Sirloin Wine: Pushing iPad and GarageBand to the Limit
As the iPad increases its dominance in the tablet market, its increasing influence over many facets of lifestyle and professional usage has been phenomenon.
And in the area of music production/recording, this has never been more so. And the introduction of the iPad 2/GarageBand last March has only accelerated this growing trend.
For major artists like Gorillaz and independent artists alike, precedents have already been set with making entire albums using only the iPad.
Having created my own first music album (Silverfish) a few months back using only the iPad and GarageBand, I was curious to see how I can push the boundaries of using this even further.
For those who are thinking if they should invest in an iPad as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), my answer is yes. There are more sophisticated and expensive DAW apps, but GarageBand for iPad is easily the most user-friendly and feature rich for a 4.99 app.
More and more, musicians are seeing how effective iPad/GarageBand can be used as a mobile recording studio, or simply a sketchbook for composers and songwriters on the go. Those who have used it will have realized how powerful this is.
One of the first things to have a grasp on in this app is the understanding and usage of smart instruments. Traditionalists will probably frown on this feature, but I personally think this is the single best feature on iPad's GarageBand.
The fact that it allows the user to produce professional sounding performances from bass, guitars, keyboards and drums does not diminish any creativity one might have in terms of composing and arrangement.
In fact, I think it is a perfect springboard for those are less than proficient to use this feature to really focus on their strengths in the creating process and less on the performance aspects.
The other feature which is also available in the Mac version, but is trimmed down here, is the use of loops. For most of my tracks on Sirloin Wine, I tended to use at least one loop, and that helped it to give an added dimension.
I do feel that loops tend to give your music a more 'live' and realistic feel. The one thing to note is not to be over indulgent and really listen carefully before using it and use it appropriately.Continued on the next page