GarageBand – Top Tips

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Play your instrument

Play your instrument

Each Magic GarageBand song includes a part named “My Instrument” at the center of the stage. You can use My Instrument to play and record a microphone, an electric guitar, or a music keyboard. To play your instrument in Magic GarageBand: Click the highlighted area at the center of the stage to select My Instrument.(…)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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