Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting input levels, part of GarageBand Essential Training.
…Alright, we have one more very important…step before we start recording real instruments.…We need to set our audio levels.…Good levels are one of the keys to great sounding recordings.…And you want to set your levels so your instrument is loud enough to work with,…but not so loud that it starts…distorting or, to use the proper terminology, clipping.…When a signal coming into your computer is too loud for the audio…input device to handle it, it clips and it generally sounds pretty bad.…Usually it sounds distorted and not in a cool…electric guitar distortion way. Sounds more like digital distortion.…But you also don't want your audio level to be too quiet.…
You can turn up quiet performances to some extent, but you also end…up turning up inherent background noises, like hisses and pops, along with it.…For this example, I'm going to set the levels for a guitar track.…I'll start by selecting the Empty Project template.…Now since I'm recording a new project, I can open up the Details here.…And I can select my input device from the Audio Input…
- 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 the Share menu
- Controlling GarageBand remotely from an iPad
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/24/2014. What changed?
A: We added one new movie ("What's new in GarageBand 10.0.3") and revised three others ("Customizing the bass sound," "Using Audio Unit and third-party plugins," and "Using the Share menu") to reflect the changes in GarageBand 10.0.3.
Q: This course was updated on 8/03/2015. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, one covering the general 6/30/2015 update to GarageBand and one at the end of chapter 3 on working with and automating the new synth sounds and Transform Pad.
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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
7. Other Features
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