GarageBand v10 Overview

In this episode of Minute GarageBand, we’re going to present a brief overview of the interface in the brand new release of GarageBand, version 10.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

We’ll cover individual features, in detail, in future episodes.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

First, off we’ll get past the confusing naming convention Apple decided to use for the new app.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

GarageBand ’11, part of the iLife ’11 suite of software was version 6.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

The current version is named simply GarageBand and is version 10.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

So GarageBand version 10 is newer than GarageBand ’11. we’re sure this made sense to someone, just not us. Odd naming choice aside, GarageBand version 10 is a big departure from the previous releases and has a very new user interface.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

It’s now a less complicated version of Logic Pro X and looks very similar to that.

One big change is that so far there is no longer a set of tools for podcasting. Fortunately, installing this new version will not delete version 6 from your computer, so you can still use that for creating podcasts.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

Probably the biggest addition to version 10 is Drummer, which automates creating drum tracks from your projects.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

one of the interface changes is the moving of the main controls to the top of the window from the bottom.

Here you’ll find the library, from which you can select presets for your tracks The Quick Help button, which gives a short description of various controls.

The smart controls button, from which you can see and tweak settings for the track The editor pane, from which you can edit audio, MIDI, and Drummer regions.

The transport controls, for controlling record and playback functions.

The LCD display which allows various properties such as tempo and the key to be changed.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

The Cycle Region, instrument tuner, count-in, and metronome buttons come next. If we make the window a little wider you can see the Volume control and the final set of buttons are the Note Pad where you can jot down important notes about your project, perhaps a to-do list, or something you don’t want to forget in your next recording or editing session.

GarageBand 10 Tutorials
GarageBand 10 Tutorials

The loop browser button, for adding pre-made loops to your project, and the media browser which lets you added audio and video recording which you may have saved on your hard drive.

That’s all we have for this episode we hope you found it useful,