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Chapter 10. Sharing Your Finished Projects

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sharedwithanyofyourapplications.

Thefocusofthislessonislearninghowtoexportorshareyour

projectswiththeotheriLifeapplications.







ExportingProjectstoiTunes

ExportingtoiTunesisassimpleaschoosingShare>SendSong

toiTunes.Beforeyoubeginexporting,however,thereareafew

thingsyou'llneedtodotoprepareyoursongs.

Inthenextseriesofexercises,you'llsetyourGarageBand

preferencestocreateaplaylistiniTunes.Thenyou'llevaluatea

songtomakesurethatyouareexportingthewholesong,and

you'llchecktheoutputlevelsforclipping.Finally,you'llexport

yoursongstoanewplaylistiniTunes.

Sinceyou'llbeworkingwithafinished,mixedsong,thisisa

greattimetopracticeyour"earformusic"sothatyoucanhear

beyondthebasics.



SettingGarageBandPreferencesforiTunes

ToprepareasongtoexporttoiTunes,thefirststepistoset

yoursongandplaylistinformationintheExportpaneofthe

GarageBandpreferences.

Let'sopenthemixed"HighwayBrothers"songfromLesson7

andsetupthesongandplaylistinformation.

1. ChooseFile>Openandselect7-6HighwayBrothersmixedfrom

theLesson_07folder.

2. ChooseGarageBand>PreferencestoopenthePreferences

window.

3. ClicktheGeneralbuttontoopentheGeneralPreferences

pane,ifitisnotalreadyshowing.



Next,you'llneedtonameyouriTunesplaylist,composer,

andalbum.Bydefault,GarageBandnamestheplaylistand

albumaftertheregistereduserofthecomputer.

4. TypeGarageBand3LessonsintheiTunesPlaylistfield.

5. TypeyournameintheComposerNamefield.

Technically,Icomposedthemusicinthisbook,butyou'll

wanttouseyourownnameforallofyouroriginalprojects.

6. TypeGarageBand3bookAlbumintheAlbumNamefield.



7. ClosethePreferenceswindow.



Nowthatyou'vesetuptheexportinformation,iTuneswill

automaticallycreateaplaylisttitledGarageBand3Lessonsand

includethecomposer'snameaswellasthealbumname

informationintheplaylist.



EvaluatingtheSong'sOutputLevel



Onceyou'vesetyourinformationforiTunes,it'stimetocheck

theoutputlevelsforthesongtomakesuretheyaren'tclipping.

Remember,theMasterOutputVolumemetersarelocatedinthe

lower-rightcorneroftheGarageBandwindow.Youcanusethe

MasterOutputVolumeslidertoraiseorlowertheoutputlevel

asneeded.

Also,sincetrainingyourearstakespractice,remembertolisten

beyondthebasicsong:checktheleft-to-rightplacementofthe

differentinstrumentsinthestereofield,aswellasthebalance

betweenthevolumelevelsofthedifferenttracks.

Let'splaythesongandchecktheoutputlevels.Ifthelevelsare

toohigh,you'llneedtolowertheoutput.Ifthelevelsaretoo

low,you'llneedtoraisetheoutput.

1. PressReturn,thenthespacebartobeginplayback.Asthe

songplays,watchtheMasterOutputVolumemetersfor

signsofclipping.

Ifyouseeanyclipping(red)inthemeters,stopplayback.



Youshoulddiscoverclippingaroundthe6thand12th

measures.

2. DragtheMasterOutputVolumesliderto2.4tolowerthe

outputvolumeandavoidclipping.



3. Playthesongagainfromthebeginningandcheckthenew

outputlevelinthemeters.

Becarefulnottosetyourlevelstoolow.Ideally,yourlevels

shouldpeakbetweenthehighestgreenandyellowportions

ofthemeter.

4. PressShift-Cmd-SandsavetheprojectasHighwayBrothers

mixtoyourMyGarageBandProjectsfolder.



Tip

Alwayssaveyourprojectwiththecorrectedlevels

beforeoutputtingtoiTunes.Thatway,ifyoudecideto

outputthesongagainorgobacktoworkonthesong

later,thelevelswillbecorrect.



SendingaSongtoiTunes

GarageBandprojectsaresenttoiTunesinAIFF(Audio

InterchangeFileFormat)at44.1kHz(kilohertz).Yoursongs

canthenbeburnedtoanaudioCD,downloadedtoaniPod,or

convertedtoanotherformat,suchasMP3,fromwithiniTunes.

WhenyouexportasongtoiTunes,theentiresongorcycle

region,ifactivefromthebeginningofthefirstmeasuretothe

endofthelastregionisexported.(Ifyoumuteorsolotracks,

onlythosetrackssettoplaywillbeexported.)Let'sexportthe

songtoiTunes.



Note

IfyouhavemorethanoneversionofiTunesonyour



computer(forexample,OS9andOSXversions),

GarageBandmayexporttotheolderversionofiTunes.

LaunchthemostrecentversionofiTunesbeforeyou

export.



1. ChooseShare>SendSongtoiTunestoexportthesong.



GarageBandbeginstomixdownyoursong.

Themixdownprocessmeansthatallofthedifferenttracks

aremixed(atthecurrentlevels)intoonestereopair(left

andright)foriTunes.

Aprogressalertshowstheprogressofthemixdown.You

cancanceltheexportprocessduringmixdownbyclicking

Cancel.

Whenmixdowniscomplete,iTuneslauncheswithyoursong

inthenewplaylist,andthesongautomaticallyplaysin

iTunes.IfyouriTuneswindowdoesnotopen,clickthe

iTunesiconintheDock.



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2. Clicktheplaylistyoucreated,GarageBand3Lessons,to

openthenewplaylist,ifitisnotalreadyopen.



Note

Iftheplaylistappearswithyourname(username)

insteadofGarageBand3Lessons,changetheplaylist

nameintheGarageBandpreferencesandexport

again.



3. Intheplaylist,double-clickHighwayBrothersmixtoplay

thesong,ifitisnotalreadyplaying.

Youdon'thavetolistentothewholesong.

4. Pressthespacebartostopplayingthesong,thenpress

Cmd-QtoquitiTunes.

OnceyoursonghasbeensenttoiTunes,youcanaccessit

fromanyoftheiLifeapplicationsthroughtheMediaBrowser.

5. SelecttheGarageBandwindowtomakeitactive,ifitisnot

alreadyactive.

6. PressCmd-RtoshowtheMediaBrowser.SelecttheAudio

pane,ifitisnotalreadyshowing.



TheGarageBand3LessonsplaylistappearsintheiTunes

libraryoftheMediaBrowser.



YoursongcannowbeusedinanyoftheiLifeapplications,

includingGarage-Band.Ifyouwouldliketoexportindividual

tracksfromasong,perhapsforamusiciantopracticewith,see

"ExportingSelectedTracks"(BonusExercises>

Export_Selected_Tracks.pdf)ontheaccompanyingDVD.



ExportingaProjectasaQuickTimeMovie

GarageBandprojectsthatcontainamoviefilecanbeexported

asaQuickTimemovie.ExportingaprojectasaQuickTime

movieincludesboththevideoandthesoundtrackyoucreated.

TheVideoSoundtrackthatcamewiththeoriginalmoviefileis

alsoincludedinthesoundtrackunlessthetrackismutedwhen

youexportthemovie.Let'sexportthefinishedAlaskaSunrise

projectasaQuickTimemovie.First,youcandeterminewhat

typeofcompressionsettingsyou'dliketouseintheExport

paneoftheGarageBandpreferences.Bydefault,theprojectis

exportedusingthecurrentmoviecompressionsettings.

CompressionsettingsarestoredaspartoftheGarageBand

projectuntilyouchangethemwhiletheprojectisopen.

1. Opentheproject2-2AlaskaSunriseFinalfromtheLesson_02

folder.

2. ChooseGarageBand>Preferences,thenclickExport.

TheMovieSettingsarelocatedinthemiddleoftheExport

Preferencespane.



TheinformationbelowtheMovieSettingspop-upmenu

showstheimagesize,audioinformation,andtheestimated

sizeofthespecificfileyouplantoexport.

3. FromtheMovieSettingspop-upmenu,choosetheFull



Qualitysetting.

AttheFullQualitysetting,thefinishedprojectwillbearound

59.6MB.Laterifyou'dliketoexportasmallerversionfor

anemailortheWeb,youcangobackinandchangethe

exportsettings.

4. ClosethePreferenceswindow.

5. ChooseShare>ExportasQuickTimeMovie.

TheExportQuickTimeMoviewindowappears.

6. SavetheprojectasAlaskaSunrisetoyourDesktop.Click

Export.

You'llseeaseriesofthreeprogressalertsforcreating

mixdown(mixingalltheaudiotracksdowntoastereopair),

converting,andcompressingthemovie.

7. Whentheexportisfinished,pressCmd-Htohide

GarageBand.LocatetheexportedfileonyourDesktop.



8. OnyourDesktop,double-clicktheAlaskaSunrisemoviefile

toplayitinQuickTimePlayer.

9. QuitQuickTimePlayerwhenyouarefinishedlookingatthe

movie.



Asyoucansee,it'sincrediblyeasytoexportascoringproject



fromGarageBandasaQuickTimemovie.



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