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GarageBand iOS Explained®

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Playing & Recording Touch Instruments

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    Tutorial 1



    Get a Bird’s eye view of the GarageBand interface and workflow, and learn how to set the GarageBand settings in the iPad settings window.

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    Tutorial 2

    The User Interface


    Find your way around the Touch Instrument and Tracks views, see where all the important controls are located and how the interface is laid out on the iPad screen.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Keyboard Instrument


    Learn how to play the keyboard touch instrument, change the playable range displayed, use the sustain function, change the keyboard layout, use the pitch bend and mod wheels, edit the velocity response, use portamento and glissando effects, scroll the keyboard, edit the sound parameters, have notes conform to a specific scale, use the built in arpeggiator, and save a customized sound.

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    Tutorial 4

    Recording a Touch Instrument


    Learn how to set up to record a touch instrument, including setting a count in, selecting a metronome sound, setting the time signature, key signature, tempo, and positioning the playhead. After that, see how to save and rename a song.

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    Tutorial 5



    Discover how to correct the timing of recorded notes by using GarageBand's quantization feature, which rounds off the placement of recorded notes to the nearest beat or beat subdivisions.

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    Tutorial 6



    See how to choose a drum kit sound, play the drums using one and two finger gestures, set crash cymbal, velocity, and merging preferences, and record a drum part.

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    Tutorial 7

    Audio Recorder


    See how this is used to record live audio and place it in your arrangement. Learn how to set the input level, reduce background noise, add effects to the recorded material, and blend it in with the other tracks in your song.

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    Tutorial 8



    See how the Sampler is used to capture live audio and spread the recording out across the keyboard so that it can be played and recorded as pitched notes.

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    Tutorial 9

    Editing Notes in Regions


    Learn how to copy, paste, add, delete, lengthen, move, transpose, and edit the dynamics of notes in regions.

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    Tutorial 10

    Smart Guitar


    See how the smart guitar instrument is used to strum and play notes and chords, and how the auto play feature is used to generate patterns based on chords associated with the key of your song.

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    Tutorial 11

    Guitar Amp


    Learn how to use GarageBand to record your live electric guitar. See how to adjust the input settings, choose a sound, customize the amp settings, and work with stomp box effects.

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    Tutorial 12

    Smart Keyboards


    See how this touch instrument is used to play chords with or without bass notes, as well as automatically generated comping patterns, using a variety of keyboard sounds.

Building an Arrangement

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    Tutorial 13

    Working with Multiple Songs


    Discover how to create, duplicate, rename, sort, share, and delete songs, and how to manage them within folders.

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    Tutorial 14

    Smart Drums


    See how the Smart Drums instrument is used to build up drum patterns one kit piece at a time on a four way grid with simple intuitive controls for complexity and dynamics, and how it can randomly generate an entire groove by tapping the dice button.

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    Tutorial 15

    Smart Bass


    Discover the Smart Bass touch instrument and see how it is used to generate parts for either electric, acoustic, or synth bass using auto play and multi finger gestures.

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    Tutorial 16

    Adding Custom Chords


    Learn how to edit and save the chords used in Smart Instruments auto play mode. Changes made apply to the chords used in all Smart Instruments.

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    Tutorial 17

    Smart Strings


    Discover how to choose different string section styles, play one or several string instruments at once, play notes, chords, and rhythmic patterns, and use either legato, bowed, or pizzicato articulations.

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    Tutorial 18

    Apple Loops


    Learn how to search, audition, and add Apple Loops to your songs. They are short prerecorded audio phrases or beats containing meta data that allows them to play back at the tempo and key of your song.

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    Tutorial 19

    Editing in Tracks View


    Learn how to select, move, trim, loop, split, and join regions in Tracks View.

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    Tutorial 20

    Thickening the Arrangement


    See how the copy and paste functions are used to double and thicken existing parts, and how echo and panning are used to enhance the movement of the song by creating rhythmic repeats.

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    Tutorial 21

    Working with Song Sections


    Explore ways of expanding your song by creating additional sections that contain either completely new material or variations of existing material, how to vary the length and order of the sections, and how to edit regions across multiple sections.

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    Tutorial 22

    Finalizing & Sharing Your Music


    See how to merge tracks together in order to overcome the maximum track count limitations, alter the master echo and reverb effects, add a fadeout, and share your music via iTunes, email, the Media Browser, Facebook, Youtube, and even as a ringtone!

Apple's GarageBand for iOS is far and away the most popular music creation app on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, and Apple DAW expert Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get the most out of it! Eli will teach you How to Record, Mix, and Share your own songs using nothing but your iOS device.

The first category of videos, Playing & Recording Touch Instruments, gives an overview of what GarageBand for iOS can offer. Eli guides you around the User Interface, its Windows and Instruments, and then dives into how to Record and Quantize (correct the timing) of your tracks.

Moving on, you'll see How to Build an Arrangement, Work with Multiple Songs, Smart Instruments, and How to Add Custom Chords and Apple Loops. That leads to a examples of Editing and Thickening Your Arrangement, and How to Work with Song Sections. The series then wraps up with explaining How to Add the Finishing Touches to your Project and share it.

If you've ever wanted to go from tapping out your musical ideas on your iPhone or iPad to finishing a song and sharing it with the world, don't miss "GarageBand iOS Explained!"

Submitted 1 year ago

very informative

helpful guide

I am a: Beginner, Semi-Pro, Professional, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility

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Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent tutorial.

There are a lot of iPad-specific tricks that are useful, and as a general introduction, it's enough to get you using the app more efficiently.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Michael C
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent tutotial!!

Have been a GB user for a while but really needed to get my head around the IOS GB. This explained everything! Ready to work on IPAD now!!

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Submitted 2 years ago

Great starter guide!!!

We found this online a few days and and bought it right away. My husband and I spent the afternoon watching all the videos. What a great starter guide. We no longer feel like fish out of water. We are now diving in and recording.

I am a: 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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GarageBand iOS Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very informative helpful guide
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial. There are a lot of iPad-specific tricks that are useful, and as a general introduction, it's enough to get you using the app more efficiently.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutotial!! Have been a GB user for a while but really needed to get my head around the IOS GB. This explained everything! Ready to work on IPAD now!!
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great starter guide!!! We found this online a few days and and bought it right away. My husband and I spent the afternoon watching all the videos. What a great starter guide. We no longer feel like fish out of water. We are now diving in and recording.
Date published: 2016-05-30