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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.
Time to record some big crunchy guitars. I'll take this opportunity to show you the tuner in GarageBand and while you didn't see me tune the acoustic guitar or the bass earlier, I can assure you that I spent time making sure they were in tune. Select Tuner from the LCD display menu and pick each string cleanly, independently, and make adjustments until your tuner turns blue. The needle should sort of point straight up in the middle. If you're flat, it will be to the left; if you're sharp, it will be to the right. So you want to make it balance in the middle.
Making sure all of your instruments are in tune is one of the bare essentials in recording music that can have a huge impact on the overall sound of your track. Even when things are only slightly out of tune, most listeners will feel like something is just not quite right, even if they can't put their finger on it. (music playing) Option+Command+N for a new track, and this time I will choose Electric Guitar. Using the Guitar Amp Preset menu, I will choose Fat Stack and get ready to track a pass.
This time I am going to double track the guitar part, which means I'll actually record it twice on two separate tracks so that it will sound like there are two guitars playing together on the same part in my final mix. Let's do the first one. I am going to do press R and then sit back and wait for the big moment to come in. (music playing) Okay, now with that guitar track still selected, press Command+D to duplicate the track.
This will give you a new track of the same type, with the same effects and settings in place. You will notice that it only duplicated the track and not the audio region contained within the track. That's because you can independently duplicate a region, and this was just the approach of duplicating a track so that we can record our second guitar part into a track that's already set up exactly the same as the other. So effectively, they sound the same as each other. So that the original guitar part isn't competing for my attention while I'm tracking this new one, I am just going to press Mute and keep it out of the mix for now.
Okay, I am ready to track the second electric guitar part, so I'll press R and give it a go. (music playing) Now I am double tracking. (music playing) Cool, now that I've got my two rhythm guitar tracks, in the next movie we can work on balancing, panning, and tightening those guitar parts up, so they serve the song as a proper wall-o-guitar.
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