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Entries in GarageBand (49)

An essential GarageBand Smart Strings tutorial video

The new Smart Strings section in GarageBand for iOS is a real gem, but its true power is easily missed. Learn how to use it effectively with this 7 minute tutorial video from Lynda.com. For the full 2.5 hour GarageBand course, head on over to Lynda.com.

Further Reading: See all our GarageBand related posts

How to: Shoot, edit and score a film using just your iPad

Nothing will hone your iPad skills quite like rising to a creative challenge. I wanted to get a better understanding of GarageBand's new Smart Strings section, plus I still felt that there was more to explore with the new iPad's camera.

With the in mind, I decided to shoot, edit and score a short film about a pleasant subtropical garden that's not too far from me. Abbotsbury Gardens is lovely this time of year, I knew that there would be lots of colour on show and that all the extra pixels of the new iPad, both in the display and the camera, would help me get those macro flower shots just right.

Smart Strings iPad GarageBand Tutorial

Smart Strings turned out to be extremely powerful, deceptively so in fact. Getting just the right expression of each note was tricky at first, but once I realised that there are three ways of playing the instruments using the onscreen controls, things began to fall into place. For example, when playing chords, you can either tap to play pizzicato, swipe up and down to bow slowly, or quickly swipe to get a chord with much more attack, it's genuinely ingenious.

Why not set yourself a challenge over the weekend. Shoot, edit and score your own movie - perhaps just some footage of your favourite local spot - you'll be surprised how quickly it all comes together. When you're finished, be sure to let us know and we'll share your film with our readers.

App Store Links: iMovie and GarageBand

Tune-in Tuesday: Newly Discovered iPad-Made Music

It's about time we did another round-up of some of the tracks we've been listening to over on SoundCloud. Here is this week's trio of tracks. We think they really show off what can be done now with the raft of music creation apps we have on the iPad. See what you think:

'Forever I Know' by onwardvoyageur 

This song is just beautiful and sounds great. Played using a Ukelele, and the Pocket Organ / ThumbJam / GarageBand apps on the iPad, plus (presumably) onwardvoyageur's 6 year old Daughter on piano, we think you'll like it. 

'Thursday, Two PM' by Victor Lams

We're not sure if it is the cute vocals, kooky instruments or just the number of apps used to create this song that makes us love this track, but love it we certainly do. Our only criticism, it's too short, so we have to keep playing it again. Great job and great production Victor!

Apps used by Victor included Meteor Multitrack Recorder, iSequence, SoundPrism ProGrain Science, Beatmaker 2, Animoog and Tabletop.

'Sonic Vibrations (Original Club Mix)' by Sensadark

A change of pace now. Sensadark contacted us to let us know about his tracks on SoundCloud that were all created with Korg's wonderful iMS-20 app and we are glad he did.

This kind of uplifting club sound is just what we need pumping out at full volume on a dark, dreary wet day in England's so-called Summer. We're not so sure our work mates agree, but we're much happier now. Turn it up loud!

Over to you

We hope you enjoyed listening to our picks this week, be sure to leave a comment either here or over on the tracks at SoundCloud and let us know what you think.

As we always say in these posts, we want to hear from you too. So, if you have your own iOS created sounds (preferably with the iPad, but we won't hold you to that) here's how you can get them to us:

  • Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page
  • If you're on a computer, click 'Send us your sounds' at top of the sidebar to the right of your screen --->
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below

We're looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Tune-in Tuesday: New iOS Music Finds

More sounds from the cloud (SoundCloud of course) for your delectation, created using an iOS device and/or apps. No real theme this time, just tracks we heard and wanted to share, to get you thinking about having a go yourself.

Be My Queen by Li$H

Robotic vocoder (via VirSyn's iVoxel) mashed with GarageBand strings and some fantastic drum sounds? We love it! Nice one (again) Li$H.

It's Just the Lighting by Simplexity (Derek Mecca and Jeff Pritchett)

[Update: We have amended this bit of the post after Derek contacted us and let us know some more details about the Simplexity project.]

Odd but strangely compelling to listen to, this fairly spartan track was created by Derek Mecca and Jeff Pritchett under their collaborative project 'Simplexity'. They used Korg's iMS-20 and Addictive Synth (another VirSyn app) on a couple of iPads to put this song together. We hope you like it too.

Personality Disorder….System Failure by Michaelw

And finally, an amazing, disturbing and almost operatic piece from the brilliant Michaelw (Michael Wadlow from Wales). We liked this because, although uncomfortable to listen to in places, it is also totally entrancing in others. This track is a bit of a departure from some of Michael's other stuff, he really mixes things up here and makes you marvel.

Made using Animoog, iMS-20 and studio.HD, this track left us speechless and is a great way to round things up for this instalment. Awesome job Michael! 

Show us your stuff

We hope you enjoyed listening to our picks this week, but as always, we want to hear from you too. If you have your own iOS created sounds (preferably with the iPad, but not essential) here's how you can get them to us:

  • Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page
  • If you're on a computer, click 'Send us your sounds' at top of the sidebar to the right of your screen --->
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below

We're looking forward to hearing from you soon. 

Thank your for taking the time to listen to our notable tracks, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think of this week's picks.

A superb GarageBand drum kit tutorial video

Sure, this GarageBand tutorial video from iPad Music is a little on the short side, but if you've found the drum kit section of GarageBand a little daunting (we certainly have!), then this could be for you. I was able to play along to the basic beat demonstrated on the video after only a couple of viewings.

Source: iPad Music

Further Reading: GarageBand Posts

Immunity by Jeremy Goss, an impressive iPad production!

Jeremy and his fellow musicians have been busy. 'Immunity' is a classic example of the kind of end-to-end creative solution that the iPad offers. Jeremy explains:

"Music video shot on iPads and edited using iMovie for iPad. Song recorded with GarageBand for iPad. This is a song I wrote and recorded on my iPad. The teens at my church helped make this silly video using only iPads and iPhones to film. Then I edited the footage with iMovie for the iPad. Enjoy."

It's a catchy tune with a solid vocal performance and a fun video. Congratultions Jeremy, you have our attention, we look forward to seeing what you produce next.

Hands on with the new iPad

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On the 16th March 2012 the next chapter of the iPad story begins. Having already lived up to our greatest expectations, the new iPad goes all out to prove that it really is the most creative computer yet imagined. What makes the iPad 3 (yes, we'll be calling it the iPad 3) so much better for content creation? Two things; The stunning Retina display and the significant boost in camera quality.

Retina display. Better than a laptop display, better than print

We cannot express enough just how much of a difference this new Retina class display will make for content creation. As our correspondent at the launch event said, "It's truly marvellous! You simply have to see it with your own eyes to believe how good it actually is!" The general consensus from those that have spent time with the new iPad is that it exceeds even the quality of the superb iPhone Retina display. We've written at length about the advantages of a super high resolution display, we fully expect the launch of the iPad 3 to create a surge in the demand for similar displays across all computing devices, from phones to televisions. Can you imagine how sumptuous ArtRage will look on the iPad 3?!

Our correspondent mentioned that although photos, web pages and books looked very special indeed on the iPad 3, it was the 1080p video that really impressed. Many potential iPad 3 owners may never have seen 1080p video displayed at full resolution, so there's another advantage of the Retina display.

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A camera to take seriously

We predicted that Apple would pack the iPad 3 with the same camera as the iPhone 4S but at 5MP and that is exactly what Apple did. The samples that Apple have used to demonstrate the quality of the new camera do a great job of showing just how much better this new camera module is.

We realise that there is a real stigma attached to taking photos and shooting video with a large tablet, but we believe that this bias will gradually disappear. Education and Enterprise seem like prime markets in which iPad photo and video capture to flourish. Be assured that now that iPad has a useful daylight camera we'll be helping you to get the very best from it here at iPad Creative.

iLife complete

iPhoto has finally arrived to the iOS and just as we expected it's quite special. Most iPad users will find that iPhoto does everything they need. One area of contention is photo management. Photos on the iPad still exist in a silo, even Apple's own iPhoto has only a limited access to the basic file structure of the photo and video library. This has to change, and we fully expect Apple to address this and other restrictions in iOS 6.

iMovie, GarageBand and the iWork apps also got significant updates. We'll do our best to cover those is future posts, probably after the 16th March.

What do you think of the new iPad? Let us know in a comment below.

Many thanks to Margi Laurin for the superb painting at the head of this page!

Tune-in Tuesday: iOS Made Music Finds

We are constantly on the lookout for new iOS made tracks on SoundCloud, so continuing our regular(ish) Tune-in Tuesday spot, here's this weeks trio of picks.

'Nr One' by Kalim Stavros

We've been meaning to feature one of Kalim's SoundCloud tracks for a while now because he creates all of them in GarageBand on his iPad. This is his most recent track, an uptempo 'Funky House' affair which is proving quite popular over on SoundCloud as you'll see by all the comments.

'The track with no name' by Caustic Sunshine

Another musician we have been meaning to include for a long time is Caustic Sunshine, from just down the road in Bournemouth, UK. This beautiful, Animoog based track put together in NanoStudio on the iPad, really took us away from it all when we first heard it. One for those stressful Monday mornings.

Be sure to check out the rest of Caustic Sunshine's tracks, they're not all iPad/iOS tracks but we like them just the same.

'So U Think U Can Satch?' by shred_777

Timothy Kahlil (a.k.a. shred_777) hails from Sydney, Australia and he has some mean guitar licks going on in this Satch-fest, recorded using the amazing tones of AmpKit. We like it a lot!

Over to you

We try and do this as often as possible, each week if we can, so we would love to hear your SoundCloud hosted tracks too if they were made on an iOS device, especially if the iPad was used in some way.

Here's how you can get your tracks to us:

  • Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page
  • If you're on a computer, click the 'Send us your sounds' link in the sidebar --->
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments for this post

We're looking forward to hearing you soon.

Tune-in Tuesday: iOS Made Music Picks

After taking last week off over the holidays we are picking up our regular series again this week, highlighting iOS created music tracks found on SoundCloud. This week we have got quite a mixture of tracks and we are kicking things off with:

Fluid by The Plastic Band

We are absolutely loving the Gorillaz-esque feel of this track from Italy's The Plastic Band, described as a "Virtual Tabletop Band" in their SoundCloud profile. Whoever the person/persons is/are behind The Plastic Band track they have done a great job with Retronyms' Tabletop app and the track is very well produced, as are all of their tracks. Impressive stuff and now one of our favourite SoundClouders.

2012 by Landero

This track, created by Julian Neumann from Mexico, with Korg's iMS-20 app, has a fast running almost U2, sound to it. We like it a lot.

Hope (For The Lost Boy) by TheOxfordAmbientCollectiv

David Smith from Oxford here in England, created this track in GarageBand for iPad. Recorded as a live improvisation using the on-screen Piano in GarageBand, based on his reflective thoughts of that moment, David has created a loose but emotional bare bones track. Check it out:

We want to hear from you

If you have joined the SoundCloud community you can submit your tracks to our iPad Creative group, from a computer by clicking on the 'Send us your sounds' link on the right of the screen, or on the SoundCloud group page you can click on the 'Share a Track' button.

We look forward to hearing your stuff.

5 ways to start creating wonderful content with your new iPad

So you've browsed your favourite web sites, installed Real Racing 2 HD, got up to speed on your favourite social networks and messed around with Photo Booth - what's next? If you only ever use your new iPad for consuming content, you're missing out on some of the most satisfying aspects of the iPad experience - creating content.

Here we list 5 creative things you can do with your iPad along with links to help you to explore each area in more detail.

1. Create a song with GarageBand

The arrival of GarageBand for the iPad was quite a watershed moment. That Apple brought their best of class music creation Mac OS application to the iPad showed that they had bigger plans for the iPad than many a tech pundit had assumed. GarageBand is a marvellous piece of code, a true joy to use.

App Store Link: GarageBand

More about music creation with the iPad.

2. Paint a picture with ArtRage

More than any other creative iPad activity, finger painting has really fired the imagination of the general public. ArtRage simulates various types of media with astonishing accuracy. With a little bit of care and attention ArtRage is capable of art that is almost indestinguisable from actual physical art.

App Store Link: ArtRage

More about painting with the iPad.

3. Edit a video with iMovie

Apple recently upgraded iMovie with the ability to edit many different video formats. There's a good chance that the holiday video that you shot with your digital camera this summer will now play nicely with iMovie. We use iMovie almost everyday to edit both personal and iPad Creative videos. It's a pleasure to use, fast and capable.

App Store Link: iMovie

More about video creation and editing with the iPad

4. Edit your photos with SnapSeed

The iPad is a near perfect photo presentation device, but you might be surprised at just how useful it is for editing photos too. We've used and reviewed quite a number of photo editing and photo filter apps, but it's SnapSeed, with its power and simplicity, that we recommend to new iPad owners looking to explore the world of iPad photo editing.

App Store Link: SnapSeed

More about photo editing with the iPad

5. Learn how to play the guitar with WildChords

Turn the chore of learning guitar chords into a fun experience with WildChords. WildChords is one of the most impressive apps we've seen in 2011, as we said in our review, "Far from being the trudging, demotivating type of lesson that puts so many of us off learning to play an instrument, WildChords makes learning guitar fun and keeps you coming back for more."

App Store Link: WildChords

More about learning with the iPad

6. BONUS ACTIVITY: Add iPad Creative to your iPad home screen

Go to the iPad Creative home page by clicking on this link, once the home page is open tap the action button (a box with an arrow springing out of it located to the left of the address bar) and tap 'Add to Home Screen'. Now, inspiration is only 1 finger tap away!