Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in Q4 2014, part of GarageBand Essential Training.
- The majority of the videos in this course were recorded in GarageBand version 10 in early 2014. In October 2014, Apple released an update to GarageBand, bringing it to version 10.0.3, which added a handful of new features and capabilities to the application. Overall, the functionality of GarageBand hasn't changed that much, but I wanted to take a few minutes here to go over what's been updated in the time since I originally recorded this course, so you'll be able to follow along with the rest of the movies. I should also mention that GarageBand 10.0.3 is only compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
If you haven't upgraded to Yosemite yet, you can't update GarageBand, but in that case, just about everything you see in this course will match your copy of GarageBand. But if you have upgraded to Yosemite and GarageBand 10.0.3, then keep watching this video to learn what changes have been made. Probably one of the most noticeable differences is that GarageBand now automatically resizes the heights of your tracks, based on how much room you have. As you work along with me in this course, you might notice that your tracks look taller than the ones I'm using. Everything in the track still functions the same way, though.
It's now just a little easier to work with the track regions, especially if you have the GarageBand window fully expanded to the size of your screen. Next, there's good news for bass players. In the first release of GarageBand 10, customizing the sound of a bass guitar was pretty much limited to the presets found over here in the library. And while there are some good sounds in here, you couldn't really craft your own real, custom sound. But in version 10.0.3, you now have the same control over elements like virtual cabinets, speakers, and microphone models that you have with the virtual guitar amp modelers.
I'll take a more in-depth look at this feature in the updated movie in Chapter Four on customizing the bass sound. Speaking of customizing sounds, if you like to work with plug-ins to apply effects and to process your tracks, you'll be happy to know that Apple has introduced several new plug-ins, which you can find by opening up the smart controls and clicking the info button here. This is where you'll be able to access the built-in plug-ins and any additional plug-ins you've installed yourself. I'll cover this information in the updated movie on using plug-ins, found in the chapter on arranging, editing, and mixing your projects.
GarageBand also has a couple of new sharing features, which I'll go over in the chapter on exporting, sharing, and archiving your project. Apple has also added a new type of template. Whenever you create a new project, you'll now see a voice template here, which when selected, creates a new project with several vocal tracks already created, so you can quickly find the right sound for your vocals. I'll talk about project templates in the movie on creating a new project in the next chapter. Alright, but other than those changes, everything else in regards to the interface and the work flow in GarageBand is pretty much the same as you'll see throughout the rest of this course.
Just keep these handful of changes in mind as you make your way through these movies.
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Working with loops
- Recording Software Instrument tracks
- Getting real sounds into your Mac
- Recording and compositing multiple tracks
- Arranging, editing, and mixing your project
- Sharing your music with the Share menu
- Controlling GarageBand remotely from an iPad
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Q: This course was updated on 11/24/2014. What changed?
A: We added one new movie ("What's new in GarageBand 10.0.3") and revised three others ("Customizing the bass sound," "Using Audio Unit and third-party plugins," and "Using the Share menu") to reflect the changes in GarageBand 10.0.3.
Q: This course was updated on 8/03/2015. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, one covering the general 6/30/2015 update to GarageBand and one at the end of chapter 3 on working with and automating the new synth sounds and Transform Pad.