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GarageBand '11 Essential Training
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Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts


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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

with Todd Howard

Video: Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts

Now that you've seen how powerful and easy it is to use filters to browse your Apple Loops library and preview individual loops, the next step is to drag and drop your chosen loops into the timeline. If you haven't seen the previous movie on browsing and filtering your Apple Loops library, I suggest you check it out now before continuing on here. Without a solid grasp of how to quickly browse your immense library of loops based on very specific criteria you can establish, it's very easy to be so overwhelmed with all the choices that very little creative work ever gets done. So take a look at how to do that and then join us here, and we'll look at putting loops together into the timeline to build a song.
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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

Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts

Now that you've seen how powerful and easy it is to use filters to browse your Apple Loops library and preview individual loops, the next step is to drag and drop your chosen loops into the timeline. If you haven't seen the previous movie on browsing and filtering your Apple Loops library, I suggest you check it out now before continuing on here. Without a solid grasp of how to quickly browse your immense library of loops based on very specific criteria you can establish, it's very easy to be so overwhelmed with all the choices that very little creative work ever gets done. So take a look at how to do that and then join us here, and we'll look at putting loops together into the timeline to build a song.

So another thing that we can do in addition to browsing loops is bring in loops or files, audio files of any kind, from our computer desktop, or from within iTunes, into GarageBand to use, as we build up loops. So I happen to have a drum part saved in iTunes. So actually, the only two songs I have in iTunes right now. Your iTunes library is likely completely filled up here, at least this window anyway. I have a drum part and I have a tom-tom drum part that's a little shorter. But before I drag that drum part in, I'd like to talk about tempo for a minute.

I happen to know that since this drum part was created for another song project I was working on, I know that the tempo is 108 bpm, and this project is set to 120. So if I drag this drumbeat in and then change my tempo, I could affect this file, so I am going to change the tempo first, down to 108. So that's now the tempo of the project. Then I can click and drag my drum part file into my timeline. I mentioned before that I like to drop things on bar 2, just to give myself that little bit of extra breathing room.

If I did drop it at bar 1, it's not terribly difficult to drag it up to bar 2, but that's just where I'd like to start, always having a little bit of space before the song. You'll also see the green plus on the icon telling me that I am going to create a new track when I drop this off, and there's a red number 1 telling me that I'm dragging only one audio file in from my media browser into the timeline. When I drop this audio file, GarageBand converts it, because it was an AAC file, 192k AAC to be exact, and this project is 441, 16-bit project.

GarageBand had to convert that file over to be able to work with this particular project. So that's in there. Let's take a listen real quick. (music playing) Okay, sort of a dark sort of tom-tom-based kind of groove at 108 in 4/4. Notice I have the metronome going there, if you can hear that as well.

Zoom out just a little bit, so a little more view and click back over to the Loops Browser. Now that I have a drum part based on an audio file I brought in from iTunes, I am going to start building a song around this idea in 108. My intent at the end of this is to be able to plug my bass in and play along with this song that I built based on loops. So I am going to get some guitar parts in here from my Loop library and try to build something up that's maybe missing some bass, so that when I plug in, I can actually play along and contribute to the mix overall.

So Guitars to filter, and let's look for, let's see, a little picking part. (music playing) No. No. (music playing) That's actually kind of cool. Let's see how that works. Drag that in here to my second track, also at bar 2, drop it in. It creates an acoustic guitar track for me, and I can click the loop corner in the upper right and drag this loop out. Let's look for some other guitar parts to use. Let's use a MIDI-loop.

How about some of these, Beachside? (music playing) Yeah, that's a little more of my speed. Let's try that one. Beachside Electric 13, drag that in. Let's give this a little listen here. (music playing) So I am going to use my panning now to just bring that Beachside guitar off to the left a little bit.

Keep my acoustic picking in the middle with the drums. (music playing) Let's give them a little more space. I am going to put something else on the right side in a minute. We will get one more part here. Progressive Solo sounds good, let's see. (music playing) That's great! We'll pop that in here, maybe alternate with the beach guitar. One thing you can do is obviously loop things out--we've talked about that.

But what if we wanted to just copy this? You can click and hit Command+C and Command+V and it will paste it in right wherever the playhead is, a pretty common way to do that. A quicker way is to hold the Option key down and click and drag the file. Duplicate it. So now I can do that here as well. And then maybe we'll play the song together with all the parts. Just making it up here as I go. It is just so fun to do this. I have to encourage you to play, because it's one of those things in GarageBand that you can just sort of sit and suddenly an hour has gone by, and you've built up this incredible song that came from nowhere out of these thousands of loops, and there's just infinite combination.

So let's listen to what we have here. (music playing) I am going to move this out to the right as well, the Progressive Solo a little bit. (music playing) Cool! Something else to keep in mind is if you want to switch between all the different loops that are in the family, you know we said Progressive Solo 24, but obviously, there are 27 other Progressive Solos you can choose from.

Now that I've got it placed in there three times, you could click on this little menu in the upper left and change it to any of the different ones that are part of that family. Same goes for MIDI loops. So the Beachside Electric, there are 17 you can choose from. So it's one way to sort of keep things in the same flavor but maybe a slightly different piece of music. So explore the Alts as well, same goes for this one. So now we've got a song put together here that's a nice backdrop, and it's going to let me plug my bass guitar in and play along. So we'll explore that in the next and final movie of the loop chapter.

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