The Other Uses of the GarageBand App aside from Music Recording

What I love about the GarageBand App is that it is versatile – I can use it on my Ipad, my Mac, or when I don’t have both of these gadgets, I can borrow a PC and use it there!

I have been studying college part-time for several years now. The only reason I can’t commit to my studies full time is because I need to fund it myself. I had a regular gig at a bar (which meant I had to work nights!), but there are many impromptu gigs that I would join (which meant I had to be absent from class several times). Two years of this kind of life, and I was seriously considering of just forgetting about college and just focusing on my music career.

But really, much as I love playing in front of an audience, I love playing with kids the most. I love teaching the most. I have decided to go to college because I wanted to be a teacher, and my music career was just a way towards that. But what do I do? I was stuck in a circle – if I quit music and focused on my studies, how to I pay for my needs? If I don’t quit music, then I don’t know what era I would complete my degree.

Then came the garageband app. Far off you say? I assure you, it isn’t.

You see, I have been running my own YouTube channel for years, and I have been getting good views every month. I used to just get gigs out of the channel – clients see how I play, and they get me to perform. But these past year, I have decided to focus on monetizing my channel by putting in content – a guitar tutorial, a cover of a song, and sometimes, even a garageband tutorial! Those tutorials are the most widely watched. Today, I have earned enough from my YouTube channel, that I can afford not to go on gigs.

But the truth is that garageband app is not just content for my channel – it is the power behind my channel. I use it to add music or voice to my video, and the best part is that I can do it even when I am travelling to school (thanks to my trusty iPad). In just a few minutes, for example, while waiting for my order to be served at a restaurant, I can already have a video, complete with a voice over and very soft music! All these with a single gadget!

Of course, the app can be used in many other ways. I know my friends in my former band couldn’t find another guitarist, and so, had to resort to using the garageband app for feeds of my guitar audio tracks. I also used the app one time to edit an interview (clean up voice audio, cut recordings, add soft background music in some parts) I was required to submit for a class. A classmate actually made a short using garageband for all the sound elements of the video!

Its true, Garageband is used mainly by musicians, but the truth is that it can be used many number of ways. It can be used to make class projects more dynamic. In my case, I use it to fund my future.

Finding The Perfect Tempo For Your Recording – Garageband Tutorial

Regardless of whether you begin your GarageBand song on your iOS device or Mac, it’s a smart thought to set the rhythm before setting down tracks. But, new songwriters aren’t sure what beat to use. All they know is that the click-track seems to be too quick or too slow back when they’re attempting to record. No worries. GarageBand offers a simple arrangement to this.

Start by creating a new project for recording your song:

GarageBand for iOS: Tap the Add Song button (+) in the upper-left corner of the My Songs browser. Select an instrument; then tap the Settings button (gear). On the Song Setting screen, select Tempo. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)

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GarageBand for Mac: In the New Song dialog, select the Songwriter template. The Tempo settings are in with the other song settings in the lower third of the New Project dialog (SEE IMAGE BELOW). Click the disclosure triangle if necessary to show the song settings.

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Listen to your song in your head, and tap your foot to the tempo in your mind. If necessary, sing, hum or vocalize the music however you like, just to get a sense of the tempo.

Now set the tempo:

GarageBand for iOS: Tap your finger on the Tap to Set Tempo field in time with your song.

GarageBand for Mac: Using your mouse or trackpad, move the cursor over the Tap Tempo button and tap your finger in time with your song—no need to click.

The tempo field updates based on the tempo you tap. Continue tapping until you see an average range for your tempo. Type your average tempo into the Tempo field.

Once you’ve selected a tempo, test it with a click-track:

  • GarageBand for iOS: Tap Done; then tap the Track view button.
  • GarageBand for Mac: Click Create to open the new song.

Play the empty project and hum or sing along to the click-track (or click-track and Drummer in GarageBand for Mac.) If your tempo is good, you’re ready to record. If not, adjust the tempo:

  • GarageBand for iOS: Go back to the Tempo settings and increase or decrease the tempo as needed.
  • GarageBand for Mac: Double-click the Tempo field in the LCD and type a new tempo, or drag the tempo numbers in the Tempo field up or down to raise or lower them.

Now that the tempo is set, you’re ready to record!

In case you’re open to singing and playing guitar or piano/keyboard in the meantime, by all methods record your initial tracks that way. No doubt you’ll rerecord the vocals later; however with this system your guitar or keyboard execution will have the correct feel. That is the reason the principal vocal recording is alluded to as a scratch vocal or tracking vocal.