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- Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, and speakers
- Creating a project and specifying tempo, time signature, and key
- Jumpstarting the recording process with Magic GarageBand
- Recording real instruments, software instruments, and electric guitar tracks
- Compositing a final track from multiple takes
- Creating, naming, and organizing song sections using the Arrangement track
- Equalizing and compressing tracks
- Adding reverb and echo effects
- Sharing songs with iTunes and Logic Pro
- Archiving GarageBand project files
- Taking guitar and piano lessons
- Creating podcasts, movies scores, and ringtones
Skill Level Beginner
Let me show you how to score a movie in GarageBand '11. Under the New Project chooser double-click on the Movie project type and save your file. I am going to create a score for a snowboarding video clip. Click Create and GarageBand opens up a project file but with a couple of things displayed that you don't normally see. Movie Markers and the Movie Track are displayed right up here with our normal GarageBand timeline. Basically the Movie Marker area is the editor for a movie track, so it's just like opening the editor and the Movie Track itself is shown and hidden just by choosing it from the Track menu.
And also we are currently set up to be browsing in the Media Browser over to the Movies directory, so if you actually have iMovie projects that you have created, your videos will show up here as well. For the moment I just have a QuickTime video clip on the hard drive, so I am going to go ahead to my finder and here's my Tahoe movie clip and I am going to drag it into the timeline and come back to GarageBand. So what I see here is a series of thumbnails giving me an idea of where I am in the movie and if I zoom in and out, these thumbnails update to show even more information.
So it's a little easier to figure out where you are. And this particular clip has no audio to it right now. There is an audio track, but it's silent. I can see there are no waveforms there. So I could actually just select it and hit Delete and get rid of this track. So you don't actually need our movie sound at the moment and I will actually delete the Movie Sound track as well. Now a couple of things to note about the Movie Track itself. One is there is a thumbnail of the movie up here that will play and you can see it playing here in real-time. But that's a little hard to see especially you are going to be working on scoring something. You want to be able to see the movie you are working with. Just click it and open up the Movie Preview window.
You can resize it to basically take over your whole screen or if you have two monitors you can move it to the other monitor and watch the movie while you are scoring and while GarageBand is working on the other monitor. Let me keep it about this big or so. And the same commands work. Return takes you to the beginning, spacebar plays the movie, and this is basically your GarageBand timeline as you normally would operate within it, except there is also a video track associated with it. Comes to the end, goes black, and keeps going.
Why don't we set up a cycle region that brings us to the end of our movie clip? That way when I'm playing the movie it will cycle around when it hits the end of the timeline. Now right now GarageBand is still thinking that there is a tempo to this project and the default tempo is of course 120 beats per minutes, so that what's showing right now and you'll see that we made it out to-- looks like Bar 7 or so at the end here at 120.
If I change the tempo, let's say I move it to 140 beats per minute, then the movie stretches out to accommodate this new length and we have to readjust our cycle region to actually meet the end of the movie where it actually ends. So the tempo affects the overall length in your timeline. So we are going to try looking through our loops and find a drumbeat that might work well as a bed for our score. Okay, so I am going to filter for Rock /Blues Drum Kits and maybe search for something funky and look through and see what we have here.
I want to use a real audio loop, so I am going to look for something. And some of these titles are hidden, so I am going to show those and we will start out to sample a couple. (Music playing) Now the thing is when I am sampling these, wouldn't it be nice to see the movie? Well, you can. If I press Play right now on the movie and then preview one of my drum loops, it's not going to come in until the next bar. So you'll see that's sort of a pack to preview them while the movie is going on, but it does work. Click. I am waiting and here it comes.
(Music playing) Gives actually a pretty good drumbeat at 21. So we will keep 21, drag it into the timeline, drop it off, close my preview for the moment, just so I can position my loop properly, drag that back to the beginning of the file, and we will loop it out a couple of times. We see how far that takes us. (Music playing) Okay, that's cool! Although so if I just keep looping this I am going to end up -- (Music playing) -- with sort of no drama that happens when he leaves the ground.
So I actually want to get to a different beat there. So maybe a fill will work just fine or some cymbal crashes. So I know there's some fills here as well, so let's hear what we have. (Music playing) That's not going to work. (Music playing) Actually that's kind of cool so we will try that. I am going to drag that in and hope to hit it right where he leaves the ground. (Music playing) The timing isn't quite perfect, but I am noticing that if I want to extend this, I can just change the tempo and try to find a tempo that will actually work pretty well.
So why don't we try bring it down a little bit to 136, maybe for example, and see how our timing is. (Music playing) So kind of like have the fill end when he hits the ground again, so I am actually going to come down even a little bit more. See if I can match it. (Music playing) So that's a little bit better. I am going to come down just two more.
(Music playing) All right! That will be good, all right. And then I'm going to just come back to my regular beat. I am going to click on the first loop, Option+Click drag it to copy it, and move it down the timeline, and then I will end my loop at the end of the video and have my cycle region also end there. Okay, so let's try one more time. (Music playing) Okay, great! So that's a great clip. I am loving it.
Let me make this just a little bit bigger so that you can see this if you are viewing it on a smaller screen. Okay, so the next thing I want to do is start to add to my song here. I am just going to do something really simple, maybe add a bass part and a keyboard part. So I am going to click over to my Track Info panel. I am going to create a new track and I will just choose Software Instruments. I have my MIDI keyboard connected and I am going to look for a bass sound in the Software Instrument library. So click on Bass and sample some of these sounds here with my keyboard.
(Music playing) Ah, that's sounding good! (Music playing) Excellent! Perfect for snowboarding! Okay, so I am going to set the Count- In on, and turn on my Metronome, so a little bit of a counting before I record. And for the moment I'm going to turn cycle region off, so that I can do a single pass hopefully here and get a good little Bass part count. (Music playing) All right! Not too bad.
Make a couple of quick edits here to the end, since I mangled it a little bit at the very end. (Music playing) All right, let's go with Quantizing. I am going to do a 16th note and see if I can lock it up a little bit. (Music playing) All right! I want to get that last phrase proper, so I am just going to copy by clicking and dragging, hit Command+C, section my playhead and paste in those notes, so I can repeat that at the end.
(Music playing) Cool! So now I have a little sort of breakdown section at the very end. Excellent! Next let's get a synthesizer pad going here. Again, Software Instrument and let's find some Synth Pads that sound cool. Let's see what we have. (Music playing) No, no. (Music playing) I like that. That sounds good.
(Music playing) All right, back to the top, record armed. (Music playing) All right, let's see how we did. I will open up the Preview and we will listen to it with our score. (Music playing) Great! So I'm happy with that.
Let's call that done and we will share our movie with iWeb or with iDVD. If we are going to burn a DVD we might as well send it to iDVD and get this thing created and burnt out. (Music playing) All right, so here is our snowboarding video. Let's go and preview this. (Music playing) Click on our Snowboarding movie.
(Music playing) But perhaps the simplest way to get a scored movie out of GarageBand is to share by exporting movie to disk and we will just go with the Full Quality QuickTime. We could change it to Apple TV or something perfect for the iPod or email. Well, let's do Full Quality for now.
Click Export, snowboarding-with-music.mov. Okay it creates a mixdown, converts it to QuickTime, and we have our QuickTime Movie. (Music playing) And that's all there is to scoring a movie in GarageBand.