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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.
You can apply master effects to the master track in GarageBand and these effects will affect every track in your mix. If you wanted to throw a breath of reverb on your whole mix or drop in some EQ choices at the end of the chain, the master mix is where we'd want to apply these effects. Press Command+B to show the master track. It's also in the Track menu under Hide and Show Master Track. And if I open up the Track Info panel, Master Track is on the right-hand side. Normally we would look at guitar or instrument on the left side. Master Track is on the right side.
One of the things you can effect here is you'll remember in all of our individual tracks at the bottom we have access to a Master Echo and Master Reverb setting and dial in just how much of those you would like to apply to your individual track. On the Master Track side this is where you actually set the properties of those Echo and Reverb Master Track effects that you can dial in on each individual track. And these are standard for all of your tracks. You set this once and then it's available to you in all of your individual tracks.
And then down in the second half of the window we have our Master Effects and this is where you can introduce EQ, Compression, or even at the moment they have a Ducker in here. What this is for we'll cover this in the chapter on podcasting. If you are going to be performing the ducking move, which allows GarageBand to anticipate which track should be lowered in volume in response to others, for example, a music bed behind a narrator or a voiceover, this is where you would actually set the behavior and style of that.
If you'd like to add EQ or compression to your mix, you can just enable them here and edit the parameters and that will affect the entire mix. You can also use presets if you want. They are all available from the Preset menu and same with compression. You can enable it and then choose from a series of different mastering compression effects. Keep these off for now. All right, so I can close my Track Info panel and look at one other convenience that is offered in GarageBand, which is that you can create a fade out which is essentially an automated volume move in the master track.
Just by choosing Track > Fade Out, and GarageBand lays in a nicely slipping fade out curve for you. Now you can edit this once it's here of course. If you actually zoom in a little bit and want to make some modifications, this is just a nice starting point if you want. It happened earlier or later or be less gradual. You can redistribute those curves. Now our song here actually has kind of its own natural fade out and all the instruments fade, but we might as well actually have a fade at the very end here.
Sees my playhead as a guide. Actually I want to delete that node and just drop these down like this. And play the very end and see how that sounds. (Music playing) Fade out is a good way to bring everything to a close, even if it's not a very audible fade out, like a repeating chorus where it's fading out over time. So now that the very end of a track you just want to bring things to a close by bringing the volume all the way down on your master track and a fade out is the way to do it.
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