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GarageBand Accessibility On Mac

a couple of months ago I posted a blog with regards to the Garage band App on the iPhone.

This week, I’d like to take the time to talk about the accessibility of Garage band on either a Mac book Pro, or iMac or for that matter any new Mac system one buys on the market.

When you buy a Mac, it comes standard with a music application called Garage Band.

This is a music application which allows the user to record audio, or midi (musical digital data interface.)

There are many music applications that one can buy for the Mac, but if you are someone who wants to get your feet wet in the area of music recording, this application will more than meet your needs. As I stated above, this is a standard application that comes with your Mac system. To get this application launched, you need to go in the applications menu, and locate it in the list of applications. I was disappointed to see that the application shortcut was not automatically displayed in the Doc menu; however, once you locate the program in the applications menu, it’s extremely simple to put the shortcut in the Doc menu.

After poking around the application, I was impressed as to how many keyboard shortcuts are available. You can actually solo a track by pressing the letter s, or mute a track by pressing the letter m once you have a file opened or a new project loaded. For those of you who aren’t familiar as to what solo or mute is, here’s a brief description.

Since this application allows you to record several instrument tracks at the same time, when you play those tracks back, after you have recorded your take, sometimes you might just simply want to here a single track. This is extremely useful if you need to edit some information on the track, or maybe the person who sang on the track needs to redo there recording as it was a bad take.

Mute on the other hand allows you to simply mute the selected track and have all the other instruments play back. I find this extremely useful when I need to practice a guitar part for which I simply want to mute the recorded guitar solo and play it myself along with the rest of the tracks.

I was impressed to see how easy it was to record a part, and how easy it was to be able to go back a few bars of music at a time. I still as of yet need to work on how to edit my material.

I can report in a later post as to how this is done.

At any rate, if any one owns a Mac, and is interested in the music field, I would seriously give this app a shot.

Until next time.


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