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It's time to add some keyboards to the track. I am kind of hearing a nice distant echoey piano part in my head and I'll try to achieve some of what I am imagining and we can refine it when we get to the mixing process in a later chapter. For now I have my MIDI keyboard connected, so I'll take this opportunity to record a part just using a piano sound with some echo and maybe a bit of reverb on it and I'll take some time to edit the sound later. New track, double-click Software Instrument, and here's our piano sound, by default Grand Piano, and that's fine. I'll use that.
I am going to make a couple of adjustments to the sound before I record. I am going to turn the Compressor on. Without it, Ground Piano, it's sort of pretty soft and I want to get a little more juice out of it. So add compression, I am going to open this window up and actually increase the Compression Ratio a little bit so we get some more out of this sound. A part of that is the gain that we are applying in the bottom slider. Set a little bit of softer Attack and a little more Gain. I also want to enable the Visual EQ which by default wants to boost the highs a bit and I'd actually like to boost more of the highs in terms of frequency range but to a bit of a lesser degree and we can refine this later as well.
And also, I am going to add some echo to try to create this echoey piano sound I am going for. What GarageBand calls echo is more commonly referred to as Delay and some Reverb also, a good amount of Reverb. (Music playing) Okay, that's getting close to what I am looking for. Sounds good. All right, so select your MIDI track to arm it for recording and let's hit R to begin. (Music playing) Okay, I am going to stop it there.
It was an okay take, but I made a few mistakes. I can very easily hit undo on a take, Return to go back to the top, and R to take another stab at it. (Music playing) All right, sounds good. Now we can start to focus on editing the part and since it's MIDI, we are going to have a lot of options.
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