Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, 1st Edition

  • Robin Hodson
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  • ISBN-10: 1305489179
  • ISBN-13: 9781305489172
  • DDC: 781.34536
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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MAKING MUSIC WITH GARAGEBAND AND MIXCRAFT provides music educators and self-learners with a comprehensive guide to music production using two of the most inexpensive and intuitive music software recording programs on the market today. Although easy to use, the tools included in GarageBand and Mixcraft are powerful enough to create music worthy of inclusion in professional productions, and their interfaces and workflows prepare users to work with professional studio–level digital audio workstation programs, such as Logic and Pro Tools. The book is far from a simple software guide. The first chapters introduce the programs, how to use them, and how to get the best audio results from any home or school computer setup. The subsequent chapters help develop creativity and guide the reader (with a very gentle learning curve) into using these programs not only to make recordings, but also to compose and produce great music. This book includes 12 specific lessons for GarageBand and 12 specific lessons for Mixcraft as well as lessons suitable for both platforms; students can learn from these activities whether they're working with a Mac or a PC. Although software programs are constantly changing and being updated, the lessons included here are not limited to specific versions of GarageBand and Mixcraft. They include instruction on getting started with existing audio, working with MIDI, recording audio, podcasting, working with film, multitrack recording, mixing, mastering, and much more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
DVD-ROM Downloads.
1: Introduction.
2: Getting Started with Mixcraft: Skills Acquisition.
3: Getting Started with GarageBand: Skills Acquisition.
4: Getting Started with Mixcraft.
5: Getting Started with GarageBand.
6: Getting Started with MIDI in Mixcraft.
7: Getting Started with MIDI in GarageBand.
8: Recording Your Own Audio in Mixcraft.
9: Recording Your Own Audio in GarageBand.
10: Creating Podcasts in Mixcraft.
11: Creating Podcasts in GarageBand.
12: Working with Video in Mixcraft.
13: Working with Video in GarageBand.
14: Multitrack Recording, Mixing, and Mastering in Mixcraft.
15: Multitrack Recording, Mixing, and Mastering in GarageBand.
16: Putting It All Together: Two Final Projects for Mixcraft or GarageBand.
17: Putting It All Together.
Existing Resources.
Setting Up Your Computers and Suggested Equipment You May Need.
Mixcraft Shortcuts.
GarageBand Shortcuts.
Other Backmatter.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robin Hodson

Robin Hodson is the Mid-Atlantic Manager for Soundtree, based in Baltimore, MD. He comes from a musical family; his grandfather founded a symphony orchestra and music conservatory in Zimbabwe, and his mother taught music for fifty years. An accomplished composer and performer, working in a variety of genres, Mr. Hodson is also a recording engineer, songwriter and arranger. He received a Masters Degree at Magdalen College, Oxford before moving to the US in 1999. He was with Sibelius/Avid for thirteen years, and trained universities and schools all over the US and Canada on how to use Avid music technology products, before joining Soundtree in the summer of 2009. He has authored several free quick start guides on how to use and learn Sibelius, Groovy Music and Pro Tools, and he has just completed writing a curriculum for using Pro Tools in education. More information on Mr. Hodson can be found at