GarageBand Tutorial

GarageBand Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

  • Fundamental Concepts 3:27

    Fundamental Concepts

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

  • Window Overview 4:06

    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.

  • Starting a New Project 4:26

    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

  • Working with Apple Loops 6:24

    Working with Apple Loops

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

  • Playback & Transport Controls 3:28

    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.

  • Looping Apple Loops 3:30

    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'.

  • Catch, Zoom & Scroll 3:55

    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.

  • The LCD Display 4:00

    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.)

  • Cycle Mode 3:37

    Cycle Mode

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

  • Snap to Grid 1:45

    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.

Chapter 2 : Working With Tracks

  • Creating Tracks 4:07

    Creating Tracks

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

  • Track Controls 3:45

    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.

  • Drummer Track & Drummer Editor 5:44

    Drummer Track & Drummer Editor

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

  • Playing Software Instruments 4:32

    Playing Software Instruments

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

  • Working with Patches 2:30

    Working with Patches

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

Chapter 3 : Recording and Editing

  • Recording on a Software Instrument Track 3:01

    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.

  • Quantize, Follow & Groove Track 5:09

    Quantize, Follow & Groove Track

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

  • Recording Multiple Takes 2:39

    Recording Multiple Takes

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

  • Choosing Takes 2:24

    Choosing Takes

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

  • Arranging the Regions 5:08

    Arranging the Regions

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

  • Recording Electric Guitar 3:42

    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.

  • Recording a Guitar Solo 3:25

    Recording a Guitar Solo

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

Chapter 4 : Building the Arrangement

  • The Audio Editor 3:58

    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.

  • Flex Time Editing 2:10

    Flex Time Editing

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

  • The Piano Roll Editor 5:38

    The Piano Roll Editor

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

  • The Score Editor 3:26

    The Score Editor

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

  • The Arrangement Track 2:48

    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.

Chapter 5 : Mixing

  • EQ & Other Plug-Ins 9:09

    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.

  • Automation 4:38


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

  • Fade Out & Sharing Your Music 4:51

    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.

Chapter 6 : 10.1 Update

  • New Drummers 3:16

    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.

  • New Apple Loops 2:22

    New Apple Loops

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

  • Transform Pads 5:00

    Transform Pads

    Learn to work with GarageBand’s new synth sounds using the Smart Control’s 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.

  • Force Touch Trackpad Gestures 1:54

    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.

Chapter 7 : 10.2 Update

  • The New Percussionists 4:45

    The New Percussionists

    Hear GarageBand’s three new percussionists, and learn about the updated layout of the Drummer controls and pattern settings.

  • Drummer Loops & Loop Browser Update 5:02

    Drummer Loops & Loop Browser Update

    See how the new Drummer Loops are loaded from the updated Apple Loop Browser.

  • Touché (A Touch Bar for the Rest of Us) 6:59

    Touché (A Touch Bar for the Rest of Us)

    Explore the functions available with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, via the free Touché software download.

Product Overview

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!

You'll then learn all about the tons of new features and functions found in the GarageBand 10.1 and 10.2 updates, and how to use them to make better songs and productions, quickly and easily.

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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