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Use third Party Software synths in GarageBand Apps
In case it hasn't been mentioned, you can add other Software synthesizers to GarageBand (as long as they are audio units).

Synths such as FM7 (based on the Yamaha DX-7) and Absynth when installed will show up under the Generator section when you go to choose an instrument (click the small arrow at the bottom to show more details). After choosing a Generator, click on the Edit icon, and you get the synth available to choose sounds or edit. Once you have what you want, you can save the instrument as you would in the GarageBand area to avoid going back through those steps for a sound.
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Use third Party Software synths in GarageBand
Authored by: bjmorgan on Feb 06, '04 11:40:23AM

Yeah, this is a great feature of Audio Units in general. I own the Native Instruments B4 and Pro-53. And the neat thing is, for each preset included in the Pro-53 (not including my own), you can have over 500 new instruments (that's a lot of legwork to get set up).



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Authored by: dcase on Feb 06, '04 05:31:14PM

So, do you happen to know if this will work with Samplers as well? I've been able to get AmpliTube working in there (even though the redraw was a little weird) but I'd love to get access to all of SampleTank's samples...



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Use third Party Software synths in GarageBand
Authored by: bjmorgan on Feb 06, '04 06:27:51PM

It works fine with Native Instruments Battery. You should be fine so long as the Sampling Software supports Audio Units.



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Use third Party Software synths in GarageBand
Authored by: schneb on Feb 06, '04 12:40:46PM

For those of us new to the whole synthesiser voice thing...

Where does one get instruments that best replicate orchestral instruments? Is this a software package or do I need to have some sort of hardware?

Thanks for one who has been out of the "loop" since the days of the Mini Moog. (actually, not THAT long)



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Authored by: bjmorgan on Feb 06, '04 01:05:52PM

It depends on the amount of money you're looking to invest. The digital music making world is choc full of available applications that emulate everything from synths to strings. For starters, one of the cheapest and easiest to use alternatives is the GarageBand Jam Pack, which includes a good array of extra string settings for GB (not perfect ones, but they get the job done).

If you DON'T want simplicity and you have money to burn, a lot of pros look to the Mark Of The Unicorn (MOTU) MachFive Software Sampler (for around $395). You'll then have to buy a decent orchestra sound library for the sampler to sample from. The most extensive is Sonic Implants Symphonic String Collection (which runs $995 for the full version of 12.3 GB of high quality orchestra samples.)

There are a lot of mid-range alternatives, too. If you want to find out more, Electronic Musician Magazine (www.emusician.com) does a pretty good job of evaluating and highlighting what's out there.



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Authored by: schneb on Feb 06, '04 01:12:41PM

I am not looking for loops now, I am looking for "voices" that I can assign the MIDI tracks to. Is this what these items are? I think I should look seriously into the Jam pack.



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Use third Party Software synths in GarageBand
Authored by: bjmorgan on Feb 06, '04 01:21:07PM

No, these are not loops, these are actual sampled and/or processed voices. It works the same with the high end software and Jam Pack. I have a layout of all the instruments that you will get with Jam Pack posted on my site if you want to take a gander:

http://www.promotetheband.com/extras/garageband.htm

Hope that helps.



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Yes, it does help
Authored by: readparse on Feb 18, '04 10:39:17AM

Thanks a bunch for the list.



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