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Presented by Kevin Amboe What is Garageband? Garageband is an audio creation tool. It allows knowledgeable musicians, budding musicians and music newbies to create copyright free music. Music can be created using provided Loops, or instrumental recording by microphone or midi interface. Why use Garageband? Garageband allows the integration of music and audio files into regular classroom practice without a large supply of musical instruments, a recording studio, and musical talent. Many teachers, classes and students are creating multimedia presentation. Many are currently breaking copyright using music and sound files downloaded from the internet. Everything created within Garageband is copyright free. As a non-musician, my musical talent is low; however, I can use Garageband to provide quality musical experiences for my students both as curricular items and to support multiple intelligences and multiple learning styles. In addition to the benefits through music directly, Garageband can be used to teach mathematical concepts Where to use Garageband? Garageband works best on the most powerful machines with the most RAM available. Simple projects can be managed with the minimum system requirements; however if you want multiple layers you may experience crashes. In addition to the abilty to create the files, you will want to consider the added volume in the classroom (unless you uses sanitary earphones) If you are creating a ‘professional’ product, you will want a single machine in an isolated room with a good microphone

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Optional Expansion Recommendations  Additional Ram - about $300 for 1 Gigabyte of additional RAM  Additional Music Loops – There are 4 Jam Packs with over 1000 additional loops from different genres – approx $65  External Hard Drive – Large songs/projects can take up large amounts of harddrive space and Jam Pacs can take upto 10 Gigabytes – approx $350  External DVD Burner – Student use ibooks do not currently include DVD burners. To be able transfer / save / archive projects while keeping enough room on the local harddrive – approx $350  External USB Microphone – Microphone that talks directly to the computer  External Griffin iMic – This converts analog microphone (mini-pin) to talk to the computer  Midi Keyboard – This is a keyboard that talks directly to the computer to record original composition – approx $300 System Requirements Garageband 05  Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3 (400MHz or faster), G4, or G5 processor  600MHz G3 or faster required for GarageBand  G4 or G5 required for GarageBand software instruments  256MB of physical RAM (512MB recommended)  512MB RAM required to use HD features of iMovie HD  Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later  DVD drive required to install GarageBand and iDVD  Compatible SuperDrive required to burn DVDs  iTunes - a software tool so what you create can be used on both platforms  4.3GB of disk space required to install GarageBand, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD; iLife 06  Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core processor; 733MHz or faster for iDVD  256MB of RAM, 512MB recommended  Mac OS X v10.3.9 or v10.4.3 or later; v10.4.4 recommended  iTunes 6.0.2 and QuickTime 7.0.4 (included) – to export  DVD drive for installation  10GB of available disk space  Burning DVDs requires an Apple SuperDrive or compatible third-party DVD burner.
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 Mac OS X v10.4.4 required for iMovie HD themes, iPhoto Photocast publishing, and iChat recording in GarageBand. iChat Getting Started Garageband has changed slightly in each of the last 3 additions. The screen shots listed below are from Garageband 06. The Surrey School District will be transitioning to iLife 06. The intention of this handout is to get you started with Garageband, not as a comprehensive tutorial. See the websites at the end to find other supports. You will notice additional options in the new version. The new Music Project is the same as previous versions. Podcast Episodes allow you to create the music score timed with slide show items and export to iTunes as a Podcast. New Movie Score allows you to import movies to Garageband that has additional audio tracks not available in iMovie.

When you open a new music project you can choose a unique filename, and storage location. If you are musically inclined, you can change the timing, tempo and Key. (If you are not musically inclined, don’t change this.)

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When Garageband opens, it has a mouse keyboard on screen

Activating/ Deactivating this keyboard or the typing keyboard is done under the WINDOW menu -

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Parts of the Timeline Workarea.

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Using the Loop Browser

You can select the instrument you want and then narrow it down by genre. Once you select an instrument, it will show a list of appropriate loops.

Once highlighted, it will begin playing the loop. If you like your selection, drag the loop to the work area and a new track will be created. To choose a different instrument, select the reset button

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Managing Tracks

You can delete tracks by selecting them so they are highlighted then press delete. You can add tracks by dragging loop and positioning them or recording a real instrument with the Add Track Menu.

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You can edit the individual notes electronically or within musical bars

You have additional options for track volume and volume within parts of a track and

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Website Support Try a ‘free tutorial garageband’ in google for additional resources Lesson Ideas - see the Elementary School Song created by Tina Saito’s Class - see the Middle School project created by Michael Scott’s Class - See lessons created by Glenda Smith Try a ‘garageband lesson plans’ in google for additional lessons

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