GarageBand 101: How to Use It

GarageBand is the very basic audio recording tool that you can use if you have a Mac on your end. It has amazing features, such as onboard buttons for easier means of playing music; a recorder for installing multiple tracks and for better flow of music; and so as a loop library where you can use tracks as your guide. One of the best benefits that you can get when using GarageBand is that it has the capability of creating professional music despite being a free tool for you to download on their site.

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If you have a passion for music, this tool will not fail in aiding you with editing you audio. You can use these following steps in order for you to effectively use the tool without issues at all. Here are the steps:

Launch and Create a New Song

Once you have the tool, all you need to do is to launch it by simply clicking on the software. Next is to go to File, and then click on New on the upper left corner of the software in order to create a new song. Once done, all you have to do is to save the file as the name of your desired song/filename. Choose the folder where you desire it to be saved, and set up the tempo that you needed. You can also adjust the signature, BPM, as well as the key for you to pick up your desired setup for the whole song that needs to be recorded.

Click the + Sign

This button is easily seen on the lower left corner of your software. It’s a big button which is why you will notice it right away. This will help you create a new track. As an alternative, you can always go to the Track menu instead, and choose the New Track option to finally get started.

Choose your Desired Instrument

There are three instrument types that you can use with the tool:

  • The Software Instrument where you can choose among the different instruments that are programmed in GarageBand. This lets you use your own keyboard instead in order to create your desired music.
  • The Real Instrument option where you can record your voice using a mic, or record music with your own instrument. All you have to do is to find a mixer that can be connected on your Mac to do so.
  • Last is the Electric Guitar which lets you use the most common recording instrument of all time. GarageBand has its settings built in for this purpose already which is why you will have an easy time using it.

You can choose one or all of these options for each layer of your soundtrack – of course, depending on the song that you will be making.

Add Software Instruments

You can choose between various instruments that the tool has. The default option is the Grand Piano. Once you add up a New Track, you will be able to choose from a wide range of software instruments with the help of GarageBand, and it’s just located on the right side of the software. You also need to open up the software’s keyboard just by pressing Command+K or by going to Window, and then Keyboard to access it. You can change from mouse to keyboard by going to the Musical Typing option on the Window menu again.

GarageBand Window and its options that are worth using!

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Use Real Instruments

When you want to use your own instrument or your voice, an icon of a speaker will appear on the Tracks section on the window’s left side. Once again, all you have to do is to click on the Record button in order to begin. The red bar on the right side of the tracks section will appear. It will expand to the right side when you press the Record button once again.

Start Recording!

You can finally do this by pressing the button with the red circle right below the software window. You can take your time to prepare, and all you have to do is to use your Instrument and/or Musical Typing/Keyboard Window as you press the record button once again to finally play your desired music.

Aside from these, there are also methods that you can use such as adding loops, importing some files for editing, and even editing your generated tracks for better quality. All you have to do is to play around by experimenting on the tool’s menu and options for you to learn more about it.

GarageBand 101: How to Use It

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