GarageBand – Top Tips

Adjust Audio in your Videos

Adjust Audio in your Videos

Flex Time isn’t just for music. In the Menu Bar go to Track > Show Movie Track Open the Media Browser and click on the Movies tab. Grab one of your videos and drop it into the movie track. Click on the edit Scissors at the bottom left of the GarageBand window and now you(…)

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Apple Loops

Apple Loops

The loop browser lets you quickly find loops to add to your projects.You can find loops using keywords for instrument, musical genre, or mood.You can also perform text searches, and refine your results in several ways.The loop browser shows the tempo, key, and number of beats for each matching loop.You can preview loops in the(…)

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Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar

You can add an Electric Guitar track to play and record an electric guitar in GarageBand. In an Electric Guitar track, you can choose guitar amps and guitar presets for highly realistic guitar tone, and add stompbox effects to customize your sound. An Electric Guitar track is a special type of Real Instrument track. Recordings(…)

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Record your voice

Record your voice

You can record your voice using your computer’s built-in microphone, or by connecting a microphone to your computer. You record your voice in a Real Instrument track in the GarageBand timeline. Record your voice If you are using an external microphone, connect the microphone to the audio input port or USB port on your computer,(…)

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Write Your Lyrics with Notes

Write Your Lyrics with Notes

While you’re recording your awesome new single, you can finally have your lyrics right in front of you on the screen instead of scribbled on that Taco Bell napkin or in another application that stops you from interfacing with GarageBand. Just head on over to the Menu Bar and select Window>Notepad.

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Adjust master volume

Adjust master volume

You can adjust the overall volume of a project using the master volume slider. The master volume controls what the volume will be when you export the project. Use your computer’s volume control to adjust the volume at which you listen to the project play. In general, you should adjust the output volume to a(…)

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Working With Projects

Working With Projects

Creating a Project: You start working in GarageBand by creating a new project. To create a new project: 1. Choose File > New.2. In the New Project dialog, select the type of project you want to create.3. In the dialog that appears, browse to the location where you want to store the project, then type(…)

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Play a section

Play a section

Each Magic GarageBand project is organized in sections, such as Intro, Verse, and Chorus. The sections appear in a row below the stage. You can select one or more sections and play them repeatedly. This can be particularly useful when you are learning part of a project, or when you are practicing or recording your(…)

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Open a Magic GarageBand project

Open a Magic GarageBand project

You start working in Magic GarageBand by choosing a genre and opening the project for that genre. GarageBand chooses the instruments and creates a predefined arrangement. To open a Magic GarageBand project: Choose File > New. In the Project Chooser, click Magic GarageBand, then select a genre from the choices on the right. Click Choose.(…)

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Record your instrument

You can record your own instrument in Magic GarageBand. After you choose the instrument to use as My Instrument, you can record your part, and even record multiple takes. To record your instrument in Magic GarageBand: Choose the correct input source for your instrument from the My Instrument pop-up menu, using these guidelines: If you(…)

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Add a Real Instrument track

Add a Real Instrument track

You can add a Real Instrument track and use it to record sound from a microphone. To add a Real Instrument track: Click the Add Track button on the left side of the control bar, or choose Track > New Track. In the New Track dialog, select Real Instrument. Click the triangle next to Instrument Setup. Choose(…)

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Notation View

Notation View

You can view and edit Software Instrument regions in standard music notation format. In notation view, you can edit notes and other musical events, including adding pedal markings. In addition to the editor’s graphic “piano roll” view, you can view Software Instrumentregions (both those you record and those from loops) in notation view. In notationview,(…)

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Monitoring

Monitoring

When you turn on monitoring for a track, you hear the instrument or microphone connected to the track’s input while you play and record in GarageBand. In some situations, particularly when using your computer’s speakers instead of headphones, you may want to turn monitoring off to avoid feedback. You can turn monitoring on or off in the(…)

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Input source

Input source

To hear sound from a microphone, an electric guitar, or another instrument in GarageBand, you must set the input source for the device (the microphone or instrument). You can set the input source when you add a track, or set it for the selected track in the Track Info pane. If you are using your(…)

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Scoring

Scoring

Add a Software Instrument. Play your song then click on the Scissors/edit button in the lower left hand corner. Then click on the score button. Now you can adjust the score of your masterpiece. Select and drag your notes or Command+click to add new notes.

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Software Instruments

Software Instruments

Using Musical Typing: Using Musical Typing, you can play and record Software Instruments using yourcomputer keyboard. When you show the Musical Typing window, you can play the topand middle row of your computer keyboard just like the keys on a music keyboard toplay notes. To show the Musical Typing keyboard: Choose Window > Musical Typing(…)

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Tune your guitar

Tune your guitar

When you select your guitar as My Instrument, you can use the tuner in Magic GarageBand to check your tuning and help tune your guitar. To tune your guitar in Magic GarageBand: Make sure that the input for your guitar is selected as My Instrument, and that My Instrument is highlighted on the stage. Click the Tuner(…)

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Editor

Editor

The editor is like a microscope showing a close-up view of part of a track.You can edit Real and Software Instrument regions in a variety of ways in the editor.For Real Instruments: When you select a Real Instrument track, the editor shows the waveform of the track or selected region.You can move, crop, join, transpose,(…)

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Play and record your electric guitar

Play and record your electric guitar

You can connect an electric guitar to your computer, and play and record it in an Electric Guitar track. You can choose guitar presets, amps, and stompbox effects to dial in the tone you want your guitar to have. Play and record your electric guitar Connect the electric guitar to the audio input port of(…)

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iPad and iPhone as MIDI Controllers

iPad and iPhone as MIDI Controllers

Using Wi-Fi you can setup your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone as a MIDI device if you have an app installed that utilizes OSC. This is especially helpful if you want to play the piano but hate the keyboard version in GarageBand and you don’t have the money to go out and buy a MIDI(…)

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Record with Multiple Devices

Record with Multiple Devices

Apple tells you that you can now record multiple tracks at once. You plug your guitars in and nothing happens. Here’s what you need to do to get the band back together. You’re going to create an Aggregate Device. This will alow you to have multiple devices plugged in to your Mac and have GarageBand(…)

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Prevent clipping

Prevent clipping

Recording sound at too high a volume level can result in distortion, or “clipping.” You hear clipping as a sharp, crackling sound, which is undesirable in most cases. In a GarageBand project, clipping can occur in one of two situations: When you record a Real Instrument or electric guitar with the track volume level set(…)

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Real Instruments

Real Instruments

Adding a Real Instrument Track: To record a Real Instrument, you can add a new Real Instrument track or record on anexisting Real Instrument track. To add a Real Instrument track: 1. Click the Add Track button, or choose Track > New Track.2. In the New Track dialog, click Real Instrument, then click Create.The new(…)

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Turn off your Screensaver

Turn off your Screensaver

It seems like a no brainer, but when you have your guitar all hooked up and ready to rock, the last thing you need is your Hello Kitty screen saver popping up right before you strum that first note. Head to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and turn it off.

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Mixing and Adding

Mixing and Adding

What Is Mixing? When you’ve built the arrangement of your project, the next step is to mix the project.Mixing is where you step back and listen to the overall sound of the music, and makechanges to tracks and the project to balance the different parts, bring the music intofocus, and give it the right “sound.”(…)

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