Question about Garageband

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by levitynyc, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. levitynyc macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2006
    To start off, I would like to mention I am not a musician. I have receive little to no musical training in my 24 years on earth. I always wanted to do something with music, but I have neither the time, nor the way to learn the details of creating music. I do, however, consider myself to be a music nut. My 20GB 4G ipod just crapped out on me due to using it about 2 hours a day for the last 21 months or so, either at the gym or for traveling or home use. I have over 500 CD's and have downloaded a few hundred songs off itunes. When I dont have iTunes on, I always have XM streaming on my PC or in my car.

    In other words, I listen to A LOT of music. Mainly rock both classic and new, punk, some instrumental stuff, and some classical. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable on music history and music in general. Not so much on technique and written music, but in general themes of harmony and "something just sounding right."

    Often times I find my thinking of a particular guitar line or drum beat or sound of piano or something and I just wonder where I had heard it before. Many times I either can't remember or I end up deciding I just made it up. (Much in the same way to this day Sir Paul swears he had heard Yesterday before he wrote it. - Not that I am comparing myself to Paul McCartney)

    Since I did always want to create music, I looked up what Garage Band can do for me. I just kind of want to play around and maybe put some music together. Nothing serious, just kind of want to record some stuff whether it be some guitar stuff or piano, like I said before with no musical training - just ideas in my head that I want to get down.

    Is this program easy to use for what I want to do with it? Or am I asking too much of the program? Are there any books to help me get started with it once i buy an iMac?

    Thank you for reading such a long post and I appreciate the responses.
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    GarageBand plus $99.00 for an M-Audio KeyStation 49e
    and you're a composer.

    Well a looper might be a better term, but it's easy.

    Also, your local Apple Store gives free start-up lessons.

    Both me and my daughter have a blast with it.
  3. LionsKiss macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Garageband from what I have understood is quite narrow in what it can do. Garageband is limited to that key signature cannot be changed within a song

    If you want and can wait to October 4th, I will then have tested Garageband and as well Songwriter....I will get then an iMac and test out those 2 softwares. I might as well test out Sibelius 4 or Finale 2007 =)
  4. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    It is possible to "make" music by putting loops together, and that is all I do. I am not a musician by any stretch of the imagination. Check out my tunes at Sure, I am plugging my stuff, but you can hear that it is possible to make good and bad stuff, depending on how well you can hear loops fit together.
  5. bowens macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2006
    Trenton, FL
    GB is very simple to use. I have an even cheaper keyboard. It's not as nice but it was only $50. I also just got a usb condenser microphone to record vocals and instruments. I have posted a few of my songs here, here and here.

    As for books, I haven't used any but I hear good stuff about The Missing Manual. You might give it a try.
  6. LionsKiss macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    For that? Skip Garageband, its more of a DJ program where you piece together pre existing sounds.

    You want to notate your own music, check out Songwriter then. There are some free software like that as well. Read

    And why not compare your self? Just because that you cant play does not mean you dont have the creativity to outmaster him.


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