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Using the redesigned guitar amps and effects

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GarageBand '09 features a brand new interface and brand new amp sounds for customizing the sound of your electric guitar when you record it in GarageBand. To record your guitar with GarageBand, choose Electric Guitar from the newly designed Project window, give your song a name, I'll just call mine guitars, and you can choose a time signature, a tempo and a key. I'll just leave all the defaults here and click Create. So now we have a new project with our first track already setup to record in Electric Guitar and over on the right side of the window, you see the new guitar amp interface where you can fine-tune the sound of your guitar.

Using the redesigned guitar amps and effects

GarageBand '09 features a brand new interface and brand new amp sounds for customizing the sound of your electric guitar when you record it in GarageBand. To record your guitar with GarageBand, choose Electric Guitar from the newly designed Project window, give your song a name, I'll just call mine guitars, and you can choose a time signature, a tempo and a key. I'll just leave all the defaults here and click Create. So now we have a new project with our first track already setup to record in Electric Guitar and over on the right side of the window, you see the new guitar amp interface where you can fine-tune the sound of your guitar.

Incidentally, if you want to add a guitar track to an existing song, instead of creating a new project from scratch, you can do so by clicking the Add button, and then choosing Electric Guitar and you get the same default track. But I only need one track right now, so I'm going to delete that. So like I said, this is the new guitar amp interface, which if you've spent any time playing with real guitar amps and stompboxes, should be completely intuitive for you. You can select the amp to reveals its controls below and from here you can play with the dials to adjust your sound.

First let me set the sub, so you can actually hear what's going on. With the amp selected, I'm going to click Edit, you can see that actually flips the amp around, and I'm going to turn my monitor on so I can hear the guitar. (Guitar strum.) All right, and I'm joined my band mate, Larry Kennedy. He is actually sitting outside the booth strumming the guitar for me while l walk you through this tutorial. I am going to click Done to turn the amp back around, and now we see the dials that are available on this amp. So if Larry plays it a little bit, I can play around with these settings to show you how this works.

(Guitar strumming.) Add a little more Reverb, add more Gain, (Guitar strumming.) a little distortion there. (Guitar strumming.) Maybe a little bit of Tremolo. (Guitar strumming.) Incidentally, since these dials are setup to mimic the look of a real amp, you might expect to have to drag your mouse in a circular motion to change their positions, but that wouldn't really make sense in this interface. So to turn these dials in GarageBand, simply click on them and drag up or down, like so.

But this isn't the only way to control your sound. Many guitars also play through a stompboxes or pedals, which process the sound of the guitar before it reaches the amp. By selecting the stompbox, I can adjust its settings and again, if you're used to real stompboxes it should be pretty intuitive. This looks like a real stompbox and it's got a button on it that normally on a real stompbox you would step on, but here in GarageBand, we simply click to turn stompbox on or off. And again, if Larry plays a little bit for me... (Guitar strum.) Here again we can drag up and down to turn dials.

(Guitar strumming.) Or click switches to flip them from one position to the next. (Guitar strumming.) And you are not limited to just one or two stompboxes. With the Stompbox selected, click Edit, and now we have access to all ten stompbox effects available in GarageBand. To add one to your audio chain, simply drag it to an empty space and release, or you can replace existing stompboxes by dragging a different one on top of them.

And then you can click Done, and start playing with each individual stompbox. Go ahead and play, Larry. (Guitar playing.) Let's try the Chorus out here. (Guitar playing.) And again you can click them on and off to see their effects. (Guitar playing.) And just like with real stompboxes the order that you have them in can change it sound.

So if you want to change it, you just simply move them around and then click Done. In all, you can add five stompboxes to your audio chain, but wait, there's more! Click the menu at the top of the pane to select from dozens of preset amp and stompbox combos which model and recreate some of the most legendary guitar rigs in electric guitar history. Let me go ahead and pick Brit Pop and incidentally, if you have been playing around with some of the settings, you might see this message saying that you have changed your instrument settings. If you want to save those settings as a custom setting, click Save As. Otherwise, just click Continue to discard those changes.

So now we have got the Brit Pop amp and stompbox combo. Go ahead and play a little bit. (Guitar playing.) We've also got-- let's go with the Big Hair Metal. (Guitar playing.) Now, you can play these presets as-is, or use them as a starting point to customize your own sound by tweaking the settings of either the amp or one of the stompboxes. Let's try another one here. Let's try some Punk Rock and again, I'll just discard these changes I made previously.

(Guitar playing.) And let's just try one more here. How about a Liverpool Bright? (Guitar playing.) And how about-- let's try Seattle Sound.

(Guitar playing.) All right, so you get the idea. Again, use these either as-is or just as a starting point to customize your own sounds. So those are the newly redesigned guitar amps and stompbox effects you'll find in GarageBand '09.

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