Music Editing in Final Cut Pro 10.4 and GarageBand


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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
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  • Choose the right music for your projects
  • Discover music editing techniques
  • Arrange drum and synth tracks
  • Create music mashups
  • Automate your music mix

Move Your Story to the Beat

Using a scene from a short film, you’ll learn some important tips for choosing the right music tempo to underscore character or augment a scene’s pacing. You’ll also learn several ways to efficiently edit picture to music and vice-versa.

Play or Record any Instrument

Jumping into GarageBand, you’ll get a quick tour of the UI, then begin creating rhythm tracks with a Drummer and a few software instruments. You’ll even learn how to record your own melodies using the built-in MIDI keyboard.

Create Custom Music Arrangements

You’ll work with Apple Loops to create a cool and jazzy bumper for a YouTube show open before moving on to creating a moody atmospheric score for an action sequence using Alchemy, the world’s most powerful Synth.

Keep Your Music Volume in Check

Learn industry-proven techniques for mixing in Final Cut Pro X, including how to keep the music from competing with the dialogue using a process called “EQ Carving.” You’ll also learn the pros and cons of using royalty-free music and where to find some of the best tracks.

About the Author:

Mary Plummer
Mary is a professional Video Editor and Composer with over 25 years experience in video and film production. She has worked on wide range of productions from coast to coast including shorts, PSAs, Trailers, Music Videos, Documentary and Independent Feature Films. As a Lead Trainer for Apple’s pro video apps, Mary trained other trainers in the US and Europe and was a presenter at major industry shows including NAB, Mac World, Government Video Expo, DV Expo, and Broadcast Educators Expo. Her corporate clients include: Apple, Pearson Education, The Golf Channel, CNN, BBC, CBS, UPN, NBC, Showtime, Spike TV, Cox Media, Avid, Universal Studios Florida, Disney, Sea World and Hallmark. In addition to professional production and training, Mary is the best selling author of over a dozen industry training books including; Apple Pro Training Series: GarageBand (all versions), Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack, Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro, Apple Pro Training Series: Getting Started with Final Cut Studio, and Media Composer 6: Part 1 – Editing Essentials (Avid Learning).
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15 reviews for Music Editing in Final Cut Pro 10.4 and GarageBand

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel (verified owner)

    Good overview of Garageband and demonstration of the potential it has. The lessons move briskly and are informative making it a valuable resource to review again.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    David T (verified owner)

    Thank you so much Mary and the Ripple Team, I was fumbling around like a two year old with Lego…just bashing things together. Now I actually understand what the hell I’m doing. It feels like anything that I put together before now was just dumb luck. Love your work, keep shining the light.

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    James M. (verified owner)

    Mary has an excellent teaching style. She finds just the right balance between the technology behind the software and the creative aspect needed to properly apply the knowledge to film. The course is well layed out and very easy to follow. It includes many additional films and loops. I found it easy to go though the whole course in three days. I highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in upgrading the sound score knowledge.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    I’ve purchased 4 Training Tutorials. Final Cut Pro 10.4 Core, Warp Speed Effects in FCP 10.4, Advanced Color Correction in FCP 10.4 and Music Editing in FCP 10.4 and GarageBand. These are Professional Instructors and the tutorials are packed with info. The information is clear, concise and the pacing is perfect. Well done!

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    Ed (verified owner)

    Just finished the tutorial. Outstanding! Informative, practical, useful, and easy to digest. Mary’s presentation style is excellent. Really enjoyed how the instruction linked FCPX and GarageBand; vastly improved my ability in timing music to video, as well as how to find and manipulate the right music. Thank you Mary!

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    oleaj (verified owner)

    This introduction was a lot of fun. I was inspired to put some of the lessons to work in projects of my own right away. That free copy of GarageBand sitting on my iMac was probably getting bored and maybe lonely till I worked through this course.

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    Taifoong (verified owner)

    I have not finished the whole tutorial yet, but it did open my eyes about how important your music is in affecting the characteristics of your movies. So I am really excited about toward the end, how my music composing ability will improve!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    George J.

    Best on-line training I have even taken bar none. Simple and easy to follow but, at the same time, enough detail to really help in using sound to supplement images. Great delivery from Mary as well. Glad I’m in for the tutorials. Five stars all the way. Great presentation by Mary. Clean, simple and easy to follow but with enough detail to use sound to really help video pop. Love it. Use it daily.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Douglas (verified owner)

    Excellent tutorial Mary, well done! I’m a beginner FCPX user and wanted to learn more about sound and music editing. This title intrigued me and after viewing and participating in some of the lessons I am pleased to say that I’m now looking forward to working with Garage Band (something I only played with before a few times) a lot to compose and edit. Ripple Training has done it again.

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    Carl B. (verified owner)

    I too have found Mary’s course really useful. Like one of the other reviewers I was looking for some help in producing short musical/sound pieces to top and tail my videos without having to keep trawling through libraries.

    After watching the tutorials I went out and bought a small keyboard and I am now working on trying to “compose” simple synth pads to underscore narration on a video project that I am working on. A follow up course would be very welcome – Well done Mary!

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    Mark R. (verified owner)

    This is a great tutorial. Less is definitely more. I’m an average FCP user and a novice with GarageBand.

    Not only was this series of lectures an insight and heads up into GarageBand , Mary also opens your mind to the world of music and soundtracks .

    A great pace , some super examples and nice humble and heartfelt style of delivery.

    I’m now confident in GarageBand and my days of trawling stock sites for audio are now at an end.

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    Rick H. (verified owner)

    I am still carefully studying these tutorials so this is not a complete review. At this point, I must say that Mary’s calm presentation of the material is refreshing and helps me grasp the new concepts without becoming overwhelmed. Thanks for one more great product!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Malcolm (verified owner)

    I’ve been a Ripple customer for about four years and always found their training programs invaluable, Mary Plummer’s in-depth introduction to Garage Band easily matched the standard I’ve become accustomed to and that keeps me coming back.

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    Edgar D. (verified owner)

    Like Mary’s previous tutorials, this one focuses on “real” workflow scenarios. She’s very informative and arms you with multiple creative choices.

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    Kevin R. (verified owner)

    Though I own Logic Pro X and just by owing a mac, I own Garageband, I have never been able to get my head around how to use them. Watching this tutorial has really gotten me going in the right direction. If you’ve always wanted to be able to add that “little extra” to your FCP X projects, I highly recommend getting this tutorial. Mary Plummer does an excellent job of teaching the concepts of Garageband to you while keeping it simple. She uses a project based method. And rest assured, all of these techniques carry over to Logic Pro X.

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