What is GarageBand? | Definition, Features, and its Uses

GarageBand is one of the leading but free Digital Audio Workstations and music sequencers developed by Apple for the MacOS and iOS. It was initially released as a tone down and easier-to-use version of Logic-X Pro, which is Apple’s pro Audio editing Software. Therefore, it sports a very user-friendly interface and is ideal for beginners and amateurs.

We have also included a number of advanced features packed in a minimalistic design, explained properly which has made it a go-to audio workstation even for professionals.

#Features of Garageband App

  • You can use GarageBand to record your own tunes and then edit them in the software to produce a soundtrack. You can also enhance your track with different tools including reverb, echo, distortion, etc. The software lets you record at both 16-bit and 24-bit audio resolution. With the pitch correction system, you can even add the auto-tune effect to your audio. In addition, it offers a number of preset effects that you can choose from. The best feature about this app is; it also allows you to manually create your own one.
  • In addition to recording with actual physical tools, GarageBand also offers a virtual studio where you can use the software to create tunes within the app using synthesizers and virtual instruments. You can either play live or record a track. For each synthesizer, you can adjust a number of parameters including richness, glide, cut off, standard attack, decay, sustain, and release.
  • GarageBand can import and export MIDI files, to and from other Digital audio workstations or other programs without converting the file to audio. For MIDI editing, it offers basic features like a piano roll or notation-style editing and playback. You can adjust different aspects of audio, including pitch, velocity, and duration.
  • Probably the best feature offered by the software, GarageBand includes various pre-recorded lessons on how to play different musical instruments. The Music lessons cover the basic aspects of playing an instrument and are available for free. For those who want to learn more, there are Artist lessons which are recorded by some pretty famous musical artists and would require you to make a purchase before viewing.
  • Lastly, since GarageBand is pretty popular, there are a number of third party plugins and loop packages available on the internet that are designed specifically for GarageBand and can provide you with more options.

What is GarageBand? | Definition, Features, and its Uses

#How to Record on GarageBand

Step 1: Set up your recording device, for example, if you are using an external microphone, make sure it’s plugged in.

Step 2 : Launch GarageBand. On the welcome screen, click on the small arrow next to the ‘Details’ option and make sure your input and output options are set up correctly.

Step 3: Select the voice option from the screen, if you want to record a voice, and then Click on choose.

Step 4 : On the window that opens up you’ll see the different kinds of preset voices you can record : narration vocals, bright vocal, classic vocal, etc. Under each preset you’ll find an adjust volume option.

Step 5: Click on the record option at the top (red dot button), and it will start recording.

Step 6: Once you are done, you can stop and playback your audio to check what you have recorded. Your track is now ready for editing. Note – You can now download Garageband for PC using our detailed guide. If you are a Windows user, we recommend it.

#How to Update Garageband App?

To update your GarageBand to the latest version, follow these steps :

Step 1: Launch the Apple app store on your device

Step 2: Go to the updates section.

Step 3: Here you will find all apps that have a newer version available, just click on the update option next to GarageBand and your update will be downloaded.

Step 4: In case you do not see an update in the updated tab, search from GarageBand in the Search option

Step 5: Select GarageBand from the search results.

Step 6: Under the GarageBand icon, you’ll find an update option. Click on it and your update will be downloaded.


#How to Sample in GarageBand

What is GarageBand? | Definition, Features, and its Uses

Step 1: Click on the New track icon at the top left

Step 2: Select software instrument

Step 3: Close the library pane and open the smart controls window

Step 4: Select the tracks tab. Now go down to the Plugins menu and click on the currently loaded software instruments to open the menu

Step 5: Click on audio unit instruments, Select apple, and then ‘Audio unit sampler’, and then finally  click on stereo

Step 6: The sampler interface will open up in a window. Click on the small cog icon at the bottom of the sampler window and select the ‘add samples’ option.

Step 7: Now browse and add your sample. It could be a clip from the internet or something that you prerecorded.

Step 8: When you play your sample, you may hear an extra layer of sound. To get rid of that – delete the built-in sine wave from the list under the ‘Layer 1’( Click on it and then click on the minus option at the bottom)