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Take Control News/28-Feb-05

One of our goals for the Take Control ebooks was to be able to produce books and updates shortly after new software appeared. Late last week, we released the first two titles to cover GarageBand 2.0, part of the new iLife ’05 suite. It’s nice to avoid waiting for printing, binding, and shipment times to get timely information out the door.


Take Control Ebooks First To Cover GarageBand 2.0 — Author Jeff Tolbert and the Take Control crew burned some midnight oil to produce these ebooks so quickly, and we are pleased to bring you our take on GarageBand 2.0 in the form of the second editions of both "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand" (how to mix your creative talents with GarageBand’s loops and effects) and "Take Control of Recording with GarageBand" (real-world advice for how to get great results recording instruments with GarageBand).

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"Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand" grew significantly, adding 17 pages. Notable changes include info about using GarageBand 2.0’s cool new notation view, a look at pan curves (they make dynamic panning a snap!), and coverage of several new (and more advanced) techniques for working with loops. The ebook also discusses the new track locking feature, which reduces GarageBand 2.0 CPU usage and prevents you from accidentally messing up a track.

If you purchased "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand" before 01-Dec-04, you may upgrade for $2.50: click the Check for Updates button on the first page of your current copy of the ebook and purchase using the Buy button at the bottom of the Web page that loads in your browser. Those who purchased on or after 01-Dec-04 may upgrade for free; if we have your email address and were able to get email through to you, you should have an email message from us about how to download your free update. If not, check your spam filter and then (if necessary) contact us using the form on our FAQ page.


Important changes in "Take Control of Recording with GarageBand" discuss new features in GarageBand 2.0, including multitrack recording, Bass Amp and Vocal Transformer effects, and the built-in tuner. The update is free to all owners of version 1.0 of the ebook. To get your update, click the Check for Updates button on the first page of your ebook and use the download link on the Web page that loads in your browser.

Joe Kissell Interviewed on Your Mac Life — Want to hear Joe Kissell talking about Take Control and Mac OS X backups? Me too – it’s always fun to hear what other people say about you on the radio. Last week, Joe was on Shawn King’s Your Mac Life program, and you can listen to the archive via QuickTime Player. The whole program is a couple of hours long, but if you don’t have time to listen to the entire thing, Joe starts at about 46:30 in and returns at about 1:18:00.

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AAUG Reviews "Take Control of Buying a Mac" — Thanks to the Alaskan Apple Users Group for yet another review of our Take Control ebooks. This time, my "Take Control of Buying a Mac" garnered their 4.5 moose rating (I love the concept of the moose as a unit of measurement). Their criticisms are perfectly accurate; I don’t mention the Apple Store for Government Employees or the Mac mini, but both are slated for the next revision. In fact, I’ve put a few notes about changes the Mac mini will require on the book’s Updates page; just click the Check for Updates button on the first page of your copy of the ebook to see them.


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