Even if you don't use GarageBand...
We're not closed to other types of sequencing software. As long as you are into digital music recording/ mixing, we'd love to have you on board.
A “Digital Audio Workstation” (DAW) is any software that allows you to record and mix digital audio tracks. GarageBand, CakeWalk, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reason… these are some DAWs that I can think off the top of my head. They are software that you have to purchase and install on your computer.
Increasingly there seems to be more Browser-based DAWs. These run off an Internet connection and require no installation.
Earlier, I shared what I’d learned about transposing tracks in GarageBand (i.e. changing the ‘key’ or pitch, without changing the tempo).
Here’s another way, using Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net), which is a free open-source audio recording, editing and — to some extent — a mixing software. It’s written for Macs and PCs.
The basic steps in transposing a track in Audacity goes like this:
1) Fire up Audacity. Import the track into Audacity (file menu > Project > Audio Import)
2) Once the track is imported, select the entire track (file menu > Edit > Select > All)
4) With the Change Pitch option box, tweak the settings as needed. You can shift it up or down… the menu options are quite self-explanatory. If not, just select the option and click on Preview. Or you can always choose ‘Undo’ (file menu > Edit > Undo…) if you don’t like the changes you’ve made.
Give Audacity a try. It’s been a very stable and reliable product. And free too. I tend to use Audacity to complement what I do in GarageBand (for instance, using Audacity to convert file formats — or compress, remove clicks etc. — before importing to GarageBand).
Discovered this website called Looperman (www.looperman.com)
Looperman is a Free pro audio community for musicians, film and video producers, djs and multi media designers.
Members can upload and download royalty free music loops, acapellas and vocals, beats and samples to use in any music software such as steinberg cubase, propellerheads reason, sony acid pro, fruity loops studio, Magix, ableton live, apple garageband etc or macromedia flash projects, video game design or movie soundtracks. All files have mp3 previews .
You’ll also find help and advice in our creative multi media tutorials and members discussion forums and a selection of Free Vsti plugins and fx and FREE audio software.
Once you have downloaded some free loops you can then upload your mp3 tracks for other members to review. What better feedback on your tracks than that of fellow musicians.
As its a community all we ask is that you take part and enjoy the site and if you can upload your loops or acapellas and vocals for other members to share .
You have to be a registered member (it’s free) if you want to download the loops. You can search and listen to loops before deciding to join.
What’s more important is that the loops contributed by the community are of good quality (good enough for what I do anyway).
Here’s an excellent Macjams.com article on the various Audio Unit (AU) filters and effects in GarageBand.
Covers Audio Unit Filter Basics, Finding the Audio Unit Filters in GarageBand, Audio Unit Effects Settings, A Sound Basics Crash Course. Also, individual explanations of the following:
It’s a must-read if you’re interested in using GarageBand as an audio mastering tool.
[First posted at MyRightBrain]
My fellow liblogarian, Von Totanes, aka Filipino Librarian emailed me to ask if I knew how to use GarageBand to transpose an imported MP3 from F key to E key. He’s new to GarageBand and said he tried searching for help but couldn’t “make heads or tails of what’s being said”.
I know of two ways to do it in GarageBand: using the “AUPitch” effect or the “Vocal Transformer” effect.
My GB version is iLife ’08. If you’re using a later version, the user interface may be slightly different but the effects should be the same.
BTW, I presume you’ve already imported the MP3 to GarageBand. Once that’s done, select that track and apply either one (but not both) of these effects:
[From this previous post]
Friday evening, at Epicentre@Orchard, Wheelock Place.
The seats were all filled up about 5 mins later. It was standing room only. Mike and Merle (she sings beautifully!) did an excellent job with their demo. I love how they got members of the audience to create tracks as part of their demo.
BTW, I created this track as part of my demo session. There were some other ‘advanced’ tricks I wanted to show, but I was mindful of info-overload for the audience.
I’m tickled that I’ll be doing a 30-min GarageBand demo at the Epicentre@Orchard. It’s this Friday 26 Jun 09 (btw I’m not paid to do this; I agreed to do the demo since I’m such a fan of GB):
Registration is required. Email to RockAtWheelockPlace [at] gmail.com with your name and contact number.
[See also: www.SOFT.com.sg]