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A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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Take Control News/25-Jul-05

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More GarageBand Content and Summer Sale -- Jeff Tolbert, the author of our two Take Control ebooks about GarageBand, is seemingly inexhaustible when it comes to telling people about his favorite music-making program from Apple. After he finished updating his ebooks to cover GarageBand 2, he went on to write additional articles about GarageBand for various Web sites based on his experience writing the ebooks. He does a great job with the right-brain/left-brain work of explaining how to work creatively in a digital environment, so those of you who want to keep your creativity fresh while making tunes in GarageBand should be sure to check out his other pieces. And if you haven't yet purchased Jeff's ebooks, we're having a 30 percent-off sale through the end of July: purchase both "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand" and "Take Control of Recording with GarageBand" and save 30 percent on those and any other ebooks in the same order! Use the Buy Both button on one of the ebook pages to take advantage of the sale.

<http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/garageband- music.html>
<http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/garageband- recording.html>

  • For Synthtopia, Jeff penned an article called "Advanced Audio Effects in GarageBand" that covers how to pump drums, set up a ping-pong delay, and make a comb filter.

<http://www.synthtopia.com/Articles/ GaragebandTips2.html>

  • MacIdol published an excerpt from "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand" that walks you through the song-planning process with a look at how to sketch the overall feeling of a song, plus thoughts on harmony, texture, dynamics, and timbre.

<http://www.macidol.com/tips/take_control_ excerpt.php>

  • The final article, this one for MacJams.com, rounds up a number of Jeff's favorite GarageBand recording tips, including his Most Important Audio Tip Ever, how to get started with a beat, locking tracks, and more.

<http://www.macjams.com/article.php? story=20050306160702320>

 

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