Arranging a song for my program:
I know that GarageBand has been a staple app for Apple, and there are lots of people to that use it regularly, but I am starting to use it more commonly, and I am really excited about it.
So, I have used GarageBand on my iPad to record random sounds, classroom podcasts, etc., but in preparing for my Valentine’s day program, I have started to use it more intuitively. To do this I used my GarageBand for iOS, iRig midi converter, Blue Snowball mic, usb camera converter, headphones from the dollar store, and my classroom piano.
I had purchased the iRig midi converter a while ago when I found it on sale at Target, but never really used it until this past week. I started by figuring out the chord progression of the piece and used it for the piano and guitar part. After, I got the base line down, and then followed by the drums. I waited until I got all of that laid down before I added the solo guitar, and voice tracks. I was so amazed at how easy it was for me to input the sounds using the midi converter. Not only is the song in a key suitable for my students, but they also love the fact that they have their own version of the song.
Podcasts. Podcasts are a great tool for learning new things, catching up on the news, or finding out information about your favorite sports teams. I had thought of setting up account on for the iTunes Store and upload it from my iPad, but as it turns out…you can’t do that. After finding this out, I looked for other alternatives. After looking at the sharing options on GarageBand, I noticed that you could share the created sounds with Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud. I did not want to share my projects with Facebook because I don’t want to link my Facebook very closely with work related materials, and YouTube just didn’t feel right. SoundCloud, though, was something that I heard a little bit about in college, but never really thought about its potential.
Now, you can upload sounds stright from the SoundCloud app, but you can not do as much editing to the sounds, like you can with GarageBand. I also like using GarageBand over the SoundCloud app because you do not have to upload it right away.
In my class I started, what I call, “Friday Concert Series.” This is where I let my students who have prepared a piece that they have been practicing for quite a while, perform for the class. Starting a podcast has kind of been a work in progress. I have been trying to find that perfect form that I can copy evertime, and I feel that I’m getting closer.
In the future:
I would like to start using my iPad to record my choir and pieces they are singing and wanting to perform. The only reason that I haven’t done that yet, is because I haven’t been able to gain access to multi-channel technology at my school. It is my goal to get at least one 2-input digital converter box for the classroom because even if I end up leaving after a few years, the next teacher can use the technology with their computer if they do not have an iPad.
Using the iRig midi converter has made me a lot more interested in the products from iRig, and will likely be adding them to my personal collection of iPad accessaries. The only problem I forsee are that if I upgrade my devices in the next few years, I will need to update my accessaries as well. This seems to be a great product line, and a smart way to record my sounds.
In what ways have you utilized GarageBand for iOS? Are there any suggestions or advice you would give?