How to Delete/Uninstall Garageband?

If you’re not a regular user of Apple’s star Digital audio workstation – GarageBand, or if you have simply moved your audio editing headquarters to another software want some free space, you might be looking for ways to get delete/uninstall GarageBand from your Mac, whatever the reason is, we are here to help.

In order to empty up some precious memory space, while you can simply get rid of the app by dragging and dropping it to your trash bin, there might be a number of separate folders with executable and associated resources for the app. Also Read – Our guide on downloading Garageband for Windows PC, if not on your Mac, why not on your PC, right haha?

If these are small files it will hardly make a difference but these could also be a bundle of large useless files that take up space in your system. If you really wish to get rid of GarageBand, you must delete these extra folders too, in this article we shall discuss how you can uninstall GarageBand and get rid of its associated resources:

Before Uninstalling

Before uninstalling the app, you have to make sure that it is not currently running in your system. To do that, log in your laptop with an administrator account and shut down GarageBand if it is running: uninstall-delete-garageband

  1. Look for the GarageBand icon in the dock.
  2. Right-click over the icon.
  3. Tap on QUIT, done.

Further, you can go to the Applications folder, select Utilities and access the Activity Monitor from there to close any background process related to GarageBand.

Uninstalling GarageBand – The Process

Steps to Delete/ Uninstall GarageBand

Method 1-

  • Open Finder.
  • Select Applications from the window on the left side
  • Find GarageBand and then drag it to the Trash icon at the bottom of the screen
  • Alternatively, you can right-click on the GarageBand icon and tap on ‘Move to Trash’
  • Empty the trash folder (right-click on its icon and select ‘Empty Trash’ option)

Method 2-

  • Open Launchpad
  • Type and search for GarageBand in the search bar.
  • Click and hold on the GarageBand icon, a small cross should appear at the top left of the icon
  • Tap on that X and select Delete on the window that pops up

How to Delete accompanying files:

While deleting the main app on Mac takes care of major part, there may be some accompanying files that may be leftover even from applications like GarageBand. Most of these will be found in folders named Library. Additionally, some files like login items or kernel extensions may be scattered around the system. To get rid of these :

  • Open the Finder.
  • Select Go from the Menu bar and click on the ‘Go to folder’ option.
  • Type in /Library/ and hit ENTER.

Now open each of the following folders and search for GarageBand files. For each GarageBand file, right-click on the file and ‘Move to trash:

/Library

/Library/Caches

/Library/Preferences

/Library/Application Support

/Library/LaunchAgents

/Library/LaunchDaemons

/Library/PreferencePanes

/Library/StartupItems

Deleting these extra files can be a long and tedious procedure, and they don’t do your system any harm if you let them be, so you can skip this procedure if you don’t want to clear up all space possible. Only for desperate times!

How to delete GarageBand from iPhone and iPad:

  • Locate the GarageBand app on your device.
  • Tap and hold the GarageBand icon until a small cross appears at the top left of the icon.
  • Now tap on the X.
  • A confirmation window will pop up. Select Delete and the app will be uninstalled from your iPhone/ iPad!

Hope this helped, for any doubts and queries, hit us in the comment section or send us an email!

How to Make Your Own Beats in Garageband?

Gone are the days when you needed heavy and expensive sound equipment just to be able to throw together some beats. With the rising popularity and efficiency of Digital Audio Workstations, all that has now come right to your desktop. Whether you are a professional music maker or just someone who likes to make beats on the go as a hobby, there is a music composing app for you out there in the market. GarageBand’s incredibly friendly interface has made all complicated sound engineering, music composing tasks easy and accessible even for beginners and amateurs. Apple has made it so accessible anybody can make their own beats by customizing loops or prerecorded audio, or recording live and editing that tune or mixing both of these actions. Now, it doesn’t take a lot; All you need is a basic idea of what you want your beat to sound like, and you are good to go; in this article, we will guide you on how you can make your own beats in GarageBand. Meanwhile if you’d like to download Garageband on Windows you can check out our articles on it. How to Make Your Own Beats in Garageband?

How to Add a Loop

If you don’t want to start entirely from scratch you can add Apple Loops to your track, and build your beat around that:
  • Click on the GarageBand icon, select file and then choose ‘NEW’ to create a new project.
  • In the NEW PROJECT window that opens, type in the tempo of your beat, depending on whether you want a slow or fast song.
  • Now click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and choose the type of track you want.
  • Click on the loops icon at the top right corner and from the Loops library and select a Loop you like. You can click on each loop once to hear what it sounds like, just in case.
  • Once you are satisfied with a Loop, drag and drop it onto your workspace to add it to your track. You can repeat it as many times as you want by copy-pasting, or hovering at the edge until a circular arrow pops up which you can drag and duplicate the Loop
  • You can create a new audio track and add more loops beneath the original loop to have a more dense beat.
  • You can edit the Loop, or add your own recording of virtual instruments to add to the beat.
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How to Record a beat on virtual instruments

  • From the opening screen, select an empty project and click choose. This will give you the default settings of a classic electric piano with 120 beats per minute, which is the tempo we will be working within this tutorial. You can change it, if you want another tempo.
  • Change the electric piano – click the Library icon at the top left-hand corner of the screen to open your library. Now go down to the instrument you wish to use, say – the drum kit.
  • Select the default classic SoCal or any other option you wish to use. Click on the download icon next to the names if you don’t already have the kit.
  • Once you have chosen your kit, get the screen up by entering command + k on your keyboard.
  • A musical typing interface will pop up. The letters on the screen apply to the letters of your keyboard, which means that when you click on your keyboard, it will play the respective key on the screen. You can now practice your key by playing it a few times.
  • Once you are satisfied and ready to record, hit the record button at the top (red dot) or hit the shortcut R on your keyboard and stop recording once you are done.

How to Edit your beat

Suppose you don’t record according to the number of beats per minute you wanted to play, the good thing about virtual instruments is that you can edit instead of having to record again :
  • Double click on your recording on the screen. A window will pop up at the bottom of the screen where you can zoom and edit your beats.
  • Zoom in, select all the beats that you played and move them so they are lined up with a 120 bpm, or whatever tempo you chose exactly.
  • Once you have done this with one beat, you can copy and paste it of editing it over and over for the same beats, and delete the unedited parts.
  • Now when you play your recording, it will be in perfect tempo.
  • If you want to use the same beat with a different instrument, say with an electronic drum kit, you don’t need to record it again. You have already done the heavy work and now you can simply use the same beat and apply a different beat to it.
  • Select a different kit, for example, the electronic drum kit option and choose one option from the list, say indie disco or epic electro.
  • When you tap on an option, your recording is automatically transformed to that instrument, and now when you play your recording it will be on a different instrument.
In this way, you can use different combinations and make your own beat in GarageBand.

How to Add & Create Duplicate Loops in Garageband?

When it comes to loops and tracks the mix and match in GarageBand, we are talking about one of my personal favourites. It is the most impressive features on GarageBand since its release, the inclusion of a large gallery of pre-recorded audio clips called Loops that you can insert in your projects. This also turns out to be every artist’s favourite feature about using this app, Loops are fun and creative and can be edited and customised to fill out spaces in your soundtrack, so easily.

Before creating, Can I use them anywhere?

FYI, All Loops included in the library are also completely royalty-free so you can use them on monetised projects without having to worry about copyright infringement. Yes, best for those youtube videos if you ask me! If you are a windows user, don’t worry, You can also create loops on Windows if you install garageband on pc. Here’s the guide: loops-garageband

In this article we will take a look at different kinds of the loop, how they function and how to add them to your tracks:

How to Add Loops in GarageBand?

  • Go to the top right-hand side corner of your screen, you will see a tab with three icons, click on the Loops icon (the second one)
  • The Apple Loop library will now open up which contains thousands of Loops that you can choose from to use in your project.
  • Click on any Loop once, to listen to it.
  • Once you find a loop that you like, click on it, drag and drop it to add it to your project.

If you don’t have a track set up for your project, you can just drag the loop into a blank space of your project and it will automatically create a new track for that loop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozsW7wTd8Zo

How to Duplicate Loops in a Project?

To duplicate a loop in your project hover and hold your cursor on the top half of the loop towards the end of the track and a Loop pointer will appear. You can simply drag this pointer and duplicate the Loop as many times as you want.

Alternatively, you can also copy and paste your Loops. Click on the loop you want to duplicate and use the keyboard shortcut “Command+C” to copy, then move the play-head to where you want your copied Loops to go and hit the keyboard shortcut “Command+V” to paste. You can then paste and duplicate the Loop as many times as you want to.

In the latest version of GarageBand 10, you have the additional option to loop the loop for the full length of your project. For this, click on the Loop and just tap the L key on your keyboard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWJcAg_pVLQ

How Do Loops work?

GarageBand has three types of Loops: the Blue, Green and recently added to the latest version – the Yellow Loops.

The Blue Loops function just like any Live audiotape would, which means the edit options available for these are the same as live audios, I hear you, it is not a lot as compared to the other Loops but these generally sound a lot better in quality. In professional audio, quality matters over quantity.

The Green Loops, on the other hand, function like any MIDI tape would, which means that in the MIDI editor, you can adjust the performance any way you want to – change the timing or the pitch of a note, etc. You can even copy and duplicate notes to change up the line This is especially useful if you like the melody of a Loop but not the instrument playing it, you can edit and change that.

The Yellow Loops, which are the latest additions available in GarageBand 10 are drummer tracks that can be customized to play along with your song. The best thing about Loops is that there is no restriction to the number of Loops you can use in the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX0b_0oe0pM

The Loop Library

GarageBand has an inbuilt loops Library where you can search for Loops using a large selection of criteria like genres and instrument types. At the top of the window, next to Loop packs, you’ll find ‘all genres’ and a drop-down menu that you can use to refine your search by genre type. Below that, you will also find the instrument, genre, and moods tabs, and you can use one, two or all three of these filters to narrow down your search.

To further refine your search, some loops have a key signature next to them, along with a tempo value and the amounts of beats that they last for. By clicking the top of any of these columns, you can change the order of the loops based on Key, tempo, or beats. This can be especially handy if you’re looking for a specific key or tempo.

Hey Siri, why Mary Poppins is timeless?

Reading in a distinctive SIRI voice: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, you say, as she flies away with her fancy umbrella. Mary Poppins was released more than half a century ago, and is still, arguable (I certainly would argue), the best Family Disney movie ever released. So what makes Mary Poppins so timeless? Is it just the tunes that get stuck in your head for the whole day if you happen to hear them once (“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down”, there you go), or is it the jokes that are so bad that they are… actually good (I know a man with a wooden leg named smith), or is it simply the charm of watching Julie Andrews be flawless on screen, as always?

While all those are pretty damn good reasons to have a re-run of the classic at every family holiday, the real reason why Mary Poppins will always be an icon for us, who grew up watching it all the time, is because of the little life lessons that it drops along with the fun and humor. Equally relevant today, as they were when it first came out, here are a few things you too could take away from the movie long after the credits have rolled –

  • Know Yourself

The first thing that Poppins does when she meets the children is measure their traits. The interesting part is, she doesn’t do anything all through the movie to change those. It only goes to say that it is always a good idea who you are, because when you know who you are is only when you will be able to truly embrace it for the better, even if you are not “practically perfect” like Mary herself. You could be a little stubborn like Michael, or prone to giggles like Jane, but that is okay, as long as you know.

  • Find fun in everything you do

Tidying up your super messy room, or tediously sweeping the chimneys in mid-nineties England, any task can become interesting only of you are willing to see the fun in it. With Mary Poppins, a simple walk to the park can turn into an adventure that may or may not involve jumping into pictures to visit carnivals. A spoonful of sugar, she says, helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down (there goes the song again) . So remember to find fun in whatever you do, just like the songbird finds a way to sing while it works tirelessly to build its nest.

  • Laughter is the best medicine

Just like you must find fun in your tasks, similarly it never hurts to find something to laugh about in the worst of situations. A little laughter goes a long way in helping you deal with bad experiences, and before you know, it might just el(ev)ate you! Literally.

Hello mam, I seem to have run over your cat with my car. I am very sorry for your loss. I am willing, of course, to replace your cat.”

“But are you any good at catching mice?”

  • People leave, and it’s okay

One of the more solemn messages that the movie gives you is the fact that people leave. Mary Poppins, right from the beginning tells the children, and us, that she will leave when the wind blows another way. And finally, after she has helped the kids to get close to their father, as promised, she flies away with the wind. Often people come into our lives with a purpose and after it is fulfilled, they leave. And you must learn to be okay with it, because you can always look back at them fondly and silently thank them for everything that they did for you. Remember, growing apart is an essential part of growing up.

  • Be generous while you can

Remember little Michael Banks struggling to get his precious tuppence back so he can give it to the lady who feeds the birds, (while simultaneously creating mayhem in the bank). As it turns out, that scene was not only an attack on the selfish banking system and the way it tricks you into investing your money into schemes you don’t even understand (more on that some other time), but it was also a lesson in how you should be generous while you can. Way later when Mr Banks finally realizes that he should’ve given the tuppence to the lady and goes looking for her, it is already too late and she is gone. So maybe it’s time you too look around your surroundings and help those you can, while you can.

  • A father can always use a little help

The banks children feel like their father has no affection for them. It is only after Bert explains to them how everything their father does is eventually for them is when they realize how hard he grovels each day in a system that is no less than a jail, just so he can support his family. More often than not, we too are quick to dismiss our loved ones without considering that they might be working day in and out just for us. Cut your family some slack and go tell them you love them and appreciate everything that they do for you, will you?

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  • Have your own definition of beauty

Whether it is in red lipstick and a startling dress, or covered in soot right out of the chimney, Mary Poppins is always flawless. She doesn’t go by your standards of beauty, you realize, when you see her powder her nose more black when she comes out of the chimney. It is time, we too realize that there are no set ideals and standards of beauty that you must follow. If anything, you should do all you can to break stereotypes of being beautiful and define it in ways you feel good about yourself. Time to dig out the flaming yellow leggings you always wanted to wear but couldn’t because someone else told you they don’t look nice!

  • You don’t owe anyone an explanation

While we are at the subject of being confident, there is something else you can learn from Mary Poppins’ fierce attitude – the fact that you really don’t owe an explanation to anyone for the choices that you make in life. Instead, it is often better to not explain yourself to people, it misleads them into believing that they are entitled to know everything you do. Just like Mary Poppins cares for the children in ways she deems are good for them, and when Mr. Banks questions her she throws in the iconic “First of all I would like to make one thing quite clear, I never explain anything.” You go girl!

  • Don’t look down upon anyone 

It is only when the children and Mary Poppins are among Bert and the chimney sweepers, that they can see the sun set and view that only “the birds, the stars and the chimney sweeps” can see. If all of us, as people, were good enough to not look down upon people for what they do or are, and instead looked at the world from their perspective an place, maybe we too would find views that would take our breaths away!

  • Don’t forget to be sassy!

And finally, whatever you do in life, whoever you are, and where ever you go, don’t forget to throw that sass around!

So whether it is to learn how to shut up sexist men asking for explanations and the suffragette movement, or to realize how children grow up way too fast, or simply to sing along to the tune of A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down, any day is a good day to gather around with friends and family and watch Julie Andrews fly down with an umbrella!

Also, there’s a reason she came back:

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Learn how to record and edit a podcast on GarageBand?

So, recently I had this crazy idea in my mind to start a podcast on the influx of emotions and hard rocks life was throwing at me, so I started my research and turned to my best friend for help because just like you, Google- YES, in the quarantine times, google is my best friend and I found out no-one can help me in PODCASTS than my other best friend- GARAGEBAND. Are you in the boat for the same? Finally after a week of struggle, I have finally figured it out and here I am sharing my guide to you so that you can do the same.

Each one us, has a story which someone on the other side of the world can relate to and can help them in testing times of life!

OMG, Can you finally just start?

Sorry! So, If Looking to start a podcast, you’ve come to the right place, Let me teach you how to record and edit podcasts on GarageBand.

Work on your latest episode seamlessly and without much hassle, no extra cost involved, this app is my favourite for a reason. All you need is your laptop, a microphone and content for your episode.

How to set up your podcast template?

– Open “GarageBand” and click on empty project.

– Go to “CHOOSE“.

– This will open up a new project for GarageBand. Here you’ll see a pop up window to select a track type.

Since we’re recording a podcast, click on record using a microphone.

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– Under input, make sure that the microphone you’re using is selected and that it is set on input 1. This makes sure that the audio is mono, which implies that the same audio is going to play on both sides of the speaker or headphones.

– Now hit CREATE.

– You can also come back to these preferences later if you need to change your input or output preference. To do that, all you have to do is select the GarageBand option at the top left corner and select preferences.

– On the top window, next to the play button panel, you’ll find the tempo and other track details. Click on the small arrow next to it and change the display mode from beats and projects to Time. Now you’ll be able to see how long you’ve been recording for.

– Next you need to toggle off the count in, which is the small 123 icon, second from the time display.

– Next to the count in is the metronome icon. Toggle that off, too.

– Now go to FILE option on the top left and click on ‘Save as’. Save this template as GarageBand podcast template on your computer.

Add on TIP: Now the next time you want to start a new podcast episode, you won’t need to create a new empty project, instead you’ll have a pre saved podcast template with the appropriate settings.

STEP 2- How to start arranging your tracks?

Audio can be layered on top of each other, so you can hear multiple tracks at the same time. A very good way to arrange your podcast is to add different tracks for different things in your podcast. For example, you can have one track for the intro music, one for your monologue, one for the background music and one for the imported interviews.

For music or interviews, you can just drag and drop your pre recorded audio files from the desktop or your folders to the GarageBand workspace where you can make adjustments to it. This kind of layering makes it easier to edit different parts of the podcast once you’re done recording.

Each individual track has its own volume control, which means you can raise or lower the volume for a specific track, as a whole. You’ll also need to make sure that the pan icon, next to the volume slider is in between. To mute one specific track you can click on the mute button below the track name. Next to the mute button is the solo button, which mutes all other tracks and plays just that one . Once you’ve arranged your tracks, you’re ready to record your podcast.

STEP 3- Finally, How to set up recording?

To make sure that your sound is coming through and your microphone is working, try talking into the microphone. On the screen, under the Audio 1 track, you’ll see movement on the volume slider. This means that your microphone is working and you’re good to go. Make sure that the movement doesn’t hit all the way to the end i.e the deep red area at the very end, because that is clipping. If your audio clips, it means that the listeners of your audio are going to hear distortion. If the audio is clipping for you, you will need to adjust your recording controls, to do that :

  • Move your cursor to the panel at the bottom of the window.
  • Under the track option you’ll find advanced settings, where you can adjust the ‘record level’. Slide it a little to the left to make your voice softer and less distorted.
  • Ideally, you should sound perfect with the slider at 80-85%.

Test Recording:

  • Hit the record button (little red icon at the top window).
  • Start talking into your microphone.
  • When you’re done, click on the record button again to stop recording.
  • Once the recording is done, you can lay your audio again to listen to what you’ve recorded.

In case you have an interview segment with one or more people, you’ll need to adjust some settings to allow multiple people to talk simultaneously on multiple microphones :

How to go forward for multitrack recording?

  • Add a new track by clicking on the + icon from the top of the window on the left side of the screen
  • Choose audio and click on input 2  for input preference and click create
  • Now go up to the ‘track’ option on the top tool bar and select ‘configure track header’
  • In the window that pops up, click check on the record enable option. A small separate record button will pop up for each audio track. Select each button
  • Now, when you hit the main record button at the top it will turn on recording for both microphones at the same time.

STEP 4- Let’s proceed to editing, now:

Once you’re done recording your podcast, you’ll need to edit a few bits to add intro and exit music, delete unwanted parts and re record a few parts. For this, there are a few fundamental editing procedures that you need to be familiar with:

  1. Trim: Hover your cursor over the right edge of the audio clip and drag the end to where ever you want it to end. This will trim the track
  2. Splitting the track: Hover at the edge and drag the playhead to where you want to split the track from. Now go to the edit option in the window on the top and select ‘Split regions at playheads’. You can also use the keyboard shortcut: command+T.
  3. Rearranging the track: once you’ve split your track, you can drag and move the split parts to rearrange them. You can shift a clip to a different track by dragging and dropping.
  4. Deleting clips: Split the track at the beginning of the part that you want to delete. Then split it again at the end of the part you want to delete. Now highlight the split section and click delete.
  5. Re-recording clips: Delete the part that you need to rerecord. Now bring the play head to where you began the deleted segment and hit the record button to rerecord that part of the audio.
  6. Automation: to fade in/out with music, you’ll need to use the automation tool: You will find the Automation option in the Mix tool from the Tool bar at the top of your screen. Click on Automation in the drop-down menu to activate it, or use the shortcut A.
    -Once the Automation is on, the colour of the track will change to yellow, you will also see a yellow line across your audio track.
    -Make sure that the option under your track is selected as ‘Volume’ (It has other options like pan, echo and reverb, but we need to work with volume right now).
    -Decide where you want the fade to start on your track. Click on the starting point right on the yellow line. This will drop a key frame on the yellow line to mark the starting of your fade.
    -Now, decide the end point of your fade out and drop another key frame on that spot.
    -After this,  drag the end key frame from the middle all the way down to infinity or the bottom line of the track.
    -Playback your audio to hear the effect of the fade out (Similarly, you can also fade in the audio).

VISUAL HELP

Here’s my favourite Pat Flynn teaching you how to do it through a video guide:

How to create an APPLE ID?

As an Apple user, one of the first things that will help you get the best of the Apple ecosystem is creating an Apple ID. Not only does it ensure that all your Apple devices are compatible with each, it is also extremely important as all your Apple services are managed by your Apple ID.

Remember that you do not need a new ID for each new Apple device, as you can log into multiple devices with a single ID. This means that when you are logged into all devices with the same Apple ID, you get access to Apple essentials like iCloud, the App store, iTunes, Apple Music, etc. It also activates services like iMessage and FaceTime. In addition, it syncs your reminders, contacts, calendars, and Payment and security details.

While it is not compulsory for you to create an Apple ID, we strongly recommend that you do, as it is your ticket to the company’s best services and an efficient Apple experience. Here’s our guide on how to create an Apple ID:

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How to create your Apple ID while setting up your device:

– LogIN your device.

– Click ‘Forgot Password or Don’t have an Apple ID’.

– Select ‘Create a Free Apple ID’.

– Enter you details and click on ‘Next’.

– If you already have a functional email account, select ‘Use your current email address’, otherwise select ‘Get a free iCloud email address’

How to create your Apple ID via the App store:

If you’re already logged into your iCloud with a different ID, you’ll need to sign out before creating a new one –

– Launch the App Store on your device

– Click on your profile picture

– Select ‘Create a new Apple ID’

– Enter your email address and set a password

– Fill in your country/region

– Agree to the terms and conditions and select ‘Next’

– Now enter your name and birthday details

– If you wish, you can save your card and billing details. You can also choose to skip this step or change/remove these details later

– Next you’ll need to confirm your phone number to verify your identity. This will also help you recover your account in case you ever forget your password

– Click on ‘NEXT’.

– Open your email account and verify your email address.

VISUAL HELP:

If its still not clear, here’s a tutorial you can watch and follow the steps:

Hope it helps, for any query please comment or write to us, we will be sure about getting back to you within 48 hours.

What is DAW- Digital audio workstation?

Making music is lot tougher than it looks. It involves a number of stages like recording, editing, producing, mixing, etc, before you get to the final product. This is where a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation comes in – unlike older times, you don’t need to buy expensive equipment and a huge space to set up a studio for the various steps of music productions, because a DAW will take care of that for you on a computer screen. From recording audios and instruments to sharing it with the world, an average DAW has all the tools you need to create music.

Basic features of a DAW:

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About Live audio and instruments:

One of the most basic functions of a DAW is to allow you to digitally record audio directly into the software. This may also include live instruments that you plug into your device and play. With a Digital audio workstation now you don’t have to worry about making errors or spending hours in physically cutting and joining tapes to create one coherent audio.

Virtual Instruments: One of the most charming features of a DAW is the ability to play and record virtual instruments which saves you tonnes of money and hassle that comes with real instruments. For all the instruments that you do not own, you can just use the plug in to record a tune. There are a number of ways in which virtual instruments are recorded:

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Musical Typing: With musical typing you can use the keyboard of your computer for input. The keys on your keyboard correspond to the different notes of the virtual instrument, which you can play to get the different sounds of the instrument.

Common Professional Features in a DAW:

MIDI controller: A MIDI controller is an external keyboard with more specialised key arrangement that also corresponds to the notes on an instrument. You can connect the controller to your computer and then use the keys to play the instrument virtually

Using the mouse: Though the least popular and generally a little inconvenient, you can also use your mouse to select and add and drag the notes of a virtual instrument on the screen to add audio, in proxy of playing it.

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Audio Looping: Loops are short audio snippets that you can repeat infinitely and add to your audio to give it more depth and volume. You can either record a chord progression that fits your track and directly loop it by copy pasting it as many times as you need, or you can edit it and make changes to refine it before you use it. Some DAWs like GarageBand come with an inbuilt library of thousands of loops including drums, strings, horns, etc, that you can choose from and use for your own project.

Audio editing: After recording, Digital Audio workstations also take care of the second stage of music production. With a DAW you can easily perform tasks like slicing audio items, rearranging , snapping, crossfading, etc. Unlike analogue audio editing, you have much more room to make mistakes or change your mind while trying out different things. T’s also extremely time efficient as most tasks require not more than a few clicks.

Mixing: Once you’re done with recording, arranging and editing your audio, you can polish your track to make them sound more finished and polished, on your DAW. Most Digital audio workstations take care of mixing by providing plugins for a few of the basic mixing techniques including EQ and the compressor.

Audio effects: Beyond basic mixing like EQ and compressor, DAWs also offer a number of audio effect plugins that you can add to make your audio more full, ambient and professional. Most common effects plugins include delays, reverbs, autotune, chorus, etc.

Lessons: Though not a very common feature, some established DAWs, like GarageBand offer lessons that teach you how to play instruments, by professional musicians in the industry. These lessons range from beginner tutorials for those who are just starting out to more advanced stuff for serious musicians.

What are the available DAWs?

Settling on a suitable DAW can cause you a lot of headaches. Some might be better to mix and mastering and the other better for electronic music production. Your PC setup for music creation matters as well. There are numerous DAW available, some more costly than others.

Free DAW software-

More often, a free DAW will have restricted plugins and does not have the 3rd party plugins support. Sometimes they additionally accompany restricted track limits and lessened help for high-level editing procedures. Yet they can at present be extremely competent software, especially for the beginners,to deliver multi-track digital audio recording. Few of the free or open source DAW software include:

  • Reaper (OS X/Windows/Linux (using WINE)
  • Ardour (OS X / Linux)
  • DarkWave Studio (Windows)
  • MuLab Free (OS X / Windows)

Paid DAW software-

As things become serious you ought to put resources into a superior paid DAW version. There are paid DAWs that give their clients boundless, lifetime user access. You will just pay once and the following updates will be allowed to download freely. Even though you’re simply taking up music-production as a hobby or a beginner, putting resources into a paid DAW won’t be a regret. Your audio will be magnificent with the paid software and you would be able to showcase your talent effortlessly. Few of the paid DAW software are:

  • Avid Pro Tools 12
  • Samplitude Pro X
  • Steinberg Nuendo 7
  • Presonus Studio One 3

CONCLUDING:

Deciding on a DAW software for your home studio is a critical choice to make, as it will be the core of your entire studio setup. However, don’t stall out when endeavoring to settle on a decision – it primarily depends on your own particular trends and choices and what you feel simpler to explore and utilize. In case you don’t know which program will be an ideal choice to use for longer time period, numerous DAW software offers free 30-day trials, so you can attempt some of these out to choose a right one for you.

In a nutshell, a DAW will take care of all the steps of music production, and it will cost you a lot less space and money while it’s at it. Not only are DAWs more convenient and efficient, they’re also the future of the music industry and are already extremely popular among artists. We hope this was helpful for you, for further information you should checkout our article on our Top Recommended Digital Audio Workstations!

Now, for our OG readers, here is your dose of visual learning:

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Hey Siri, Make me a list of Best DAW Software, please?

Gone are the days of analogue equipment and huge studio spaces required to create music. The world has now moved on to Digital Audio Workstations or DAWs, that bring the entire studio to your computer screen. From recording to mixing, DAWs have got it covered for you. If you are looking out to pick a DAW for yourself, you don’t have to be confused with the number of options available in the market. We have curated a list of our top picks along with their most notable features to help you make your choice:

Here is the list of Best DAW software, acc to me:

Apple’s GarageBand-

Compatible with : iOS

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Our top pick, GarageBand is not only free but is packed with a number of advanced features and an extremely user friendly interface which make it an ideal choice for both beginners and professionals. Its long line of plugins covers all instruments that you would require and even though it is free, it does not fall back on it Virtual Instruments. Adding more versatility are features like synth and the transform pad, along with an inbuilt library of thousands of Loops including drummers, strings, horns, etc.

Mixcraft 8-

Compatible with : Windows

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Second on our list is the Mixcraft’s latest upgrade – the Mixcraft 8. Preferred primarily and extensively by professionals Mixcraft comes with a range of payment plans, each packed with a number features for differing levels of expertise. What really impressed us about Mixcraft is its next gen sound engine, side chaining and the incredibly cool sound control feature along with the new and enhanced sound library. Mixcraft also lets you easily import and export MP4 files directly from a phone or a camera. Additionally, the performance panel can now live record to grid locations!

Ableton Live-

Compatible with : Windows, MAC

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Another heavy DAW, and a go to for professional music makers, Ableton Live might come across as a little expensive and complicated for people who are just starting out and do not have previous experience with DAWs. But for professional sound editors, it’s packed with Automation features including live recording, automation behaviour and drawing curves/ envelopes. It also comes with a pretty diverse Library of built in effects and instruments including loopers, Sampler, Simpler, Operator FM synth, etc.

LMMS-

Compatible with : Windows, Mac, Linux

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We were really impressed with how user friendly and easy to calibrate LMMS was, and would highly recommend it to people who are just starting out in music and do not want to invest a lot of money right out. Free and open sourced, LMMS is known for its user friendly MIDI keyboard, a very good synthesizer, and plenty of samples and mix options. It also comes with an elaborate library of plugins that you can use for your project.

Stagelight-

Compatible with : Android, Windows, Mac

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Easy and fast, Stagelight offers a free trial before you have to buy a plan, which also, is pretty cheap as compared to a number of DAWs in this list.Whether it’s starting with beat Loops as a beginner or going on to create original songs with vocal tracks, Stagelight has found a user base in all producers with varying skills. The DAW also offers in-app and online lessons with notes, assignments, overview, etc. In addition to being a student, you can also become a teacher and upload your own curriculum. Other notable features include cloud acess, a loop builder, timeline, mixer, track freezer and easy, saving, exporting and sharing.

FL Studio-

Compatible with: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

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FL studio comes with four editions ( Fruity edition, Producer edition, Signature Bundle and All plugins Bundle) with differing levels of features making you ‘pay only for what you use’. In addition, it offers a free trial that you can try out before buying, which is essentially equivalent to the All plugins bundle, and allows you to save your projects too, that you can reopen once you’ve bought a plan. FL studio sports most of the features of DAWs like GarageBand but is even more accessible and user friendly than any other DAW on this list.

Music Maker Jam-

Compatible with: Android, iOS, Windows

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Free across all platforms, Music Maker Jam has a pretty user friendly interface that not only allows you to make new melodies but also to share your work and discover others’ works across genres. Even though it is mostly recommended for beginners and novice music producers, you can upgrade to premium to unlock an even greater variety of instruments and sounds for more professional use.

Reaper-

Compatible with : Windows, Mac

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Affordable and user friendly, Reaper’s most impressive features include a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, along with mixing, processing, editing, etc. Even though it doesn’t have a built-in sound library, but it is compatible with a range of file types, and also provides an open sourced compatibility with plugin formats For those who like to try out before buying, Reaper also offers a 60 day free trial period.

Cubase-

Compatible with : Windows, MAC

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Generally a bit pricier as compared to the other options on the list, Cubase is packed with features that will turn your computer into a complete production system. It provides three upgrades according to your level of expertise ( Cubase Elements, Cubase artist, and Cubase Pro). Though easy to use for beginners, Cubase requires professional skills to use the more complex features including complete song production from scratch.

With that, we’ve rounded up our list of the best digital audio workstations. We hope this list will help you pick the one that works best for you. For further queries or feedback you can reach out to us via email or simply drop a comment below!

Check out this video where my favourite YouTuber compiles a thorough list and provides you with even more great choices:

Siri, explain fading out in GarageBand?

GarageBand is ideal for audio editing, right from trimming and cutting a track to adding extra loops and beats to it. One of the most basic functions that people perform on audios is adding fade-ins and fade-outs.

What is Fading out?

Fading out of audio basically refers to the volume of a track slowly falling down until it goes completely mute. You will be surprised to notice that this feature is used more than you may have consciously noticed, a basic example would be for the intro track to slowly fade out before you hear the actual voice of the person on a podcast or a YouTube video. fading-out-in-garageband

Let’s take a look at how you can use Auto-tune in GarageBand for your soundtracks :

How to fade out in GarageBand?

  1. Open the Audio that you wish to work with, or record one on the spot.
  2. Go to the top of the list of all your tracks and find the ‘show/hide automation’ icon (the one with the two connected dots). Click on it.
  3. In some newer versions of the software, you will find the Automation option in the Mix tool from the Toolbar at the top of your screen. Click on Automation in the drop-down menu to activate it, or use the shortcut
  4. Once the Automation is on, the colour of the track will change to yellow, you will also see a yellow line across your audio track.
  5. Make sure that the option under your track is selected as ‘Volume’ (It has other options like pan, echo and reverb, but we need to work with volume right now)
  6. Decide where you want the fade to start on your track. Click on the starting point right on the yellow line. This will drop a keyframe on the yellow line to mark the starting of your fade.
  7. Now decide the endpoint of your fade out and drop another keyframe on that spot.
  8. Now drag the end keyframe from the middle all the way down to infinity or the bottom line of the track.
  9. Playback your audio to hear the effect of the fade-out.

CONCLUSION:

It’s easy to improvise and get along, If you want the fade to last longer you can drag the end keyframe all the way out to however long you wish to. You can use the same method to do a fade-in too, except instead of dragging the end keyframe to the bottom line of the track, you need to drag the start key-frame to the bottom line, and your audio volume will now slowly rise from mute to the ideal or original volume of the track.

Hey Siri, brief me on VMWare workstation PRO!

VMWare works through virtualisation. Virtualisation is the process that creates an abstract layer between the hardware and the software, of your computer. That abstraction layer, known as the hypervisor creates a virtual representation of the physical server which allows you to run multiple virtual machines (VMs) on the same physical server.

Those virtual machines can then run their own operating systems, effectively allowing you to run multiple OS and applications that share the same networking and resources.

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Virtual appliances are great as they are pre built, pre configured and ready to run, saving you from the hassle of installation and configuration. However, If you’re just starting out in Virtualisation, the concept can come off as a little daunting, so to help you with it, we’re here to explain everything you need to know about the VMWare workstation pro – one of the most popular virtualisation technology manufactured by one of the leading companies in the market.

The workstation pro, the predecessor of the much simpler and more basic Workstation player, is a virtualisation software that comes packed with features like cloning, sharing VMs, snapshots, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud air, advanced VM settings, etc. Let’s take a closer look at it :

What is VMWare Workstation PRO?

Unlike Type 1 hypervisors that run directly on your computer’s hardware and become the server’s primary Operating system themselves, allowing them to create and manage VMs and different virtualized computing resources, Type 2 hypervisors, like VMWare Workstation pro actually require a host operating system ( for example – different versions of Windows and Linux), and work as any other application on the original OS to create and manage multiple VMs. These VMs may, then each have a different OS, while the endpoint system continues to function normally – allowing you to install and run conventional apps. Since these VMs run simultaneously with the physical machine, they enable the users to run a Windows OS on a Linux machine (or the other way round) simultaneously with the original Operating system.

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Requirements for VMWare Workstation pro:

System requirements-

  • 64-bit Intel core 2 duo processor (or AMD Athlon 64 FX dual core processor, or later)
  • Clock speed of 1.3 GHz or faster
  • minimum of 2 GB memory (although 4 GB is recommended)

Additional resources are necessary for the host OS as well as any VMs that are created.  Remember that the number of Virtual Machines is limited only by the practical limit of computing resources available on your computer. Further, each guest VM would require its own Operating System. Workstation Pro supports more than about 200 guest OS-s, including the different versions of Windows and Linux)

Features of Workstation Pro:

Some of the features of the Workstation pro include:

  1. Can create and manage multiple simultaneous VMs
  2. Supports large VMs using 16 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) along with 64gb of RAM
  3. Handles 4k displays and offers USB support for smart cards and 3.0 devices
  4. host/guest file sharing
  5. Employs 3D graphics under DX10
  6. open GL 3.3. creates and runs encrypted VMs,
  7. Offers Snapshots feature for backup or cloning purposes
  8. Shares VMs and connects to other VMware platforms (vSphere and vCloud Air)
  9. support for bridging existing host network adapters
  10. physical storage drive sharing
  11. Disk drive simulation
  12. Multiple VM grouping
  13. Record replay
  14. Supports up to 8 TB disk
  15. Virtual data disk controller
  16. SSD support
  17. Virtual tablet sensors – accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor.

What can you do with Workstation pro?

Primarily designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, etc, you can use the VMWare Workstation pro for a lot of things :

  1. Creating:

With the Workstation Pro you can create VMs with the 64 bit windows and Linux operating systems, which is exponentially easier than directly installing them on your PC. Not only is it time efficient and takes up less space, it also helps you make the full of the security, flexibility and portability of VMs

  1. Testing:

Virtual Machines are extensively used by IT professionals to test out new OS features and functionality before they can be sent out to production. Due to its compatibility with the vSphere,  Workstation Pro also allows IT Staff to perform remote management from their desktop to the center of their data in the vSphere environment.

  1. Managing Local test environments:

Local test environments can be created and managed for software and development with the use of Virtualization. Not only does this allow for rapid prototyping, but also rapid testing before developers can commit to building more expensive data center resources.

  1. Testing Codes:

Owing to the wide range of support the Workstation Pro offers to different guest OSes, it allows developers to run a singular code base against multiple operating systems including cloud targets.

VISUAL KNOWLEDGE

With that, you know pretty much everything there is to know about the VMWare workstation Pro. We hope this was helpful, in case of further questions or feedback, you can reach out to us via email or simply drop a comment below!