Take Control of Recording with GarageBand

I mentioned that I was editing three Take Control ebooks, and now the third has just hit: Jeff Tolbert’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand. I’m not a musician (though I’ve recently started to take up the guitar), but I can see how someone with desire and $10 can make professional-sounding recordings using GarageBand and some relatively inexpensive gear. This ebook is as much about recording sound as it is about recording it in GarageBand; Jeff gives great advice on microphone placement and buying a preamp, for example, while also detailing the steps required to record the audio from your electric guitar’s pickup. From the ebook’s Web page:

Want to record music with GarageBand? This ebook explains how to use GarageBand to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, even the kitchen sink! Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You’ll find real-world recording studio techniques, learn how to use a microphone, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and plenty of practical advice help you plan a recording session, record with Software Instruments or Real Instruments, and rerecord if you make a mistake. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed. Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them. Remember us when you’re famous!

Note that you if you don’t own Jeff’s first GarageBand title, Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand, you can save $2.50 when you buy both.

Now, I get some sleep.

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