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GarageBand Tutorial

GarageBand Explained

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The Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    Fundamental Concepts


    Learn about GarageBand projects, tracks, regions, and patches.

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    Tutorial 2

    Window Overview


    Discover the main areas of the GarageBand window, including the Tracks Area, Control Bar, Library, Smart Controls, Note Pad, Loop Browser, and Media Browser.

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    Tutorial 3

    Starting a New Project


    Learn how to use the Project Chooser to set the tempo, key signature, and time signature for a newly created project, and how to save it to your GarageBand music folder

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    Tutorial 4

    Working with Apple Loops


    Learn how to use the Loop Browser to search, sort, preview, and load Apple Loops within a GarageBand Project

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    Tutorial 5

    Playback & Transport Controls


    Discover a few different ways to start and stop playback, and see how to reposition the playhead to start from different locations in the project.

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    Tutorial 6

    Looping Apple Loops


    See how regions are looped in the Tracks Area so that they continue repeating as the project plays, and how to switch between Apple Loop variations that are derived from the same 'family'.

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    Tutorial 7

    Catch, Zoom & Scroll


    Discover how to control what part of the GarageBand Window remains in view as the project plays beyond the current visible area, as well as how to zoom and scroll the display.

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    Tutorial 8

    The LCD Display


    Learn how to change project settings once the project has already been created, how to position the playhead precisely using the display, and how to change the units of measurement used in the project (bars and beats or absolute time.)

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    Tutorial 9

    Cycle Mode


    Learn to use cycle mode in order to have a specific section repeat while your project is playing (or recording).

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    Tutorial 10

    Snap to Grid


    Discover how to use the Snap to Grid feature and the zoom setting to control the resolution of movement in the GarageBand Window.

Working With Tracks

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    Tutorial 11

    Creating Tracks


    Explore the various ways of creating audio and software instrument tracks in GarageBand.

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    Tutorial 12

    Track Controls


    Discover how to customize the controls that appear on tracks by using the Configure Track Header functions, as well as how to rename, mute, solo, reorder, delete, and duplicate tracks.

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    Tutorial 13

    Drummer Track & Drummer Editor


    Discover garageBands drummer, and learn how to set the genre, drummer, preset, degree of complexity and volume, intensity of fills, and swing amount.

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    Tutorial 14

    Playing Software Instruments


    Explore the three different ways of playing GarageBands software instruments; using the musical typing keyboard, the on screen keyboard, or with a MIDI keyboard connected to your computer.

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    Tutorial 15

    Working with Patches


    Discover how to change the sound of a track by browsing and loading different patches in the Library.

Recording and Editing

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    Tutorial 16

    Recording on a Software Instrument Track


    Learn how to toggle the click track on/off, how to set up a count in before recording begins, and listen as a bass part is recorded on a software instrument track.

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    Tutorial 17

    Quantize, Follow & Groove Track


    Explore three different ways of adjusting the timing of recorded software instrument regions.

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    Tutorial 18

    Recording Multiple Takes


    See how to record multiple takes over the same section of a project and then choose from the takes later.

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    Tutorial 19

    Choosing Takes


    See how to choose from and manage multiple takes recorded to a take folder.

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    Tutorial 20

    Arranging the Regions


    Learn to select, split, move, copy, rename, and create regions in the Tracks Area.

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    Tutorial 21

    Recording Electric Guitar


    Watch as an audio track is set up with a patch containing guitar amp processing, and an electric guitar part is recorded while monitoring the sound of the patch.

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    Tutorial 22

    Recording a Guitar Solo


    Listen as multiple takes of a guitar solo are recorded on an additional audio track with separate guitar amp effects.

Building the Arrangement

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    Tutorial 23

    The Audio Editor


    See how the Audio Editor is used for basic cut, copy, paste, split, move, and trim functions; quantizing and transposing audio regions, and allowing your audio recordings to follow the project tempo and key signature.

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    Tutorial 24

    Flex Time Editing


    See how to use the Audio Editors flex time editing function to alter the length of notes within audio regions.

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    Tutorial 25

    The Piano Roll Editor


    Learn how to select, move, copy, resize, create, transpose, and scale note velocity in the Piano Roll Editor.

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    Tutorial 26

    The Score Editor


    See how the Score Editor is used to create and edit MIDI notes using a standard musical notation view.

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    Tutorial 27

    The Arrangement Track


    See how the Arrangement Track is used to create different song sections and try out different song arrangements by copying, moving, and deleting the sections along with their underlying regions.


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    Tutorial 28

    EQ & Other Plug-Ins


    Explore how the EQ effect is used to shape the tonal balance of each track, how Amp Designer and Bass Amp Designer are used, and how the Sample Delay plug-in is used to widen the stereo image of the guitar track.

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    Tutorial 29



    Discover how GarageBands automation features are used to change either a Track control, Smart control, or Plug-In parameter at different sections in the project.

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    Tutorial 30

    Fade Out & Sharing Your Music


    See how the Master Track, combined with volume automation, is used to fade out the sound of all the other tracks simultaneously; and how to share your music with others.

10.1 Update

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    Tutorial 31

    New Drummers


    Discover the new Electronic and Hip Hop genres and drummers, and the new accompanying electronic drum kit instruments available for use in GarageBand 10.1.

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    Tutorial 32

    New Apple Loops


    Explore some of the new Apple Loops added in genres such as EDM, hip hop, indie, disco, funk, and blues.

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    Tutorial 33

    Transform Pads


    Learn to work with GarageBands new synth sounds using the Smart Controls new Transform Pad. See how it is used to morph between various snapshots of parameter values by moving a framing box around, either statically or in real time.

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    Tutorial 34

    Force Touch Trackpad Gestures


    Learn how GarageBand 10.1 implements force trackpad gestures (using the new force track pad found on newer Macbook and Macbook Pro laptops) to create new empty MIDI regions, add audio files to an audio track, rename regions, add notes in the MIDI editors, create new tracks, and create automation points.

One of the most popular DAWs on the market, Apple GarageBand allows you to record your music simply and affordably. Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg brings his GarageBand DAW expertise with "GarageBand Explained", covering the Basics, Advanced Techniques, and tons of Tips & Tricks to get you creating your own music fast, with this powerful, user-friendly DAW.

First, Eli gives you a general overview of GarageBand, covering the User Interface, How to Create New Projects, as well as all of the Controls you need to know about to get started. Then take a tour of the Apple Loops library, as Eli shows you How to Load Loops into Your Project. He also explores the different Ways to Navigate the Playhead within the Project, as well as getting around the Project Window.

Next, you'll get a solid understanding of Working with Different Track Types in GarageBand, as Eli goes over How to Create Audio and Software Instrument Tracks. You'll also see How to Customize Controls to suit your needs, use the Computer's Keyboard or External MIDI Controller to Play the Built-In Software Instruments, Work with Patches, and even How to Lay Down a Custom Drumbeat with Drummer.

Moving on, Eli reveals How to Record Garageband's onboard Virtual Instruments and / or your own Real Instruments. Eli even covers the Basic Elements of Recording, Getting & Choosing Multiple Takes, and Arranging Regions. Make the perfect edit as Eli shows you the "ins and outs" of the Audio Editor, Flex Time Editing, Piano Roll Editor, Score Editor, and the Arrangement Track. You'll even see How to Enhance Your Sound during the Mixing Stage with plug-ins, like EQ, Amp, Bass Amp Designer, and more!

Learn all about the new 10.1 content and gestures available in GarageBand 10.1! Apple guru Eli Krantzberg takes you through the new Electronic and Hip-Hop genres and Drummers, along with the new Electronic Drum Kit Instruments that accompany them. Eli then explores the new Apple Loops, that cover all kinds of genres, such as EDM, Hip-Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues. He also shows you how to use the new Transform Pads to morph between snapshots of synthesizer parameters. And finally, Eli explains how the update enables Force-Touch trackpad gestures for new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops with Force-Touch capable trackpads.

Apple GarageBand is the perfect recording application if you're just getting into recording and producing music, so why not learn this powerhouse DAW right from the start... Watch "GarageBand Explained" today!

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Garage Band Explained

Excellent explanations and easy to follow. I can watch over and over again if I need to.

I am a: Beginner

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GarageBand I thought it was for Beginners.

This has showed me that even I can use Garage Band to get some pretty cool groves down and it is great for building ideas. Hope I can duplicate them in StudioOne.

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Hobbyist, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Garage Band Explained Excellent explanations and easy to follow. I can watch over and over again if I need to.
Date published: 2016-11-01
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