Soundtrack pro VS. Garageband VS. Logic

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Grunze, May 6, 2007.

  1. Grunze macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Hi,

    I'm not all that sure what these programs do.
    I'm editing a video, and I need a backgroud soundtrack that i can use.
    Do any of these programs generate soundtracks based on certain guidelines?
    Like if I want a 2 minute fast paced action style audio track, can these programs create that for me?

    Or is there somewhere else I should be looking?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

    mperkins37

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    Musically Inclined?

    I Don't believe any of the mentioned programs do it for you. I haven't messed with Garageband at all, But I own Soundtrack & Use it for original Music & Voiceovers & Have owned Logic. I am sure there are available sample programs, & Garageband may have some samples you can loop, but the best results usually come from musicians, who understand harmony & play some sort of instrument.
    Even with sample looping, you need a certain amount of musical creativity, or it will generally sound sterile. Soundtrack works for me & I used it extensively for a recent project, but I played all the instruments myself & mixed it down myself. As far as I know there is not a program where you just tell it "Need fast pace synth, w/ drums & Guitar & eureka! soundtrack!. If there were I am sure it would not be appealing to my ears.
    IMHO.
    mperkins37
     
  3. 7masscom macrumors member

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    Audio Applications

    Soundtrack, Garageband and Logic all have the ability to create a background track. That being said, none of them will do this by just putting in guidelines (i.e. 2 min, fast action, etc...) and create what you want. They give you the tools and instruments to compose these yourself. I use Soundtrack Pro (since it's built into the Final Cut Studio suite) and it has some pre-made music beds that you can use to get you going...

    I would just go through Apple's samples to see which one fits you best

    http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/soundtrackpro/

    http://www.apple.com/logicpro/quicktours/

    http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/

    An alternative to all this, if you don't have the time or money is to use royalty-free background music. Here are a couple sites (there's hundreds more...)

    http://www.sounddogs.com

    http://www.musicbakery.com/
     
  4. localoid macrumors 68020

    localoid

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    Sounds like you're looking for something like Adobe Soundbooth, which (according to Adobe) allows "creating customized music—without musical expertise." Soundbooth runs on Intel Macs (only)...

    Keep in mind the "music" produced by an "auto-composers" like Soundbooth (or Sony's Cinescore on Windows) isn't likely to win any musical awards. If you want a "real" musical soundtrack, you'll need to hire real musicians/composers, with real expertise, etc. :p
     
  5. localoid macrumors 68020

    localoid

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    Sound like what he's looking for is an "auto composer" like Adobe's Soundbooth or Sony's Cinescore. Both of these auto-composers allow the user to type in the length (minutes/seconds) for the music and then auto-generate the "music". The user selects a musical genre, then moves some some sliders around to adjust the "intensity" levels of the music and other aspects of it. The "music" is then auto-generated to fix the time-frame once the user clicks the create button, etc.

    The end result usually ends up sounding almost as "musical" as the "music" one hears playing in elevators. ;)
     
  6. lorispitt macrumors newbie

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    can i compose with soundtrack

    Hey, i just bought soundtrack (the normal one), thinking it would be just like garageband in that u can edit the notes on the loop or make your own. however i cant seem to find the "track editor" in soundtrack.
    does anyone know if its possible, or do this through garageband and then import it into soundtrack?
    also can i open a garageband project with soundtrack?
     

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