GarageBand for iOS Users

GarageBand is a digital audio workstation (also known as DAW) that offers over a thousand different instruments to choose from. It is very accessible to all Apple users as GarageBand app can be used by both MacBook users and iOS users. For first time GarageBand users on iOS, here is a step by step process on how to create a new song using GarageBand app on your iOS.

Step 1

Launch GarageBand app on your iOS gadget. This can be your iPhone or your iPad. On the screen, you will find a demo

entitled “Curtain Call”.

The demo song would allow you to experience what the capabilities of GarageBand are and if you want to hear more demos regarding the musical prowess of GarageBand app, there are many GarageBand online that your ears can test.

To continue your exploration, just tap on the plus (+) sign on the top left corner of the screen. This will help you start a new song.

Step 2

Another screen will pop out. In this screen, it will ask you what type of instruments you would like to use in your GarageBand music. You have choices of regular or smart instruments. Basically, regular instruments are manual instruments that means that you have to tap them in order for them to play. For smart instruments, they play automatically.

Step 3

For example, you tapped “Smart Drums”. You will then be lead to another screen where you would find drumkits available and active. On the workspace grid, there are four words that can be read. These are Loud, Complex, Soft, and Simple. These would help you make the sounds and patterns of the instruments that you will choose.

In order to use the workspace shown above, all you need to do is to drag and drop the instruments of your choice. On the left side of the screen shows the current instrument set that you chose. On the right side of the screen are the available instruments under your chosen set. You can have more instruments with your GarageBand download.

After you have set out your pattern, on the upper portion of the screen, you would find the record button. Once you are done recording, just click on the record button again to stop recording.

Step 4

After recording, open “Project Page” from the two icons found on the top left of the screen . This will open another screen where you can edit the sound of the instrument you just recorded. In order to do this, simply double tap on the track that you have recorded. After doing so, you can add another instrtument to your track, just tap the plus (+) sign once again. This time the plus sign is found on the lower left of your screen.

This will help you add another instrument into your track. Suppose you tapped on a stringed instrument.

Step 5

Once you have tapped another instrument, a chord screen would open, just like the one below. On the upper right part of the screen there is a switch that allows you to add either notes or chords. Let us suppose you chose chords. From there, all you need to do is to tap on the chord progression of the song that you plan to do. After that, tap on record to record the chords you chose. This will play along with the drums that you set on earlier. After that, you can add more instruments, doing the same process.

After doing those, you can explore your GarageBand app for more ways of adding effects and editing your song. You can also visit GarageBand online  to get more GarageBand tutorials.

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