Pete Johns – Imagination

“Imagination” is a song I wrote and recorded in December 2019 as part of the “Song Spark Collective”.

The challenge was to write a song that mixed two different styles of music, and the styles I originally chose were hip hop and disco… disc hop anyone? Not sure it quite came out this way, but the end result was an interesting tune that I hope you enjoy.

πŸ’¬ Behind the song:

This song was actually based on a beat and bass riff I used in a recent tutorial video about the new “bass amp boutique” pack in GarageBand. I liked the groove so much I wrote a couple of verses or lyrics, and then the “Imagination” hook just worked it’s way in as the chorus.

I needed a way to build and crescendo the song and it just seemed natural to build in to the 70s rock inspired final chorus/outro, using the heavy metal organ and distorted guitars.

The song was recorded using all virtual instruments and loops, even the guitars, which was an interesting challenge for me. Vocals were recorded using the Audio Technica AT2020, however what was unique is that I went handheld (not advisable with a condenser mic!) plugged in to the Steinberg UR22C and recording on my iPhone XS. Final mix was done my my “new” (second hand) iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st gen) and the mastering was done using AudioMaster – the first time I’ve used this app for a final master.

The lyrics of the song are quite self-explanatory and tell the story of me discovering that not every thought that I have can be trusted. The phrasing and rhyming borrowed a lot from some of my favourite hip hop artists such as the Beastie Boys, Hilltop Hoods and Butterfingers.

🎼 Lyrics:

Sometimes I sit around wonder
How it is I got here, and if I’m going under
All the complications of my life
All the times when I couldn’t reach the knife in my

Back to the days when I was little kid
Always worried ’bout the things I never did
Always thinking ’bout the next big problem
Even when it’s someone that’s on the

Hook me in, line and sinker
Ever wonder what’s it’s like to be an over
Thinker tinker with all my little thoughts
Maybe it was just the way that I was taught to

Just believe that I was right
And when I lay in bed at night
The thoughts still going round and round and round and round in my head

Don’t always believe
The things in your head
Sometimes it’s just imagi-

Nations warring, everything is burning
Kinda surprised that the world keeps turning
Mather nature kicking our arse
And never seem to learn the lessons of our past

Instead of happiness we’re chasing money
And I think that’s kinda funny
Not hard to use an indicator
To tell us your direction or even estimate the
Way some haters are really just tryna
Help us appreciate the finer
Points to the ones who are keeping score
(I think I’m about 40 love down)

Up in my head yes one more time
Never seem to find a way to un
Winding up and never winding down
Down in the park like a clown James Brown

Don’t always believe
The things in your head
Sometimes it’s just imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination
Imagination

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GarageBand Weekly – LIVE show | Episode 2

The second episode of GarageBand Weekly, a show all about GarageBand on the iPad, iPhone and Mac for the GarageBand community.

Intro:
Today on the show

In the news:
1. Klevgrand apps are on sale still – Brisfri & Grand Finale
2. FAC Plugins are the bomb
3. Judy Kavanagh on GBU Facebook – when you start music, what do you usually start with? Chords, drum track, anything, melody, lyrics
4. Optimizing Performance

Rant of the week:
Genuine Apple Lightning to USB adapters – https://youtu.be/qt6ZczdUdV4

Tip of the week:
Merge function – https://youtu.be/imcgX2bW8rk

Plugin of the week:
Rough Rider 2 compressor (iOS, Mac)
Link – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rough-rider-2/id1248448318
Video – https://youtu.be/N4lHvV5EJRM

Viewer interaction:
Questions and comments

Resource of the week:
Dan Baker’s YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/danbaker74

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GarageBand Weekly Playlist (all episodes) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8Xg_23Wa55cVZPbiJujjl6mK6pvkB4r

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History of the CCK (Camera Connection Kit for iPad/iPhone)

The camera connection kit, also known as the Lightning to USB adapter, is the one piece of gear that you will definitely need to connect your USB devices to your iPhone or iPad.

In this video, I explain what the CCK (Camera Connection Kit) is, what it was originally used for, and how it has evolved to being essential for all iOS audio creators.

Amazon links to Lightning to USB 3 adapters:
US – https://amzn.to/2wnyqmL
UK – https://amzn.to/2D8lt4k
CA – https://amzn.to/2Zfs6LE
IT – https://amzn.to/2D9n75N
ES – https://amzn.to/2Ua1iZf

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Home Studio Q&A #8 | Top Questions of 2019

Home Studio Q&A is a LIVE show where I answer YOUR questions about mobile and home recording.

This week’s feature topic? I talk about the most common questions I received in 2019.

Check out the audio podcast version of the show here:
Listen now – https://anchor.fm/petejohns
Add to your podcast app – https://anchor.fm/s/1025546c/podcast/rss

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Top FREE AUv3 iOS Plugins 2019

In this video, I count down my top 5 free AUv3 (Audio Unit) plugins for iPhone and iPad.

What is your top free plugin for iOS in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.

πŸ”— Plugin Links:

00:59
Rough Rider 2 – Compressor from Audio Damage
Download – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stereo-lag-time/id1459615373
Video review – https://youtu.be/N4lHvV5EJRM

03:19
Stereo Lag Time – Stereo Delay
Downlaod – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stereo-lag-time/id1459615373
Video review – https://youtu.be/-lLrVTkaQ_w

05:09
LRC5 – Five Band EQ from Neon Silicon
Download – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lrc5/id1418930761
Video review – https://youtu.be/Tkzhhlt5nhs

08:26
PhaseDelayArray – Reverb Delay
Download – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phasedelayarray/id1472910992
Video review – https://youtu.be/6k7gBAkKquo
10:52
Apple’s FREE AUv3 plugins
Video overview – https://youtu.be/nxip7tS-vio
Video how-to – https://youtu.be/9IosRiJTObw

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10 x biggest lessons learned in 2019

What are the 10 biggest lessons I have learned about mobile and home recording, and sharing audio and video content in 2019?

In this video, I share my top ten lessons from the year and invite YOU to share your biggest learning.

Lessons Learned:
10. Consistency is king.
09. Variety is also king?
08. Failure is essential.
07. Open and honest communication.
06. Find your workflow.
05. Respond and respond to feedback.
04. Less is more.
03. Share your music
02. Choose your sacrifices.
01. Relax. Music is fun.

Bonus – Practical Tips:
10. Don’t clip your signal. Or do.
09. Turn down your input gain
08. Reference your mixes.
07. Release your music – carefully.
06. Don’t stress about copyright
05. Compression can help your mixes pop.
04. Reduce noise by turning things off
03. Buy gear carefully.
02. Listen to more music.
01. Ignore the β€œexperts”.

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10 x GarageBand issues that FRUSTRATE users

In this video, I break down the ten most frustrating issues that all GarageBand iOS users will be able to relate to.

00:00:
Introduction m

01:05:
What’s your biggest frustration? Let us know in the comments.

My top 10 GarageBand iOS frustrations:

01:40:
10. Track view not available when recording
(Tip: multi-track recording – https://youtu.be/eRh8EC4gCas)
Links to audio interfaces at http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

03:57:
09. MIDI importing
(Tip: use other DAW to edit first)
How to import MIDI in GarageBand – https://youtu.be/FoabwNwrcMY

05:32
08. Non-Apple gear not working
(Tip: buy Apple gear – https://amzn.to/2wnyqmL)
Why use genuine Apple adapters? – https://youtu.be/qt6ZczdUdV4

07:13
07. Tracks that stop working
(Tip: copy and paste to another track – https://youtu.be/1B20MewoQoU)

08:30
06. Can’t collaborate with Mac users
(Tip: export as stems from Mac)
How to export stems – https://youtu.be/v5IjOlTuVn0

10:16
Frustrations from LIVE viewers

12:32
05. No auto-save feature
(Tip: close and save projects often)
How to use version control – https://youtu.be/x50xT8g81DE

14:26
04. Auto-normalisation of exported tracks
(Tip: use the master volume hack – https://youtu.be/ngGA8iz0ncc)
Why are my GarageBand songs loud? – https://youtu.be/oe2m_kdtSVU
Mastering in GarageBand – https://youtu.be/AKPwwGjnN4w

16:44
03. When you accidentally move a track
(Tip: use a mouse with GarageBand – https://youtu.be/bLI2DO6kEXk)

19:00
02. No master track
(Tip: use the FX track to EQ – https://youtu.be/8A3Drb8-X6o)

21:02
Frustrations from the Studio Live Today community.

28:45
01. Optimizing Performance
(Tip: how to avoid it – https://youtu.be/AcZSGhSvBaE)

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