How To Make Good Music On Garageband – Tips To Remember

Posted by Mike Schumacher

This article will discuss how to make good music on garageband.

You have to remember that Garageband is meant for small projects or recording a few riffs here and there.

It is not meant for creating a full album.

1. Set up a locking plugin system

It is essential to lock plugins so that they cannot be changed. Garageband comes with various plugins that you can download and use.

However, you have to set a few options that you will see during installation.

When you enable/disable plugins, they will automatically be locked.

Once you do so, they will not be able to be changed or unlocked.

2. Color templates

To add color to your project, create a preset in the Color tab. The Color preset system can be helpful for mood changes in a song.

You can simply add a song, change the color, and add it to your project.

It will always be easy to identify what song you are listening to.

3. Familiarize yourself with studio locations

There are several convenient ways to create a starting point to your song. First, you can import the title of the song into the Studio Location palette.

This will help you to get familiar with the location of your instrument or other item that you wish to use.

Next, you can import a drum loop or a synth into a Studio Location. Once you do so, just click the desired location in the interface.

This will immediately open the Studio Location.

Once your instrument has been placed, just use the drums button to play the drums, track by track, over the loop.

It is important to start with the root drum track. You will have to do this in order to get the rhythm right.

Once the rhythm is right, move onto to the next track.

4. One-timer capture, editing, and trans-coding

When creating a song, you can capture it on your device and then place it into the GarageBand console. When you are done with it, you can convert it into a file that you can edit and then finally put it in the export folder.

In the export folder, you can quickly export it as a video, an audio, a video editor, or as a playlist.

You can even upload the song to YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud, or other social networks.

5. Volume

In GarageBand, there is a property called “Volume.” This property will determine how loud the sound will be.

You can lower or increase the volume and even manually change the threshold.

To do this, right click on the waveform and then click on the channel and then you can change the threshold in the desired range.

6. Recording settings

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You can adjust the recording volume of a song by going to the Record menu on the menu bar.

Then, click on the Recording tab. You can also adjust the in-track volume for your sound recording.

7. Tone and pitch keys

When recording a song, it is important that you select the proper Tone and Pitch Key to give the song its proper tone.

For this, go to the Tone and Pitch Keys tab. Once you do this, you will be able to increase or decrease the pitch of the song.

8. Clip resume

When creating a song, you want to be able to save the recording at a particular point. For this, select the Tape icon in the Layers window.

Then, click on the Clip Resume icon and this will save the recording.

You can add multiple playback points so that you can easily switch between different sections of the song.

9. Capture effects

You can click on the Channel drop-down menu and then choose to turn on Capture Effects. It will add different effects, such as:

Use of multi-color channels for editing. Use of color filters to add mood and color to your track.

Use of beat cycling to create a loop.

10. Adjust MIDI and MIDI Split

If you want to edit your song in an interesting way, you can make your entire track a clone of one. To do this, right click on the track and then choose the midi or MIDI Split option.

You will be able to select the channels that you want to copy in the drum sound.

11. Use WAV files for compression

If you want to use the lossy compression option of GarageBand for your song, then right click on the track, go to the Mix tab, and then choose the Compression Option.

You will be able to choose between lossy and lossless compression.

12. Add post-output

After exporting the song, you can choose to edit it once more by adding a little bit of text.

Go to the Edit menu and then click on the Post-Output tab. You will be able to add text.

If you want to add an animation to your song, then you can use After Effects.

Go to the Music tab, click on the tab called Timecode, and then add the timecode to the effect.

13. MIDI conversion

When you are finished with your song, you can convert it into MIDI format.

14. Upload to audio and video sharing services

You can either upload it to the social networks that you are signed up for, or you can upload it to SoundCloud.

There are so many different ways that you can make GarageBand. However, if you are looking to make a good song, then I suggest that you make a catchy song with more than 6-7 vocals.

It is highly advised that you consider a good vocalist.

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