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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118145585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118145586
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Harvell is a freelance writer and editor whose specialties include digital music and Apple products. Formerly editor of iCreate magazine, Ben also consults on editorial, marketing and web strategy for small and medium businesses. He currently writes for Macworld, MacUser, MacFormat, MacLife and numerous other technology magazines and websites.

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Make your iPad a full–fledged, mobile music studio That iPad is a sleek, shiny piece of musical magic. Whether you′re a drummer, guitarist, singer, or even a DJ, here′s where you′ll learn about all the apps and techniques you need to make your iPad a music–making machine. With tips from the pros and an entire section devoted to GarageBand for iPad, this book shows you how to turn your iPad into a music studio that goes where you go. Discover essential apps and techniques for making real music with your iPad Connect existing instruments and devices and integrate your iPad into your present studio setup Master the most exciting, powerful mobile music software yet — the GarageBand® app Learn how to write your own sheet music, guitar tab, and lyrics on your iPad Explore the secrets of chart musicians already using iPads in the studio and on the road Featuring advice from Dave Matthews Band′s Stefan Lessard, Dream Theater′s Jordan Rudess, Jason LaRocca, and other top artists

About the Author

Ben Harvell is a freelance writer and editor whose specialties include digital music and Apple products. Formerly editor of iCreate , a magazine for Mac users, Ben also consults on editorial and web strategy for small and midsized businesses. He has written for Macworld , MacUser , Digital Photographer , and other publications.

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The text is informative but very sadly, the huge number of links to "sound clips" that are meant to provide examples of the various effects and edits in Garage Band, simply do not work - neither through the QR codes in the Kindle book, nor through the URLs to which the QR codes point. All they do is take you to the main SoundCloud site where you will search but will be unable to find any of the clips referred to. Obviously, that issue will also affect the print version.
It's a real shame, but it's not even half a book. I have emailed the author to ask about this but he has not responded.
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Still reading and studying the details. The whole book is very readable and helpful. If only so called 'instruction manuals' were as good!
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A helpful guide to the basics 31 May 2012
By Michael J. Edelman - Published on
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The iPad is a marvelous device for music making, with the power of the biggest desktop computers of only a few years ago and a flexible display and control surface that can morph into any sort of display and control you can imagine. There are hundreds of music apps available for it, too, but that does leave the would-be music producer wondering what apps to buy. Even at only $0.99 or $1.99 for the cheapest music apps, it's easy to spend a lot of money trying to figure out where to begin.

Author Ben Harvell has created a basic manual for iPad music makers, based on what he believes to be the most useful and most flexible music apps. The main tool he uses is Apple's own Garage Band, and it's hard to argue with that choice. Garage Band is amazingly cheap (under $5) for what it delivers- multi-track recording, signal processing, sampling, midi instruments, automatic "smart" drums, strings and guitar, and a lot more. To this he adds a few simple apps for processing (like Ampli-Kit), notation, sound export and composition, and a few hardware devices- external keyboards, audio interfaces, MIDI control, microphones and so forth. Most of his software suggestions are inexpensive, but he does have a few favorites, like Korg's iElectribe that run a bit more. (I should note that iElectribe costs a tiny fraction of the hardware Electribe, so even at $20 it's still a bargain.) His ideal choices may not be yours (although everyone using an iPad for music will want Garage Band) but following Harvell's advice is not a bad place to start.

Harvell's writing is clear, friendly, and concise. He gets right to the point, and walks the reader through various examples aimed at the musician with no previous recording or production experience. The illustrations are, for the most part, excellent. It's not exhaustive in its treatment of music apps- there are several I use that don't get mentioned- but then, it's not trying to be a complete catalog of music aps. It's intended as a starter manual for the iPad music beginner, and at that I think it succeeds very well. If I have any complaint at all about this book it's that the typography and the design are downright ugly, but that doesn't really have much effect on the usefulness of the book. Someone looking for a real in-depth guide to Garage Band might be better served by GarageBand '11 Power!: The Comprehensive Recording and Podcasting Guide or How to Do Everything with GarageBand, but the musician looking for a general introduction to music production on the iPad will find this book to be a good place to start.
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Great reference for those new to music on the iPad 11 Feb. 2012
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I first checked the e-book version out from my local library and ended up buying a copy for myself before having to return the library copy because I didn't want to be without the book. I'm new to the iPad and the sheer volume of apps and hardware for making music with one was really overwhelming. Ben has written a clear, understandable and timely book that, for me at least, turned the rather daunting goal of integrating the iPad into my music making into something fun and relatively simple. With over 10 years of writing/editing "about Apple and digital creativity" as he puts it and a long history of musicianship (not to mention some of the rock star expert sources referenced frequently in the book) Ben definitely qualifies as a subject matter expert, and it definitely shows. The material is presented clearly and understandably without being dry or boring. He includes QR codes throughout the book proving links to the apps being discussed and/or sound clips to illustrate what is being discussed. And when I contacted Ben with a question about the book he replied with the answer within a day! Your results may vary, of course, and there's always a degree of subjectivity when deciding what apps and hardware solutions to recommend but I'm very pleased with his recommendations and the book as a whole.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Everything in one book 20 Oct. 2012
By kitjank - Published on
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I was originally looking for a book just on Garageband for ipad and came across this one. A great deal of this book is dedicated to how to work in Garageband, but it's got a lot of other useful info as well. I really liked the first part about the apps. While I have several music making apps already, I found some really good ones in this book, you know the kind I'll actually use! The sections on Garageband, are broken down into sections so it's easy to find just what your looking for. It covers everything from using the "smart Instruments" to recording acoustic instruments and vocals. The final part of the book walks you thru making your first song. It starts with planning it out and going all the way to mixing and editing and adding vocals. I can't imagine a more complete book on the subject. This book is very well suited for musicians who want to record their own instruments to someone who just wants to have some fun making music using all the amazing tools Garageband has to offer. I was brand new to recording with GB and after spending an afternoon with this book I have already started recording. GB has a lot to offer and this book will help you make use of it. Very glad I purchased this and highly recommend it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More of a review of apps, info too basic. 20 Oct. 2012
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This should have been titled "How To Buy Apps You Already Know how to Use to make Music". Was not impressed with ANY of the apps in this book. Written too simple, as if for idiots and people who have never touched a computer before. Pictures of cables...huge font. I wasnt just disappointed, I was MAD.
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For noobs only 30 Oct. 2012
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If you know what DAW is and have worked with one or two - save your money. You will not find anything in this book that you either didn't know already or cannot easily figure out with the iOS GB built-in help. And as far as other apps and hardware are concerned, any "Top 10 Music Making Apps" rating on the Web will give you just as good a picture (if only fresher and more unbiased) - at no extra cost but your ISP charge. Selling that kind of book for 18 dollars (given that product itself only cost 4,99) is ridiculous, IMHO.
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