GarageBand Tutorial

GarageBand iOS Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Playing & Recording Touch Instruments

  • Overview 3:45


    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.

  • The User Interface 3:38

    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.

  • The Keyboard Instrument 7:28

    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.

  • Recording a Touch Instrument 4:08

    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.

  • Quantizing 4:03


    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.

  • Drums 4:39


    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.

  • Audio Recorder 5:58

    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.

  • Sampler 6:18


    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.

  • Editing Notes in Regions 7:05

    Editing Notes in Regions

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

  • Smart Guitar 5:33

    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.

  • Guitar Amp 5:13

    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.

  • Smart Keyboards 6:30

    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.

Chapter 2 : Building an Arrangement

  • Working with Multiple Songs 4:45

    Working with Multiple Songs

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

  • Smart Drums 4:57

    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.

  • Smart Bass 4:52

    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.

  • Adding Custom Chords 3:47

    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.

  • Smart Strings 6:50

    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.

  • Apple Loops 5:01

    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.

  • Editing in Tracks View 6:41

    Editing in Tracks View

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

  • Thickening the Arrangement 4:38

    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.

  • Working with Song Sections 6:23

    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.

  • Finalizing & Sharing Your Music 6:00

    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!

Product Overview

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!"

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