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Viking Kong
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Hey everyone.

I was wondering if any of you use (or know enough of) Garage Band.

I have an iPad 2, and it seems like a good investment for a quick recording station. I can record vocals, keyboards, and even plug my guitar into the thing.

What really worries me about it, though, are the drums. Obviously you can`t play hard patterns on the interactive drums, so I was ondering if the Garage Band is also good for programing drums. I think it's the only thing that's holding be back from getting it!

thanks!

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:07 am
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My good friend swears by it so much, that I want my next 'puter to be a Mac! I've seen it in action. Is it the latest version?
I will forsake my Sonar home studio for garage band without a thought, when the time comes.

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:17 am
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I think the Mac one has more features than the Ipad one.

But it's good to hear your friend likes it! :)

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:11 am
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I've tried programming drums on the Mac version, and the sounds are horrible for the style I want. I think they'd only really work for rock, not metal.

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honestly
if you want to program drums, my reccomendation would be guitar pro, and it doesnt matter what DAW you use.

Just use guitar pro, and then export the midi into your DAW.

you only need to memorize like a few numbers
IT sounds like a lot, but once you program a song or two these become really intuitive, and honestly you dont even think about them
38 - snare
36 - bass
49- crash 1
57 - crash 2
43 - ride
42,44,46 - hi hat - close, pedalling, open
48-tome 1
47 - tom2
43 - tom 3

if you do a lot of china riding or use a lot of other cymbals, you would have to look them up on the keymap for your sample player because they often use numbers which are not general midi numbrers.

For example, a general midi number for a china crash is 52, but in SD 2.0 i think it's 27.

Either way, whenever i have a lot of china strokes i just use 52 which corresponds to a note, and when it's on the midi map afer i import it into my DAW i just highlight all the notes and shift them to the key corresponding to the the number 27.


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Sorry but... what's DAW?

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Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:25 am
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Digital Audio Workspace.


Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:26 am
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I see.

I'm still lost! hahah

BTW, I did download Garage Band for the iPad, and it's cool.

The drums aren't as good as I expected, because you actually have to play the digital drums and, although you can play the drums, cymbals etc separately, I would rather have an option to program them, like in Guitar Pro. Also, there's only one cymbal on their kits, so there's not much diversity in the drum sounds you can get,

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Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:34 am
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EZ Drummer is pretty cool VST if you use it in a DAW that you can get the hang of easily.

Costly endeavours etc

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Sir Robin wrote:
I see.

I'm still lost! hahah

BTW, I did download Garage Band for the iPad, and it's cool.

The drums aren't as good as I expected, because you actually have to play the digital drums and, although you can play the drums, cymbals etc separately, I would rather have an option to program them, like in Guitar Pro. Also, there's only one cymbal on their kits, so there's not much diversity in the drum sounds you can get,


if you want to play an electric kit, having only 1 cymbal is not a problem.
Just record the midi performance, and move the midi notes to whichever cymbal you want


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