GarageBand, with its minimalistic interface and an array of advanced features wrapped up nicely in a slick design has made a name if not a legacy for itself for both beginners and professional music makers. The software comes loaded with tonnes of plugins that you can use for your projects, but that’s not even the best part, This app comes with a huge library of built-in instruments and audio effects which is expandable by adding third party audio unit (AU) plugins. Some of these are commercial plugins, but a lot many are also free synthesizers and effects. If you want to download Garageband for PC, you can check the link provided.
In this article, we will discuss how you can use these plugins and what are our top recommendations for GarageBand Plugins:
How to add AU plugins to GarageBand:
When you download a plugin, some of them include an installer, and therefore the installation is done automatically. For those that do not come with an installer, repeat the following steps:
- Identify the Plugin by its component suffix.
- Place the Plugin in the support folder Macintosh HD\Library\Audio\Plug-Ins\Components
- Launch GarageBand
PRO TIP: If your version of the OS stops you from installing the plugins: Hold the ‘CTRL’ key on your keyboard and simultaneously click on the installer, and then select ‘OPEN’ from the pop-up menu.
Accessing Plugins in GarageBand:
- Create a software instrument track.
- Click on the ‘EDIT’ tab in the right-hand side ‘Track Info Column’.
- Here you can select a custom AU synthesizer from the top of the stack, then there are the hardwired slots for the compressor and Visual EQ effects, and finally four slots for installed AU plugins.
Top recommendations for GarageBand plugins:
- Izotope’s Vocal Doubler is a powerful yet very intuitive plugin. It is free and enhances your vocal recordings to provide a natural doubling effect, adding richness and depth to your audio. The same technology can also be found in Izotope’s plugin Nectar isotopes, except that it has been re-imagined with a brand new interactive user interface that is dedicated to helping you achieve a great double vocal effect faster than ever. You can get the plugin for free by signing up for a free account at the Izotope website.
- AudioThing’s FilterJam is a multi-band resonant filter that delivers peculiar ring mod like filtered sounds. The input signal is divided into four bands that are then summed or multiplied together according to what mode you choose. The plugin can be both – very harsh or gentle, and it can add both brightness or depth for things like synth sounds, but it can also completely mangle acoustic sources. It is great for truly unique vocals or stringed instruments and allows you to completely warp and transform your sounds.
- Phazer from Adam Szabo is a fully customisable phaser effect that emulates the effect found in the virus synthesizer. You have six-stage all-pass filters controlled by an LFO with spread and feedback controls. Additionally, it is incredibly CPU efficient, which is great if you want to use it multiple times in a single project or soundtrack. If you’re looking for a step up from GarageBand’s built-in phaser options, this plugin can really help you.
- Ableton’s Knobs are three free and simple plugins that are designed to liven up your production work-flow. All three of these effects sound distinct from each other and are fantastic for anyone who is looking to add some unique sound to their projects:
- The drive knob is a simple distortion unit that delivers serious dirty stereo distortion sounds that are perfect for your drummer track or percussion loops. It works best when used to apply just a little bit of grit to a baseline or guitar bit.
- The attack knob is a stereo transient shaper that affects the attack section of a waveform. It’s great for improving your drum loops, but you can try using it to help give stringed instruments an extra push to the front of your mix too, as it works just as well to simply boost a signal.
- The space knob is a fairly simple bright mid sized room reverb that works really well on pretty much anything you want to try with it, but it works wonders for acoustic guitar recordings in particular.
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