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Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas

From: GarageBand '11 Essential Training

Video: Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas

One of the most straightforward uses of GarageBand is as a sketch pad for new ideas. I'll select my new acoustic guitar track and actually go ahead and name it. I am going to call it Acoustic, then just GTR for guitar, hitting Return to save that. And as long as I've got my input source set to the correct input for my mic or line-in and I set Monitor to On--I am going to use no feedback, since I have my speakers off-- I'm ready press record and get this new idea down before I forget it. I stumbled upon an interesting tuning for the acoustic guitar recently, and it inspired these three different parts.

Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas

One of the most straightforward uses of GarageBand is as a sketch pad for new ideas. I'll select my new acoustic guitar track and actually go ahead and name it. I am going to call it Acoustic, then just GTR for guitar, hitting Return to save that. And as long as I've got my input source set to the correct input for my mic or line-in and I set Monitor to On--I am going to use no feedback, since I have my speakers off-- I'm ready press record and get this new idea down before I forget it. I stumbled upon an interesting tuning for the acoustic guitar recently, and it inspired these three different parts.

I decided they should be a verse a pre-chorus and a chorus of a short song that might be just right for this course. I am going to use GarageBand to get this guitar idea down, so that I can start working on other parts to flesh it out. Since I'm recording into microphone, I've got my speakers turned off. What you don't want is sound coming out of your speakers and going back into the microphone that you're using to record. So in most cases if you're using a mic, you'll want to turn your speakers down and grab some headphones to record with. I'll just check the Control menu to make sure Metronome and Count-In are checked, and now I'll just press R to begin recording.

(music playing) That was a pretty good pass. Let's listen.

(music playing) Yeah, I think I'll keep that one, and this is as good a time as any to remind you to press Command+S to save.

Be sure to save your GarageBand project files early and often.

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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

50 video lessons · 24299 viewers

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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