How to Make a Track in GarageBand

Apple’s GarageBand is an app for those artists who are looking to record for the first time or are in need of a pocket- friendly app to use professional tools for producing, editing, and mixing audio.

Since the app is free for macOS and iOS users, it has become a sensational hit among producers and music lovers. It has a fairly easy to use interface and features and effects that are inspired from the professional DAW Logic Pro X. Making a track uses the most basic recording technology and can be customized any way you want. Some tips to remember are listed below: 

  • The startup window for Garageband shows up when you open the app on your device. 
  • Select ‘New Project’ to start afresh recording and make an original track.
  • When you select this option, you can either choose an ‘Empty Project’ or select from a ‘Factory Template’ that consists of Keyboard, Amp Collection, Voice, or other genre templates.
  • If you’re using a macOS device, you will also find a prompt for setting the Tempo, the Input and Output device as well as choosing a Time and Key Signature that displays the maximum time and key range of your recording.
  • With these settings under control, you’ll further be asked to choose the type of project you want to create- Audio, Drummer, or Software Instrument are the available options.
  • You can easily add Loops and PlugIns in your work screen by dragging and dropping them from the respective menus.
  • The Sounds Library allows for a wide range of available instruments and effects wheres the top middle portion has the pause, play, fast forward and backward, loop, and recording buttons.
  • When you’ve selected the desired instruments, effects, and Smart Controls, make sure that the Tempo and beats per minute (bpm), as well as the Volume of the master track, are set. Also, make sure the metronome button is on. (It has a triangle icon and is present beside the Key and Tempo presets on the top.
  • Also remember to update your Sound Library to get all the available packages in the app. To do so, click on the GarageBand menu and choose the Sound Library option. From the drop-down list, choose ‘Download All Available Sounds’ and you’re ready to start. 

With all these basic features and settings in mind, users can start exploring and recording according to their own specific needs. Recording a track in GarageBand enough times gets you used to the workspace and helps you discover the minute details that make your audio standout. 

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