Deb Reeves and Scott Higby, veteran audio producer/engineers, created this course at the request of voice over actors, podcasters, and internet radio producers in our California recording studio.
We discovered that many voice talents are being held back by not being able to send a professional recording to their clients. And while they are great at their craft, they just are wired differently than the gear-head engineers. So we're including just enough techy info to get you good at what you need to do. No more, we promise. But you WILL come out of this class being very comfortable with recording and editing, using the awesome GarageBand software that is already on your Mac, iPad, or other Apple product.
GarageBand is pre-installed software that will give you professional results, if you know how to use it. That's what we'll be showing you, in a friendly, fun, easy paced way. And we are going to skip over ALL the music production tools that will just get in the way. Though we DO show you how to use the powerful music and sound effects library to create a truly great sounding project.
This course covers GarageBand in a very easy, step by step manner. We take you through all the confusing "preferences" parts of the setup. We take a tour of the entire GarageBand screen, and show you what EVERY button does. And you'll see how easy it is.
You will be able to get better results than most of the people out there. And when you can create professional audio, you will get noticed!
By the way, we've priced this class so that it's a no-brainer. We really want the world to sound good! We look forward to working with you.
Deb and Scott
Finding and installing the best version for your computer. Opening GarageBand.
Choosing from templates. Where to save your session work. Introduction to the workspace.
Set up GarageBand for the way you work
Overview of the menus. Accessing features.
Record. Play. Metronome. Looping. Master volume.
Add tracks. Select track type. Set up track properties. Delete tracks.
Customizing a track type. Mono vs stereo. Inputs and outputs. Monitoring with headphones. Recording levels.
Finding the effects window. What effects do. How to adjust or remove them.
How to customize a session template for your workflow that you can use again and again.
GarageBand 10 has a new look. After this tour, you'll be able to work it out.
Great job. You're ready to record!
"Save As" can save you.
Automate volumes to fade in, fade out, and boost sections. Or use automation for great special effects.
Don't freak out when you see that curlycue arrow. Here's what it is.
Getting your project out of GarageBand, to wav or mp3, the way your client wants it.
Find out what file type is needed by your client or hosting service.
Using voice over, sound effects, and music from the outside world in your projects.
Command-DELETE deletes tracks. That's all we got. :)
Auto Normalize. How to get the best results.
One of the best features GarageBand has to offer! Learn how to audition and add music and sound effects to your project.
Ducking, automatic or do-it-yourself. Make your voice heard above the music.
Using the loop function to create unique musical backing tracks.
What it is. How it works. Is it for you?
What does royalty free mean? How free is it?
This technique is used for more complex projects. Assemble your good take from your raw session "non-destructively," so you can keep your options open. Practice it yourself with the audio file provided (the download tab at the right).
Great job. We'd love to hear your work, and news of your successes in audio production.
Deb and Scott
Scott is an owner of Studio C Creative Sound in San Diego CA, where he has been creating and engineering audio productions for broadcast, industry, and the arts since 1983. He holds a BA in Music Technology and Communications from UCSD. Clients include Disney, ABC, CBS, PBS, Qualcomm, Warner Audio, Harper Audio, Simon and Schuster, and hundreds of major companies worldwide.
Studio C also has a Los Angeles location which specializes in app development, as well as training for aspiring app developers.
Deborah Reeves is an audio engineer, voice over artist, and educator. A graduate of UC San Diego, Deborah teaches college courses in the audio department at The Art Institute of California - San Diego. She regularly engineers for Voice Over classes and produces a weekly radio program. When she's not teaching or working in voice over, she's producing music or hanging out with her dogs.