GarageBand Review

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GarageBand is a music creation program that comes free with the purchase of any of the newer Macintosh computers. You can either plug in a USB music keyboard and record MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) directly into it or Use the Mac’s built-in microphone or line-in jack to record audio files (singing, playing guitar…). You can also use your computer’s QWERTY keyboard to play the notes.

I didn’t have much to do with GarageBand until I was trying to decide whether to pick up Logic or Pro Tools. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much you can actually DO with GarageBand.

The reason I decided to do this video is that GarageBand projects can be imported directly into Logic, so I wanted people to be aware that they aren’t so far away from creating and performing quality music as they might believe. Lots of pro studios use Logic, so if you can put something together in GarageBand, the sky actually IS the limit at this point as far as how far you can take it.. assuming talent, perseverence & budget, of course. :D

The thing is.. If you can do most of the conceptual work on your own time on your own computer at your leisure, you get to save all the $,$$$ that people spend on studio time. I’ve hung out in professional music studios and it’s amazing how much HANGING OUT some of the paying clients do! :D It’s like they just wanted to be *IN* the studio and they’re leisurely making up lyrics or talking on the phone or some other garbage instead of coming in ready to spend every available second getting their ideas down on “wax”.

So there’s a lot that you can do with GarageBand. Check out the video and if you have any questions, I’ll answer them here or make another video to address what you’re talking about. If there’s enough interest, I’ll do some more GarageBand videos before I start my Logic series.

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