Creating the First Instrumental Food Music Album on iPad and GarageBand - Page 2
"Sauvignon", for example, is supposed to evoke a smooth, jazzy atmosphere, while "Sashimi" fused some traditional Japanese-like melody with a modern funky twist and bass line.
The idea to do this on the iPad seems to work almost perfectly. With its good range of musical instruments and smart instruments, you could literally lay down a bass and drum track in minutes.
I was then able also to put together chord structures and decide how the track would begin and end, and building the melodies and overlays on top of it was simply a breeze.
Yes, when you have multi-touch, everything becomes so much easier. I was never able to get into GarageBand on the Mac simply because it was still too laborious, and lack a certain 'human' aspect until the iPad's multi-touch interface came along.
Now with GarageBand on the iPad, hitting a 'live' drum set feels more realistic, and playing keyboards and piano allows you to play it with accent thanks to the built-in gyroscope.
Editing using multi-touch was equally simple and elegant , pinching and zooming in on specific parts of your track. Cutting, copying and pasting portions of the music have also never been easier.
But lest anyone thinks it is also over simplistic, GarageBand still requires you to take some time to learn the interface, and you will probably need a couple of days to fully get used to the sequencer and editing process.
The good thing is, once you learn the basics, you will be ready to make really high quality music and GarageBand allows you to email or publish to your iTunes. It will certainly make a great party conversational topic.
Is it perfect? Of course not. But it is certainly powerful and very user-friendly. I would like to see more instruments in future updates, and having a mixer would be just ideal.
Exporting AAC files in higher quality would also be nice, though there is a workaround now to export your GarageBand files/projects to the Mac version and continue working from there.
For now, GarageBand for the iPad is really one of the reasons the iPad is really so 'magical'. Would-be musicians will rejoice at the ease of creating professional sounding music, whilst professionals will probably find this useful as a music sketchbook on the go.
Either way, those lessons so many years ago have really come through now. I leave you with my original album of music, dedicated to food - Silverfish.
You can hear and purchase Silverfish at http://vibedeck.com/ianlow