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Apple GarageBand 2.0

Summary

The ease with which combine music samples, add multiple effects and save all on several tracks helps make this music creation application, included in iLife, one of the most effective tools for budding composers .

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Part of the iLife ’05 software suite, GarageBand 2.0 is the program dedicated to musical composition. Occupying a large amount of disk space, it can not meet the expectations of experienced musicians. Nevertheless, it is a good starting point for beginners who want to try compositing. GarageBand 2.0 is installed automatically and quickly with iLife, which requires 4.7 GB of available disk space.

There is no configuration step. After launching the program, you simply open a new project and add tracks to it. If you want to add music samples, “Jam Packs”, namely instruments, loops and effects, Remix Tools and Rhythm Section Symphony Orchestra, it will cost 100 euros each and 3, 4.5, 5 and 10 GB disk space, respectively. Clearly, you need no less than 27.2 GB of space available to install the GarageBand 2.0 package in its entirety

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This is undoubtedly one of the easiest music composition tools. A glance at the Start Guide is enough to start creating your own musical style. The startup interface takes the form of a light gray and dark gray window through which a top rule and having the middle a large section dedicated to the arrangement of the tracks. Downstairs, there is a zoom slider, shortcut keys, the playback buttons, the time display and volume control command. When you open the loop browser or the track editor, the bottom of the slide window to reveal whether the instrument selections, an editing grid, respectively. Many keyboard shortcuts are designed to speed up browsing.

GarageBand 2.0 offers more than 1,000 high-quality loops segmented into families of instruments such as Brass, Percussion and Synth, as well as moods as tonic or sad. Within these groups, various loops have been affected, such as Bongo Beat Orchestra Brass 01 and 03. Each of the “Jam Packs” adds over 2,000 loops and a selection of new instruments. Using loops in GarageBand 2.0 is the fastest and most simple to create a song; through this method, we have produced a track quickly enough( Listen to the result in WMA format).

However, with the vast feature set of the program, you are not limited to tracks based loops. It is thus possible to combine real instruments and record the program. GarageBand 2.0 provides several preset effects that you can revise your taste. It even includes a built-in tuner. Another option: use the integrated tools, you press with your keyboard, your mouse (while the piano keys on the screen) or a MIDI keyboard. There are 15 families of software sounds (organ, synths and horns, for example), each containing several types of instruments. As with real instruments, you can apply their various effects such as Distortion, Flanger, Echo and the track.

Besides these features, GarageBand 2.0 includes a basic mixing instrument for each track: it adjusts the balance right and left, as well as perform crossfades volume. You can also import audio files ( AIFF , WAV , MP3 , Apple Lossless and AAC unprotected) files and MIDI in by simple drag and drop interface. Moreover, GarageBand 2.0 offers the ability to view the records with their entire partition. The app also lets you edit individual tracks, but we were disappointed with the level of modification; impossible to go to the level of the audio sample. Choose a separate audio editing tool such as Bias Peak if you search this feature. As expected, the performance of GarageBand 2.0 vary depending on the system used. We tested the program on an iBook G4 with a 1GHz processor and 256MB of RAM, an admittedly modest requirements to run some multimedia applications. Apple recommends 512MB RAM and requires you to have Mac OS X 10.3.4 or higher. Editing and applying effects are in real time with minimal delay or no.

However, we encountered some latency problems when launching a sound overview of curls while reading tracks that were already in shape. Results varied, but we always found a noticeable delay between when we cliquions on the loop and when it was read. Sometimes, the reading of the main tracks is even stopped completely. As a result, we found more convenient to drag loops on the interface and listen to it; sometimes, we noticed a delay between the time we file loops and when it actually appeared. Hopefully these should not be a problem when Garageband for Android is released

Besides advice in using GarageBand, Apple offers a web page dedicated to the support of GarageBand. You will find discussion forums for each of iLife program, as well as software updates and a long list of related help topics.

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What are the alternatives to Kik Messenger?

2Kik Messenger is one of the famous applications in the world the people are using nowadays. After the Kik Messenger many other companies try to copy the concept of the Kik Messenger and they have introduced many other applications like this, this application keep the same features as the Kik Messenger contains. However, some of the applications are very old; they were introduced before of the Kik Messenger and some of the new that has launched after Kik For Windows. Through this article, you will become able to know about those alternative applications of the Kik Messenger.

Viber:

Viber is one of the best and oldest applications of the messaging and chatting with the friends and family. On the Viber, you can use all the features that Kik Messenger contains. However, as you need to connect the Kik Messenger to the internet or required phone number to configure the account. The same thing you will have to do for making the account on the Viber. It is the best alternative of the Kik Messenger that is currently people are using it. The graphic of the Viber is very good and easy to understand as you can understand the option in the Kik Messenger. However, if anyone is in search of the Kik Messenger alternative and he or she can use the Viber. It is the best option. Line:Line is the newest application that has recently launched a few years ago. It is also similar with the Kik Messenger and Viber. It contains all the features and function that Viber or Kik Messenger contains. The line application is improving day by day and new changes are being made by the company for providing the best user experience to the people.

It is the best message and chatting application for the teenage people because it is very easy to connect.

Wechat:

It is the best message and chatting application for the teenage people because it is very easy to connect. Here you do not need to configure any phone number while installing the application. Here, you only need to make the account and starting doing chatting with your friends and family. It is totally free and people are sophisticating with the benefits of it. It contains all the features and functions that Kik Messenger keep. However, it’s one greater alternative of the Kik Messenger.

BBM:

It is the best chatting application have ever launched when blackberry Smartphone was launched in the market. However, 80 million of users this application contains and people are using this application still. However, through the BBM you can send the message, video, messages, audio, and other many services available to use as as if Kik Messenger keeps.

Nevertheless, it is one more alternative of the Kik Messenger.

Kik:

It is the oldest messaging application that was created for the users of the Smartphone. This company was founded in the year of 2009 and the application was released in 2010. This application is available for Mac, windows phone, blackberry, and other versions of the Smartphone. 100 million of users this application own and people love to use it because you can use it as like the Kik Messenger. However, this is the alternative of the Kik Messenger.

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Are You Getting All You Can Out of Your Android Phone?

Android based phones are the most popular smartphones on the market today. Android is easily outselling the iPhone and is available on every major mobile carrier. New users often struggle to really get the most out of their Android handset. Common criticisms of Android would likely evaporate if more users knew ways to maximize the benefit of their Android handset. Here are some applications, tips and tricks that I have found to really boost the usefulness of my Android phone.

Managing Your Battery Life

A criticism that I hear often is that android phones have very poor battery life. That was certainly true with the earliest models, and it can still be true with the newer handsets. Fortunately, there are a number of tools for managing your battery life that will help you squeeze the most from your Android phone’s battery.

 

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Some of the features of Android are not needed on a constant basis. These include Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. These features can quickly drain the phone battery if they are running continuously. Fortunately, Android version 1.6 added some tools to make it easier to switch these items off in order to increase battery life. There is a widget you can add to your phone’s desktop that allows you to switch these features ON and OFF with a single touch. Many applications have the ability to toggle these ON and OFF as well so if an application needs one of these features, it can activate it.
Another frustrating aspect of managing your battery life on Android is that the default battery meter only displays a color: green, yellow and red to indicate how much battery power remains. This can make it harder to gauge if an application is draining your battery more quickly than normal.

Battery Meter Lite is a free application that includes a battery remaining notification. When this notification is enabled a battery icon with the percentage of battery remaining will appear in your notification area. This makes it much easier to manage your battery life because you know exactly how much battery power remains.

Managing Tasks

Sometimes you want to know what tasks are running and have a way to stop a running task. This is especially true if you have an older Android phone with a slow processor. System Panel Lite is a great application for this. If you have ever used a Unix based operating system or Linux, System Panel Lite will remind you of the top application. It provides a list of actively running processes and inactive but cached processes. It also gives you some handy charts of the current CPU usage and memory usage. Clicking on a running application, you can see the individual application’s CPU and memory usage and you have the option of killing the process. By default, system processes are hidden from view but there is an option in settings to see the Android system processes as well.

Getting More from Messaging

When I first got my Android phone, I hated the default messaging application. I quickly discovered Handcent SMS, a free application that replaces the default messaging application. Handcent features a threaded interface to allow you to visually see the back and forth conversation you are having via SMS. It also allows sending pictures via MMS and saving MMS attachments. You can set Handcent as the default messaging application on Android. Handcent will also provide notifications for new SMS messages. The notification can be customized a bit, including what color your phone LED should flash when you have new messages. When you switch to Handcent, you will need to go into the default messaging application and turn off its notifications. Otherwise, you will get two notifications each time you receive a message.

Ditch Your iPod

Let’s face it – carrying a phone and a music player is a pain. Fortunately, you can easily replace your iPod with your Android phone. The default music player that ships with Android is agreeably nothing to write home about. The interface is very simple and frankly, quite boring. However, you can easily replace it with the Cubed Media Player from the Android market.
Cubed is a free media player with a somewhat unique user interface. Album artwork appears in a 3-dimensional cube. By rotating the cube up or down, you can browse through your album artwork in a fashion very similar to iPod’s cover flow. Rotating the cube to the left or right allows you to alphabetically flip through your collection. This is a great application for turning your Android phone into a fully featured media player.
Of course, playing the media on the phone is only half of the equation. One of the benefits of an iPod is that it synchronizes with iTunes. iTunes also makes organizing your library easy and adds tags and album artwork to your media library. Media Monkey is an application that is available as a free and a premium version. The free version has a great number of features. Media Monkey organizes your media library and allows you to edit tags and add album artwork. When I began to use Media Monkey, I discovered that it was capable of finding artwork for a number of albums for which iTunes did not have artwork. The biggest advantage of Media Monkey for Android users though is that it can sync media with any Android handset. The combination of Media Monkey and Cubed makes any Android phone a real competitor to an iPod.
Android is a very capable mobile platform, but it can be overwhelming to new users at first. A few simple applications can greatly improve how useful your Android phone is and allow you to get much more out of it. Have a favorite application or found a setting that allows you to get more out of your Android phone?

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