Join Todd Howard for an in-depth discussion in this video Auditioning players in the band and hiring new players, part of GarageBand '11 Essential Training.
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Okay, here we are in Magic GarageBand, and I've chosen the Funk genre from the Genre Chooser, and now we're basically looking at the funk band that GarageBand gives us. I'm going to hit Play and you can hear part of the song. (music playing) It's a funky groove. (music playing) You can hit the spacebar to stop. If you want to just hear the snippet of the song, you can press the Snippet button and press Play. (music playing) or the Entire Song.
So this is a toggle that can take you back and forth, and you can click and drag the playhead anywhere you'd like, so if you want to hear the ending-- (music playing) A bunch of hits at the end, so you can fall way back to the top here. Basically, what's being shown to you here is these are all the instruments in the band that you just heard in that version of the song, the guitar, the bass, drums, keyboard, melody instrument-- in this case a horn section--and right now you weren't hearing anything out of my instrument, because I wasn't playing anything along here.
So this gives you chance to choose something that you're going to play along with the band. For now we're going to focus on rest of the instruments, and then we'll add my instrument in again. So I'm going to just click No Instrument while My Instrument is selected. Just make that go away for now. And the first thing we're going to do is check out the guitar. So I'm just going to click on Guitar, and you'll see that we actually have five different choices for which guitar sound will be used within this funk song. So right now they have the Crisp guitar chosen for this song by default. If you click the disclosure triangle next to Guitar, you'll see that you can either mute the speakers for mute and solo, which means just hear the guitar.
You can click either of those buttons and press Play. Now we're just hearing the guitar part. (music playing) So while that's playing, I can change these sounds out, it takes a second to load in, and you can hear what the Chunky sound is for the guitar, and here is the Distorted sound. (music playing) Muted sound. (music playing) Okay, and the Wah, Wah sound. (music playing) So you can sort of build the band that you want to build.
If you're more into the distorted type of sound, we'll leave it on distorted. So for now we've got the funk song, back to the verse top here, for a sec, with Distorted added. (music playing) You don't have to be in solo mode to change these, so I'll change it back to Chunky for just a sec. (music playing) Okay, so making your way around the horn, bass, we've got the moving part, as they're calling it.
Let's hear what the grooving bass part is like. (music playing) Now these are different parts, so moving over to bass, let's audition these different parts. I'm going to go ahead and solo that as well, so we can start to hear. (music playing) Okay, let me go ahead and add the guitar solo in, so it's just the guitar and bass.
(music playing) If I want the bass to be a little bit louder, I can also adjust its level here, (music playing) so you can form your own mix. Let's bring the drums in as well. (music playing) Okay, now that I hear them all together, I kind of think I do want that distorted guitar, so I'm going to come back over here to Distorted. (music playing) We'll come back to the top of the song, so we have a little more room to audition our band. (music playing) Okay, I'm going to turn off these solos, so I can hear the whole band together.
I like my bass, guitar, and drums. Now let's decide what to do with our keyboard without being interrupted by our horn section. So I'm just going to mute the horns by clicking the little speaker next to the horns. (music playing) I'll check out the Wah. (music playing) I can't really hear that quite as well the organ. I may end up sticking with organ on this one.
(music playing) That might interfere with the bass. It sounds a little bass-y. I'm going to listen to it with the bass and see what it sounds like together. (music playing) I kind of like how they're working together, so I'm going to hang there with that. There we go, unmute those. (music playing) Come back to the intro. (music playing) Funky groove! So let's check out our Melody, maybe a nice guitar solo, instead of our horn section.
(music playing) Sounds pretty good so far. So now you may actually want to play along and you can do that before committing to opening this project in GarageBand just by going back to the My Instrument spotlight, clicking on it, and you can actually choose to use a keyboard sound. So, if I'm going to use my MIDI keyboard, it's giving me these three options: Grand Piano, Clav, an Electric Piano. Or you can click Customize and actually choose a different sound that may not be here already, so I might want to use the Whirly, so I'll click on that.
And if you want to actually switch to line in for a guitar or bass to play along, you can actually change that here. So you can go to the Input 1, which is the Apogee, if I wanted to just do a line in for a guitar or bass. We'll stay with Keyboard for now, and I'm going to click on Whirly here and run this back to beginning, press play and play along, and adjust my volume if I need to here. (music playing) to beginning.
If I wanted to actually record something, I'll do the same thing, pull it back (music playing) Spacebar to stop. Now I've actually got a little bit of a MIDI recording in here of my noodling, and I can take this entire band and this entire project, including what I just recorded, over into GarageBand to continue working on it just by clicking Open in GarageBand.
And GarageBand will load all those sounds and build the song form for me, and even include my little new link. And there it is ready to be mixed, worked with. You can do anything you want with this, and you've got your next great Funk hit.
- Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, and speakers
- Creating a project and specifying tempo, time signature, and key
- Jumpstarting the recording process with Magic GarageBand
- Recording real instruments, software instruments, and electric guitar tracks
- Compositing a final track from multiple takes
- Creating, naming, and organizing song sections using the Arrangement track
- Equalizing and compressing tracks
- Adding reverb and echo effects
- Sharing songs with iTunes and Logic Pro
- Archiving GarageBand project files
- Taking guitar and piano lessons
- Creating podcasts, movies scores, and ringtones