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GarageBand '08


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GarageBand

Available for
windows* mac
linux** unix
java

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recording audio daw

GarageBand, part of Apple's iLife suite, makes it easy to create a song for professional or amateur musicians. With multi-take recording, automation capabilities, and Visual EQ, you can concentrate on making music instead of technical details.

The star of the show is Magic GarageBand, a program that gives you a five-piece virtual band to use in your music. There are nine styles of music to choose from that include reggae, Latin, funk, blues and jazz. You can then select an instrument by clicking the Audition button. From there, you can export the tune to view it in GarageBand and edit it to your liking.

GarageBand's multi-take recording lets you loop-record as many takes as you need, limited only by your hard drive space. After choosing the best takes, you can split the track and combine the takes to customize any sort of sound you wish. Apple also provides a variety of loops to use.

The Arrangements feature lets you copy or move sections of your project around for repeats or placing them in certain areas of the song. It's not an ideal editing tool but great for moving and copying your material.

GarageBand lets you apply a number of effects to the tracks you create such as chorus, flanger or distortion. The Compressor and Track Reverb effects can be configured to your taste and the Visual EQ effect lets you view frequencies within the bass, low-mid, high-mid and treble. You'll be able to listen to your adjustments in real time and know just how your settings affect the sound of the music.

GarageBand is fun and creative with an array easy to use tools that optimize the music while minimizing the chores.

Open source GarageBand alternatives

Ardour 2.3
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Ardour is professional hard-disc recording for MacOSX and Linux - meets all of you studio requirements. Ardour packs features such as: multi-channel recording, non-linear and non-destructive editing,... Read more
Jokosher
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Jokosher is a multi-track music editor. The interface uses familiar concepts to musicians rather than relying on their knowledge of multi-track recorders. Guitarists and other players who don't... Read more
LMMS 0.4.5
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS) is a free DAW (digital audio workstation) created for Linux & Windows. Although it has a rather steep learning curve, there are many tutorials and it includes several... Read more
Audacity 1.3
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Whether it's multichannel recording, easy editing, effects or audio analysis - Audacity sums it all up in this free and cross-platform tool. Effects includes changing pitch, equalization, compression... Read more
Traverso DAW 0.42.0
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Traverso DAW (digital audio workstation) is an easy to use, open source multitrack audio recording and editing suite with a great user interface. You'll find yourself doing more work in half the... Read more



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