Recording and constructing "beats"?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by jrm, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. jrm

    jrm Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Hello friends:

    I'm trying to learn how to construct and record "beats" on my mac. RIght now I have Pro Tools LE and Garageband. I also have BFD. We've been suing garageband to sketch out songs and want to start building our own beats instead of relying on the apple loops. I guess ideally we could use Pro Tools to work with Midi, but unfortuantely the MBox we have doesn't have a midi input.

    So, how would we go about doing this? Do we need to have another program to start building beats? Something like Reason or Ableton? We've got good drum sounds with BFD, we just need to learn how to use them! Anyone have a word of advice or somewhere they could point me? Thanks!

  2. DownByLaw

    DownByLaw Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    NW NJ
    Well, the Garage Band beats are editable, at the bottom of the window. The black bars represent the midi notes, and can be moved, changed for duration, and what sound/note they will trigger based on how high or low they are on the staff/grid. I've only played with this a little bit, but it works well if a bit tedious.


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