So, for the sake of this tutorial we’re going to assume you already know how to lay down a funky drum beat, plug in a real guitar or keyboard, and make up your own killer riffs and solos using the Smart and Touch Instruments. Of course, recording is only one part of the process– the next step is to get it all sounding great and wrap your head around the way GarageBand organizes your songs into Sections.
GarageBand’s Sections aren’t immediately obvious, but once you understand them you’ll find they offer an easy way to duplicate verse and chorus parts so you don’t have to endlessly copy and paste or re-record existing material.
Since we’re dealing with mixing, we’ll mainly use the Tracks view– the eight-track recorder at the heart of GarageBand. Your tracks appear as different rows in this view, with your song starting at the left and moving to the right. When you consider that an eight-track recorder used to be the size of a washing machine, it’s impressive that Apple has managed to squeeze it down into something as thin as an iPad or an iPhone.
To finish off, we’ll look at your exporting options. There’s no built-in way to share your music creation on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, but you can export it to iTunes or email it, then upload the file to a social network later. You can also use iTunes to import the file from GarageBand for iPad or iPhone then open it up in the full version of GarageBand on your Mac.
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Use the Tracks View
All your mixing is done in the Tracks view – every instrument you’ve recorded has its own track. You can have up to eight tracks and extra options (shown here) are revealed by swiping the Instruments column to the right.
When mixing, you’ll sometimes need to listen to one track in isolation. This is achieved by tapping the headphone icon in the track’s options. Or to remove the track from the mix completely, tap the mute icon.
Change the Volume
Getting the volume mix right between tracks is crucial. In the track options is a volume slider – just move this left or right. You can also tap on the levels icon, top right, for Track Volume, Echo Level and Reverb Level sliders.
GarageBand arranges songs in Sections, starting with Section A. Tap the jigsaw icon, top left, to see your Sections. The easiest way to add more verses and choruses is to simply duplicate a section. Hit Edit to delete a section.
Change Section Length
Sections are eight bars long by default, but sometimes you’ll want to change this so you can record more or less. Tap on the blue arrow next to a section to change how long it is, using the up and down arrows.
You can move sections, or blocks, of music around, rather like moving clips around in iMovie. Tap one to select it and you’ll notice you can drag it to other places in your song. You can also move the edges inward to trim the clip.
Double-tap on a track to bring up the editing options – Cut, Copy, Delete, Loop and Split. Splitting occurs at the playhead – if you chose to Split you’ll see a scissors icon. Drag this downwards to make the cut happen.
Try Apple Loops
One thing we haven’t addressed so far are the Apple Loops. These are handy pre-made sections of music you can drop into your creations. Tap on the loops icon at the top, tap on Instruments, and choose one.
To preview a loop, tap on it and it’ll play. Find a loop that you think will complement your song, and drag it into your piece. You can drop it onto an existing track or into a blank space, where a new track will be created.
Now we’ve got our track the way we want it, let’s explore the sharing options that GarageBand has. To get to them, tap on My Songs at the top left of the Tracks view. Swipe left and right to move between your songs.
Share Your Song
Tap the Sharing icon at the bottom left to email the song or send it to iTunes. Sending it to iTunes brings up two options – choose GarageBand to open the song in GarageBand on a Mac, or iTunes for AAC format.
Share as an Email
If you’re sharing over email, enter details such as composer name and a new mail message pops up in GarageBand with the song attached as an m4a file. Address the email and hit Send to send from your default account.
Share to Your Computer
Connect your iPad to your computer and in iTunes click on your iPad, then choose the Apps tab. Under File Sharing, select GarageBand in the Apps list. Any file that can be shared will be here under Documents.
Save the Song
Select the file you’d like to open using either iTunes or GarageBand on your Mac, then choose Save As and save it to a memorable location. Note: files that GarageBand can open end in the .band file extension.
Copy from iTunes
Import options are fairly limited, but you can import a song created on your iPhone or another iPad. You’ll need to have shared it to iTunes on that device using step 11 first, then sync with iTunes and it’ll become available.
Back in November, The Daily claimed that Microsoft was working on a version of its hugely popular “Office” application for the iPad. It has now followed up its original story with a picture of Office running on the iPad and the notion that it is now complete and very close to being submitted to Apple for approval. The Daily even managed to grab some hands-on time with a working prototype of the Office application.
A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.
We still don’t know if this will make it to Apple for approval or if it will even gain approval; although there is no reason why it won’t. The question still remains, would Microsoft really launch Office for iPad before giving Windows 8 Metro slates a chance to compete using Office exclusivity as a draw? It is really beginning to look very much like it would!
Source: The Daily
Touchscreen keyboards are great for quick text entry, but don’t offer a tactile experience for long-form writing on the go. Portable Bluetooth keyboards are better, but most are too small for practical use or too large for carrying around. Enter Celluon’s Magic Cube, a pocketable projection keyboard that keeps your fingers off the touchscreen.
Weighing under three ounces and roughly the size of a chunky Zippo lighter, the Magic Cube uses a red laser diode to project a virtual keyboard onto the surface in front of you while remaining compact enough for travel. An infrared signal detects your fingers making contact with the virtual keys and relays text entry to any device you have connected, even computers with an included USB 2.0 cable, which also charges the Cube’s 700mAH lithium-polymer battery in about four hours for two-and-a-half hours of continuous use.
About the size of a thick Zippo lighter and weighing less than three ounces, the Magic Cube is perfect for road warriors looking for a full-size external keyboard.
The Magic Cube paired easily with our iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, but took longer to discover than other accessories (our 27-inch iMac immediately recognized the Cube via USB). The virtual keyboard is quite usable even in a brightly lit room, but occasionally got tripped up by our fast typing. Celluon claims a recognition rate of up to 350 characters per minute, but we’d love to shake the hand of the person who could actually accomplish this.
While the virtual keyboard was more responsive than expected, it ultimately wasn’t as magical as we hoped. Most virtual keys make a satisfying click when pressed to acknowledge input, but modifier keys like Shift are awkwardly silent. Worse yet, common punctuation keys are placed on nonstandard keys, forcing users into a slower hunt-and-peck typing mode. As cool as the concept of the Magic Cube may be, at $169 it’s more expensive than a simple Bluetooth keyboard, and the amount of desk space required for projection negates the advantage of its compact size. We attempted to write this entire review with the Magic Cube, but ultimately gave up and returned to the comfort of our hardware keyboard—the novelty wears off quickly when it gets in the way of moving words from your brain to your device.
The bottom line. It’s a neat idea, but the Magic Cube still lacks the tactile experience of a real keyboard, and text entry isn’t significantly faster than the native software keyboard of mobile devices.
Celluon Magic Cube Keyboard
Any device with Bluetooth HID support or Mac/PC with USB 2.0 port; iOS 4.0 or later
Small, light, and versatile. Extremely portable. Allows for easy typing with an iPad propped up behind it.
Nonstandard keyboard layout for most punctuation. Requires extra desk space. Expensive and slower than standard keyboard input. Multi-Touch mouse mode only works on Windows.
Screens 2.0 from Edovia lets you use your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to take control of anything from your home computer to a secure server room, from the couch while you watch the big game, to poolside, half a world away, while you sip an umbrella drink. Mobile VNC (Virtual Network Computing) and RDP (Remote Desktop) is the dream every geek has had since we first saw prop tablets on TV starships, since we first heard talk of ultra-thin clients. And Screens 2.0, thanks to its design and usability, opens that dream up to a wider, more mainstream audience than ever before.
There are many VNC/RDP apps available for iOS, and several of them are excellent. Which you ultimately prefer will come down to personal tastes and requirements. Do you want your finger to move the screen, or move the mouse cursor on the screen? Do you want something that stands alone, or is tied to a subscription service, perhaps one your company or enterprise uses? Do you want something specifically designed for iOS, easy to set up and intuitive to use, or something incredibly bare-bones and expert-user focused?
Screens 2.0 makes deliberate, Apple-style choices. It’s gorgeously designed, intuitive to use, and as consistent with iOS and OS X standards as can be. If you’re coming from an enterprise environment where you’re used to using a specific, point-and-click based PC tool, Screens can take some getting used to at first. If you’ve never used VNC before, Screens makes it incredibly accessible.
Screens setup is ridiculously easy. If you’re not already familiar with the basics, Screens give you a quick how-to on startup, including connecting to Mac, Linux, and Windows, using Screens Connect on Mac and Windows (more on that later), and using the Screens app itself, including gestures, Siri dictation, the pasteboard, and more.
To add a screen (remote computer view), just tap the button at the top left. Screens will automatically detect nearby and remote computers on your network. For most users, when on their home or work network, this is the fastest, easier way to get up and running. Just tap the tab, tap the name of your computer, and Screens will populate most of the general connection info for you.
You still have to enter your own username and password, either your Mac user account, or VNC account. If you’re a more advanced, or security conscious user, you can also add machines via IP address or Hostname, enable SSH tunneling, toggle color-depth, and create custom gestures.
Once you have a screen set up, you’ll see it available on the Screens desktop. On the iPad you can switch to a grid view to easily re-oder them as well.
Tap a screen to launch it. If you haven’t saved or recently entered your password, you’ll be asked to enter it for security. Then your screen will open up. It’s literally that simple to get remote access to your desktop or laptop from your iPhone or iPad (or other Mac, if you’re using the Mac version.)
Once in your screen, swiping with your finger moves the screen around (not the cursor, as it does in some other VNC apps), and two-finger swipes scrolls the content within the active window (for example, scrolls through a document or web page). You can pinch to zoom, and touch-and-hold one finger to drag a window around or drag and drop an icon or highlighted text. Responsiveness for panning and zooming is remarkably fast and fluid. Scrolling within a window is a little slower.
A single tap is equivalent to positioning the mouse curser and clicking. A double tap is a double click, a two-finger touch-and-hold is a right mouse click (or ctrl-mouse click). These can be a little trickier to accurately pull off, especially on the physically smaller iPhone display, so you’ll want to make sure you’re as zoomed in a possible first.
If you’re connecting to a Mac, three finger swipes default to changing Spaces or launching Mission Control. Other Mac options include launching Spotlight, showing Dashboard, etc. Windows options include Open Start Menu, CTRL-ALT-DELETE, etc. Four finger swipes are currently used for for system-wide multitasking gestures on iPad, but if you disable them in Settings, you can reassign them for specific Screens actions as well.
Screens 2.0 for iOS has a great new unified toolbar. Escape, tab, shift, control, alt/option, and command/Windows keys, as well as arrow keys, the Action button, and a special purpose as well as default keyboard are all accessible along the bottom of the screen. The standard keyboard is just what you’re expect, and the second, special purpose keyboard lets you quickly minimize, close or quit an app, undo, redo, or send to pasteboard, copy, paste, or cut, and similar, as well as offering function keys F1 through F12.
On the [iPhone 4S](http://www.imore.com/iphone-4s], Screens’ default keyboard includes Siri dictation for easy voice-to-text entry.
The keyboard doesn’t automatically appear when you tap into an editable area of the screen; you have to open it manually. That’s typically been my experience with other VNC apps as well, and I can see the reasoning behind it, but it feels a little un-iOS-like.
Overall, the iPad feels like it was made with a VNC app like Screens in mind. The large 9.7-inch display just works so well. The iPhone and iPod touch can feel a little cramped at 3.5-inches but the density of the Retina display mitigates that a lot. And yes, Screens 2.0 just screams for a Retina iPad 3.
Screens 2.0 for Mac is every bit as easy to setup and even easier to use, since you’re driving a windows-mouse-pointer interface with a windows-mouse-pointer interface, and don’t have to worry about mapping multitouch gestures to point and clicks the way you do with iOS. If you’re familiar with Apple’s own Back to my Mac service, it’s almost as elegant (just not built into the system), but it works with Windows and Linux machines as well, not just OS X.
Completing the picture is Screens Connect, which lets you open a screen into your home or work computer while away from home or the office, on a different network. After setting up a free Screens Connect account via Edovia’s website, you download Mac or Windows clients and install them on your local machines. They keep track of your machine’s IP address, so you can always find that computer remotely, over the internet. Because most of us don’t have static IP addresses, a service like Screens Connect is really a must-have for remote connections.
On a final, fun note, with AirPlay mirroring you can even beam your screens via Apple TV your big screen HDTV, which is great for conference room demos.
With iCloud integration, SSH keys, and a re-designed Screens Connect, Screens 2.0 handles remote computing better and faster than ever before. While other VNC clients have some advantages, such as more precise mouse placement, or integration with popular subscription RDP solutions, Screens is the most iPhone, iPad, and Mac-like remote computing app on the market today. It’s the easiest to setup and the most familiar to use. That makes it a great VNC app for anyone just getting started with remote computing, or anyone who wants something with a great user experience that “just works”. If you’re a pro or a network admin, you might cycle between several different VNC apps depending on the situation. Screens 2.0 will almost certainly become one of them.
Screens 2.0 requires iOS 5 on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and OS 10.7 Lion on Mac. It’s is available now, and is a free update for existing users.
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The internet is buzzing with news about OS X Mountain Lion’s emergence this summer and we can’t help but get excited about how Apple will revolutionizing operating systems yet again. This time around, Apple took a big leap towards integrating the best parts of its iOS mobile interface into a desktop environment. Mountain Lion will synchronize all of your devices so so that they’re all seamlessly intertwined–a wise move indeed. Here are five ways your favorite iOS features will integrate with OS X Mountain Lion.
Without a doubt the best feature of Mountain Lion, iCloud connects all your Apple gadgets with one easy sign in page. Updates are instantly reflected across each device, so storing new contacts, adding photos, or deleting apps only happens once. All your personal preferences stay organized, just as you’d like.
Whatever you’re doing: watching a video, uploading a photo of your friends, or looking up recipes for a party, Share Sheets allows you to show off your life with one simple click. And since Twitter has been blessed by the social media gods as Mountain Lion’s golden network, you can tweet everything you’re doing in seconds.
In its simplest terms, Air Mirroring syncs your Mac with your HDTV. Whether used for business Skype meetings or watching downloaded shows, you can access everything from your computer on the big screen–making entertaining effortless.
The new and improved version of iChat, iMessages takes instant messaging to a whole new level. Users can begin a conversation on their computer and continue it on any Apple device, sending simple chats, photos, videos, documents, and contacts to single friends or groups.
Easily the most popular facet of mobile technology, games, are coming straight to your Mac. Now students, kids, and lunch-break workaholics can access everything from their iPad’s Game Center directly on their computers. Imagine Angry Birds on the go–and in your home.
Whether you’re rocking an iPhone 4S or iPad 2, or a previous generation iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, there’s just no getting around one simple truth — they’re fingerprint magnets. What’s more, since fingerprints come with oil, food, dirt, and who-knows-what-other substances all over them, you’re device’s screen can often turn into a sticky, icky mess. Enter iKlenz cleaning solition and eScreen flat panel cleaner, both contenders to the title of best iOS device cleaning solution. But which one is the best?
iKlenz and eScreen are specially engineered cleaning solutions for exactly the types of large, glass displays found on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and other, similar gadgets. (Including your computer’s display.) These aren’t glass cleaners either, and eScreen, for example, states that it’s ecofriendly and silicone, ammonia and alcohol free, so you don’t have to worry about it damaging the oleophobic (oil repelling) coating of your iPhone or iPad. iKlenz also says it works as a disinfectant to destroy bacteria and germs.
Both come in small squirt bottles so they’re easy to store or even carry around with you, and both iKlenz and eScreen include micro-fiber cloths, though eScreen’s is both larger and more plush. eScreen also comes with a nice cloth carrying pouch while iKlenz comes in a cardboard box.
To put them to the test, literally side-by-side, I dirtied up my iPhone 4S as best as possible — fingerprints galore! — and then divided the screen right down the middle. I applied 2 squirts of iklenz on one side and 2 squirts of eScreen on the other, and then compared how many wipes it took to get each side spotless, and the quality of the cleaning when it was done.
In my tests, iKlenz and eScreen performed equally well. Both iKlenz and eScreen removed fingerprints, smudges, oil, and grime with a minimum of effort and left my iPhone and iPad with clean, clear, gorgeous-looking screens. The full retail price for both is also the same (though at the time of this writing the iMore Store is offering a better sale price on eScreen).
So it comes down to the extras to break the tie, and with a bigger, softer micro-fiber cloth and the bonus carrying pouch, this time eScreen comes away with the win and the title. eScreen is currently the best cleaning solution for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., which means most of us are working at half-mast since the banks and post office are closed for business. But the news business never slows down, and in the tech world, a Monday holiday is usually reserved for a few curveballs, such as the curious case of Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard going missing from Netflix streaming in the wake of her death (which turns out to be a case of mistaken license term, apparently). With that in mind, here’s the rest of the news for this slow Monday, February 20, 2012.
After teasing its release last week, VideoLAN has pulled the trigger on VLC 2.0, which brings an entirely new user interface to the Mac OS X version. The new version, code-named “Twoflower,” promises “faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs” as well as “a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos.” Experimental support for Blu-ray discs is also rolled into VLC 2.0, which also squashes “several hundreds of bugs” thanks to the work of 160 volunteers. While the open source software is free as always, users are encouraged to donate at the top of the download page, which keeps the non-profit organization pumping out such cool updates down the road.
Following up our report this morning regarding the iPad trademark battle in China between Apple and Proview, AllThingsD is now reporting that Cupertino is preparing a counter-attack to stop the Chinese LCD display maker from talking smack. In a letter to Proview founder Yang Rongshan, Apple’s attorney writes: “It is inappropriate to release information contrary to the facts to the media, especially when such disclosures have the effect of wrongfully causing damage to Apple’s reputation. Making misrepresentations in the press to inflame the situation is adversely affecting the interests of the parties in seeking any resolution of the matter. On behalf of Apple, we formally reserve all rights to take further legal action against any individuals and entities for any damages that may result from defamatory statements and unlawful actions intended to wrongfully interfere with Apple’s business and business relationships.” In other words: “Proview, if you hope to bleed us for any money, you’d best shut your mouths, toot sweet” — or something like that…
We often hate to even republish rumors like this, mainly because they seem so obvious that they’re rarely worth the virtual ink they’re written with. Be that as it may, MacRumors is reporting that a “reliable” source has confirmed that Apple is again targeting the September or October timeframe for the 2012 iPhone model — which we hesitate to call the iPhone 5, even though it seems more likely that’s what it will be called now. Japanese blog Macotakara broke the dubious news earlier today, citing an “Asian reliable source” who claims the “next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years” — in other words, Apple plans to stick to this release schedule moving forward. Might as well make your vacation plans for June this year, folks…
“Here comes the sun” — that’s the message Apple seems to be singing with an updated report today on its environmental footprint, according to Cnet. “Our new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, demonstrates our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our facilities through energy-efficient, green building design,” Apple’s report reveals. “The facility has earned the coveted LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. We know of no other data center of comparable size that has achieved this level of LEED certification. Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and we have major projects under way to achieve this — including building the nation’s largest end user-owned solar array and building the largest nonutility fuel cell installation in the United States.” The brief mention is Apple’s first comment on the subject to the public, which has been widely rumored since winning approval to reshape 171 acres of vacant land adjacent to the data center.
Mondays are traditionally one of the slower days of the week for tech news, which makes this bizarre little nugget all the more fascinating. According to Gawker, Whitney Houston fans are being mistreated yet again. After Sony recently jacked up the price of the deceased diva’s music on iTunes, Warner Bros. is now being accused of trying to prop up its sagging DVD fortunes by yanking Houston’s debut feature film The Bodyguard from Netflix streaming. After reading some of the venomous comments about the move on the Netflix website, Google Plus Week host Dan McDermott took it upon himself to contact Netflix directly and was told “the production company pulled the streaming rights from us because all the publicity after Whitney Houston’s passing there was an opportunity to make really a very large amount of money on the DVD sales of her movies.” Unfortunately, that story appears to be “totally untrue,” according to an update from AllThingsD. Netflix PR rep Steve Swasey claims The Bodyguard streaming rights expired at the end of last year and weren’t renewed. No need to call in Scooby-Doo to solve this mystery, folks.
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We’re over halfway through Mobile Nations Fitness Month, so it’s time to spice up your fitness routine with some salsa dancing. Pocket Salsa is an iPhone and iPad app that will have you workin’ your moves, burning calories, and having fun all at the same time.
Pocket Salsa is filled with over 150 instructional videos that teach everything from the basics of salsa dancing to intermediate level dance moves. I am probably the furthest thing possible from a dancer, and even I’m able to learn from these very clear lessons.
Watching videos on your iPhone or iPad is great and all, but you can enhance your learning experience by sharing the lessons to your television with Apple TV.
In addition to videos, Pocket Salsa also includes a list of salsa rhythms making it real easy to quickly turn on some music to practice your new moves. You can also watch the latest video podcasts from addicted2salsa to learn even more.
Most of lessons are for couples, so go grab a partner, tell them to get on board with Mobile Nations Fitness month, and get dancing!