A new feature to GarageBand for Mac is the ability to control the application using your iPad. Apple offers a free app called Logic Remote which now allows you to play software instruments, record, play, and more from your iPad. This video tutorial will show you how to control GarageBand remotely from an iPad.
It's probably become apparent over the past couple of movies, that Apple seems to be purposely incorporating features from its professional audio editing application, Logic Pro X into GarageBand. The two applications have slowly become more similar over the past several iterations. And as we've seen, the latest move has been to add the Drummer and Smart Control features from Logic into GarageBand. Logic also has a companion iPad app called Logic Remote which, as its name implies, allows you to control logic from your iPad. And as you've probably guessed from the name of this movie, the app also works with GarageBand.
Logic Remote is a free app, just search for it on the App Store and download it to your iPad. Now this is an iPad only app. So you won't be able to run it from an iPhone or iPod touch. To use it, just make sure your iPad and Mac and running GarageBand are both on the same network, and then just tap the App to start it up. You'll be prompted to select the Mac running GarageBand. If you have more than one Mac running GarageBand, they'll all show up here and then just pick the one you want to control. You'll see a message on the Mac, asking you to confirm that it's okay for the app to control GarageBand. Click OK. Now, once you've connected to your iPad to the GarageBand on the Mac, they should automatically connect again in the future.
You won't have to authorize the remote each time. And now here on my iPad, I see Faders and Track controls for each of the tracks in my project. Notice that moving a fader or a dial on the iPad moves the corresponding controls on the Mac. And it works in the other direction too. I can move a fader here on my Mac, and it moves over on my iPad. So, you can probably imagine how this can free you up. Instead of being stuck behind your computer, you're free to move around your studio or recording area wirelessly controlling GarageBand from your iPad. Notice, the control bar area on the iPad is very similar to what you see in GarageBand.
We have our transport controls for rewinding to the beginning of the song. The Play button, the Record button and the Cycle button, and metronome here as well. The display area on the iPad shows the bars and beads, and the name of the currently selected track. Changing the display over here in GarageBand, changes it on the iPad's display as well. On the iPad, you can jump from track to track using the arrows on either side of the display, or just type the name of the tracks at the bottom of the screen. Tapping the display area in the Remote app reveals the timeline and play head so you can scrub to a specific point in the song.
Notice the play head in GarageBand moves along with it. And you can also pinch out an in on the Remote app to zoom the roller. And again, each track has its own fader here and there's also a master fader for controlling the master volume. Under the Settings button, you'll find the Undo and Redo commands as well as the commands for creating new tracks. This is also where you can tap under Connect To, if you want to connect the Remote app to GarageBand on a different Mac. Let's leave my current Mac selected. So, again, this can really free you up and be especially convenient if you're recording yourself.
In my own personal setup, I have a computer chair with arm rests in front of my Mac, and while it's really comfortable for using my computer, it's not great when I want to record myself playing guitar. With the Logic Remote app, I can set up my project and move to another part of the room, or even into another room where my guitar's set up so I can play comfortably and control GarageBand entirely from my iPad. From here on my iPad I can tap play. I can record, I can rewind, I can jump to any point in the song I need to. But the Remote app isn't just for controlling playback and recording. You can also use it as a Performance tool itself to control GarageBand's software instruments.
I'll type settings to create a new software instrument track, and you can see that instantly creates the classic electric piano track. To play this instrument I could use a MIDI keyboard connected to my Mac. Or even use musical typing, but I have an iPad so from this menu here in the upper left hand corner. I can choose either Smart Controls, I can choose either Smart Controls and Keyboard, or Chord Strips. Let's start with Smart Controls, and now I have a virtual keyboard on my iPad I can tap to play. If I want to change instruments, I tap the Library button here on the iPad.
Maybe I go over to piano and try this steinway grand piano. I'll type the Library button to close it again, and now I have a piano. Or maybe I want to make this a drum track. Tap library again, find drum kits, and pick a drum kit. And now I have drum pads to play. If I want, I can switch to the kit view, which gives me the same sounds but its laid out more like a virtual kit. If you have played around with GarageBand for the iPad, this kit should look pretty familiar.
Now, at the bottom of this menu, you can choose different interfaces for the instrument you're playing. With Automatic selected, you'll see the default interface for each instrument, but you're free to pick any of the other interfaces. Let's switch over to a guitar sound next. Now I can use the pads to play that. That's probably not the most intuitive interface. Let me show this smart guitar interface, that's in the lower left hand corner of this menu. And again, this is nearly identical to what you have in GarageBand for iOS. Here I'm looking at chord strips and I can play by strumming them Tapping individual strings or I can tap the tops of the guitar strips.
And by recording instruments in this way, you can access the tools like GarageBand on the Mac doesn't have on its own. For example, I'll will go to Orchestral > Strings > Smart Strings. And I'm going to choose the Chord Strips for this one, and make sure that I have Automatic selected. So I see the default interface for the smart strings. And here's an instrument you definitely can't play in GarageBand with a mouse or a keyboard. To play smart strings, you can tap the chord strings to get Pitscato notes. You can do a quick swipe with your finger to get quick string strokes. Or you can slide your finger up and down on the cord stripes to get long, sustained notes.
I cover smart strings and other instruments in detail in my GarageBand for iPad course here at lynda.com. So, if you are interesting in learning more about these types of instruments be sure to check up that course. But for now that's an overview of the Remote app for Logic and GarageBand. Let me switch back to the mixer for a moment. So again, the Remote app is a tool for both remotely controlling Garage Band, and for recording performances into it. Now, I saw that you can get to some commands here, like to create a new track, to Undo and Redo and so on here under the Settings menu, and we do have some controls at the top of the screen.
You'll find even more controls by going to the menu on the upper left hand corner and tapping key commands. This gives you a bunch of buttons for all kinds of commands. I can tap to show the library, notice pops up it on my GarageBand screen, I'll tap again to hide it. And we also have buttons for zooming horizontally in and out. Just about any command you'll need, you can find here under key commands. So, that's an overview of the Remote app for Logic and GarageBand. If you have an iPad, there's really no reason not to download the free app and make it part of your arsenal. Because, as you can see, it's an incredibly powerful app that's good for both engineering and mixing your recording sessions, as well as for performing the parts you're recording.
Note: You must have upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks to download the latest version of GarageBand, but both updates are free.