GarageBand – Top Tips

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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Mix Magic GarageBand instruments

Mix Magic GarageBand instruments

You can mix the instruments on the Magic GarageBand stage to mute and solo instruments and adjust their volume. To show the mixing controls: Select an instrument on the Magic GarageBand stage. A small display appears near the instrument, showing its name. Click the disclosure triangle in the instrument display. To mute an instrument: Click(…)

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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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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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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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Connecting Music Equipment

Connecting a Musical Instrument or Microphone: You can connect an electric musical instrument or microphone to your computer and record it in a Real Instrument track. You can connect a microphone to your computer using the computer’s audio input port, if your computer has one. You can also connect an audio interface to your computer,(…)

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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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Real Instrument

Real Instrument

In GarageBand, a recording from a microphone or an electric musical instrument is called a Real Instrument. GarageBand lets you use the following: Real Instrument tracks: Where you record Real Instruments, and arrange Real Instrument recordings and loops. The track header of a Real Instrument track appears blue when you select the track. Real Instrument loops: Prerecorded audio(…)

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these keyboard shortcuts to play, navigate, and edit in GarageBand: Playback and Navigation: Start or stop playback > Space barGo to beginning > Return or Z or HomeGo to end > Option-Z or EndMove back one measure > Left arrowMove forward one measure > Right arrowMove back the visible width of the timeline >(…)

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iMic in GarageBand

iMic in GarageBand

Follow these steps to record audio in GarageBand using a Griffin iMic. Connect the iMic to one of your computer’s USB ports. Connect the device you want to record from to the iMic’s input jack (the one with the microphone symbol). Move the iMic’s selector switch toward the input jack. Open the Audio MIDI Setup(…)

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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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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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Creating Podcasts

Creating Podcasts

Creating a Podcast Episode: You can create an enhanced podcast episode in GarageBand using the following steps: 1. Create the podcast audio by recording and adding audio in GarageBand.2. Apply ducking to backing tracks.3. Show the podcast track.4. Add and edit marker regions.5. Add artwork and/or URLs to marker regions.6. Add episode artwork.7. Edit episode(…)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Set up Your Info

Set up Your Info

By default, GarageBand uses your account information on your Mac as your artist name. Before you start working on your tunes, it’s probably a good idea to change this information. GarageBand>Preferences under the My Info tab. Change it or you’ll end up like us with a lame Artist name.

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Choose instruments

Choose instruments

Each Magic GarageBand project includes Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, and Melody instruments. You can choose different instruments for each of these categories to change the sound of the project. Each choice has a slightly different sound and character, while still fitting in with the other instruments in the project. You can also “shuffle” the instruments(…)

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Record an electric guitar

Record an electric guitar

You can record an electric guitar in an Electric Guitar track. You can connect the guitar to your computer using an adapter cable, or plug it into an audio interface connected to your computer. Before you start recording, do the following: Make sure your guitar is connected to your computer and is working. Make sure you have(…)

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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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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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