How to cut and make music in GarageBand

Music-making is a fine art that requires deep knowledge and understanding not only of music vocals and instruments but also of musical framework and placements. A good artist will make sure that their track is not only good sounding and catchy but flows smoothly over the ears without sacrificing any of the track’s original intent or rhythms- whether it is hip hop, alt-rock, folk, pop or any of the lot. This is only possible when there is seamless planning and editing is carried out with absolute precision. To cut music in the Apple app, follow the steps below:

  • Open GarageBand and select the Empty Project.
  • In the Software Instrument template, exit the piano panel and click on the Scissors button from the top left corner.
  • This will open the Editing panel with the Controls and EQ tabs where you can do the actual cutting.
  • You can save the track you want to trim on the desktop to easily drag it into the GarageBand screen.
  • Make sure to fix the beats per minute (bpm) and the Key settings required so you can turn the timer on that area and keep a check on all needed settings.
  • Highlight the frequency frame by selecting it in the panel on the right.
  • You can also zoom into the selected piece in the editing section to understand the exact area where you want to make a cut. 
  • Find the section you want to make a cut in and drag the playhead there.
  • In the bottom editing panel, you can drag the portion you want to cut. Select it and press Command+T or just click the Delete button. 
  • Then in the top section, you can drag the latter part over the now empty portion and set it aside from the former part. 
  • You can easily undo this change if you’re unsatisfied, by going to the Edit menu on the top.
  • If you’re cutting the end portions of a track to make it smaller or because you do not like it, you can also the fade Out effect for a smooth transition in the end.
  • Go to the Mix menu on the top and click on the ‘Fade Out’ option to do this.

This way you can simply edit out and cut different portions of your desired track. GarageBand makes this editing process mighty simple and user-friendly for both amateurs and professionals by providing all controls that are required along with some extras, and by providing prompts for easy guidance. 

GarageBand also allows for an easy to learn music-composition, mixing and editing process that helps users create beats and rhythms without much hassle of changing platforms and looking for alternatives. Music is at one hand’s breadth to artists who wish to explore and publish to accessible platforms the tracks that they have industriously made on the Apple app. The variety of sound effects, instruments and Loops available in the GarageBand Library make it the top most app for music-lovers. The process of music-making is fairly simple:

  • When you open the app, you’ll be asked to either select an Empty Project or choose from the set templates if you’re making a track from the following categories- Voice, Electronic, Hip Hop, Amp Collection, Keyboard Collection etc. 
  • After selecting the type of track you want for eg: if we start with an Empty Project, click Choose. 
  • You will be prompted to choose from Software Instrument, Audio (sub-options of microphone or guitar/bass plugins) or Drummer options. To start with a basic vocal project, select the audio option to open the GarageBand screen where your track will be recorded.
  • On the top left corner, there will be a button with a question mark on it. This is the Help button; in case you do not understand what functions are attributed to all the controls and options on the screen, press this and if you hover over all the controls, it will display the functions of each. 
  • The top left corner also has the Library button (from where you can import new tracks and apply Sound effects to the vocals), the Smart Controls button which opens the Controls panel where you can carry out activities such as Compression, Equalising, autotune, contains plug-in features, etc. and the Editing button that opens the editing panel for the tracks you’re recording.
  • The top middle portion of the screen that displays the transport control buttons that let you fast forward, rewind, record, play, and loop particular portions in your track.
  • Alongside that, is the beats per minute (bpm), key, tempo, and time information bar that shows these specifications of the track you’re recording. There is also a Tuner button that helps you recognize the key of the song if you can sing it. Besides that, you can also find a countdown button to start recording your track at a pace you want.
  • There is a Master Volume control button that you can set at the volume you want your track to be in.  You can also find the Notepad, Loop browser and Media accessor buttons on the top right side of the screen.
  • In the actual workspace, the tracks and instrumentals and related information is displayed on the right side whereas the majority of the screen is occupied by the frequency framework of the track you’re recording and the imported audio files.
  • The bottom right corner of the screen also has a Pedal Browser and Stompbox button with which you can add effects like Delay, changing Pitch and Modulation, Distortion, etc. 
  • In the bottom panels, you can see the Track section to see the available Plugins and other settings and the Master section to access the advanced features of EQ, Effects, etc.
  • With the knowledge of all these basic features, you can just select the audio track with the desired options and effects enabled and press record. 

After completion of production, you can also easily export this track to iTunes, SoundCloud, MP3 etc. and enjoy publishing your hard work to a desirable platform like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc.