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Continuing your work in GarageBand for Mac

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If you're a Mac user and you have GarageBand installed and perhaps you felt like you have taken GarageBand on the iPad to its limits, you will be happy to know you can transfer your projects from the iPad to your Mac, and continue working on them from there where you will have access to much more powerful editing tools. Let's take a look at how this works. So here on my iPad is my mix in progress. I am going to go to My Songs, and before I send this over to my Mac, I am going to get rid of this generic name of My Song and I'll just change this into something more descriptive like My Masterpiece.

Continuing your work in GarageBand for Mac

If you're a Mac user and you have GarageBand installed and perhaps you felt like you have taken GarageBand on the iPad to its limits, you will be happy to know you can transfer your projects from the iPad to your Mac, and continue working on them from there where you will have access to much more powerful editing tools. Let's take a look at how this works. So here on my iPad is my mix in progress. I am going to go to My Songs, and before I send this over to my Mac, I am going to get rid of this generic name of My Song and I'll just change this into something more descriptive like My Masterpiece.

Okay, so I want to send this project over to my Mac. So I am going to tap Edit, select the song and here I'll tap the Share button and here I'll tap Share Song Via iTunes. Now it's going to give me a choice, do I want to send this to iTunes or to GarageBand. I'll talk about the iTunes option in the next movie. I am going to tap GarageBand because I want to continue editing it. So I saw that progress bar very briefly saying it was sending it to iTunes. I'll tap Done and now I'll switch over to my Mac.

On the Mac, I am going to open iTunes and select my iPad, and then I am going to go to Apps, scroll down, and here under File Sharing, I am going to select GarageBand, and you can see My Masterpiece is currently available here. I'll select that and choose to save that to my Desktop. It copies it over, I can quit iTunes and you can see here is My Masterpiece.band. That is a GarageBand file. So by double-clicking that, I can launch GarageBand.

Now GarageBand is going to ask me to save this project as another file because it's going to create a GarageBand for the Mac version of the file. That way I can use that file as a backup if I ever need to move the file back to my iPad to edit. I'll leave the name as My Masterpiece 2 and just save it to my Desktop, and here's the song in GarageBand. You can see it has the exact same tracks, I've got the Electric Piano, the Drum kit, Tambourine, the Guitar, Bass, the Reverse Cymbal, and the Synthesizer file we turned into a real audio region, and it even sounds the same.

(music playing) So all the tracks are there, but unlike the iPad version of GarageBand where I have almost maxed out all of my tracks, I can continue adding dozens of more tracks here if I want to add more instruments, and I have access to many more features here for editing and adjusting my mix. For example, if I go to the Track menu and choose to show the Master Track here in GarageBand, you can see this is actually an automation curve here that put in that ten second fade at the end of the song that we added in the previous chapter.

You can listen to that. Actually I am going to turn off the cycle region, so it doesn't repeat at the end of the song here. (music playing) So that's where the fade begins and we have that ten second fade. And if you recall in GarageBand on the iPad, we really had no choice, we only could choose a ten second fade or no fade at all, but here in GarageBand for the Mac I can come in here and move some of those points around to reduce the amount of time the fade takes.

I can even press the Delete key to get rid of some of these points, and just make it a more rapid fade at the end here. (music playing) So that's just one example of the many ways you can take your mixes further and add more dimensions using GarageBand on the Mac. If you'd like more information on GarageBand on the Mac, check out GarageBand '11 Essential Training on the lynda.com online training library.

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