Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Set input levels, part of GarageBand Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Alright, so we have…one more very important step before we start recording.…We need to set our audio levels.…Good levels are one of the keys…to great sounding recordings.…You want your levels so that your instrument…is loud enough to work with but not so loud…that it starts distorting or, to use…the proper terminology, clipping.…When the signal coming into your computer…is too loud for the audio device to handle, it clips…and generally sounds pretty bad.…It usually sounds distorted and not in a cool,…electric guitar distortion kind of way.…It sounds more like digital distortion.…But you also don't want your audio levels to be too quiet.…
You can turn up quiet performances to some extent…but you also end up turning up…the inherent background noises along with it.…So, for this example, I'm gonna set…the levels for a guitar track.…I'll start by selecting the empty project template.…Since I'm creating a new project,…I can come down here to details…and I can select my input device from the input menu here,…
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Working with loops
- Recording software instrument tracks
- Getting real sounds into your Mac
- Recording and compositing multiple tracks
- Arranging, editing, and mixing your project
- Sharing your music with others
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Getting Started
2. Working with Loops and Drummer
3. Working with Software Instruments
4. Working with Real Instruments
5. Arranging, Editing, and Mixing Your Project
6. Exporting, Sharing, and Archiving Your Project
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