Join Damian Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording and opening in GarageBand, part of GarageBand '09 Essential Training.
Up till now, we've been avoiding the piano in the middle of the room. That's because the piano is your instrument. Once you've selected it, you'll see options at the bottom of the screen for choosing the instrument you are going to play along with the band. Right now, it's a Keyboard but I'll be playing Guitar. So I'll select the My Instrument menu and choose External Guitar from the bottom of the list. My guitar is actually connected by a USB Audio Interface. Obviously you want to choose the option that suits the way you have got your instrument connected. I also want the Monitor turned On, so I can hear the guitar through GarageBand.
Before I start jamming, I want to make sure my guitar is in tune. So I click the Pitchfork icon and this brings up a Guitar Tuner. Just like a regular dedicated tuner, your strings in tune when the light moves to the center of the meter. The note name should turn blue. (Guitar strum.) When you are satisfied the guitar is in tune, click the Pitchfork again to exit. Now you can choose the guitar sound you want. First, I'll try this Stadium Solo sound. (Music plays.) Of course, you can try out the other sounds just by selecting them.
(Music plays.) Now, while all you see here are the five basic presets, there are dozens of other guitar sounds that you can access from the Customize menu. Go ahead and click the Customize button to bring up the additional presets menu. At the very top of this HUD is a pop-up menu that allows you to choose from a bunch of different instrument types. So even though that my Instrument menu only let's me choose between Electric Guitar and Piano, you'll see here you could also play along with the Bass, you could play along with the Vocals singing on your microphone or choose from one of the dozens of other guitar presets that come with GarageBand.
We'll cover these presets in a lot more detail in the videos on electric guitar checks. You'll see that for each of the other instruments you also have several presets to choose from, that create a different sound. For this song, I'm actually quite happy with Stadium Solo, so I'll just click Cancel. Next I need to decide whether I want to improvise across the entire song or just select a region. Here I've selected Verse 1, so I can practice and repeat just that verse. (Music plays.) Now when you are finished rehearsing and you are happy with the sound, all you need to do is click the Record button, to record to disc.
(Music Plays) You'll see that the recording continues even after the playhead loops back at the start.
What this does is allows me to create a second take and when the recording is over, I can choose my best take. (Music Plays) When you are done, press the Spacebar again to stop playback and recording. And now to choose your favorite take, click on the number to the left of the recorded region and choose it from the list. Here I'll select Take 1. Now, if you actually like where everything is going, you can take the whole arrangement into the full GarageBand interface to build out the song in more detail.
All it takes is a click of the Open in GarageBand button. GarageBand takes all the instrument parts and lays them out in the Timeline, complete with the arrangement regions at the top. (Music Plays)
- Creating a project from scratch
- Making music instantly with Magic GarageBand
- Learning the guitar and keyboard with the lessons in GarageBand
- Using piano and orchestral and analog synth software instruments
- Mixing tracks for a balanced composition
- Working with the new stomp boxes and virtual guitar amps
- Effectively applying reverb, echo, compressors, and EQ
- Exporting and sharing compositions
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started with GarageBand '09
What's new in GarageBand '091m 31s
2. Magic GarageBand
3. Taking Lessons
4. Recording with GarageBand
5. Working with Loops
6. Creating Electric Guitar Tracks
7. Using Software Instruments
8. Editing and Mixing
9. Sharing a Song
10. Additional Features
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