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GarageBand '09 features an enhanced version of Magic GarageBand, the feature introduced in GarageBand '08 that lets you play along with your own virtual backing band. GarageBand '09 features expand the capabilities for customizing your Magic GarageBand instruments and mix. In the GarageBand project window, select Magic GarageBand to create a new Magic GarageBand session, and then you can choose the style you want to play in. As you roll your mouse over each different style, you'll see that a Preview button appears. You can click that Preview button to get a sample of the sound of that style. (Salsa music plays.) (Jazz music plays.) (Country/honky-tonk music plays.) (Acoustic rock music plays.) And I think I'll go with that one. So with Roots Rock selected, I'll click Choose.
And now we see the Magic GarageBand stage. As before, you can click Play to hear the song and then select each individual instrument to customize the sound or instrument being used. (Acoustic rock music plays.) So I can select the Melody track here, maybe I want the Glassy Guitar instead. (Acoustic rock music plays.) You can hear what sounds like. Move on to the Keyboard. Let's try the Grand Piano.
(Acoustic rock music plays.) Let's pause that for a second and of course, you can also adjust the settings of your own instrument right here in center stage by selecting it and then choosing under My Instrument from Keyboard or Guitar, or if you have a microphone or audio input device connected to your Mac, you'll see that in list here as well. So if I select Keyboard, for example, I can choose from Grand Piano, Classic Rock Organ or Electric Piano. Or if I prefer to just mix the song without me playing, I can choose No Instrument. Now, you can also control the level of each instrument here on the Magic GarageBand stage by selecting it, toggling down its controls and from here, you can Mute, Solo, or use the Level slider to adjust its level in the mix.
(Acoustic rock music playing. Guitar becomes more or less prominent as slider is moved.) Also in your GarageBand, you can jump to a particular section of the song by clicking the Verse, (Music playing.) the Chorus, (Music playing.) or the Bridge sections of the song. (Music playing.) You can also drag the playhead to a specific location of song as well.
(Music playing.) Now, if you would rather let random chance pick the sound of each instrument in your GarageBand stage, click an empty part of the stage to deselect all the instruments and then click Shuffle Instruments. You'll get a different combination every time and you can do this while the track is playing. (Music playing.) Click Entire Song so I can hear the entire song without repeating the bridge, and just click Shuffle Instruments again. (Music starts playing again.) Click it again.
(Music plays, with different arrangement.) And again. Does take a moment for each instrument to load. (Music starts playing again.) Also new to GarageBand '09, you can now view Magic GarageBand in full screen by clicking the Full Screen button here on the lower right-hand corner of the stage. That just lets you expand the stage to the full view of your monitor and you can leave Full Screen View by pressing the Escape key on your keyboard. And once you have the song sounding the way you want, click Open in GarageBand.
And at this point, you can edit and remix or add as many additional tracks as you need. If you've used Magic GarageBand in the past, I think you'll enjoy the flexibility of how much of the song setup you can take care of on the Magic GarageBand stage before you open the tracks in GarageBand.
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