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Take Control of GarageBand--New from TidBITS: Two new ebooks to help you learn the best recording device on a Mac

May 29, 2008

Ithaca, NY—Making music on a Mac with Apple's GarageBand '08 is fun, but doing so easily and getting songs to sound just right can require real effort. With a pair of new ebooks about GarageBand - Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '08 and Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08 - amateur and experienced musicians alike can get started, work creatively with GarageBand's many features, follow along with linked-in audio clips that supplement the written text, and export their creations in a variety of formats. Both titles sell for $10 separately or may be purchased together for $17.50 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/garageband-music.html

In Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '08, Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert's step-by-step instructions guide readers through using GarageBand's built-in loops to create three songs, explaining not only how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. In this 110-page title, readers will learn how to plan a song, get the most out of Magic GarageBand, edit loops using both graphical and notation view, create exciting mixes, and export their masterpieces as songs or iPhone ringtones. The book also covers how to change track volume, tempo, and panning dynamically, and how to work with GarageBand's effects - including the new Visual EQ. The book includes seven suggestions for solving performance problems and a glossary of music-related terms.

In Tolbert's second title, the 122-page Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08, he shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help readers get the most out of their existing gear or purchase new equipment. Readers will find real-world recording studio techniques, learn how to use a microphone effectively, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and practical advice help readers plan a recording session, record multiple tracks at once, and fix mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed.

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08 editor Geoff Duncan said, "this ebook makes it so you can record complete songs with drums, keyboards, bass, strings, even horns...even if all you have is an old, beat up, electric guitar!"

Jeff Tolbert is a musician, painter, and graphic designer living in Seattle. He has played in numerous bands over the years, including What Fell?, the Goat-Footed Senators, the diary of Anne Frank String Quartet, 80 Bones, and the Fireproof Beauties.

Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '08
Jeff Tolbert
PDF format, 110 pages, free sample available
PDF Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671390

Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08
Jeff Tolbert
PDF format, 122 pages, free sample available
PDF Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671123

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