How to use GarageBand

How to use GarageBand on Mac

A Mac, know what to use GarageBand it is quite simple: after installing the program, just start it and then use the various tools and functions present in it to create backing tracks.

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On Macs, GarageBand is usually already installed. To verify that this is the case, all you have to do is open the Launchpad (l'icona del rocket placed on the Dock) and locate the GarageBand icon (the electric guitar resting on a amplifier) or, if you prefer, search for the application via Spotlight.

If you have uninstalled GarageBand from your Mac, however, know that you can download the application directly from Mac App Store: to do this, connected to this page, press the button See in the Mac App Store  located under the name and the overall evaluation of the software and, once you have opened the MAS on your computer, press the button Get / Install the app. When the download is complete, press the button apri to start GarageBand and that's it.

At the first start of the application, you may be asked to consent to the installation of a collection of sounds necessary to fully use some functions of the program: I recommend that you accept by clicking on the appropriate button.

Using GarageBand

Once you have started GarageBand, read the information sheets that show you its main features and press the button Continue to display the main window of the program, from which you can access its various sections by clicking on one of the tabs located on the left sidebar: New project, to create a new project; Learn to play, to perform exercises that allow you to learn to play a musical instrument or Lessons shop, to buy guitar lessons, piano lessons or lessons held directly by some artists.

If you have chosen to start a new project, select the tab New project from the sidebar located on the left and presses on one of the buttons located on the right of the window to select the type of project desired (eg. Empty project, Keyboards collection, Amplifiers collection, Voice, etc.), then click on the button Choose located in the lower right corner.

If, for example, you have decided to start an empty project, in the window that opens you will be asked to choose one of the track types among those proposed: Software tool, to play and record a wide range of instruments such as the piano, organ and synthesizers; Audio, to record sounds via a microphone or to connect a guitar to your Mac and record via virtual amplifiers and pedal effects or Drummer, to add a drummer to automatically accompany your song. As soon as you have selected the type of track to use, press the blue button Crea.

Based on the choice made just now, you will find yourself in front of the GarageBand editor which, as you can see, is divided (virtually) into several blocks, which puts order to its apparently complicated interface. In the block located on the left, for example, there is the library of sounds and instruments, in the upper part of the window there are the instruments through which to perform the mixing of the tracks, while in the lower part of the window is theeditor actual containing i controls and l 'equalizer.

In addition, at the top of the window there are buttons that can be useful in various circumstances: the button Quick help (which bears the symbol ?), for example, can allow you to view speech bubbles that illustrate the characteristics of each element displayed on the screen, while the button Smart Control (l'icona della adjustment wheel), can be pressed to activate / deactivate the quick controls displayed at the bottom right, in the GarageBand editor.

Using the menus located at the top (in the macOS menu bar), however, you can access the other functions of GarageBand: Fillet, to save a project, open a new one or to import a song from other devices; Modification, to edit the piece by making cuts for example; Track, to act on the tracks present in your project; Share, to export the file containing the recorded song, etc.

The best way to familiarize yourself with GarageBend is to continue practicing with it: therefore, take advantage of the information I have just provided you and constantly dedicate time to learning the audio editing application developed by the Cupertino giant. If you need more information on using GarageBand on Mac, read Apple's official guide by clicking on the link I just provided.

How to use GarageBand on iPhone and iPad

You would like to know how to use GarageBand on iPhone and iPad? It seems to me a great idea: so you can compose music even on the move, catching inspiration on the fly! As I already told you in the chapter on the Mac, to use GarageBand all you have to do is install the app on your device, start it and use the instruments in it to play your favorite instrument.

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The GarageBand app is usually installed “standard” on iOS devices. In case you have uninstalled the app, press this link to go directly to the page of theApp Store that hosts it, presses the button Get, confirm the operation using the TouchID, FaceID or code and, when the download is complete, presses the button apri.

After starting GarageBand, press the button Continue to close the welcome screen displayed when the app is first started and tap the blue button Use GarageBand to access the section containing the musical instruments.

Using GarageBand

After starting GarageBand, press the button Live loops, to use the tool that allows you to create music more easily or press the button traces, if you want to create music by playing a musical instrument (eg. Keyboard, Percussion, Amplifier, Bows, Low, Guitar, ethnic, Drummer, etc.). If you don't see these buttons because you are in the "My songs" section, press the symbol capacitor positive (+) lead located at the top right.

If you have chosen to use the Live Loops feature, press the button New to start composing a new song, tap the button depicting the pen with squares located at the bottom left, presses on one of the cells displayed to select it and presses on the item loop to use ready-to-use tracks made available in GarageBand. In the box that opens, then, tap on the available tracks to start playback and, after identifying the one that's right for you, drag it to the selected cell.

If you want to record a Live Loops performance, then, press the button Register (the dot red) located in the control bar at the top, start the performance by pressing the cells or switches to start playback, stop recording by pressing the icon of the square located in the control bar always located at the top and tap the button Play (l'icona del triangle) to play back the performance.

If, on the other hand, you have chosen to play a musical instrument and have pressed on the voice traces, select the tool you want to use (eg. Keyboard), tap the button in the center to select the specific tool you want to use (eg. Grand Piano, Classic Rock Organ, Electric Piano, etc.) and, before starting to compose the music, presses the button Register (the dot red) which is located at the top.

Now all you have to do is play the chosen instrument and, when you finish recording the audio track, tap on the del symbol square located at the top to stop recording. To listen to it again, press the button Play (l'icona del triangle) always located at the top.

In both cases, to save the audio track you recorded, all you have to do is tap the button My songs (top left) and that's it. Did you see that it wasn't that difficult to use GarageBand on iOS? If you need more information on using GarageBand on iPhone and iPad, read the official Apple guide (for iPhone and iPad) by clicking on the links I just provided.

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