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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.
Before we jump into GarageBand, there are a couple of important points I want to get across. First of all, GarageBand doesn't come preinstalled on your iPad or any other iOS device for that matter. You need to purchase it either through iTunes on your computer or you can get it directly on your iPad by going to the App Store app and searching for GarageBand. Currently it costs $4.99. Secondly, don't confuse this version of GarageBand with GarageBand for the Mac. Even though they share the same name and have some similarities, they are two completely different programs. Now you can take content that you create on GarageBand on the iPad and continue working on it on the Mac, and I will show you how to do that later in this course.
But if you're looking for instruction on GarageBand for the Mac, be sure to look for GarageBand 11 Essential Training on the online training library. And lastly, even though GarageBand does work with the iPhone and the iPod touch, I'm going to be focusing entirely on the iPad in this course. The iPad's larger screen really just makes it the best iOS device for taking advantage of everything GarageBand has to offer. If you are using an iPod touch or an iPhone, you can still follow along, just be aware that many of the interface elements I'll be showing you on the iPad, will be moved around on the devices with the smaller screens. So with those points in mind, let's move on.
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