Garageband a good editor?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by SAdProZ, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Hey guys, quick question for all you garageband experts:

    Is Garageband 2.0 a good editor? I havent used it at all. But Im starting a Sonic Arts club at my school (which is full of G5's) and I'm wondering if I should start the class using Garageband if they are beginners.

    The tasks I will start them out with is taking CD's or MP3's of their fav music and splicing bits and pieces together. Does Garageband handle that well? Id also like to see tempo/pitch manipulation, and just general cutting/copying/pasting of audio clips. Does Garageband perform well with these basic audio editing functions?

    If not, what software is easy enough to use for a class of audio beginners?
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2005
    at my wits end (in Australia)
    GarageBand is especially good for recording music, not so much for editing (or remixing) pre-recorded music. You can check out examples of some of the tracks I've created in GarageBand here:

    If you want to do remixing, you might need to look at Logic Express or something.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2005
    Washington, DC
    hey nice songs! yeah Logic is something i dont think i wanna push onto people that have never recorded. I wish Adobe Audition was Mac compatible.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

    I would say that the basic editing techniques in Garageband would be perfect for a school of beginners. Highlight>split track>new Track drag and drop...easy as that.

    i would say that Garageband is the perfect beginners app for what you want to do...My .02 cents
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2005
    International House of Louis
    Garage Band is sorely lacking in the editing department. I ended up spending a buttload of cash on a MIDI setup and Logic Express. I like LE an awful lot because of the score editing and being able to do step input. Garage band is only going to read MIDI data as it's played in real-time, and not being a keyboard player makes that exceptionally difficult for me. :(

    Of course, depending on what you want to do exactly (like if you want score edit stuff and MIDI playback) you could go with something like Geniesoft ScoreWriter.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    MacRumors: Forums
    One vote for Audacity.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    Audacity is great at certain things, GarbageBand is great at certain things.

    I would rather "edit" with Audacity, but would rather "re-master" or "re-mix" with GarageBand. Neither is a professional ap, but both are still very, very useful.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    I havent really cracked the shrinkwrap on Soundtrack 2.0, but if it is what ive read, why not use that?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    I kind of agree but I think that garageband is good at recording the best
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Mostly Harmless
    Have you seen Peak LE 5 from Bias-Inc? I understand that it is alot like Adobe Audition(a.k.a "CoolEdit). There is also Deck LE...Food for thought....

    Warmest Regards,

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