Recording Your Voice
Create a New GarageBand Project and choose
Loops for your project template:
Title the Project
Voice and save it to your desktop.
Add a new track and choose
Real Instrument from the selection template.
Title the track
Make sure that the
Track info column is showing on the right-hand side of the GarageBand window. If not, click on the i in the lower right hand corner to display the window.
Configuring The Recording Settings
For the sake of this exercise, we are going to use the Mac's built-in speakers and microphone. While the sound quality will not be great, it will give you an idea on how the process of recording a voice or "real" instrument works.
When you add an audio interface to your set-up, you will be able to record "studio quality" vocals or instruments into GarageBand.
Input the following settings for your
Voice track recording.
Input Source is where the sound will be recorded into GarageBand.
Monitor gives you three options:
 Off, where you will not hear your voice going through the GarageBand program. If you don't record your voice with a GarageBand reverb or other effect, this is the best choice.
On, you will now hear your voice going through the GarageBand program. If the signal is too "hot" there is an automatic feedback control that will kick in when you overload the input. You may get the following message:
This indicates that the input level is set too high. Select
Monitor Off and lower your input level.
On (no feedback protection) if you record too "hot" a signal with this option selected, you will no longer get a feedback warning and you may record a feedback signal.
Once you have entered the above settings, speak into the Mac microphone and you should see the volume indicator turning green, showing your input level.
image009This shows your recording signal.
If you check the Automatic Level Control box, GarageBand will automatically raise or lower the input signal. Notice that the Monitor box is now turned off, so you won't be able to hear yourself through GarageBand.
Make sure you have the following settings:
Recording Your Voice
Make sure that you have
Count In selected from the Control pull down menu. This will give you a full measure before GarageBand starts recording
To start recording click on the
Record Button and notice that several things start to happen.
You will get a measure count off, the
Play and Record are enabled, your counter window is chugging along, and your monitor level is, well…monitoring along,,,
Record at least four measures of your voice. Hit the
space bar on your computer keyboard to stop recording.
When you are done hit the space bar to stop recording. Rewind you sequence and then hit the spacebar to hear your recording.
When you are finished, you should now see the following:
Adding Effects To Your Voice
Once your voice is recorded, you can add effects to your recorded voice.
Make sure that you turn off the
Monitor, or you may get feedback.
Click on the
Track Info Button image017 to open up the Track Info dialog box if it is not open.
Vocals and then Epic Diva for a verb effect.
You may see the following window:
For now, just click on
Continue. If you really want, you can save this as a new instrument titled Voice Diva!
You can now play back your track to listen to what the effect sounds like.
Do It! Experiment with different effects. Remember that you don't just have to use the vocals effects. Try some guitars on your voice!!
You may also set up a guitar track to record. GarageBand gives you quite a selection of
Virtual Amps for your recorded guitar track.
You may select a variety of amp setups from the top pull down menu at the top of the dialog box.
To view a brief tutorial on the concepts covered above, click on the following link:
GarageBand Clip 3
Automated Mixing
One of the cool things about GarageBand is that you can do automated mixing.
Select a track where you have a fairly long loop.
Click on the down triangle located at the bottom right-hand side of the track:
You will now see the following window:
Notice that there is now an automation track located directly under your audio track.
If you click on the line, you will make an automation point (dot added to the line) You can add as many dots and you like to change the volume between the dots by dragging down or up.
You can now move the volume automation up and down by creating an automation line:
If you playback your track, GarageBand will now playing back your volume settings!
You may also do the same thing for
Pan Position
You may also control how much of an effect that you want to attach to a track by selecting
Importing A Standard MIDI File
One of the cool things about MIDI is that you can create a MIDI file in Finale Print Music, Band-In-A-Box (covered later) Finale, or Sibelius and then import it into GarageBand.
Crate a simple Finale document, in my case I created a C major scale.
Use the
Save As command under the File pull down menu in Finale PrintMusic and select Standard MIDI File. Notice that I have saved it to the desktop for easy access.
You should now see the following file on your desktop:
Make sure that the suffix ends in
.mid. That is telling us that it is a MIDI file.
Open up your current GarageBand project. Locate the
.mid file that you created and simply drag it onto GarageBand to the left most side of the track window. GarageBand will automatically import the file and create a new track.
My .mid file imported into GarageBand.
If the MIDI file does not snap to measure one, just grab it and slide it to the beginning of the sequence.
Double click on the sequence to open up the
Track Editor. Make sure the score button is selected and you will now see a perfect replication
of your C major scale.
How cool is that? You can write a score in Finale PrintMusic or other notation program and then drag it directly into GarageBand.
The only bummer is that you can't export a Standard MIDI file out of GarageBand. I keep hoping that Apple will address that!
To view a brief tutorial on automated mixing an importing a MIDI file, click on the following link:
GarageBand Clip 4
Importing A Movie Into GarageBand
GarageBand will also allow you to work on your film composing skills
Once you have a Quicktime movie, you need to place it into the
Movies folder on your Mac.

Double click on the main hard drive on your Mac to open it. Select your name under places (this has a home icon) and select
Movies. Place the Movie file in the Movies Folder.
Open up GarageBand. From the
Track pull down menu select Show Movie Track
You will now see the
Movie Track appear in your tracks menu:
In the lower right-hand side of GarageBand, select the
Media Browser
Make sure that
Movies is highlighted in the Media Browser.
You should now see the
Car Movie in the browser:
Simple drag the movie where it says
Drag Movies here and your movie will appear in GarageBand.
Double click on the movie next to the
Movie Track name in the tracks window.
And you will now see the
Movie Preview box appear along side the GarageBand window.
Hit the
spacebar on your computer keyboard to begin playing the movie.
To send the movie back into the
Movie Tracks window simply click on the X in the upper left-hand side of the Movie Preview window.
You may now start to mix and add your own music to the sequence.

Once you have completed your film score, you have several options available as to how to export your movie and sound score.

Screen shot 2012-05-29 at 1.21.35 PM

Select how you want to export your movie project and then you can send it out to clients for a possible scoring gig!

To view a brief tutorial on automated mixing an importing a MIDI file, click on the following link:
GarageBand Clip 5

Create a GarageBand project that includes volume and panning automation. Make your automation changes large so that they are obvious! They don't have to be musical, just want to make sure you get the concept.

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