GarageBand

Mr. Pfaff will be collecting all Garageband files today for next week's presentation. AFTER you have completed your composition and Mr. Pfaff has collected it on a thumb drive, it's time to MIX YOUR CREATION DOWN TO MP3!!

Making an Aesthetically Pleasing Result

By now you have made one or more GarageBand compositions.  Follow these seven points to help make them the best they can be.

1. Cut away the wasted notes.  What doesn't need to be here?

2. Use a variety of elements. 
Why three or four piano parts when you can have different instrumentation?  Experiment.

3. Make those elements work with each other. 
Is one instrument stepping on or fighting with another?  Let each good idea have its own space in the song.

4. Ask yourselves and others, "do you like it?" 
Be honest but nice with each other.

5. Organize your music. 
When you listen to your piece does it sound like all the parts belong together?  Does your assembly of sounds have a sense of purpose?

6. Balance familiarity and variety. 
Our ears like to hear a recurring idea.  Think of your favorite music.  Some ideas are repeated and some are new.

7. Ask, "does this bear repeated listening?" 
Are you excited about what you have?  Do you want to share it with everybody?  If you are bored with your own music you have a problem.

Mr. Pfaff will be collecting all Garageband files today for next week's presentation. AFTER you have completed your composition and Mr. Pfaff has collected it on a thumb drive, it's time to MIX YOUR CREATION DOWN TO MP3!!


time for
MIXDOWN 


We need to mix down our material to a stereo audio file in order to become part of our finished product: an audio CD.  Also, in order to properly evaluate your music, you need to hear it in a variety of settings.  So here's how we are going to do that.   

1) Spend some time getting your fades, panning, balance and sounds the way you want them.  Make sure you have cut out any extraneous material and moved your song to start at the beginning of the timeline. 

2) open Preferences and then go to "Export" in the Preferences dialog.  Check your playlist, composer name and album name and change them if you want.  You will need this information to find your mixed-down audio later. 

3) Make sure your tracks are enabled (that nothing is muted that you want to be heard) and go to Share > Send Song to iTunes. 

4) Once you have exported to iTunes, go in to iTunes and locate the playlist where your newly mixed song is placed. 

5) Listen to the song in iTunes.  Is your impression of it different when you are listening without the "visual aid" of the GarageBand interface?  If so, how? Are there things you want to fix about arrangement, sounds, balance? 

6) Go back to GarageBand and make your fixes. 

7) Send your song to iTunes again with your fixes and improvements.  Listen critically to your results.  Are you happy? 

8) With your song selected (highlighted in dark blue), Hit Apple-R.  This will bring up a window of the folder where the .aif of your mixed down song is contained.  That folder is probably called "Import" and is probably found like this: Music > iTunes > iTunes Music > Import. Yours may be different so make sure you know where your file is.  You need that information for later. 

8a) In order to make this file small enough to send, you will have to convert it from an .aif to a .mp3. Here's how you do that: iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing. Set to import using MP3 encoder  with setting on Good Quality (128 kbps) This will create an mp3 of your mixed down audio. 

9) E-mail the .mp3 as an attachment to everyone in your project group AND andrewpfaff@gmail.com (that's me). 

10)  (Outside of project time) -- Open, download and listen to your creation in as many different formats as possible.  Put it on your mp3 player.   Listen to it on your stereo.  On your computer at home.  What other things are becoming apparent to you about your mix?  Does the balance of instruments and sounds change from place to place?  What adjustments need to be made in order to make this as listenable as possible in ALL environments? 

11) Next week, re-convene with your findings and adjust your mixes appropriately.  Project Presentation Time is at hand!!!

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