops to choose from. Locating and previewing filtered lists of loops based on criteria you set is essential for following the muse, especially when she's moving quickly, so have at it. The Loop Browser offers a number of ways to search and filter through your list of loops. The first is this very top double-arrowed menu that right now says Loops.

If you click and hold, you can either Show All of your loops, just the loops that come with GarageBand, or any of the individual Jam Packs you may have installed. We have the Jam Pack Rhythm Section installed, so that's one way to search just that library. I'm going to keep it set to Show All so I have access to all of my Apple Loops. And I can either use the musical button view, or the column view to search. We'll start with column view and then move over to button view. This works the same way the column view in the Mac OS Finder does. You click on one element in the first column By Instruments.

Second column you can scroll down and choose what you want to click on, maybe Organ, and then in the right column here are all of the different Organ loops in their families, and it tells you how many loops there are in each family. So in the Distorted Organ family there are 23 different loops. And you can scroll down here to see all of them. And these are all in this case MIDI loops. (music playing) Just click to preview and click to stop. (music playing) These columns to the right tell you what tempo the loop is originally developed at, what key, and how many beats there are to the loop.

And if you'd like to add any loops to your favorites, just click the check box in the Favorites column and then once you've checked a few--so when your click on Favorites as a filtering option, all of the categories that show up are only pertinent to the things that you've actually chosen. So you can actually look for Jazz, Organ, and you're going to find the Jazz Organ that you favorited. Under Melodic, for example, you'll see under Keyboards all three of them fit that criteria. So each loop in the Apple Loops library doesn't just apply to one particular filter or sort.

Depending on how the loops are organized and how the metadata may be sorted, they could show up in multiple lists. So I'm going to go back to All, and then I'm going to click on musical button view. Another thing that you can do is choose which scale, major, minor, neither a major or minor scale, or something that's good for both, if you want to filter down in that way. If you're working on a song that's in a minor key, you might as well look for minor key loops, and so on. You can reach Favorites here in the musical button view as well. Anything that you favorited will show up in the list.

And you can always press Reset in the upper left undo any filters that you've pressed. This view just allows you to apply filters that then stick, so if I click Rock/Blues, all of the loops down here now fit into the Rock/Blues category, and I can filter down further by saying Bass. So now it's just Rock/Blues Bass loops. And I can even apply a sort of mood or style by choosing Acoustic, or Relaxed, or Grooving, and so on. So right now we've got Acoustic, Bass, Rock/Blues, and there are a bunch of MIDI loops here I can choose from.

(music playing) If you want to undo one of these filters, you actually need to uncheck it, because if I try to click one of these other ones and try to get this button to now come over to Percussion, it won't quite work. I've had to undo Bass and then apply Percussion. Right now, I'll press Reset one more time. A couple of other little things to look at. You do have a volume control for while you're sampling.

So you're previewing these loops and you want to turn it down a little bit, feel free to do that. You can skip from one to the next just by clicking. (music playing) And you can simplify the view over here. If you don't need to know the tempo and the key, we can hop back into Preferences, look under Loops, and uncheck Display original tempo and key, and you've got a little more room down here. If you don't have a need for that, you might as well turn it off.

I like to keep it on, because it's good for me to know what tempo a loop was originally created at, so when I'm building a song I know that something is not going to be too far off. Another thing that you can do is Filter for more relevant results. So if this check box is on, anytime you do a search, depending on what key you're in, or what tempo you're in, only the loops that are within two semitones, for example, of the key will show up in the list. So if we are in C major, you're noticing that all of the loops that are showing up in here basically B, C, and D. You're not going to see any loops that are in the key of F, for example, unless they are MIDI loops.

Because MIDI loops, software instruments, it doesn't matter how many keys we switch. The thing was created in F and you play it in A. It's going to sound exactly as good as it did in F. With audio loops, it's much more difficult to have them transpose more than a couple of semitones and have the quality of the sound still be there. So you can use all of these different methods for searching and filtering to help to narrow down your list and make browsing for the loops that work in your project a breeze.

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