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By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Export Your Song: How to Share GarageBand Files

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We’ve shown you how to record and mix a song in GarageBand to create a unique custom gift for someone you love. Now it’s time to send your song out into the world.

In its current state, your tune can only be played within GarageBand, so you need to export it—or “bounce it down”—to a single audio file that can be played in common audio applications.

Here’s how to share GarageBand files with someone on your holiday list.

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving a Song as a Gift? Your Guide to Mixing in GarageBand

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There’s no more personal and heartfelt gift you can give someone than a song you wrote and recorded just for them.

I’ve shown you how to record a song in GarageBand. The next step is to make your recorded tracks sound good—both by themselves and when they’re all mixed together.

There are some really useful tools for cleaning up your less-than-perfect takes and mixing in GarageBand. Let me know you.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, November 07, 2014

Record a Song in GarageBand — as a Unique Holiday Gift

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If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for a special friend or family member this year, you may already have the tools you need to record a song in GarageBand — and give it as a one-of-a-kind present.

Included free with all new Macs, or at just $4.99 to download from the Mac App Store, GarageBand is your key to a truly personal gift that won’t break the bank. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how to create a new project in GarageBand, record your tracks, edit them, and share your completed song.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 10, 2014

3 Simple Tricks to Record Great Audio with Your Phone

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There’s an old saying: Nothing ruins a great video like lousy audio. And when using consumer cameras, you’re often stuck with a less-than-optimal microphone to begin with.

But if you have a reasonably modern smartphone, you have all you need to record great audio on location.

By Garrick Chow | Saturday, September 20, 2014

Musicians: Make a Lyrics Video to Share Your Songs on YouTube

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It may surprise you to learn that, after traditional radio stations, the number one place where people go to discover new music today is not iTunes, or Spotify, or Pandora. It’s YouTube.

As a result of hundreds of thousands of music fans uploading videos of their favorite songs in their entirety, YouTube has become the world’s largest jukebox. If you’re an independent musician, posting your music to YouTube has become an important way to share your music and gain new fans.

However, you may not have the financial means or the time to plan, shoot, and edit a full video production for all the songs you want to promote.

An increasingly common solution for musicians who want to get their songs up on YouTube so they can be found by fans is to make a lyrics video, which is simply a video in which the lyrics to the song play along with the music in real time. This is a quick and inexpensive way to post your songs to YouTube while providing a visual that’s more interesting than a static image.

Lyrics videos can be created in nearly any video editing software. Let’s take a look at how to create one in iMovie for the Mac.

By David Franz | Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting Clean Sound — the lynda.com Way

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Any time you record audio, there’s a chance you’ll record some unwanted sounds along with the desired material. At lynda.com, we record audio for our courses every day in sound booths, on live-action stages, and on location all over the world. And every one of those setups presents its own audio challenges.

By David Franz | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Pump Up Your EDM Production with Waves Plugins

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How do EDM artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris get that giant pumping sound from their synths while keeping their kick drums slamming through the mix? They use a technique called side chaining.

By David Franz | Friday, August 29, 2014

Learn the Secrets of St. Vincent's Live Sound

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If you’ve ever wondered how the big acts manage their live stage shows using today’s cutting-edge technology, Daniel Mintseris—keyboardist and programmer for St. Vincent and David Byrne, among many other artists—is going to show you.

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