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Now that I've got a bit of song built up using Apple Loops and also a drum part that I imported that was an AAC file I had in iTunes, it's time to plug my bass in and jam along with my little composition. So the way I am going to do that is Option+Command+N for new track, I am going to select Real Instrument and before I do, I am just going to look in Instrument Setup and make sure that my instrument is connected with the Apogee ONE, which it is, and it is currently in Instrument mode. It's Mono track, and I do want to hear my bass as I play.
I am going to click Create. GarageBand created a basic track for me with no effects. Before I actually go to setting up the bass sound, I should set my recording level and make sure that I am not overloading things. The Apogee ONE tends to be pretty sensitive, so I need to make sure this is down low enough to not distort it while I am recording. So I am going to use Automatic Level Control and just play a few notes. (music playing) So that looks pretty good.
I sort of expect that to be a little higher, but every interface is going to be different. That's how this one is behaving. Turn off Automatic Level Control and monitoring back on again. I don't need Feedback Protection, so I can keep that there. (music playing) All right, and I'll start looking at Bass sounds here. We've got a whole list of preset sounds. I'll go to Amp Fuzz Bass here for a second and just click on the Edit tab. You can see every single one of these effects presets has a list of the individual effects that make it up, and you can always come into the Edit tab and click on the icon and modify any of the settings that go into any of these, but they are all starting places and some of them sound pretty good.
So I am going to look down here a little bit lower and maybe look at Rock Bass to see what that sounds like. (music playing) Let's see. What about Wave Bass? (music playing) All right! How about Seventies? (music playing) I kind of like Rock Bass, so we'll stick with that.
Now I am going to play this timeline through and as the song is playing, since I am plugged in and I am monitoring, I can actually play along and sort of jam with my composition and try to make something up. Let's see how it goes. (music playing) Okay, so that's it.
You just play along, do your things, practice, make up ideas. You can also record. I am going to press Return and go back to the head of the tune and if I just press R instead of spacebar, I can actually record my part. (music playing) And spacebar to stop.
Now I've got a little bit of a bass part there, and maybe we'll just turn this into a proper song and go to the Track menu, choose Fade Out, add a little fade- in, and now I've got a nice ending and everything. Here we go! (music playing)
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