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Old Jul 12, 2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Making hip-hop/rap beats using Garageband?

My friends and I used to use FL studio to make hip-hop/rap-style beats, but the computer that had FL studio on it fried, so we're gonna try and use my Macbook with Garageband to make some beats.

To anyone with experience in both programs: Does Garageband offer the same depth that FL studio does? In FL, you can make all your individual notes and everything. So far in Garageband, I can only find pre-made Apple loops. I haven't used it much at all since I got my MBP.

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I figured you guys might have some expertise on this.
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 08:42 AM   #2
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Individual Notes in GarageBand

Never a stupid question if it's important to you. I'm not familiar with FL Studio, but you can certainly add individual notes in GarageBand, start by clicking Window in the menu bar and choosing Keyboard, or using the keyboard shortcut Command-K. This brings up a small digital keyboard for you to use directly in GarageBand. You can also plug in almost any USB keyboard. Then simply choose your track, choose your instrument, hit the record button and tickle those ivories (or swing your strings, toot your own horn, whatever instrument you've chosen) and you're good to go. You can also use the Apple loops to jumpstart your song, and play along with a drumbeat for example. A little experimentation should get you where you want to be.
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 04:12 PM   #3
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Do you think boot camp might be an option? If it's really that important to you it will be worth it trust me, FLS runs great

If you don't want to dual boot, you can always try crossover, FLS runs ok with that too, not heard of any problems but I don't really like wine that much anyways...
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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The best program that I've found is DUB TURBO.. It makes sick beats and works great with the mac.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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When all else fails, you can always bite the bullet and buy Pro Tools. That is a great investment...

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