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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.
It's time to add some keyboards to the track. I am kind of hearing a nice distant echoey piano part in my head and I'll try to achieve some of what I am imagining and we can refine it when we get to the mixing process in a later chapter. For now I have my MIDI keyboard connected, so I'll take this opportunity to record a part just using a piano sound with some echo and maybe a bit of reverb on it and I'll take some time to edit the sound later. New track, double-click Software Instrument, and here's our piano sound, by default Grand Piano, and that's fine. I'll use that.
I am going to make a couple of adjustments to the sound before I record. I am going to turn the Compressor on. Without it, Ground Piano, it's sort of pretty soft and I want to get a little more juice out of it. So add compression, I am going to open this window up and actually increase the Compression Ratio a little bit so we get some more out of this sound. A part of that is the gain that we are applying in the bottom slider. Set a little bit of softer Attack and a little more Gain. I also want to enable the Visual EQ which by default wants to boost the highs a bit and I'd actually like to boost more of the highs in terms of frequency range but to a bit of a lesser degree and we can refine this later as well.
And also, I am going to add some echo to try to create this echoey piano sound I am going for. What GarageBand calls echo is more commonly referred to as Delay and some Reverb also, a good amount of Reverb. (Music playing) Okay, that's getting close to what I am looking for. Sounds good. All right, so select your MIDI track to arm it for recording and let's hit R to begin. (Music playing) Okay, I am going to stop it there.
It was an okay take, but I made a few mistakes. I can very easily hit undo on a take, Return to go back to the top, and R to take another stab at it. (Music playing) All right, sounds good. Now we can start to focus on editing the part and since it's MIDI, we are going to have a lot of options.
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