The White Cottage


GarageBand – Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

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Not wanting to completely waste away my retirement years, I’ve taken on a few projects for some family members and friends. As I’ve had great practice in converting our old record albums to CDs using a Windows laptop, the ADS Instant Music gizmo, a stereo receiver and turntable, I felt I was ready to take on anyone else that wanted some conversions done. The old Windows laptop, however, is starting to bite the dust now that it’s more than ten years old (that’s ancient in electronic years) so I decided to investigate using the Mac and what to my surprise I found everything I needed. After purchasing a new ADS Instant Music gizmo for the Mac and borrowing hubby’s little Realistic dual tape player I was up and running. With a little further research on how to use GarageBand from the ADS Technologies web site, the road was clear to commence converting the tapes provided by sister, Gail, and her friend, Rose.

GarageBand looked a little intimidating when I first opened it up, but once I began recording a sample tape – or trial run, if you want to call it that – the whole process was easier than I realized. Following the step-by-step set-up from ADS it only took me seconds to get ready to record. The only disappointment which I soon discovered was, that I couldn’t split the tracks (or songs) once they were laid down. If I wanted to take the time and effort I could record each track individually or split each song within the main track and then cut and paste that song into a new track. I decided that recording the tracks individually was a bit more than I wanted to get into and am hoping that Gail and Rose will never want to fast forward or bypass any individually song on their newly recorded CD. I soon discovered that Audacity (a free program that does the same work as GarageBand) would do what I wanted, and I may give it a try once I get past a couple of instrumental tapes that really don’t need any individual tracks. The music on these tapes is so nice who in their right mind would ever want to bypass any of the songs!

I’m now well on my way and am enjoying the task, along with listening to some classics, some Christmas tunes and some Rock ‘n Roll oldies and golden goodies!! I’m thinking Nat’s going to walk by the office one of these days and wonder why I’m bopping around the desk, flailing my arms about and singing off key! It looks like there’s some good rock ‘n roll songs even I’ll enjoy listening to. The whole process is going to be therapeutic for the old brain and memory cells which can get rusty as fast as I can type this post!! It’s also been really great learning something new – i.e. GarageBand – which everyone raves about and now I know why.


Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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