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New user here, and I was just wondering if anyone regularly uses Garageband with their acoustic or e-violin? There are quite a few loaded amps and stompbox effects in the program, and I was wondering if anyone has any presets or words of wisdom about the software that they wouldn't mind sharing. I'm excited to try it all out soon, but I was wondering if there's anything I should know. Yay pre-loaded software, heh heh
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Not Garageband. I'm not a Mac user. I've used Cakewalk and Audition on Windows machines, and I use Audacity and Rosegarden on my main machine which runs Ubuntu.
With plugins in general, though, I haven't found much that was violin specific. Too few people play e-violin so far, I think. But reverb and a bit of eq help, and crazy delays and distortion are fun. Pretty much have to tweak the settings though, since they are usually default set for what will sound at least ok on a guitar.
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I recorded the following tune on GarageBand using an acoustic guitar and a Mic. All effects were added in the program.
I use it a lot. It was frustrating setting it up but works great for me now. I picked up an electric Cecillo here from Fiddlerman and its almost silent. I live in a small apt with my wife, so practicing with my acoustic was difficult was difficult at best, even with a mute.
If your using an electric you will need to set it up as a guitar, and get your input and output setup right. In both your main preferences AND Garageband. It seems a little glitchy though so you may need to switch around and back an forth to get sound. Always look at your visual sound monitor at the bottom to see if sound is getting to Garageband before you worry about hearing anything.
Also, in the track there are 3 little buttons, a mute, headphones, and sound (I guess, they seem a bit redundant, but you need to have the third one on or you will hear nothing.
For some reason the sound settings seem to change at will (or default settings of other software, I believe its a ghost myself). At any rate, you may need to rest all of these each time you set up itunes.
One last bit of advice, get good headphones.