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In this course, author and musician Garrick Chow reviews GarageBand for the Apple iPad—an inexpensive yet powerful app that allows you to record and edit music with both real and virtual instruments. The course begins with a tour around the interface, examining the instrument and track views. Garrick demonstrates how to play both touch instruments and Smart Instruments, as well as how to connect and use real instruments and microphones. Garrick then explains how to build, record, and edit a song from scratch, and how to then export and share your music with iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, email, and with other devices.
Once you're happy with your song, chances are you'll want to share it with friends, family, co-workers, the occasional random stranger, and since it's not exactly convenient to carry your iPad everywhere just in case somebody wants to hear your song, GarageBand offers many ways for you to share or export your song out to your computer via email, and so on. Let's start by taking a look at how to export to iTunes. On my iPad in the My Songs area, I will tap Edit, select the song I want to share and then tap the Share button. Here I will choose Share Songs Via iTunes. This is the same thing we did to export our song to GarageBand previously, only this time I am going to tap iTunes.
This will create a compressed version of the song that I can then conveniently share with other people, play through my computer system or through my home stereo. Next, I see a screen that allows me to add information about this song. This is vital if I want to be able to find this song later in iTunes. I can add my Artist Name, me, I can add a Composer Name, an Album Name, and here I can choose the quality of the file that I want to export. The default setting is High Quality which should be fine for most cases. You might also want to choose Uncompressed if space isn't an issue and you want to make sure you have the very best quality available.
In this case, I am just going to go with the default High Quality, and I will tap Share. It will take a few moments to compress the song and prepare it for iTunes. Once it's done, I can tap Done, and now with my iPad connected to my computer, I can now pull the song into iTunes. So here in iTunes, I am going to select my iPad, I will go to Apps, scroll down under File Sharing here and select GarageBand. So here you can see the files that I've exported so far. Here is the file that I exported in the previous movie as a GarageBand file that I was then able to open in GarageBand on the Mac, but here's the version of the file as an M4A or a compressed file.
So I will select that one, click Save To, I will just save it to my Desktop in this case, and if I just move my window a bit out of the way here, you can see there it is, My Masterpiece.m4a. Now depending on how your computer is set up, if it's set up to open up M4As in iTunes, I can just double-click it. But just to be safe here, I am just going to drag it into my iTunes Library. So I will make sure my Music Library is selected, I'll drag it in, and now because I added information about the song, I can search for my name, and there it is! So I have now successfully added the file to iTunes where I can play it.
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