Category Archives: GarageBand for iOS

Lenovo ThinkPad E580 – 3 Month Update

I’ve been using my Lenovo ThankPad E580 for more than 3 months now, so once again it’s time for an update to check in on how things are going.

Is it still living up to my expectations, and are there any new issues cropping up?

Note – once again, we won’t be getting super technical here; just letting you know how things are going and if the ThinkPad is delivering to my expectations

Check out the original video here – https://youtu.be/CdKAlSu8SDE
Check out my one month update video here – https://youtu.be/JYNvWhrHhuI

In this one I cover:
– Audio quality update
– The charger port – is actually a USB-C port
– Swapping the FN and CTRL keys
– Video editing in Premiere Pro
– Attaching USB interfaces and headphones
– Webcam quality

For more tips, tricks and videos, head on over to http://studiolivetoday.com

 

 

 

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Everyone Starts at Zero – Why you need to start sharing music now!

It’s true that everyone starts at zero in many parts of life, and music creation, recording and releasing is no exception.

In this video, I talk about my experience, and why you need to start completing and releasing your music so you can move from zero to one, and beyond!

We live in the future, where ANYONE has the ability to distribute their music using services like Distrokid, so gone are the days of needing record deals, and selling copies of your demo tape out of a suitcase in your car.

For more information about releasing your music, check out my Distrokid video here:

Distrokid Deep Dive – Release, distribute and manage your music:

For some inspiration and to see how I create, record and release music, take a look at some of my songwriting series here:

Complete-a-song Challenge

Recording a Full Song in GarageBand

And for even more audio goodness, check out http://studiolivetoday.com

 

 

5 x Vocal Recording Tips for Pro Sounding Vocals in the Home Studio

5 Vocal Recording Tips for Pro Sounding Vocals in the Home Studio

In this video, I give you my best 5 tips to take your vocal recordings from amateur to professional. This includes many tips that are completely free, as well as some gear recommendations that can improve your recording quality.

My tips for great sounding vocals are:

1. Use a pop filter to manage plosives and popping of your P’s as well as sibiliance (S sounds)
2. Distance from the microphone – don’t eat the mic!
3. Use an audio interface with a good quality preamp
4. Use closed back headphones such as the Sennheiser HD 280s (or eadbuds!)
5. Set input gain lower to avoid clipping and distorting

For more audio goodness head over the http://studiolivetoday.com

If you are in the market for some vocal recording gear, here are some links to the equipment mentioned in the video, and some other gear that I use in the studio:

– Pop Filters –

MXL Mics MXL-PF-002 Universal Microphone Pop Filter (Pro) – https://amzn.to/2NThzQy

Aokeo Professional Microphone Pop Filter (Budget)- https://amzn.to/2upwtG6

– Audio Interfaces –

Steinberg UR12 Audio Interface – https://amzn.to/2K1VvVq

Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface – https://amzn.to/2LllGTV

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface – https://amzn.to/2mm3IWo

– Headphones –

Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones – https://amzn.to/2MQ0uX8

Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones – https://amzn.to/2JpRlld

– Apple Gear –

Apple Lightning to USB Adapter – https://amzn.to/2tv1ebn

– Microphones –

Samson C01 Condenser Microphone – https://amzn.to/2luUzuf

MXL 550/551 Condenser Microphone Pack – https://amzn.to/2Jq2Skg

Shure SM-57 Dynamic Microphone – https://amzn.to/2NSgoRp

Note – Some links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Related Videos

Record Pro Sounding Vocals in GarageBand iOS :

Vocal Recording in GarageBand iOS – Complete vocal tracking session

Record Vocals and Guitar on iPhone/iPad (GarageBand iOS)- Steinberg UR12 Audio Interface

Audio Interfaces – Which One is Right for You? (USB, iOS, Mac, PC)

iOS Mobile Recording Rig – Portable Studio Setup for Under $300 (iPad/iPhone)

 

FX in GarageBand iOS on a single track (iPhone/iPad)

How to use FX in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) on a single track using the merge function.

The FX feature is GarageBand iOS is a great way to remix your tracks and add some effects and variation to your beats. However, by default the FX track applies to every track in your project.

In this video, I show you a cool trick to merge a single track with the FX track to add FX to just one individual track instead of the whole song.

Here’s an overview of the process:
1. Add the effects using the FX function
2. Select the track (or tracks) you want the FX added to, and then tap and select “merge”
3. Tracks are merged with the FX track and sent to a new audio track

– Related Videos –

Vinyl Record Effect in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Use FX to Remix Tracks in GarageBand iOS

Change Master Volume Using FX in GarageBand iOS

EQ a Complete Song using FX in GarageBand iOS

Using FX in Garageband on iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Merge/Combine Tracks in GarageBand iOS

For more tips, tricks and tutorials, head on over to http://studiolivetoday.com

 

Organ in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #35

In this quick tip tutorial video I show you how to use the organ virtual instrument in GarageBand iOS on the iPhone or iPad.

There are three different organs in GarageBand iOS – rock organ, soul organ and heavy metal organ. The organ is very simple to use, but also has some advanced features to help customise your sound.

Watch to learn about distortion, chorus, drawbars, percussion settings and more!

Covered in this video:
1. Selecting the organ
2. Types of organ
3. Playing
4. Controlling the speaker rotation manually
5. Using 3D Touch to vary speaker rotation
6. Adjusting percussion amount
7. Setting chorus on or off
8. Adjusting draw bars
9. Saving your custom settings

Check out Dan Baker’s video for some in-depth information about the organ in GarageBand:

And my very first GarageBand Quick Jam video all about the keyboard virtual instrument:

Related Videos:
Alchemy Synth in GarageBand iOS

For more tips, tricks and tutorials, head on over to http://studiolivetoday.com.

 

Fix error with FX not playing in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad)

If you are recording FX on your track in GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad but it is not playing back, this video is for you.

There is an issue with GarageBand iOS where FX recorded to commence at the very start of the track will not trigger and your carefully recorded FX will not play back.

The solution is simple – just add a new section and create one bar of blank space at the start of your project. In this video I show you how to do this step by step so you can fix your FX issues in GarageBand iOS.

– Related Videos –

Vinyl Record Effect in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Use FX to Remix Tracks in GarageBand iOS

Change Master Volume Using FX in GarageBand iOS

EQ a Complete Song using FX in GarageBand iOS

Using FX in Garageband on iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Merge/Combine Tracks in GarageBand iOS

For more GarageBand iOS tips, tricks and tutorials, head on over to http://studiolivetoday.com

Vinyl Record Effect in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Create a vinyl record effect using the “Dusty Record Synth” in GarageBand iOS on iPhone or iPad.

In this video I show a cool technique which was showed to me by viewer Ponk 80, which can bring in a cool old school vinyl record crackle to your projects in GarageBand iOS.

To create this sound, simply open the “Dusty Record Synth” instrument in Alchemy Synth and then dial down all the synth parameters, leaving just the record crackling sound and then mix in with your track.

I also show you how to use a bass cut to create a very cool lo-fi “AM radio” style sound to compliment your record sound.

– Related Videos –

Alchemy Synth:

Copy and Paste – 10 Tips:

Use Apple Loops to Create Cool Sounds:

Visual EQ in GarageBand iOS:

Editing in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad):

For more audio goodness as well as GarageBand iOS tips, trick and tutorials, head on over to http://studiolivetoday.com.