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Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs

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As a musician, I've discovered that working alone or even with a band in the vacuum of the studio or rehearsal space I can sometimes forget that creating songs is a two-way conversation between the artist and the audience. In case of a live performance, this dialog goes on in real time and it is a very rewarding experience. When it comes to recording music, this is a somewhat modern technological balancing act where an artist can easily get lost within the process and start to lose focus on the other half of the musical equation, the listener. This is not to say that musicians shouldn't work on new material for themselves.

Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs

As a musician, I've discovered that working alone or even with a band in the vacuum of the studio or rehearsal space I can sometimes forget that creating songs is a two-way conversation between the artist and the audience. In case of a live performance, this dialog goes on in real time and it is a very rewarding experience. When it comes to recording music, this is a somewhat modern technological balancing act where an artist can easily get lost within the process and start to lose focus on the other half of the musical equation, the listener. This is not to say that musicians shouldn't work on new material for themselves.

That's the first half of the story, but the other part, the essential piece that completes the puzzle for me, is when someone else can share in what I've created. Nowadays, this is an incredibly easy process with email, Facebook, and other readymade methods for sharing audio, video, and photos with others. This leaves one final step in GarageBand to explore that makes this all possible: sharing your final mixes with others. The Share menu in GarageBand offers a number of automated methods for getting your song out of GarageBand and into people's ears.

There is also the option of skipping anything automatic and just exporting a full resolution audio file to disc, ready for you to do with it what you will. We've covered doing this at the end of the movie about mixdown earlier, and you can always save it to your local computer or an external hard drive and burn it off from Toast or from the Finder or send it directly to iTunes as a full resolution file and bring your CD from there. One of the ways that we can send songs to iTunes by choosing it you'll see our options and we can compress the file and choose AAC or MP3, however we want it to be in our iTunes library directly, or as I pointed out in the mixdown movie, I like to send them out uncompressed and then make my conversions to MP3 or AAC over in iTunes and sort of manage that process from iTunes.

Whatever we enter here in the metadata fields will also carry over and you can edit that information further once you're in iTunes as well. So it's not imperative that you get this right at this point, although if you do save a file directly to your desktop and then get that file out to others, if it is something like an MP3 where it does carry with it all of this metadata then you would probably do want to make sure this says what you'd like it to say. The other options you have if you're working on a ringtone, you can send your ringtone to iTunes through this menu as well. If you are working on a podcast and you're using iWeb to build your web site and publish that podcast, you can send the podcast directly to iWeb from here, and if you're scoring a movie you can send it to iDVD as well.

It's not what we are working on currently, which is why that's grayed out, but those options are available to you. And finally, you can burn songs directly to a CD right out of GarageBand and your final mix will go to CD just as you created it. If you need to adjust any of your settings, they are available under the triangle here. You can either mount the CD on desktop or eject it when it's done, and we'll close this up, click Burn, and we now have a CD being mixed down and burned of our final song.

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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

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Todd Howard
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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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