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iPad Music Production: GarageBand
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Recording real instruments


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iPad Music Production: GarageBand

with Garrick Chow

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At this point, we have added some drums, some percussion and a keyboard part to our song. I actually added a chorus part to the keyboard to complete it before starting to record this movie. I have asked to Todd to join me again, so he can play some guitar for the next track while I continue to operate the iPad. So we are going to create a guitar track by tapping the plus button. We'll select the Guitar Amp and I am going to go to the Input Setting here, make sure the Monitor is On so we can hear what's going on. Now we are running the guitar through the Apogee JAM that we saw in an earlier movie that's going right into the doc connector of the iPad.

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iPad Music Production: GarageBand
2h 48m Beginner Sep 11, 2012 Updated Aug 02, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Selecting instruments
  • Setting up a song
  • Playing touch keyboards and drums
  • Playing Smart Instruments
  • Using real guitar amps
  • Working with loops
  • Recording instrument tracks
  • Editing MIDI tracks
  • Importing audio files
  • Exporting songs to multiple locations
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Music Production iPad Music Production Virtual Instruments
Software:
GarageBand
Author:
Garrick Chow

Recording real instruments

At this point, we have added some drums, some percussion and a keyboard part to our song. I actually added a chorus part to the keyboard to complete it before starting to record this movie. I have asked to Todd to join me again, so he can play some guitar for the next track while I continue to operate the iPad. So we are going to create a guitar track by tapping the plus button. We'll select the Guitar Amp and I am going to go to the Input Setting here, make sure the Monitor is On so we can hear what's going on. Now we are running the guitar through the Apogee JAM that we saw in an earlier movie that's going right into the doc connector of the iPad.

I think we are already tuned up, we have prepared by tuning before we started recording this movie. And we have actually already come up with a guitar sound that I have saved here under Custom, properly called Todd 1. Again if you need a review on how I did all these different things go back and watch the movie on playing a guitar through the iPad, but there is our guitar if you want to strum a little bit. Make sure we have it. (music playing) Volume's up. (music playing) Okay, let's go back and look at the Track View just to make sure where we need to be here.

So you can see we now have a new guitar track here, the playhead is at the beginning of the song. We are pretty much ready to go. Now for this particular exercise, I am going to have Todd play the verse and the chorus as two separate parts, so we can first make sure we are happy with the verse and then move onto the chorus. Now in order to play the guitar so that we can hear, I am going to switch back to the Instrument View, I am going to check under my Settings here, make sure that the Metronome is on, so we can keep to the beat, make sure Count-In is on so we have enough time to get in and get ready to record. Turn that off and I think we are pretty much ready to go. Todd Howard: Let's do it.

All right, so our playhead is at the beginning, so when I tap Record, you will hear four beats and then we are going to be right in. (music playing) Yeah that leads us into the chorus. Let me just go ahead and stop that.

How do you feel about that one? Todd Howard: A little so-so at the beginning. Little so-so, okay. Now if we want to just rerecord the whole thing and just forget that ever happened the easiest thing to do here is just to tap Undo. That removes the recorded track and we are ready to start fresh again. Okay, you ready? Todd Howard: Sure. All right, here we go. (music playing) Thought that one was pretty good.

Todd Howard: Felt a little better. All right, excellent! Take a look the Track View to see how that looks. Okay, so you can see the waveform for the region we just created. So we are pretty happy with the verse so let's move onto the chorus. Now you will notice that this region actually does overlap into the chorus area, the chorus starts here at measure 10--oops! I tapped that by accident--the chorus starts here at major 10, let me just move the playhead over there, stop the playback. So if I put the playhead there, you can see we sort of overlap there. I am going to have him start recording the chorus right at the beginning of measure 10. So I am going to keep the playhead right there and again making sure that we have Count-In turned on, that will roll the playhead back one measure so he has time to get ready play and then the recording will start as soon as the playhead reaches measure 10 here and it will cut off what he originally put in the first region.

So are we ready to do that? Todd Howard: Sure! All right, let me switch back, playhead is still at measure 10, got our guitar sound and here we go. (music playing) Thought that was pretty good.

Okay, I think we are actually okay with that performance. Let's just take a look. So you can see here is the new region we recorded and let me juts move that playhead out of the way. So you can see we now have two separate regions, one for the verse and one for the chorus and they should blend seamlessly into each other. This is sometimes called a punch-in, meaning we have placed our playhead where we wanted the recording to start over the original recording, and as soon as it reached that point it started re-recording over that point and now we have two separate parts. Let's make sure we listen to that though to make sure the punch-in is clean. (music playing) Sounds pretty clean to me.

All right, so now we have one verse and one chorus. So now we can do what we did with the keyboard part and instead of the re-recording another verse on the second verse, I can just copy the first verse into the second verse section. Now I do need to do a little bit of clean up here because we do have that one bar of intro before the first verse actually starts. So let me show you a cool little technique here. I am just going to drag the playhead over to measure 2 and that's where the first verse actually starts. So what I am going to do here is tap on the region, and here I am going to choose Split. Notice that gives me this icon here with the little scissors on it and in order to split it here I just need to drag those scissors down across the region and now if I tap to deselect, I now have a separate region there. So if I select that, you can see it's just a region there by itself.

I don't really need it, so I'll select it again and tap Delete. So now I have a clean eight bar verse right here that I can select, copy, then I'll just move the playhead to measure 18 where the second verse starts and just double tap here and tap Paste. And you can see it just went over the final part of the chorus there as well. Let's give that a listen. (music playing) Okay, and just like that, we now have two verses with a chorus in between, and again, we only had to perform and record one verse and one chorus and with a little bit of copying and pasting, we now have a single guitar track that sounds like one continuous performance.

So I think we are done with that track for now. Next, we'll continue adding to our song by adding some more tracks.

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