Mix your music with GarageBand

Posted on September 23, 2007

Attention Windows shoppers: You may want to glaze over the next few paragraphs, because this isn't for you.

It is, however, for music lovers who wish to create your own beats on a Mac. I have been using GarageBand for a month or so, and I'm pretty confident that I have the next album to go platinum stored right here on my machine. OK, maybe it's not that good, but at the very least, it's fun to make your own mixes.

The best thing is how simple it is to get started. You can select a few background beats and also hit a few notes on the keyboard. You can transform your basic keyboard into an actual piano keyboard (well, at least a little more than an octave), or you may choose to just bang out a few notes with the mouse.

Also, you can import your existing songs and/or sound bytes to create new music. My latest hit, "Dolphins at Work," combines Men at Work's "Down Under" with dolphin sounds. I know what you're saying: "Huh?"

Unfortunately, this program is for Macs only right now. There was talk a while ago about making it available for the PC. But according to this website, nothing new has been accomplished. This is yet another reason to trash that PC and get a Mac! Or you can definitely find mixing software for your machine ... but I have no idea what is good and what isn't. I'm too busy looking for more dolphin sounds to finish my song.