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Today, we will all learn how to easily upload and share audio online… FREE.  Okay, but before we even get to that point, we have to create some ORIGINAL audio and in order to do that, you can use garage band.

What I would like y’all (yes, y’all, I’m from TEXAS!) to do is open the garageband program and use at least 3 instruments or loops and create a simple track with a BPM between 90-100.  Feel free to add more instruments (or grab a USB MIDI Keyboard and playout your sounds).  When you are done, Go to Share —> Export Song to Disk and choose MP3.  Save the file as your name and save on the Desktop.  I will be selecting a few of your audio tracks to add to the Class Recordings section of this blog, so take your time and come up with a banger.

Once you have the ORIGINAL MP3 created, go to .  Use this website to upload your MP3.  Leave your link as a comment.  I will be here if you have any questions or need help.  Now get to producing!  ♥

Samplers are a very important part of the production process because they allow you to play and manipulate any recorded sound. You could record a bird chirping, a door slamming, a hand-drum performance, one guitar chord, or a single note on a flute to play in a sampler. Once the sound is in the sampler, it can be tuned, truncated, reversed, looped, layered, filtered, and shaped using different types of envelopes. Depending on the sampler, you may even be able to apply effects such as bit-reduction and distortion.

When samplers were bulky hardware units, they were divided into two categories: those that could record and play back samples, and those that were dedicated playback units. Most of today’s software samplers are all playback devices because they can only read standard audio files that were recorded by other programs (such as Pro Tools, Audacity, or even Windows Sound Recorder). As a result, any device or software program that can play standard audio files is now referred to as simply a sampler.

Reason features four devices that qualify as samplers: Redrum, Dr. REX, NN-XT, and NN-19. In this lesson, we’ll cover Redrum as a sampler.

Yesterday we discussed the Job Application process online, today we will work on our resumes.  Click the image below to fill out a form that will generate a resume for you.  Copy and paste the info from that site back on here as a comment.

Go to the following page for today’s assignment. CD Reviews.

We will be adding a new section to our website that reviews new Audio albums and CD’s that are released.  CD’s are released every week on Tuesdays.  I’d like for you to read a few reviews and come up with one of your own.

Click the image below to be taken to a step by step tutorial on the Mu Lab program.  Open up the program by going to your spotlight and typing in MuLab, it should be the Top Hit.  Click on the icon and follow the tutorial.  I will assist you if you have any questions.

How to Adjust Vocal Settings in GarageBand to Sound like the T-Pain

Okay, so maybe you’re not the best singer in the world. However, if you own a Mac and have ever wanted to experiment with using the Garage Band application; then you can adjust the settings so that even you will sound good singing just like T-Pain. The way this is done is by adjusting the tune of your voice.

Make Your Voice Sound Better!

To get started, you are going to want to first launch the Garage Band application. After it appears on your screen, you will want to select ‘Create a New Project’. Type in a file name for your song and click ‘Create’. From here, you will want to click the track button located on the top tool bar, and then click “New Basic Track.”

Now a box with a speaker should appear right below the piano in the main window. Click the plus sign in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Then, place a checkmark in the box ‘Real Music Instrument Track’ and click ‘Create’. The next step is to click the scissors icon also located on the bottom left portion of the Garage Band window. This will bring up some tuning options.

Under the advance tab in the window you just brought up, you will want to find the control for enhanced tuning and slide it all the way to the right. Also, put a checkmark in the limit to key box located directly below the slider. Now you are going to want to go up to the large pane located on the right of the Garage Band window and select Vocals > Vocal Reflection.

Now, in the bottom right corner of the screen you will see a small arrow that looks like a play button with the words ‘Details’; Click it. You should now see a portion of the pop up box that says ‘Compressor’. Uncheck this box to turn the compressor off. Finally, click the pencil next to the track echo field and slide the slider under echo time closer to the short end of the scale.

Click ‘Save Instrument’ in the lower right hand corner of the screen. To test this out click the record button and sing a couple of lines. When you are done singing, click the stop button and drag the slider back to the beginning of the scale. Now press play.

You’re Done!

There you have it. Now you can sound just like T-Pain. Well, maybe with Garage Band and a couple of singing lessons.

We have used Garageband, Reason and discussed Clyde Stubblefield, who is a highly sampled drummer, but now it is time to create our own drum patterns.  Click the image below to use an online drum machine called Monkey Machine.  Make your own drum patterns and sequences and follow along as I explain some of the basic features.

In the next few weeks, you will be able to earn Audio Bucks that can be redeemed at the DMHS student store.  Details Coming Soon!

Match the following keyboard shortcuts with the given output.  Example:

1. Command O = W. open file

A. take picture of entire screen (saves on desktop as “Picture #”
B. take picture of rectangular area of screen that you define
C. undo last operation
D. select all
E. copy selection
F. cut selection
G. quit an application
H. save a document (over previous version)
I. cancel whatever process is happening
J. force-quit an unresponsive application
K. warm reboot a frozen computer
L. paste selection
M. duplicate selected item
N. close all open windows
O. make a new window in application
P. open the file finder application
Q. close currently active window
R. make a new finder window
S. make a new folder
T. get information
U. cycle to next running application
V. open Mac help
W. open a file

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