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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.
If you're a subscriber to Apple's iCloud service, you're really going to appreciate the way it's been integrated with GarageBand. Not only can you back up your songs to the cloud, but you can also sync your songs to all of your iOS devices running GarageBand. Let's take a look at how this works. First of all, on your iPad, go to Settings > iCloud and just make sure your iCloud information has been added here. And you will want to do the same with all the other iOS devices running GarageBand to which you want to sync your music. Then go back to GarageBand, and here in the My Songs area, tap the plus button and turn on Use iCloud.
Now when I tap Edit, I'll see a little iCloud icon appear. This allows me to select the song that I want to sync or back up, and when I tap the iCloud button, I can choose Upload Song to iCloud. Now depending on the size of your song, it may take a couple of minutes to several minutes to upload the song to the cloud, but once it does, you will see this little Cloud icon appear next to your file. At this point, the song has now backed up to my iCloud account. Now I can repeat this process on my iPhone or my iPod touch. Now this only does work with the iPhone 4 or later or the fourth generation iPod touch or later, it does work on all iPad models though.
And once that icon appears, all the songs that I have synced to iCloud will start appearing on all those other devices. This is such a great feature because, let's just say I spent the whole morning working on this project, I take a break, I go to the coffee shop, they've got wi-fi there, and I've suddenly come up with a great string part of my head that I want to add to the song. I can pull out my iPhone, add that string part, and when I get home, I will find the string section already on my iPad waiting for me to work on it. So again, if you have an iCloud account, there's very little reason not to take advantage of this service. First of all, it backs up your songs, but also, because it syncs across devices, you can work on your music in so many more places.
Plus, Apple offers free iCloud accounts with five gigabytes of storage space to anybody who wants one. So again, if you don't have an account, just go to icloud.com and sign up for an account.
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