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Old 07-12-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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So I'm a complete noob at using Garage Band. What I'd like to do is simple - record instruments into Garage Band and use Garage Band to mix the tracks. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - my wife and I are traveling musicians and we've been asked many times if we have a CD to sell. Since we've done some good songs that would be easy to record, and I understand copyright law enough to figure out how to get mechanical duplication licenses, all I have to do is record. I'd like to record from an electronic keyboard, electric guitar, and microphones... perhaps running the mikes through a mixer so that I can get the benefit of effects.

Is this easy to do?

After all, I hear Garage Band being talked about in terms of music production... "you can drag this track here and loop it and you can select from our library of instruments and blah blah blah blah"... how about I just want to record what I play and sing?

If I can do this, any suggestions as to what I'd need to connect the instruments to the computer would be great.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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So I'm a complete noob at using Garage Band. What I'd like to do is simple - record instruments into Garage Band and use Garage Band to mix the tracks. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - my wife and I are traveling musicians and we've been asked many times if we have a CD to sell. Since we've done some good songs that would be easy to record, and I understand copyright law enough to figure out how to get mechanical duplication licenses, all I have to do is record. I'd like to record from an electronic keyboard, electric guitar, and microphones... perhaps running the mikes through a mixer so that I can get the benefit of effects.

Is this easy to do?

After all, I hear Garage Band being talked about in terms of music production... "you can drag this track here and loop it and you can select from our library of instruments and blah blah blah blah"... how about I just want to record what I play and sing?

If I can do this, any suggestions as to what I'd need to connect the instruments to the computer would be great.
There should be instructions on how to use Garageband at Apple, and also within Garageband itself (launch Garageband, and look for the lessons):
Apple - GarageBand - Learn to play music and record on your Mac.

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Old 07-13-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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There should be instructions on how to use Garageband at Apple, and also within Garageband itself (launch Garageband, and look for the lessons):
Apple - GarageBand - Learn to play music and record on your Mac.
Tried that. Was hoping for a much more succinct and simple explanation. If it can't do what I want it to do, why bother reading the in-depth manual to figure out what it CAN do?
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Tried that. Was hoping for a much more succinct and simple explanation. If it can't do what I want it to do, why bother reading the in-depth manual to figure out what it CAN do?
Well, I don't know what to tell you, but there are two ways:

a. Learn what to do by following to the instructions (lessons) found in Garageband itself, or by following to the instructions found at the Apple website.

b. Or by launching Garageband and experimenting with it until you achieve what you are trying to do.

I use Adobe CS5 for my photography work, and chose the hard way to learn about it (step "b" above). But right next to my desk I have two of the most comprehensive books for learning how to use CS5

I could have learned a great deal about CS5 by reading the books.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bolton, CT
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So I'm a complete noob at using Garage Band. What I'd like to do is simple - record instruments into Garage Band and use Garage Band to mix the tracks. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - my wife and I are traveling musicians and we've been asked many times if we have a CD to sell. Since we've done some good songs that would be easy to record, and I understand copyright law enough to figure out how to get mechanical duplication licenses, all I have to do is record. I'd like to record from an electronic keyboard, electric guitar, and microphones... perhaps running the mikes through a mixer so that I can get the benefit of effects.
Yes, it is capable of all of this. You can plug a decent USB mic into your Mac (or use the built in mic). For the keyboard, you'll want one with a Firewire interface (I use an M-Audio Ozonic). For electric guitar, you'll want an analog to digital audio interface (I use an Apogee Jam).

For each of these, you'll just create separate tracks and assign the proper track type (Software Instrument, Real Instrument, Electric Guitar).

You will not have to run anything through external effects...Garageband has that all built in and they are really great; compression, noise gate, distortion, echo, delay, reverb, chorus, flange, etc. If you are just micing your guitar amp, then of course this is kind of not applicable (accept for post processing).

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Is this easy to do?
I think so...but depends on your definition of easy.

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After all, I hear Garage Band being talked about in terms of music production... "you can drag this track here and loop it and you can select from our library of instruments and blah blah blah blah"... how about I just want to record what I play and sing?
It has the flexibility to be as simple as drag & drop or quite intricate and complex depending on your needs and familiarity.
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