||[Jan. 18th, 2004|09:31 pm]
Well, Garage Band has already saved me the cost of going out and buying a real guitar amp and some effects pedals, not that I was really likely to do that any time soon. It briefly caused me a lot of frustration when I thought my iMic wasn't working with my guitar, either with instrument-level input plugged directly into the guitar or with line-level input from my little crappy amp. Then I realized I'd wasted a couple of hours messing with cables and stuff (including cutting the headphones off of 2 sets of old crappy headphones and soldering them together to make a miniplug patch cable) and thinking it wasn't going to work when the actual problem was a bad electrical connection inside my guitar, which took me about 2 minutes to fix.
I think my favorite feature is that you can take the pre-made loops that use software instruments, and then change the instrument to something completely different to get a whole new sound. Changing, say, a guitar into a drum kit sometimes has a pretty neat effect.