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iLife ’09 announced at Macworld, GarageBand ’09 coming late January! January 12, 2009

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I had a feeling this would be announced this week and now it is confirmed for release in late January.

Apple announced Tuesday an update to the media suite iLife during their Macworld 2009 keynote presentation.  Here is an early list of some of the new features announced.


Macworld 2009 next week, new GarageBand coming? January 3, 2009

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So I may have jumped the gun back in August, speculating the announcement of iLife or GarageBand ’09 during the October Macbook event.  But with Macworld 2009 only days away, GarageBand ’09 may soon become a reality.


Use the Official Playstation Bluetooth Headset with GarageBand January 3, 2009

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This one is for all my gamers out there that want to maximize the potential of their Official Playstation Bluetooth headset.  Not only can you use the headset with your Playstation 3 console and Bluetooth enabled cell phone (such as the iPhone) but you can also use it with virtually any application on Mac or PC (such as GarageBand) that utilizes a microphone.


PJ’s Pick: Website of the Month December 29, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, Composing, GarageBand , 2comments

Hooray for new segments on the Studio Files!  So here’s the deal, I’m going to pick and write about a website related to the world of audio every month. First up is…



GarageBand ’08 Impressions November 1, 2008

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Better late than never! I finally made the switch to Leopard by way of a new Macbook Pro (Feb. 08 Edition) and with it the newest version of GarageBand.


GarageBand Video Tutorial: Using the Instrument Tuner October 18, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, Videos , 1 comment so far

PJ here, with a video detailing a handy feature built into GarageBand; the instrument tuner.


GarageBand ’09 – What would you like to see? August 10, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, GarageBand , 7comments

GarageBand ’08 added some great new features to the platform – full automation, multi-take recording, visual EQ, a real compressor, notation printing and a whole lot more. Apple even included a feature for non-musicians called Magic GarageBand along with a tweaked UI. All of these features helped build upon the core of GarageBand 3 and flesh out an already stellar program. (more…)

Fix for Audio Glitch: GarageBand, Logic & OS 10.4.11 April 22, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, Troubleshooting, Virtual Instruments , 2comments

After recently installing Software update 10.4.11 for OSX, I found that some of my Logic and Garageband software instruments produced a crackling, distorted sound during playback and recording. Audio from other sources (iTunes, Quicktime, etc) seemed to be working fine. Oddly enough, the quickest solution was to turn OFF AirPort while using Logic or GB. I’ve since installed an older version of the AirPort software and after repairing permissions and rebooting – everything seems to be in order. For anyone having similar problems, try the two solutions mentioned above and let us know how things work out. I’ll keep you all posted on an update. 

Update: It has been reported on the Apple Support forums (thread here) that the July 2008 Airport update does indeed fix this problem.  The update (for OSX Tiger only) can be found here. 


Transferring GarageBand Files into other DAWs (Pro Tools, etc…) April 21, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand, Pro Tools , 45comments

If you have a session going in GarageBand, and want to transfer to another DAW (like Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase etc…), you can.  It’s not as clean as transferring from GarageBand to Logic (since you can just open the file up), but this will work just fine for you. (more…)

Add Nintendo sounds to GarageBand with this free 8-bit Plugin March 31, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, plugins (plug-ins), Virtual Instruments , 5comments

NES GarageBand

If you’ve ever found yourself humming the overworld theme from The Legend of Zelda or have the title track from Battletoads on your iPod, then you should definitely check out the “Magical 8-bit Plug” for GarageBand (or any app that supports AU plugins). (more…)

More Impressions: Acoustica Mixcraft 4 March 24, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand , 11comments

PJ here and I’m back with more impressions on Acoustica Mixcraft 4 or as we at The Studio Files call it, Garageband for Windows. If you missed it, you can read my first impressions of Mixcraft here. I left off with an introduction of the impressive collection of software instruments included with the program. (more…)

Emailing GarageBand Files March 16, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand, Troubleshooting , 65comments

Here’s a helpful hint for anyone wanting to know how to email a GarageBand project. GarageBand files are saved as .band files, but when you try to attach this type of file to an email, the file will be grayed out and you will not be able to select it. The reason this does not work is that .band files are actually saved as folders. So to successfully send a GarageBand file, you would do the same thing you would with a folder – archive it. Simply right click the .band file and select “Create Archive.” This will create a .zip file in the same directory, which can then be attached to an email. That’s it!


First Impressions: Acoustica Mixcraft 4 March 12, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand, Studio Setup , 1 comment so far

PJ here, I am going to give you my first impressions of Acoustica Mixcraft 4 (aka Garageband for Windows)

Acoustica has recently released version 4 of their Mixcraft music creation software. You can download an unlimited 7 day trial of the program here. Once the 46 MB download is finished and installed you will be greeted with the New Project dialog screen: (more…)

GarageBand – Musical Typing Explained March 8, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand , 24comments

If you are making music in a mobile envornment (say on your laptop), or if you don’t have access to a MIDI keyboard, you can still program music very efficiently. (But, if you don’t own a MIDI keyboard, you might want to take Connor’s advice here and pick one up.)

In the meantime, you can still create some great tunes in GarageBand by using just the keys on your keyboard. (more…)

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