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Chapter 20. Creating Your Own Music with... > Getting Started with GarageBand

Getting Started with GarageBand

You can use iTunes to listen to music other people create and use an iPod to take that music with you wherever you go. But, what if you want to make your own music? Maybe you are a budding musician with dreams of making it to the top and creating music that other people will use iTunes to listen to? Or maybe you just want to create some soundtracks for your own projects, such as a slideshow you will put on DVD. That's where the amazing GarageBand application comes in. If you have musical talent, you can use this application to create, record, and mix your own music. If you have no musical abilities whatsoever (I am definitely in this camp!), you are in luck because you can use GarageBand to create some pretty interesting music without being able to play a note yourself.

In this chapter, you'll get a fairly basic overview of GarageBand and will learn enough to create a simple (or not so simple) song using the standard musical tools that GarageBand provides. You'll also learn how to export the music you make to other applications, such as to iTunes so you can listen to it over and over or to iMovie HD to use as a soundtrack. You won't learn about GarageBand's more advanced capabilities, such as recording from instruments you play, creating your own GarageBand instruments, and so on.


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