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Take Control News: Two New Books about GarageBand ’08

We’re pleased to announce the release of a pair of ebooks about GarageBand ’08. These books are based on previous editions but have been completely updated to cover all the latest GarageBand features – Visual EQ, Magic GarageBand, tempo automation, the arrange track, and more. Each costs $10 or you can purchase them together for only $17.50. Whether you’re just getting started with GarageBand or are an old pro looking to get the most out of the program, these titles have the help you need.

In “Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand ’08,” Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert’s step-by-step instructions guide beginning and intermediate users through using GarageBand’s built-in loops to create three songs, explaining not only how to use GarageBand’s editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. In this 110-page title, you’ll learn how to plan a song, get the most out of Magic GarageBand, edit loops using both graphical and notation view, create exciting mixes, and export your masterpieces as songs or iPhone ringtones. The book also covers how to change track volume, tempo, and
panning dynamically, and how to work with GarageBand’s effects. Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them. Bonus! The book includes seven suggestions for solving performance problems and a five-page glossary of music-related terms.

Want to record your own music? In “Take Control of Recording with GarageBand ’08,” Jeff shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You’ll find real-world recording studio techniques, learn tips for using a microphone, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and practical advice help you plan a recording session, record multiple tracks at once, and fix mistakes easily. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed, and you can follow along with audio examples as you read.

Owners of a previous edition of either GarageBand title who purchased before 01-Aug-07, can click the Check for Updates button on the first page of the ebook’s PDF to access a special 50 percent-off upgrade discount. Everyone who purchased on or after that date should already have received a download link for a free update; contact us at [email protected] if our email didn’t arrive.

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