AMD Virtualisation- EXPLAINED!

A flag bearer in the field of Virtualisation technology, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), has made virtualisation even more convenient and efficient than before. If you’re looking for an improvement in your virtualisation experience, it’s time you checkout the AMD Virtualisation; which is essentially an upgrade for your processor that introduces hardware extensions that significantly improve resource management and the VM performance. In this article we will be talking about why AMD virtualisation is better than software emulation and how you can enable Virtualisation on your system-

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Why is AMD Virtualisation better than software emulation?

Through Virtualisation, the guest programs on your system can sun a simulation that emulates the hardware of your system. This process, however is carried out via a software manager. This long drawn process, that involves every operation to pass through the software not only hampers proper access to the processor, but is also extremely time consuming and limiting. The new hardware virtualisation technology in AMD virtualisation comes with processor extensions that are able to offload the software’s work, resulting in the emulated system getting more processing power and better efficiency, which in turn means that you can run a significantly larger number of VMs on your system simultaneously.

How to enable AMD Virtualisation on your PC?

First we will need to check if virtualisation is already enabled on your PC, to do so:

  • Press ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard to open up the Task Manager.
  • At the top of the Task Manager window, click on the ‘Performance’ tab.
  • At the bottom right of the ‘performance’ window, you’ll find the Virtualisation option, with either ‘Enabled’ or ‘Disabled’ written in front of it.

If virtualisation is disabled on your PC, you can enable it:

– Open the ‘settings’ window on your PC.

– Click on the Update and Security option.

– Open the recovery tab, and click on ‘Advanced start-up

– Now select the ‘Restart Now’ option and on the screen that pops up – click on ‘Troubleshoot’.

– Select ‘Advanced options’ and open the ‘UEFI Firmware settings’, and click on ‘Restart

– Your system will now open up in BIOS mode, which means that you can’t use the mouse anymore, and you’ll have to use the up, down and sideways arrows to toggle between options. Press the f10 key on your keyboard that corresponds with the ‘BIOS setup’ option on the screen.

– Now go to the ‘System configuration’ tab by clicking on the right arrow on your keyboard.

– Under the System configuration tab, get to the ‘Virtualisation technology’ option with the downwards arrow, and press Enter.

– On the box that pops up, get to the ‘Enabled’ option and press ENTER.

– Now press F10 that corresponds to the ‘Save and Exit’ option on the screen. On the pop up window, press enter on ‘YES’ to save changes.

You computer will now open up to its normal interface. Open the Task Manager, if it is not already open and you’ll see that the Virtualisation option is now enabled.

How to save Garageband Audio to MP3? (Latest Tips)

Pre-installed for free on all Mac devices, Apple’s GarageBand is a great platform to create and edit your podcasts, audio recordings, sound tracks, etc. Its easy interface and strong features have made it a go to DAW for professionals and beginners alike, it’s no short of a masterpiece created by Apple.

If you have worked on an audio project, a soundtrack or a podcast and now are looking to upload your work to your media host, or on any other platform, you’ll probably need it in mp3 format. Projects in GarageBand are originally saved in AAI format, so you’ll have to convert your audio into mp3 manually. Let us help you in how you can do that.

How to Convert Audios of GarageBand to MP3?

– Open the project you wish to export as an mp3 file.

– Click on the share option from the tool-bar at the top of the GarageBand window.

– Tap on the ‘Export song to disk’ option.

– A new window will now pop up where you can enter the name of your project. Change the ‘Compress using’ setting from a default AAC encoder to mp3 encoder.

– Choose a location to save your file

– Choose audio quality, (we generally recommend 128 kb for podcasts, or ‘high quality’)

– Now click on export/save and your project will be saved as an mp3 file. This may take some time depending on the size of your file.

PLEASE NOTE; In some older versions, you may have to first choose compressor settings, and quality and then click on Export to open a new window where you would be required to input the project name and location.

The ultimate list of Alternatives for GarageBand

There was a time when making music was a job only for professionals who could afford studio space and all the equipment that came with it, then came technology; blessed us with Digital Audio Workstations and brought studios and all their equipment to our desks. To your work table, literally that’s all you need.

Ever since its release, GarageBand has made digital audio mixing more and more accessible to everyone. Sadly, even Apple has its limitations. Whether you are someone who wants to move on from GarageBand interface, or someone who doesn’t want to give in to the Apple ecosystem or someone simply looking for other alternatives, here are our top recommendations because you have apple or not, you can make the best music and put it in your audios and videos anyway.

Why shift from GarageBand?

The only drawback for this app is its exclusive availability to macOS and iOS users though free of cost for these Apple users. Since GarageBand is not compatible with Windows devices (even though a lot of users get the app on their PC via use of Android Emulators like Bluestacks but the best results and smooth functioning is only achieved in macOS or iOS compatible devices), we have to look for alternatives to this amazing app that can be operated on Windows systems. These DAWs must be free of cost and have the required ability to satisfy artists with their plethora of available options. Some of the alternatives are listed below:

The DAWs have gone online:

With the arrival of cloud computing and online applications, it’s currently conceivable to accomplish your music creativity without installing any software—all that’s required is a Web browser. Despite the fact that most of the online DAWs aren’t as profound as expert paid software, regardless they give a decent level of studio virtualisation. Numerous offer necessary devices for making music like the conventional DAW software, comprising of virtual instruments, effects, samples, and mixing equipment. You can likewise more regularly mix up your audio records to WAV files keeping in mind the goal to distribute them on the Web.

What are the advantages of a free online digital audio workstation?

  • They are inexpensive, regularly free.
  • There is no compelling reason to figure out how to program your DAW, PC, or optimize, as everything is done inside your browser.
  • You don’t need to stress over hard drive crashes and missing your valuable music records.
  • You get the chance to work together with different performers. Consequently, make friends and get the knowledge of new and creative musical ideas which will be beneficial to you once you progress.

TOP ALTERNATIVES FOR WINDOWS/PC:

1. LMMS

Compatible: Windows, Mac, Linux lmms

We really like that it is more user-friendly and easier to calibrate than GarageBand, LMMS is a free and open-source DAW, best suited for people who are just starting out in music and don’t want to invest a lot of money right out. It sports a user-friendly MIDI keyboard, a very good synthesizer, plenty of samples and mix options. Just like GarageBand, it also comes with an elaborate library of plug-ins than you can use for your project.

2. Mixcraft 8

Compatible: Windows mixcraft-home-studio

Used primarily and extensively by professionals, Mixraft’s latest upgrade Mixcraft 8 has successfully fixed any bugs that the previous versions had and the software now sports a new and improved user interface and sound library. With a range of payment plans, Mixcraft offers an incredible next-gen sound engine, side-chaining and the innovative new sound control feature. You can also easily import and export MP4 videos directly from your phone or camera. Additionally, the performance panel can now live record to grid locations.

3. Music Maker Jam

Compatible: Android, iOS, Windows music-maker-jam-desktop

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 like GarageBand, it is used extensively by beginners and novice music producers, you can upgrade to premium to unlock an ever greater variety of instruments and sounds, for more professional use.

4. Stagelight

Compatible: Android, Windows, MAC stagelight

Offering a free trial before you buy a plan, which is also pretty cheap as compared to its competitors, Stagelight is easy and fast software. Whether it’s starting with belt 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 skill levels. Like GarageBand, it also offers in-app and online lessons with notes, assignment, overview etc. Or you can also become a teacher yourself and upload your own curriculum. Additionally, it provides cloud access, a loop-builder, timeline, mixer, track freezer and, easy saving, exporting and sharing.

5. FL Studio

Compatible: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS fl-studio-schedule

FL Studio follows the philosophy of ‘pay only for what you use’, which is why they provide four editions (I.e. Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, Signature Bundle and, All plugins bundle) with different features for you to choose your best fit from. Been here for as long as GarageBand, FL Studio sports features almost similar to GarageBand but provides a user interface that is friendlier than GarageBand and is more accessible than GarageBand. Moreover, you can also use the trial version before buying, which is equivalent to the All plugins bundle and allows you to save your projects too. Just that you’ll have to purchase the version if you want to re-open saved projects.

6. Ableton Live

Compatible: Windows, MAC abelton-live

Generally used by professionals, Albeton might seem a little expensive for beginners and people who are not used to working with complicated DAW features. But for pr sound editors and people looking for advanced features, Ableton Live is a great alternative to GarageBand. It offers a number of Automation features including live recording, automation behaviour and drawing curves/ envelopes. Like GarageBand, it has a pretty diverse Library of built-in effects and instruments including loopers, Sampler, simpler, operator FM synth, etc.

7. Reaper

Compatible: Windows, MAC reaper-desktop

Not exactly free, Reaper is still much more affordable than a majority of digital audio workstations out there. Even though it doesn’t have a built-in sound library, it is compatible with a range of file types. It offers a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, along with mixing, processing, editing, etc. Additionally, it also provides an open-sourced compatibility with plugin formats and the best part is that it offers a 60 day free trial for those who like to try out before buying.

8. Studio One 4 Prime/ PRO Tools First

Compatible: Windows, MAC cubase-digital-audio-workstation

This DAW allows for only 1 basic instrument but is a great choice for amateur users looking to learn. It has 9 Plugins options and you can create an unlimited number of tracks and projects. It is user- friendly and gives a simple interface to those looking to start the  production of their own music. This software remains the standard for DAWs in the audio industry and allows those who are starting out in this field to use its free version for making upto 16 tracks and a maximum of 3 projects. It does not have the option for third-party Plugins but comes handy with around 23 stock Plugins which are enough for an amateur user. It also does not allow for easy export options as all projects are saved on an Avid cloud. To upgrade your level, you can buy the paid versions of this software which enable more options to build your tracks.

9. AudioTool

Compatible: ALL (browser-based) audiotool-software

AudioTool is a browser-based digital audio workstation, and therefore can be accessed across all platforms. Not strictly a software, it can be a great free alternative to GarageBand. Mostly for beginners as it is yet to introduce fancier effects, Audio Tool does a good job of keeping tracks and samples together, which are stored on the AudioTool servers, accessible from any browser. This is also a browser application that works for Firefox or Chrome and gives its users a variety of sound effects and instruments to help create tunes with ease. It imitates a modular structure of the analog studios and does not allow recording. However, you can import tracks with ease to edit and further modify, from another website and the DAW also has presets and samples of other users to be used under the Creative Commons License for guidance. Audiotool also only allows publishing within the website and SoundCloud.

10. Audacity

audacity-dark-theme Launched in 2000, Audacity has gone ahead to end up as a standout free DAW software around, among others. The open-source application offers users an extensive variety of choices for recording and editing of sound, all bound with a basic interface. And above all, not at all like numerous other free DAW software, Audacity isn’t “free temporarily” or “free with numerous locked features.” Everything Audacity brings to the table is totally for free. Audacity’s format is extremely moderate. There are toolbars for navigating a track, editing and mixing it. At the point when tracks are stored, they will show up as waveforms, and users can modify particular segments of a track by featuring the suitable area of the waveform. Users can arrange pitch, treble, and bass, and add effects such as reverb and phasing, or standardize noise. It even has a few devices for inspecting the tracks, consisting frequency analysis. Hence, with regards to fundamental editing, collaboration, learning, and most importantly enjoyment of doing what you cherish, these listed free online music creators DAWs are the best ones that exist for you especially if you are the beginner.

11. Cakewalk

cakewalk This  was earlier known as SONAR but when BandLab acquired some assets, this DAW has been recognised as the best one for a Windows user. It has a customisable user interface with 4 basic instruments and ample sound effects in its pouch and even allows third-party Plugins and has no restriction on number of tracks that can be created. It even boasts VST and ARA support for audio Plugins.

12. BandLab

bandlab-all-music@900w The DAW of BandLab itself is a browser based application that gives its users the option of creating unlimited tracks along with 120 different instruments, advanced editing features such as real time auto pitch and time stretch. The app for the same is also available for both Android and iOS users and allows for export of files in 24 bit WAV format. The rumoured drawbacks have been about latency and dropouts as well as the lack of third-party Plugins. 

13. OhmStudio

ohmstudio Developed by a French company (OhmStore), this DAW allows users to record upto 10 tracks at a time with the option of a real time audio collaboration. It allows for third-party audio Plugins but does not allow for a desirable export option and to access better features, you might need to upgrade to its paid versions. Creative Commons License for guidance. OhmStudio also only allows publishing within the website and SoundCloud.

CONCLUDING:

All these are great alternatives for GarageBand but not the only ones available. You can further choose from Cubase, FL Studio, Ableton, LMMS, Music Maker Jam etc. according to your needs and the features offered by each of these DAWs. Each artist has their own specific requests and hence needs to explore a lot of options available in the digital audio sphere before deciding to stick with one. The range and performance of GarageBand however remains supreme in comparison to all its alternatives and the app is a good investment for professionals. But if you’re just looking to play and learn before going into the big game, any of the above listed will prove to be of help to you. 

That’s it for this article folks, shoot your thoughts in the comments below, Thanks for reading.

About Intel Core Processors!

If you’re assembling a computer for yourself, shopping for the perfect processor can be a challenging task. Gone are the days when processors were judged solely on clock speed; as cores have now allowed chip-makers to split tasks across multiple processing units on the same die allowing a significant boost in speed. However, an ideal processor is not just the one with the fastest speed and the most number of cores; it largely depends on the kind of work you’re expecting from your system and the processor which can best deliver it. To help you with that, we’ve come up with this comprehensive guide about Intel processors – which power a majority of Windows and MAC OS based system.

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What you should know about processors?

 To begin with, it is important to know that the number of cores isn’t the only thing that determines the viability of a processor for you, but it is directly proportional to the number of tasks (threads) that you can perform at any given point – which means that a higher core count is best suited for tasks that are contingent on multi-threading, for example – web browsers, servers and certain video games.

The second thing that you have to keep in mind is clock speeds – while higher clock speeds are desirable, they also lead to a lot of heat generation and resulting thermal issues, which is why a CPU with many cores will likely have a lower clock speed. Your ideal CPU, then, will be a primary decision between faster clock speeds or a higher number of cores.

You must keep in mind that faster cores are pretty efficient but often not exactly needed for the tasks that you use your system for. A number of applications are single thread applications, and basic tasks like web browsing don’t require a greater number of cores and will give you a great experience with a higher clock speed, while for others like gaming or video rendering, having more cores takes priority. It is advisable for you to look up the recommended system specifications for the software you plan to run on your system to get an idea about your requirements.

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Features of Intel core processors:

Smaller Core Chips : With the latest Gen 10 update, Intel has switched to a 10nm process, as opposed to the earlier 14nm one, which means the CPUs are now even more power efficient and come with an increased battery life.

ThunderBolt 3 :The new CPUs also come with an inbuilt Thunderbolt 3 support, making it significantly easier to be included in laptops.

Wifi – 6 : With support for Wifi-6 (802.11ax), the CPUs are now better than ever at handling multiple connected devices and ready for faster transfer speeds as the latest Wifi standard has started to hit the market.

Graphic performance : While the new Graphic performance is still not as great as third party graphic cards and chips, it is still impressive and allows for smooth 1080p gaming. Additionally with the added support for VESA’s adaptive sync standard, the frames will now avoid screen tearing and run smoothly on compatible displays.

AI : The addition of the DLB – Deep learning Boost, the 10th gen Intel core chips will now manage to carry out the AI workloads without a hitch.

In addition to these GEN 10 additions, a few basic features of the Intel Core processors includes:

  1. Hyper Threading:
    Hyper threading essentially refers to the ability of a single physical core to act as two virtual ones, which means it can multitask simultaneously with a single core without having to activate a second physical one, saving precious system power. It must be noted that two physical cores are much more capable than two virtual ones, but will also require a lot more power from the system.
  2. Turbo boosting:
    Turbo boosting means that Intel core processors can automatically increase the clock speed based on application requirements. For users, like gamers or video editors who use their systems to run resource intensive software, Turbo Booster can be a life saver with that extra horsepower.
  3. Cache size:
    Cache size refers to the processors own memory, that you may understand is its own private RAM. A greater cache size is beneficial as processors can then keep repetitive tasks in Cache. The more tasks a processor stores – the greater speed it can offer in its performance.

QUICK COMPARISION: I3 vs i5 vs i7-

The most popular Inter core processors fall under three families- the i3, i5, and the i7. The divisions are based on multiple criteria including number of cores, clock speed, cache size and the number of Intel technologies they integrate. To start with, the designation is not the number of cores that a processor has, for example, it is not compulsory for an i3 to have three cores; all they can do is give you a general idea of how powerful a CPU is.

For basic tasks like surfing the web: an i3 would be the ideal choice, whereas for tasks that require more power like gaming, you’d want to go with an i5, whereas an i7 would be recommended for heavy work professionals like video editors or hardcore gamers, who run multiple applications requiring greater CPU power. Let’s take a more detailed look at the three :

i3

The i3 core processor operas at clock speeds of about 2.4-3.7 GHz and contains 2 physical cores that support Hyper-threading but not Turbo boost. The cache size for an i3 is 3-4 MB with varying graphic support. It is the most cost effective, and is known for the least amount of power dissipation. Teh i3 is designed mainly for the budget conscious buyer and is the perfect for users who want to use their system for basic tasks like web surfing, social networking, using Microsoft Office and other small operations.

i5

The i5 offers clock speeds of about 3.0-3.4 GHz, and operates on 4 physical cores that do not perform Hyper-threading, but offer Turbo Boost. The cache size for an i5 is 4-6 MB with Intel HD 4600 Graphic support. It is the most popular process available widely for desktop and laptop configurations, and is much needed powerful update from an i3. The i5 is perfect for people looking for a balance

between cost and performance, and ideal for gamers and mid-range video rendering.

i7

The i7 offers 2.0-3.5 GHz clock speeds with 4 physical cores that offer both Turbo Boost and Hyper-threading. The cache size for i7 is 8 MB along with Intel HD 4600 Graphic support. The i7 is used in high end and powerful systems that are ideal for users who need their systems for multitasking with a number of windows operating at the same time for example professional gamers and video editors who work on multiple projects at the same time.

CONCLUDING-

For users who need systems even more powerful than the i7, Intel offers the Intel Core i9 which can offer up to 18 cores, and amazing speeds. But the additional performance is not required for most users and is only ideal for very heavy work for example hardcore gamers who also stream live or multiple simultaneous video renderings.

We hope this guide as helpful for you. For further queries or feedback, you may reach out to us via email or simply drop a comment below!

 

How to Download Garageband for Android? (Alternatives)

GarageBand for Android is a music studio application that allows you to play, create and record the song right on your smartphone. The GarageBand is a free app that you can install on iPhone and iPad or any iOS device. GarageBand for Android could be the best thing for Android users but unfortunately, it is not available for Android.

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To all the GarageBand and Music fans out there, please note that GarageBand is the property of Apple Inc. and you can use the GarageBand only on the Apple devices. Although, if you have a windows desktop, you can download this software by our guide and use it the same way you would in a MAC.

For ANDROID: There are a lot of blog post who are misguiding the users about GarageBand for Android and it is users duty to keep their devices safe from any kind of infected apps.

Now you know that GarageBand for Android is not available and you cannot install GarageBand on Android smartphone or tablet. But there a lot of other apps that you can install on your Android smartphone to create some of the best music.

If you wanted to create music on Android smartphone and tablet, you are at the right place. Here, you would get to know some of the best alternatives to GarageBand for Android.

GarageBand Alternatives for Android-

So let’s take a quick look at the GarageBand Alternatives for Android

FL Studio Mobile-

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Talking about Music studio app, FL Studio is my first preference. FL Studio is also available for Windows PC. So, if you are really serious about making music, must consider FL Studio. FL Studio is a professional music studio app that is being used by some of the best international Artist like Avicii, Martin Garrix, Afrojack etc. The app has inbuilt loops and drum kits which makes the music making really easy. FL Studio is available on Play Store but it is not a free app. If you are really into the Music Creation, the price is negligible for you.

Music Maker Jam-

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This is another great app for making music right on your Android smartphone. They have some really cool loops that you can use to create awesome music right away. The app also has a bass guitar, drum kits, FX and other relevant stuff. The app is absolutely free to download from the play store. Although, there are some premium loops and for that, you have to pay a decent amount. Music Maker Jam definitely deserves a shot.

Walk Band-

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Walk Band is another great app which you can use as the GarageBand alternative. The app has Guitar, Bass Guitar Drums, Piano, Drum machine and also a multi-track option. You can also perform the music covers in the app. There is an option of recording using which you can create your own music. The app also has plugins. You can download Electric Pianos, Rhodes, Xylophone, Violin, Flute,  Saxophone and also download different Drum kit as per your need. The app is absolutely free to download with app-in purchase.

Music Studio Lite-

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Music Studio Lite is equipped with some of the best sounds. The whole interface is really easy to use. The app is equipped with instruments which also includes Orchestral Strings, Trance Lead, Super Saw, Synth Bass. The sound quality is just amazing. Using multitrack option, you will be able to record, edit the song and using inbuilt effects, you can add reverb, Delay, EQ and using touchpad filter, you can filter the sound which works brilliantly. The free version of Music Studio is free but for full version, you need to spend few bucks. You can download the free version from Play Store.

GarageBand for Android: Final Words

GarageBand on Android could be the best thing for Android users as well but unfortunately, GarageBand is not available for Android users. But you can definitely use the GarageBand alternatives for Android that will definitely gonna help you in creating music on your Android smartphone. Most of the GarageBand alternatives are free to download from the Play Store but some are paid apps but if you really serious about making music on Android smartphone, FL Studio is good to go.

GarageBand for Android will never be available for Android smartphones and if someone is offering you GarageBand apk for android, please stay alert. Such apps are not good for your android smartphone as it may have some sort of infected codes to track your activities. So, that is all about GarageBand for Android. If you have any questions, suggestion regarding GarageBand on Android smartphone or tablet, feel free to contact us.

How to Use Live Loops in GarageBand- GUIDE

GarageBand LiveLoops: On opening the GarageBand application on your iPad or iPhone, the home screen will show you the various virtual instruments that the application offers. You will notice a small bar that asks you to choose between Live Loops and Tracks at the top middle section of your screen. By default, this option is set to tracks. Tracks are the more linear or traditional way of creating a song and used more commonly. A track has a start and an endpoint in between which, you add your recorded tracks, position them properly to match the time signature, and finally make ready your production. What we will discuss in this article is the other path available that is Live Loops. Choosing Live Loops essentially turns your screen into a grid. Each cell of the grid can be assigned a separate looper, an instrument, or electronic beats, to almost make the composition sound like a live performance.

On opening the Live Loops window, several small boxes, each labeled with a particular genre of music will appear on your screen. Along with that, you will see a blank box at the beginning labeled New. What Apple has done is made several ready-made tones and beats using Live Loops to facilitate users who do not want to go through the process of creating loops of their own. However, if you want to do so, you will have to click on the ‘New’ box.

How to Use one of the Readymade Loops?

  1. From the Live Loops home page, click on any of the boxes you like> There are several options available such as Rock, EDM, Dubstep, POP, HipHop, Chill, RnB, Electro Funk, and much more. For this guide, let us go ahead with the EDM Live Looper. Tapping on EDM will load a screen that will look almost like a preset or a backing track.
  2. The interface of Live Loops will look nothing like the conventional Tracks View. The grids are segregated into sections and instruments. Each column of the grid starting from left to right is known as a section while each row from top to bottom demarcates an instrument. Pinching in or out on the screen will minimize or maximize the screen you are working on. On the bottom left corner of your screen, you will see a ‘+’ symbol. Clicking on it will let you add more instruments.
  3. Clicking on each instrument on the Live Loops page will start playing that instrument in the time signature that you have set before-hand. Click on the first instrument which is the drum kick and choose the kick pattern from the first row. Once the kick has started, move on to the next instrument and repeat the process.
  4. The first 5 rows are all different parts of the drum. From the snare to the high hat, you will get different patterns for all of them individually. Additionally, various drum sounds can also be added along with other percussions. Once you have mastered the drum section completely by trying out all of the patterns available, you can move on to the melody of the song.
  5. By default, the instruments present on the Live Loops grid are the Synthesizer, Layer Pads, and Piano. The pattern has to be followed for adding the melody as well. Various electronic sounds can be used for the melody part. If you are not happy with the sequences offered in the instrument row, you can use your MIDI to record a melody and input it into one of the cells.  
  6. If you want to stop the current sequence or pause it, there is a media controller on the top of the window where all the various controls are available. At the extreme bottom left of the screen, below the ‘New Instrument’ button, is a button that on being pressed, plays the entire loop with all the selected instruments and patterns.
  7. If you are wondering how to record a beat or a melody from the Live Loops feature, the process is very simple. As mentioned in the earlier point, the media player on the top of your screen has a record button on it. To record a particular music section from live music, click on the record button and start tapping on the instrument cells. If you want to dynamically play while mixing and matching the music, you can do so. Otherwise, an easier technique would be to press the button that plays your chosen sequence automatically. After the recording has been done, you will be able to import it to other projects in the form of tracks.
  8. Import the particular track into a new project, add vocals to the track, or other lead instruments like the guitar. When you finally have a complete song, save the project to the ‘My Songs’ section of the application from where you can share it to social platforms or export to the device’s media.

How to Make a New Live Loop?

If you do not want to use any of the ready-made loop settings, you have the option of creating a new loop for your song.

  1. After clicking on the ‘New Loop’ button, a blank page with several empty cells will appear on your screen. To start your project, you can go through the Apple music library which has thousands of loops of various instruments. You can incorporate any of the loops from there without any subscription fee. Starting from sound effects to drums to bass guitars as well as lead instruments like the synthesizer and lead guitar, you will get loops across the spectrum. The description beside each loop states the number of bars (4 counts) it takes up.
  2. Colour codes beside the name of each loop are also significant. If a blue box appears beside a loop, it denotes that it is a recording. A green box represents that the tone is taken from a MIDI instrument. While MIDI recordings can be changed when used, blue loops have to be used like the way they are.
  3. Let us choose a basic Electric piano loop to begin creating a new loop. Long press of the electric piano and drop it into any of the cells of the grid. As soon as the loop is registered into the system, a piano symbol will pop up at the start of the row to denote the type of instrument in use.
  4. Next, we have to add a beat to the melody. For this, you can either scroll to the drums sections or use the instrument search bar on top. Let us add a basic 4/4 pop beat to the song. Drag and drop the beat on the cell right below the electric piano. If it is in the same column, it will play together.
  5. Following the same technique, you can add more loops to your track. Live Loops does not cut you off the other options of GarageBand. Like a normal track, you can record instruments as well as use MIDI keyboards. The virtual keyboard feature along with the Musical Typing feature can all be used here. Each cell has a fixed bar count. By default, each cell is set to 4 bars. The bar count can be changed from the Edit button.
  6. Try out your favourite beat combination. Use the Smart Controls Mixer from the Inspector. Open it up and twitch the knobs to bring the best feel out of your track. Once completed, save the project in the ‘My Songs’ folder of the application. While exporting the song, the uncompressed version of the song, though comparatively bigger in memory size, will provide the best depth to the song without compromising on the finer detailing.  

 

How to edit songs from iTunes library on GarageBand

One of the most important ingredients to an amazing song recipe is the editing of it. From recording to production, a song is mastered several hundred times in a studio before the final version is brought out to the people. it so happens quite often that the entire structure of the song gets changed because the final mixing was not sounding like what was thought of. One of the finest examples of good editing is the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queens. This song was made when analog mixers were in use and tracks had to be physically cut and placed into the mixer. The end product, as we all know, is considered to be one of the greatest songs to ever have been made.

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Editing a track does not only mean editing and mastering your composition. It is also an art to be able to mix and match songs and give birth to remixes that sometimes sound even better than the original song itself. Not only remixes but also music mashups, dance jams, and rap verses can be created if songs are properly mixed. All of this requires a good command over the musical scale. In this guide, we will see how to import various songs from iTunes into our GarageBand project and mix it to create a mega-mix of your choicest songs. We will also look at editing original tracks and the various techniques involved in mixing and mastering in GarageBand.

How to Import Songs from iTunes into GarageBand?

  1. The first step to import songs from iTunes into GarageBand is to download and install the application on your device. GarageBand can be easily found in the Apple Store and can be downloaded on both an iPhone as well as an iPad along with your PCs.
  2. Launch the application. The project page of GarageBand will open up. If you want to create a new project, click on the ‘New Project’ option or open up an existing project. For the purpose of this guide, we will be editing the tracks in a new project so open a new project.
  3. Now the application will ask the type of track that you want to use. As we will not be using MIDI instruments nor plugging in lead instruments like the guitar, click on the ‘Record’ track with the microphone symbol on it.
  4. We have to import songs from iTunes into our project. For this click, the Media Browser has to be opened up that will search for media of your device. The Media Browser button is situated at the bottom right corner of your screen. Hovering over the button will show ‘View/Hide Media Browser’. Click on the button and a column to the right of the screen will open up showing all the media of your browser.
  5. There will be three segregations to the column namely Audio, Photos, and Movies. By default, the music library of iTunes will be displayed under the Audio section. Go through the entire playlist and drag and drop your favourite songs on the ‘Tracks’ section to the left of the screen. With each song you import from iTunes, a new track will be created one after the other. GarageBand also offers the feature of song preview. Before you import a particular song, double-clicking on the song title will let you hear a preview.

Check out the video guide for visual instructions:

How to Mix and Mastering Songs imported from iTunes?

  • After you have dragged onto GarageBand all of the tracks that you want to mix, the most important action that needs to be performed to bring all of them to sync according to a particular time scale. GarageBand helps you perform this by demarcating numbers (1, 2, 3, 4) on top of the track length. Each number denotes the start of a particular beat. All you need to do is position the track according to the numbers so that it falls to beat by moving it left or right. If you want to perfect and match every millisecond, zoom into the track and it will open up even finer divisions.
  • The media player containing all the relevant options (Play, Stop, Pause, Rewind) is situated on the top of the window. As a keyboard shortcut, the space bar triggers the play button, and pressing it again pauses the track.
  • To make a mash-up, tracks need to be cut and removed to make way for the next song. Move over to the part of the track where you think you want to split it. Zooming in will give you a better understanding of which millisecond to cut from. Go to Edit and click on Cut. The track will be cut into two parts right where the track cursor was placed. Now select the part that you want to delete and press the ‘Delete’ key of your keyboard. The unwanted part will be removed. You can instantly bring it back by clicking on Edit > Undo.
  • Following this, cut the track vertically below and position it in such a manner that it starts playing right after the first track stops. Cut the second track right at the intersection and delete the section that overlaps with the first one. Following a similar pattern, you can add many more songs to your mix and even insert self-composed tracks. Before finally exporting the sequence, it is recommended that you listen to the preview of the entire mix. It so happens that a very obvious mismatch misses the ear and you have to export the sequence once again.

Check out the video guide for visual instructions:

How to edit Tracks using the GarageBand mixer?

GarageBand is known as one of the best Digital Audio Workstations where you can create music that is powerful and attractive. However, the real magic lies in being able to properly edit your compositions. The GarageBand mixer provides users with the perfect opportunity to do so.

  1. Each track has a mini mixer present right beside the instrument name. The options available there are Pan, Volume, and Tone. Most basic compositions do not practically require much more than these options. There is also a master track and the mixing options there apply equally to all the tracks. You can think of it as the Master Volume key.
  2. One of the most used purposes of editing is to discard background noise. To do this, select the vocals track. It will be a recording where there will be a lot of empty spaces when the singer is not singing anything. Those parts contain sounds of the vocalist taking breaths. Cut out those parts as it will not make a difference to the song. Only keep the vocals track where the singer is singing. Some other features for cutting out background noise are the DeCrackler, De Hummer, and DeNoiser.

Check out the video guide for visual instructions:

Finally, if you want advanced mixing options, open up the Inspector from the top left of your screen. The Smart Control Knobs will pop-up on the screen. The knobs each control certain aspects of the sound like Reverb, Audio Gain, Harmony, Ambience, Pitch, and Volume. Find your perfect combination by experimenting with the knobs. Once done, save the track to the ‘My Songs’ section of GarageBand. Thereafter, you can share it across social media platforms. 

 

Steps to Utilize an Arrangement Track in GarageBand

GarageBand is a one of a kind Digital Audio Workstation that lets you create amazing music from the comfort of your home studio. A music production software that can be used alike by beginners as well as professionals, it’s simple and easy to navigate user interface has made GarageBand all the more popular as compared to its counterparts. While there are innumerable functions that GarageBand offers its users, in this guide, we will be talking about the Arrangement Track feature and how it can be used to create beautiful renditions.

The Arrangement Track, as the name suggests, deals mostly with the arrangement of a song. It is a crucial part in the editing of a song. This tool makes life very easy for arrangers with respect to placing the track in a certain arrangement or even copying a track and pasting it across the timeline to make a kind of looper. For the purpose of this guide, we will be using the Arrangement Track over 12 bar blues. This is a common blues arrangement that goes over the sequence of one – four – five. The first four bars (4 counts in a 4/4-time signature) of the twelve-bar blues arrangement is the root note. Let us choose the root scale to be ‘A’.

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Steps to use the Arrangement Track-

  • Launch the GarageBand application on your application. As this guide deals with a new concept in GarageBand, it will be preferred to choose a new project. If you want to record a piece on your MIDI or plug in a guitar, select the type of track accordingly.

  • Otherwise, if you have an existing recording on 12 bar blues that you want to use, import it into the current GarageBand project and pull it up on the tracks section. Either way, you should have a minimum of two tracks to be able to get the advantage of the Arrangement Track option. We will also be using a Rhythm guitar recording as well as a lead section that has been recorded. As a tip, always use the metronome while recording different tracks for a composition. If the original recording is on the beat, it saves a lot of hassle while editing. Position the two tracks according to the time signature.

  • After you have positioned your track well and are ready to use the Arrangement track feature, click on the Track button on the top bar and select ‘Arrangement Track’ from the pull-down menu. You will be able to see a small arrangement area that will be opened up on the upper left-hand corner. There will also be a small ‘+’ symboled button that will let you create a new arrangement.

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  • Click on the first section and the new section will open up. By default, each new section will be made up of eight counts. It can thereafter be manipulated to stretch it out or shorten it. As we are starting with a simple track, we will stick to a verse and a chorus. Let the first section be called verse.

  • Following the 12-bar blues format, the first four bars will be the verse. Zoom into the track and squeeze the verse section to only cover the first four bars. Add another section and rename it to verse 2. This bar will only cover two bars as there is a chord transition after that. An easy way to demarcate sections is to listen for chord transitions. The next two bars will be the chorus followed by four bars of the outro. As we are following the 12-bar blues here, the sections are formed in such a way. If you want to arrange your track in any other way, you can do so by simply adjusting the section length.

  • Complete separating the entire track into different with the help of the ‘+’ symbol as before. With this, you will finish off the arrangement part of the song. What this track lacks currently is a percussion instrument. There are two options to do so. The first one is a lengthier process where you have to record a drums track and import it onto GarageBand. The second one is a simpler technique where you add a new virtual drummer track. We will also be using the virtual drummer. Set the time signature and the variation in the drum pattern you require. A new percussion track will be added below the two existing tracks. Interestingly, as the Arrangement Track is open, the drums track will be split according to the sections that you had made before.

  • As GarageBand offers several virtual drummers namely Darcy, Levi, Graham, and Mason to name a few, implement all of them to see which pattern is sounding best for your track. If you feel the drums are either lagging behind or going faster than the beat, use the ‘Swing’ knob down below to adjust the pace. Another knob called ‘Fills’ is also present right above Swings. This controls the drumming intensity. If you want prominent and powerful base kicks, pull up the intensity or vice-versa.

  • The Arrangement Track, as mentioned before, can be used as a looper by copying and pasting a part of a track on the timeline. The process is very simple. With respect to the current track, there are only two verses there. If you require a third verse, press and hold the ‘Options’ button on your keyboard and click and drag on the ‘verse 2’ title. A duplicate of that particular section will appear. You can drag and place it anywhere on the timeline. This option comes in very handy if you have the same pattern of strumming in every verse and you do not want to play it two or three times. What you can do instead is record it once and use this option to play duplicates for the next two verses. The same goes for the Chorus as well. While editing as well, you just need to master one chorus and one verse and the rest of the song will be taken care of.

  • The Arrangement Tracks feature has been developed in such a way that you will always find a smooth transition between different sections. There will not be any abrupt sound spikes.

  • What remains of the song that we were developing using the Arrangement track is only the ending. Add a final section to the end of the track and call it the Outro. Adjust the bar so as to cover the entire song. Elongate the drums track and add an ending roll to it.

  • Once the arrangement track is more or less ready, head over to the Smart Controls knobs and fine-tune your track. Use the knobs to adjust effects like Reverb, Gain, Ambience, and Harmony. Preview the track before finally exporting it.

  • Save the track on the ‘My Songs’ section and share it on your social media platforms.

For a visual guide, check this detailed video made by GarageBandandBeyond, if we left out on any doubts, he will make it a cakewalk for you:

 

How to Use Auto Tune in GarageBand

When it comes to choosing a perfect Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to develop and produce your music, GarageBand is the first application that comes to mind. Developed by Apple INC, GarageBand has the potential and features to transform your music to a whole new level. Be it an instrumental piece, a simple music track or an entire album, GarageBand serves the purpose for production of all of the aforementioned music items. Derived from Logic Pro X, the application has successfully retained all of the features of Logic Pro X while keeping the user interface much simpler for people of all competencies to use and benefit from.

Like you can use the MIDI Instrument facility to either record a piece from a USB connected MIDI instrument or by typing on the device keyboard using the Musical Typing feature, GarageBand also makes sure any kind of vocals used in a track is enhanced with the help of certain features. One of the most prominently used features of GarageBand is the Auto Tune setting. Auto Tune is used in places where the vocals have gone off tune and are not matching with the scale of the backing track. What this effect essentially does is automatically corrects the pitch or frequency of those off-scale notes and brings them to key. Even though this feature is extremely simple to use and takes off a lot of work from singers and vocalists while allowing them some margin of error during recording, judicious use of this feature is very important. Every time Auto Tune is used, it adds an electronic effect to the track. The more you use it, the more electronic your track will sound thereby losing its natural flair. The best way to use Auto Tune is listed below in this article.

  •       To start off with using Auto Tune or the Pitch Correction feature of GarageBand, you will need to open up a track to use the effect on. You can either use an existing project where you have a few tracks loaded up or start afresh with a New Project. Let’s start with a new project here. Open up a New Project in GarageBand. A pop-up window will appear asking you to choose the type of track you want to insert into the project. As we will not be playing any MIDI Instrument here neither will we be recording guitar or keyboards, choose the option with the symbol of a microphone. Click on the ‘Import’ button to import audio on which you would like to apply Auto Tune.
  •       Getting to the AutoTune feature is quite simple. Select the lead vocals track of your project and click on the small scissors button (the GarageBand editor) on the top left corner of your screen. This will open up the Piano Roll and the Scroll editor by default. From the column to the button left of your screen beside the editor, click on Track and you will find the Pitch Correction slider there. This is effectively the Auto Tune feature of GarageBand.
  •       The Pitch Correction slider determines the intensity of the pitch or high or low the pitch is going to be. Higher the pitch, a more robotic effect will be produced and lower the pitch, your natural vocals will be preserved. Just below the slider, you will find two more options known as the Limit to Key feature and the Enable Flex feature. On selecting Limit to Key, the Pitch Corrector will automatically correct the pitch of the track in conformity with the scale of the backing track. The pitch of the vocals will be limited or bounded by the pitch of the track being used as a reference. Enable flexing is where you can fiddle with each section of a track and play around with the frequencies to know what pitch suits best for your production.
  •       GarageBand does not automatically recognize the key of the song. If you want to tune a certain track to a particular scale, you will have to set the Key Signature to that particular scale. There are two options to set the scale. The first one makes use of the Tuner button present on the bar on top. You will require a microphone connected to the system. Hum the scale you want to set on your microphone and the tuner will detect the scale. This option should only be used if you are sure you will not go off the scale while setting the scale. Otherwise, the second option is to manually select a key from a drop-down list containing all the major and minor scales. A much simpler method, all you need to do is click on the Key Signature. A list will appear. Choose a particular scale from the list and close the Key Signature. Now you will be able to see the name of the scale you have set on the Key Signature display. Both options will require you to know the scale of the track beforehand. There are several third-party applications that automatically detect the bpm and scale of any song that you feed into it. You can always take the help of such an application in finding the key to a song.
  •       Using auto-tune for basic songs with simple 4 chord progression is quite simple. But the real challenge comes when you have several musical details in a song. The natural tendency of Auto Tune is always to either scale up or down a wrong note to match the set Key Signature. When it comes to songs that are written on a major scale but have some minor notes in it, the real problem arises. In the context of Indian Music, a typical example would be Rabindrasangeet (Songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore). Most of these songs are so incredibly rich in detailing and have a constant mix of scales, scale jumps, and accidental notes which in no way go with the original scale but adds to the dramatic effect of a song. A general auto tune in such places will absolutely crumble the vocals as the effect will try to pull up a minor note into a major one. Specifically, for those parts, the auto tune has to be turned off so that it does not interfere with the natural flow of the song.
  •       Just as an experiment, you can play around with the Auto Tune feature by changing scales just to get a flavor of how this feature works and how different or electronic the vocals sound. This also helps you master using Auto Tune as the more you fiddle around, the better your musical sense becomes.

There is no perfect guide to auto tune successfully. It all depends on what you think sounds good or bad. All you need to make sure is that Auto Tune does not spoil your track in any way and that it keeps the originality of your voice intact!