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GarageBand Tutorials: Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Welcome

GarageBand is free and comes with every Mac. Learn how to lay down tracks with its built-in loops or record your own music with real instruments.
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  1. 12m 7s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Installing GarageBand
      3m 19s
    3. How to use the exercise files
    4. What's new in Q4 2014
      2m 52s
    5. What’s new in Q3 2015
      4m 4s
  2. 19m 9s
    1. Touring the GarageBand interface
      9m 1s
    2. Creating a new project
      4m 2s
    3. Adding tracks
      4m 43s
    4. Understanding region types
      1m 23s
  3. 52m 5s
    1. Browsing the loop library
      10m 23s
    2. Understanding the difference between Software and Real Instrument loops
      5m 7s
    3. Adding loops to your project and customizing them
      11m 36s
    4. Changing loop settings
      6m 27s
    5. Transposing loops
      2m 20s
    6. Importing audio tracks
      3m 10s
    7. Using Drummer to create custom drumbeats
      13m 2s
  4. 1h 3m
    1. Understanding MIDI and Musical Typing
      8m 54s
    2. Connecting a keyboard controller
      4m 6s
    3. Recording a Software Instrument track
      6m 8s
    4. Cycle recording
      6m 44s
    5. Splitting a drum track into multiple tracks
      7m 17s
    6. Editing software tracks
      13m 8s
    7. Creating a click track
      6m 27s
    8. Editing and printing musical notation
      2m 21s
    9. Using the new synths in 10.1.0
      8m 27s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Getting real sounds into your Mac
      7m 37s
    2. Setting input levels
      5m 12s
    3. Recording a Real Instrument track
      8m 52s
    4. Recording and compositing multiple takes
      5m 26s
    5. Enabling simultaneous multitrack recording
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the guitar sound
      9m 54s
    7. Customizing the bass sound
      11m 22s
    8. Fixing timing issues with Flex Time and Groove Matching
      8m 16s
  6. 48m 4s
    1. Getting organized
      6m 40s
    2. Using the arrangement track
      8m 16s
    3. Equalizing tracks
      5m 26s
    4. Using Audio Units and third-party plugins
      6m 38s
    5. Automating volume and panning
      6m 39s
    6. Locking tracks to improve system performance
      2m 11s
    7. Mixing
      7m 50s
    8. Using the master track
      4m 24s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Using the Share menu
      8m 36s
    2. Saving your project to iCloud to access from other Macs
      3m 15s
    3. Archiving your project
      1m 3s
  8. 13m 51s
    1. Opening projects created in GarageBand for iOS
      5m 39s
    2. Controlling GarageBand remotely from an iPad
      8m 12s
  9. 34s
    1. Goodbye

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GarageBand Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 4h 43m Beginner Updated Aug 03, 2015


GarageBand is the most accessible, affordable, and easy-to-learn multitrack recording application available. Learn how to start creating your own music with GarageBand here in this course. Garrick Chow shows how to create a new project, add loops (prerecorded sounds and drum beats) to quickly build a song, create your own custom loops, and use Drummer to create custom beats. He describes how to connect a MIDI keyboard controller and record with software instruments. Then he shows how to edit tracks, create a click track, and even print musical notation of your MIDI tracks. Next, he demonstrates how to record audio tracks into GarageBand, focusing on recording guitars and using multiple takes to create a comp track. Garrick then explains how to arrange, edit, and mix your projects using the arrangement track and the built-in effects. Next, he shows how to export your project, share it with the world, save it to iCloud, and archive it. Finally, Garrick shows how to use your iPad with GarageBand and how to open projects created in GarageBand for iOS, the mobile version of the app.

Topics include:
  • Creating a new project
  • Adding tracks
  • Working with loops
  • Recording Software Instrument tracks
  • Getting real sounds into your Mac
  • Recording and compositing multiple tracks
  • Arranging, editing, and mixing your project
  • Sharing your music with the Share menu
  • Controlling GarageBand remotely from an iPad
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Hello, I'm Garrick Chow, and welcome to GarageBand for Mac Essential Training. I'll start by taking you on a tour of the GarageBand interface to get our bearings, and I'll show you how to set up a project file so you can start working right away. We'll look at the new amazing drummer feature, which puts a virtual drummer at your command, and gives you the ability to craft complex and realistic sounding drum and percussion parts to accompany your songs. I'll show you how to work with GarageBand's built-in softer instruments to perform, record, and edit virtual instrument parts ranging from keyboards.

To drums, to strings and horns, and more. Then we'll see how to record real instruments with a microphone or through GarageBand's collection of guitar amps. And we'll look at the new amp designer to see how to craft a wide range of guitar and bass guitar tones with a combination of virtual amps, cabinets, microphones, and pedals. Once we've put everything together, we'll take a look at how to organize, edit, and mix your project. And then we'll take a look at the options that are available to export and share your music with the world.

We'll be covering all this and plenty more. So, let's get started with GarageBand for Mac Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about GarageBand Essential Training .

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Q: This course was updated on 11/24/2014. What changed?
A: We added one new movie ("What's new in GarageBand 10.0.3") and revised three others ("Customizing the bass sound," "Using Audio Unit and third-party plugins," and "Using the Share menu") to reflect the changes in GarageBand 10.0.3.
Q: This course was updated on 8/03/2015. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, one covering the general 6/30/2015 update to GarageBand and one at the end of chapter 3 on working with and automating the new synth sounds and Transform Pad.





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