Sunday, March 28, 2010

Toying with GarageBand

Been meaning to play with music on the Mac for a while now. I've not got much brain, so the simpler the better. Previous experiments have gone down the old soundtracker-style approach, but begin too lazy to install Fink, I started playing with GarageBand instead, and the first MP3 I found.

Going to have to practice some more with it, as the result is a bit rough. But the drag-and-drop, snap-to-grid interface is reminiscent of Soundtracker, while making it much easier to crop samples and play around with them generally. Score editing is nice, and reminds me of Octamed on the Amiga. Nicely or disturbingly - not decided which yet - there are too many samples and effects to have gone through them all yet, but some imaginative mixing could yield something unexpected/unintended. I'd like to avoid some kind of "GarageBand by numbers" sounds, if possible...

Anyway, click below to listen to the latest Men of Focus release, or download here.

2 comments:

phil jones said...

Sounds good. I've not really understood what GarageBand is. You make it sound like a looper along the lines of Acid. But I always had the impression it was more like "band-in-a-box" where you selected instruments and then it improvised musical parts for them.

Scribe said...

it's pretty versatile - you can record whole tracks from a mic, or select a software instrument and play using your keyboard (or a MIDI keyboard). You can also use the samples that come with it, or just load your own in. Once you have some sound loaded, you can choose where to crop it, and how much to loop it, and then go on to copy and paste each "block" of sound as you want.

Pretty powerful, but not used Acid or much else really :) Looking forward to getting more samples in, and getting more practice getting all the tempos to sync up...