- Open GarageBand and select “File > New” in the upper left corner. Create the name of your new song and adjust the time and the key that you want to make your song.
- Once the screen is finished loading for your new song, select the symbol of “+” in the lower right corner of the screen. This will create your new track.
Note: you can also do this by selecting “Track > New Track” in the top menu.
- Choose whether you want to use “Software Instrument”, “Real Instrument” or “Electric Guitar”.
A- “Software Instrument” lets you record using instruments already mounted in GarageBand using the keys on your computer, or connected via MIDI or USB keyboard.
B-‘’Real Instrument” allows you to record voice or instruments using the microphone on your computer.
C-”Electric Guitar” allows you to edit recordings of electric guitar with amplifier fitted on GarageBand, with delay and sustain settings.
Add tracks in the Software Tools
Select “Software Instrument“. The default instrument is “Grand Piano”, but also counts with a wide variety of instruments for your preference. When you add a new track, a full menu of these will be available in a menu on the right side of the screen.
Press the “I” icon in the lower right corner to bring the menu to the front or minimize it.
Bring the keyboard to the front. You can play music with any instrument that you like using the keyboard on the screen available in GarageBand. To make the keyboard visible, select “Window > Keyboard” or press “Command+K”. Just click the keys on the keyboard with your mouse to play music.
You can also use the “Musical Typing” option, which allows you to play music with the keyboard of your computer instead of the mouse. For this option, select “Window > Musical Typing” or press “Shift+Command+K”. Also, you can enter this mode from the “Keyboard” mode by pressing the “A” icon in the upper-left corner of the keyboard.
In both modes, the part of the miniature keyboard in blue is the eighth in which you are. You can adjust the eighth by pressing anywhere different miniature keyboard.
Record a track. To start recording, click the round red button at the bottom of the screen, in the same way, that recording with a “Software Instrument.” When you click on “Record”, that “Real Instrument” track bar will turn red and will expand to the right until you press again the “Record” button again. When you stop recording, the bar for that track will be purple.
When you record with the microphone on your computer, make sure that you’re singing and touch in a clear manner and close to your computer. Try to eliminate the noise out as much as you can.
Look for the loop that you want to use. The “Loop Browser” allows you to filter loops depending on its characteristics, such as scale, instrument, mood, genre, and tone. You can also filter several properties simultaneously; for example, you can search loops that are “Jazz”, “Piano”, and “Grooving”. Once you’ve activated your preferred filters, you’ll see a list of available loops. You can listen to any of the loops you want with only giving double clicks on the name. You will also see information about the tempo, key, and duration of the loops and have the option of adding to your list of favorites.
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