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By Garrick Chow | Friday, August 28, 2015

Are You Taking Advantage of GarageBand's New Features?

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Apple recently updated GarageBand to version 10.1.0, adding new features and abilities to what’s arguably been the best and most powerful version of its consumer-level digital audio workstation.

If you’re not already taking advantage of the updates, you should be!

Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Don't Need to Play an Instrument to Rock GarageBand

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We all hear an original melody in our heads from time to time. And it’s easy to let those fleeting moments of musical inspiration slip by if you don’t play an instrument.

But if you’ve got GarageBand installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can use its Smart Instruments to quickly sketch out songs even if you’ve never tickled an ivory, beat a snare, or fingered a single fret.

Let’s take a quick peek at the Smart Instruments one-by-one, and how you can use them to make a great song out of that tune in your head.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 Reasons to Love GarageBand — from a Skeptic

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I used to think GarageBand was an odd toy: too complex for a novice songwriter to use, and too underpowered for a serious musician. But after giving it a fair shake, turns out I was completely wrong.

There’s a lot to like about GarageBand whether you’re a seasoned pro or an eager beginner—especially if you have more than one Apple device.

Here are five reasons why a skeptic like me ended up falling in love with GarageBand.

By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Export Your Song: How to Share GarageBand Files

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We’ve shown you how to record and mix a song in GarageBand to create a unique custom gift for someone you love. Now it’s time to send your song out into the world.

In its current state, your tune can only be played within GarageBand, so you need to export it—or “bounce it down”—to a single audio file that can be played in common audio applications.

Here’s how to share GarageBand files with someone on your holiday list.

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving a Song as a Gift? Your Guide to Mixing in GarageBand

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There’s no more personal and heartfelt gift you can give someone than a song you wrote and recorded just for them.

I’ve shown you how to record a song in GarageBand. The next step is to make your recorded tracks sound good—both by themselves and when they’re all mixed together.

There are some really useful tools for cleaning up your less-than-perfect takes and mixing in GarageBand. Let me know you.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, November 7, 2014

Record a Song in GarageBand — as a Unique Holiday Gift

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If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for a special friend or family member this year, you may already have the tools you need to record a song in GarageBand — and give it as a one-of-a-kind present.

Included free with all new Macs, or at just $4.99 to download from the Mac App Store, GarageBand is your key to a truly personal gift that won’t break the bank. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how to create a new project in GarageBand, record your tracks, edit them, and share your completed song.

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