Comparison between Logic Pro X and GarageBand

Logic Pro X, the biggest music production software available in the Apple Store and developed by Apple, is an extremely powerful Digital Audio workstation. A perfect companion for music producers, Logic Pro X brings to the table some special effects that are unparalleled by its counterparts. Starting from the Live Loops feature to the Step Sequencer, this application lets you create ‘pure beat poetry’. Even though Logic Pro X has several sophisticated features that require good knowledge in music, it has kept its usability simple to facilitate novice and intermediate users alongside professionals.

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On the other hand, GarageBand is also another powerful Digital Audio Workstation that allows users to create mind-boggling music and impressive beats. Smaller in size as compared to Logic Pro X, the main idea behind developing GarageBand was to provide users with a smaller yet comprehensive music production software. Unlike Logic Pro X, most effects are not so detailed and the reason behind this is that intermediate users normally do not make use of such detailing. Known to have one of the best virtual pianos, GarageBand has upped the standard with its Musical Typing feature. MIDI users also get provided with perfect MIDI support in both applications and connectivity issues for the same has been fixed thoroughly throughout the new updates. A comparison between the two is not justified as one is an extraction of the other. However, some of the features of both applications are compared below in this article. 

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FEATURES: GarageBand V/S LogicPro X

DISK SPACE: To start the discussion, it is worth mentioning that GarageBand is a much smaller music production software in terms of memory occupied. This is symbolic to the fact that Logic Pro X will have a few other added utilities. This is not always an advantage as a lot of users want a compact application that will be able to provide supreme music support while taking up as little space as possible. In reality, Apple has developed GarageBand by extracting the best bits and pieces of Logic Pro X leading to such great interconnectivity between both the applications. In terms of opening up an existing music project, the same project can be opened up in both applications. Due to a similar user interface, the track display is also identical. On running the same track in both applications, you will hear the same depth in sound as the effects used also complement both the applications. A major advantage such similarities provide to users is that a project started in GarageBand can be completed in Logic Pro X and vice versa.

BUTTONS: Starting with the buttons on the top left-hand corner of both applications, GarageBand has four buttons while Logic Pro X has seven. Other than the two similar buttons that are the ‘Library’ (to pick and choose the instrument sound) and the ‘Help’ button, Logic Pro X has an added button called the ‘Inspector’. This button opens up a small column to the left of the page that allows users to mix individual tracks with greater precision and caters to finer sound detailing like the Region Parameter box and the Track Parameter box. Another button that Logic Pro X has and GarageBand does not is the Toolbar. This opens up a set of powerful editing options namely Articulation, Track Zoom, Note Repeat, Spot Erase, Repeat Section, and Cut section among several others.

SMART CONTROL: The Smart Control options in both applications are AT PAR. In GarageBand, this entails track mixing options like the Bell, Treble, Threshold, Reverb, and Volume. Rotating the knobs clockwise increases each effect and the reverse movement decreases it. The EQ tab on top of the knobs also allows manipulation of the effects added to the soundtrack by dragging the graph on the track mapper display. Logic Pro X also has the same effects listed under Smart Controls along with knobs for Bass, Chorus, and Ambience. As Musical Typing is an integral part of both applications, smart control is the place where you can change keyboard sensitivity to adjust the note velocity.

PIANO/SCOLL EDITOR: Moving on to the last button that is the Editor’s button, it is present in the interface of both applications. On clicking on the button, the Piano Roll editor opens up. The Piano Editor in GarageBand has a very simple working method. Each track is broken down into individual notes that are aligned as per the scale on a piano roll. Several effects can be carried out with each note namely changing the pitch (pulling or pushing the note onto another scale), shortening or lengthening the duration that is noted is being played, and changing the timing.  With Logic Pro X, the piano editor looks the same but some of the functions that can be performed differ from GarageBand. Selecting all the notes of the piano roll and clicking on Play starts playing the entire track. Just beside the piano graphic is a function called the scale quantization. This effect mainly deals with pentatonic and harmony notes of the scale you are playing on. If you choose a certain pentatonic, the whole track will adjust to that particular scale automatically. Other than the Piano Roll Editor, another cool editor that both applications possess is the Scroll Editor. The Scroll editor displays in staff notation each note that is being played. All of the functions mentioned can also be carried out in the Scroll Editor, the only prerequisite being one will be required to have good knowledge of staff notation before note adjustments are attempted. All edits made in both the Piano Roll and Scroll Editors can be reversed with the Undo Command (Keyboard Shortcut: command + Z). The keyboard shortcut is the same for both Logic Pro X and GarageBand.

MIXING: When it comes to mixing soundtracks, Logic Pro X has had the edge over GarageBand but more often than not, the much-detailed mixing panel of Logic Pro X is left unused. You can access the mini mixer of each track right below the name of the instrument that is being used in each track. This is the same for both applications. The options available here are the Volume slider and the Pan button. For a more detailed mixer in Logic Pro X, you will have to access the Mixer button on the top left corner on your window. The mixer looks just like the one that is seen is recording studios as far as appearance is considered. The sliders for each effect are present in the last row while the knobs and audio inputs are placed on top. Starting from Gain reduction to EQ, MIDI FX, and Audio FX up until Output settings and Automation, the Logic Pro X mixer provides great sound detailing and precision. However, the fact that users prefer the simple mini-mixer of GarageBand with limited yet powerful effects more than Logic Pro X mixer (according to user reviews) brings us to the question that is even such detailing required to record basic tracks and simple songs. Users mostly work with the mini mixer while producing music. Also, some of the features like panning and volume manipulation are an overlap between the mini and the full mixer. This in no way is indicative of the fact that GarageBand does not have the option of good audio mixing. One can always fall back on the Smart Controls discussed above to adjust finer audio settings of tracks along with special effects that have been added.

LIBRARY COMPARISON: Looking at creating a new track starting from scratch, the steps involved in the process are quite similar. To make a new track, you will have to click on the button that reads ‘+’ on the top left corner of the window right below the library button. The button position is the same for both applications. The instrument library will pop-up instantly. By default, a major difference that you will notice in the library is the sheer number of added instruments Logic Pro X has to offer as compared to GarageBand although GarageBand has made sure to include the most used instruments like a different version of pianos, guitars, bass, percussions, and layer pads. In the smaller number of instruments that GarageBand has to offer, it has taken greater care to include more effects and detailing as compared to Logic Pro X. This difference is starkly available in the Transform Pad. This pad offers more variations in the instrument sound. Some of the effects include thin sequencing, noise sequencing, orchestral swell, rich pad, detuned gate, high sequence, low sequence, and lead sequence. Two knobs are also present on the Transform Pad interface. The knobs are for controlling the Delay and reverb in the tones. The Logic Pro X has at a maximum only three to four of such effects in its Transform Pad for each selected tone.

MIXING TUNING MANIPULATING: Manipulating audio recordings in GarageBand is simpler as compared to Logic Pro X but Logic offers quite a lot of detailing that though difficult to master, goes a long way in making your track stand out. One of the most used features of recorded audio tracks is the Flexing option. Flexing a particular track is what is commonly calling stretching or squeezing along the time frame. This messes up the tempo and time signature of your track or if used right, gives a completely fresh electronic effect. After you have imported an audio track on GarageBand, double-clicking on the track will open up the audio editor. On the left-hand side of the editor, you will find the flex option. After selecting it, you can click anywhere on the track and drag or squish it according to your requirement. This is the basic flexing technique that GarageBand offers. The same function can also be carried out in Logic Pro but with several variations. After you have imported an audio track and opened the audio editor, on clicking on the ‘Flex Time’ option, you will see several flexing modes. Some of the modes included are Automatic, Monophonic, Slicing, Rhythmic, Polymorphic, Speed (FX), and Tempo-phone. To a basic user, none of these variations will be quite noticeable but it adds up to the nuances of a track. With Flexing, not only can you play with the duration of the entire track but also drag individual notes to introduce delay or squeeze a certain section for a build-up like effect. The GarageBand flexing tool is just a simplified version of the Logic counterpart but aids in providing the same effect when applied to tracks.

Coming to the Logic Pro Remote, it is supported by both applications alike. The remote feature makes wireless connections with synced Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Thereafter, when you download any of the two applications on the mentioned devices, you will be able to open up the same project and edit. Any changes made will be relayed to the project on the main Mac device. The remotes can also be used as MIDI devices.

Feature Comparison Conclusion:

Having closely observed the comparison of features between GarageBand and Logic Pro X, one can come to a subtle conclusion that GarageBand provides almost all of Logic Pro X’s functionality but in a much more compact manner with the help of an easier interface. This leads to a clear demarcation in the type of users using both applications. Owing to GarageBand’s limited yet powerful and necessary features, it is mostly used by basic or intermediate users while Logic Pro X is mostly downloaded and used by professionals in the music industry. As some of the features of Logic Pro X require good knowledge of sound engineering, it comes difficult for laymen to understand the nitty-gritty of the application.  While some of the advanced settings are missing from the GarageBand arsenal, it is loaded with all of the raw power to give rise to a great music piece. This gives us a sense of the sheer amount of power that developers have borrowed from Logic Pro X to create GarageBand but in a streamlined and simplified interface. 

Logic Pro X, the biggest music production software available in the Apple Store and developed by Apple, is an extremely powerful Digital Audio workstation. A perfect companion for music producers, Logic Pro X brings to the table some special effects that are unparalleled by its counterparts. Starting from the Live Loops feature to the Step Sequencer, this application lets you create ‘pure beat poetry’. Even though Logic Pro X has several sophisticated features that require good knowledge in music, it has kept its usability simple to facilitate novice and intermediate users alongside professionals.

On the other hand, GarageBand is also another powerful Digital Audio Workstation that allows users to create mind-boggling music and impressive beats. Smaller in size as compared to Logic Pro X, the main idea behind developing GarageBand was to provide users with a smaller yet comprehensive music production software. Unlike Logic Pro X, most effects are not so detailed and the reason behind this is that intermediate users normally do not make use of such detailing. Known to have one of the best virtual pianos, GarageBand has upped the standard with its Musical Typing feature. MIDI users also get provided with perfect MIDI support in both applications and connectivity issues for the same has been fixed thoroughly throughout the new updates. A comparison between the two is not justified as one is an extraction of the other. However, some of the features of both applications are compared below in this article. 

LAYMAN-Comparison of GarageBand & LogicPro X

  • To start the discussion, it is worth mentioning that GarageBand is a much smaller music production software in terms of memory occupied. This is symbolic to the fact that Logic Pro X will have a few other added utilities. This is not always an advantage as a lot of users want a compact application that will be able to provide supreme music support while taking up as little space as possible. In reality, Apple has developed GarageBand by extracting the best bits and pieces of Logic Pro X leading to such great interconnectivity between both the applications. In terms of opening up an existing music project, the same project can be opened up in both applications. Due to a similar user interface, the track display is also identical. On running the same track in both applications, you will hear the same depth in sound as the effects used also complement both the applications. A major advantage such similarities provide to users is that a project started in GarageBand can be completed in Logic Pro X and vice versa.
  • Starting with the buttons on the top left-hand corner of both applications, GarageBand has four buttons while Logic Pro X has seven. Other than the two similar buttons that are the ‘Library’ (to pick and choose the instrument sound) and the ‘Help’ button, Logic Pro X has an added button called the ‘Inspector’. This button opens up a small column to the left of the page that allows users to mix individual tracks with greater precision and caters to finer sound detailing like the Region Parameter box and the Track Parameter box. Another button that Logic Pro X has and GarageBand does not is the Toolbar. This opens up a set of powerful editing options namely Articulation, Track Zoom, Note Repeat, Spot Erase, Repeat Section, and Cut section among several others.
  • The Smart Control options in both applications are at par. In GarageBand, this entails track mixing options like the Bell, Treble, Threshold, Reverb, and Volume. Rotating the knobs clockwise increases each effect and the reverse movement decreases it. The EQ tab on top of the knobs also allows manipulation of the effects added to the soundtrack by dragging the graph on the track mapper display. Logic Pro X also has the same effects listed under Smart Controls along with knobs for Bass, Chorus, and Ambience. As Musical Typing is an integral part of both applications, smart control is the place where you can change keyboard sensitivity to adjust the note velocity.
  • Moving on to the last button that is the Editor’s button, it is present in the interface of both applications. On clicking on the button, the Piano Roll editor opens up. The Piano Editor in GarageBand has a very simple working method. Each track is broken down into individual notes that are aligned as per the scale on a piano roll. Several effects can be carried out with each note namely changing the pitch (pulling or pushing the note onto another scale), shortening or lengthening the duration that is noted is being played, and changing the timing.  With Logic Pro X, the piano editor looks the same but some of the functions that can be performed differ from GarageBand. Selecting all the notes of the piano roll and clicking on Play starts playing the entire track. Just beside the piano graphic is a function called the scale quantization. This effect mainly deals with pentatonic and harmony notes of the scale you are playing on. If you choose a certain pentatonic, the whole track will adjust to that particular scale automatically. Other than the Piano Roll Editor, another cool editor that both applications possess is the Scroll Editor. The Scroll editor displays in staff notation each note that is being played. All of the functions mentioned can also be carried out in the Scroll Editor, the only prerequisite being one will be required to have good knowledge of staff notation before note adjustments are attempted. All edits made in both the Piano Roll and Scroll Editors can be reversed with the Undo Command (Keyboard Shortcut: Cmd + Z). The keyboard shortcut is the same for both Logic Pro X and GarageBand.
  • When it comes to mixing soundtracks, Logic Pro X has had the edge over GarageBand but more often than not, the much-detailed mixing panel of Logic Pro X is left unused. You can access the mini mixer of each track right below the name of the instrument that is being used in each track. This is the same for both applications. The options available here are the Volume slider and the Pan button. For a more detailed mixer in Logic Pro X, you will have to access the Mixer button on the top left corner on your window. The mixer looks just like the one that is seen is recording studios as far as appearance is considered. The sliders for each effect are present in the last row while the knobs and audio inputs are placed on top. Starting from Gain reduction to EQ, MIDI FX, and Audio FX up until Output settings and Automation, the Logic Pro X mixer provides great sound detailing and precision. However, the fact that users prefer the simple mini-mixer of GarageBand with limited yet powerful effects more than Logic Pro X mixer (according to user reviews) brings us to the question that is even such detailing required to record basic tracks and simple songs. Users mostly work with the mini mixer while producing music. Also, some of the features like panning and volume manipulation are an overlap between the mini and the full mixer. This in no way is indicative of the fact that GarageBand does not have the option of good audio mixing. One can always fall back on the Smart Controls discussed above to adjust finer audio settings of tracks along with special effects that have been added.
  • Looking at creating a new track starting from scratch, the steps involved in the process are quite similar. To make a new track, you will have to click on the button that reads ‘+’ on the top left corner of the window right below the library button. The button position is the same for both applications. The instrument library will pop-up instantly. By default, a major difference that you will notice in the library is the sheer number of added instruments Logic Pro X has to offer as compared to GarageBand although GarageBand has made sure to include the most used instruments like a different version of pianos, guitars, bass, percussions, and layer pads. In the smaller number of instruments that GarageBand has to offer, it has taken greater care to include more effects and detailing as compared to Logic Pro X. This difference is starkly available in the Transform Pad. This pad offers more variations in the instrument sound. Some of the effects include thin sequencing, noise sequencing, orchestral swell, rich pad, detuned gate, high sequence, low sequence, and lead sequence. Two knobs are also present on the Transform Pad interface. The knobs are for controlling the Delay and reverb in the tones. The Logic Pro X has at a maximum only three to four of such effects in its Transform Pad for each selected tone.
  • Manipulating audio recordings in GarageBand is simpler as compared to Logic Pro X but Logic offers quite a lot of detailing that though difficult to master, goes a long way in making your track stand out. One of the most used features of recorded audio tracks is the Flexing option. Flexing a particular track is what is commonly calling stretching or squeezing along the time frame. This messes up the tempo and time signature of your track or if used right, gives a completely fresh electronic effect. After you have imported an audio track on GarageBand, double-clicking on the track will open up the audio editor. On the left-hand side of the editor, you will find the flex option. After selecting it, you can click anywhere on the track and drag or squish it according to your requirement. This is the basic flexing technique that GarageBand offers. The same function can also be carried out in Logic Pro but with several variations. After you have imported an audio track and opened the audio editor, on clicking on the ‘Flex Time’ option, you will see several flexing modes. Some of the modes included are Automatic, Monophonic, Slicing, Rhythmic, Polymorphic, Speed (FX), and Tempophone. To a basic user, none of these variations will be quite noticeable but it adds up to the nuances of a track. With Flexing, not only can you play with the duration of the entire track but also drag individual notes to introduce delay or squeeze a certain section for a build-up like effect. The GarageBand flexing tool is just a simplified version of the Logic counterpart but aids in providing the same effect when applied to tracks.
  • Coming to the Logic Pro Remote, it is supported by both applications alike. The remote feature makes wireless connections with synced Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Thereafter, when you download any of the two applications on the mentioned devices, you will be able to open up the same project and edit. Any changes made will be relayed to the project on the main Mac device. The remotes can also be used as MIDI devices.

Having closely observed the comparison of features between GarageBand and Logic Pro X, one can come to a subtle conclusion that GarageBand provides almost all of Logic Pro X’s functionality but in a much more compact manner with the help of an easier interface. This leads to a clear demarcation in the type of users using both applications. Owing to GarageBand’s limited yet powerful and necessary features, it is mostly used by basic or intermediate users while Logic Pro X is mostly downloaded and used by professionals in the music industry. As some of the features of Logic Pro X require good knowledge of sound engineering, it comes difficult for laymen to understand the nitty-gritty of the application.  While some of the advanced settings are missing from the GarageBand arsenal, it is loaded with all of the raw power to give rise to a great music piece. This gives us a sense of the sheer amount of power that developers have borrowed from Logic Pro X to create GarageBand but in a streamlined and simplified interface. 

 

MIDI Controller in GarageBand-GUIDE

GarageBand, considered to be one of the top Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software in the world, is extremely user friendly when it comes to manoeuvring through the interface and understanding the various options that the application has to offer to users. The GarageBand music production software is developed by Apple INC and is readily available to download from the Apple Store. Windows users can download it with the help of an iOS emulator. The importance of using a MIDI keyboard cannot be less stressed upon. Known as a music producer’s best friend, a MIDI keyboard is where all the magic takes place. One MIDI keyboard is enough to replace an entire band. GarageBand provides exceptional MIDI keyboard support to facilitate the production of good music.

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With the age of technology coming into play, music produced electronically has overpowered the conventional process of recording and merging tracks to create songs. While this new technique has been criticised by many as aiding the loss of musical talent, electronic music can be produced faster and the end product always tends to have greater audience attraction. MIDI Keyboards are key to producing electronic music. A MIDI keyboard is essentially a one or two-octave keyboard with no audio output whatsoever. Commonly known as a controller keyboard, it sends electronic signals to the device it is connected with (usually a Digital Audio Workstation). Whatever you play on the MIDI keyboard will be heard from the audio output of your device. The keyboard as such has no tones. The tones and styles of playing will be determined from the music production application that you are using. From a grand piano piece to making funky electronic beats, a MIDI keyboard can be used for both purposes and anything in between. MIDIs are connected with either a 5pin MIDI connector or with the help of a USB. When it comes to GarageBand, the app provides users with comprehensive MIDI support, irrespective of the model of the MIDI or the connectivity type being used.

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How to Connect MIDI keyboard to your GarageBand?

  1. MIDI keyboards, or any such electronic device like beat-makers or audio interfaces, need to connect physically to the GarageBand application via the device you are using GarageBand from.
  2. There are two different options to connect a keyboard to your Digital Audio Workstation. Depending on the MIDI model you are using and the connectivity settings, you will either have to work with a USB connector or a MIDI connector.
  3. If your MIDI works with USB, connect the USB from the keyboard to the computer. The later and more recent MIDI versions also have USB C type cable connectivity.
  4. If your MIDI has a MIDI connector attached to it, it will be a 5-pin connector. In that case, you will require a MIDI interface as a mediator between the computer and the keyboard. Firstly, establish a connection between the MIDI in and MIDI Out ports of the interface. Once done, connect the MIDI In port of the MIDI keyboard you are using to the MIDI Out port of the MIDI interface.
  5. A MIDI interface normally has USB connectivity. After you have patched up connections between the MIDI interface and the MIDI keyboard, plug the USB from the MIDI interface into your computer.
  6. You are all set to use the MIDI keyboard to produce songs. To check whether a proper connection has been established, go to the MIDI option from the GarageBand application and set an instrument type and tone for the MIDI. On pressing keys on the keyboard, you will be able to hear the sound you set from your device’s audio output.
  7. Even though this is the general setting that is used to connect a MIDI keyboard to GarageBand, some models may vary and some others might even need specific drivers to function properly. There it becomes very important to go through the user guide that is given along with the instrument as well as the manufacturer’s website before you start connecting. Similarly, if you are using a MIDI interface that most music producers are quite commonly using these days, you will have to make sure you read the user guide thoroughly and only then move on with connecting your MIDI set up with a device.

GUIDE- MIDI Settings in GarageBand

GarageBand has a full-fledged MIDI setup already present with the software. Known as the Musical Typing feature that works with all external electronic instruments, the features here make life very simple for producers while using a MIDI. After you have successfully connected the MIDI, go to Preferences, and check whether the MIDI keyboard is identified by GarageBand. If the instrument is not identified, try unplugging the connection and setting it over again. Click on the Musical Typing option from the menu bar and select MIDI instrument. The keyboard layout will appear on your screen.

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This is a doubly useful option as you can also play with the help of your keyboard by following the keys as mentioned in the layout. Whichever notes you play on your MIDI keyboard will be highlighted graphically on the virtual keyboard. There will a tone column on the left side of the window. This column will contain tones of various instruments starting from pianos to lead guitars to accordions to drums as well as synth pads and layer sounds. You will even be able to provide choir type effects from your MIDI by playing around with the tones.

If you want to use the various controls of the MIDI keyboard like modulation, pitch bend, or the sustain options among others, you will have the option of either accessing the buttons on your MIDI keyboard physically or by simply tapping on the keys on the virtual keyboard layout. Every virtual key of the keyboard will have a single letter assigned to it in case users want to use the laptop or a desktop keyboard as a MIDI. These letters can be changed through a quite sophisticated process. Higher-end MIDI keyboards will have knobs on its interface. Normally keyboards have not more than 3 knobs. These knobs act as a small mixer of sorts. Various audio functionalities can be assigned to those knobs. For example, you can set Knob 1 as reverb, Knob 2 as audio gain, and knob 3 as volume. Thereafter adjusting the reverb knob physically will let you control the reverb and so on for the other knobs. All the knobs can be set from the GarageBand application itself.

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As GarageBand is compatible with the Logic Pro X remote that is an accessory provided by Logic Pro X, electronic devices like an iPad or an iPhone can also be used as MIDI keyboards. The main function of the Logic Pro remote is to provide wireless connectivity with connected Apple devices. Whatever changes that are made to GarageBand projects on your iPad or iPhone will be replicated across all other devices. If you are using a virtual MIDI keyboard from your iPad, you will be able to play and record your tracks into GarageBand. The settings will remain the same as mentioned above. If required, you can always change the keys on the layout provided. 

 

How to Turn your Keyboard into a Piano- GarageBand?

GarageBand is an online music production software developed by Apple Inc. One of the best music production applications in the world, it can be easily downloaded for free from the Apple Store. GarageBand is credited with having one of the best virtual pianos in the industry, the sound quality of which cannot be compared to any other. The virtual piano can be used to not only produce the sound of a Grand Piano but any other musical instrument as stored in the audio library of the application. Alongside saved tones of musical instruments, the sampler can be used to make new musical instruments with the help of pre-recorded audio clips. The sampler then puts all of it into the virtual keyboard where the frequency of every note will be adjusted according to scale while keeping the tone the same throughout.

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What is the Need?– Normally music producers and professionals use the MIDI keyboard in such instances. GarageBand offers a wide range of MIDI connectivity and support features thus plugging in a MIDI keyboard into the system is very easy. All you need to do is set the tone of the MIDI keyboard from the application interface and whatever you play there will be replicated on the virtual keyboard. Thereafter, the track can be recorded and plugged into your track. However, good MIDI keyboards come at a high price and are always not affordable for everyone. Sometimes logistical problems of carrying a MIDI keyboard around also rise. In such cases, Apple has kept the provision of Musical Typing. With the help of this feature, you can easily convert the keyboard connected to your device into a piano and use it as a keyboard to record your music. While users also have the option of clicking on keys of the virtual piano on-screen with a mouse, it frankly becomes impractical if you want to play more than one note at a time.

How to OPEN UP NEW PROJECT & Enable Music Typing?

  1. Firstly, OPEN UP the GarageBand application on your device by double-clicking on the app icon.
  2. As the HOMEPAGE of the application starts up, you will have to choose whether you want to start a new Project or continue on a previous Project. If you want to open up an existing project, from the left pane of your window, click on the ‘Recent’ button. A list of all your recent projects will come up. Choose a project and continue to open up the Music Typing.
  3. Alternatively, if you want to start afresh, choose the New Project option from the same left pane followed by an Empty Project. From the bottom right corner, click on the Choose Button.
  4. A pop-up window will appear with several options to choose from. Select the ‘Software Instrument’ option. A new project will be created along with a blank track on the tracks list. By default, the virtual piano will open up. You can also manually open up the piano by going to the ‘Window’ option form the menu bar and selecting the ‘Show Musical Typing’ from the drop-down list. The keyboard shortcut is CMD+K.
  5. As soon as the keyboard opens up, a column called ‘Library’ will show up on the left side of your screen. This basically allows users to select the kind of instrument sound the keyboard will produce when played. Also, a guide on which button of your device’s keyboard plays which button of the virtual keyboard will be shown simultaneously.

How to break down the Keys?

Looking at the guide at one glance can be quite perplexing and intimidating. All the keys will be noted with a certain alphabet or digit along with other features like pitch bend, modulation, and octave manipulation. Each key and how it can be played from your keyboard are explained below- 

  • Starting with the basic notes of the virtual keyboard, they are normally aligned in such a way that it matches with the QWERTY sequence of every keyboard. In musical terms, if you want to play the C (musical) scale, the first note will be triggered by the letter ‘A’ of your keyboard, the second one with ‘S’, third with ‘D’, and so on and so forth. As C scale is the natural scale, it is set in this manner. This is how major notes are played.
  • As, C scale does not have any minor notes (smaller black keys in between the white ones), the upper row of your keyboard (starting with the letter ‘Q’) is reserved to play those keys. An interesting fact to note here, Apple has intentionally chosen this sequence to keep the format exactly similar to that of an actual keyboard. You will notice the first two black keys can be played by the ‘W’ and ‘E’ key respectively. However, the ‘R’ key has no use. The next black key is triggered by the letter ‘T’. This is because an actual keyboard does not have an E# (read: E sharp) key there.
  • Octave Manipulation can be carried out using the ‘Z’ (to down an octave) or ‘X’ (to move up an octave) key. As it is not possible to display the entire 12 octave piano on one single screen, users can use whichever part of the piano they want to. Octave changes are frequently used while making tracks to accommodate both the high notes as well as the bass keys.
  • The velocity bar mainly has to do with keyboard sensitivity. What keyboard players call ‘finger-touch’ is what is termed as velocity here. If kept dynamic, a key pressed hard will generate a louder sound as compared to a key pressed softly. the ‘C’ and ‘V’ keys are set to determine the loudness of a key if at all you want a static velocity. Otherwise, your keyboard sensitivity will decide the volume of a key if kept to dynamic velocity. To change keyboard sensitivity, go to ‘Smart Controls’ from the Control bar. From ‘Keyboard Sensitivity’ adjust the slider to get your perfect touch sensitivity.
  • Numbers 4 to 8 of your keyboard are set aside for modulation. Modulation is the muffled-ness of a particular sound. The more you increase the modulation, the more muffled the sound will be and vice-versa. The ‘3’ key will completely switch off modulation.
  • Numbers 1 and 2 control the pitch bend or frequency of a sound. This becomes very effective if you are playing the guitar on your virtual keyboard and you have to create  a ‘string pulling’ effect from a keyboard.
  • Lastly ‘Tab’ controls the sustain option. Click Tab once switches on sustain and pressing it again switches sustain off.
  • If you want to record a particular track, click on the ‘R’ key from your keyboard to start recording and the same key again to stop. Users must note that when Musical Typing is switched on, keyboard shortcuts that are generally used during editing (cutting, merging or splitting tracks) will no longer be working as it might interfere with the piano key configuration.

How to do On-Screen Keyboard Configuration?

As mentioned before, you can use a mouse to play as well. In that case, you will have to switch to the on-screen keyboard. You can switch from Musical Typing to the On-Screen Keyboard by clicking on the small switch on the top left corner of the keyboard on your display. Each note you click will be highlighted. You can drag the blue section to come to your preferred section of the keyboard. The velocity is determined by where you are pressing the note. Lower down creates a higher velocity and high up on the key creates a lower velocity.

Hope the guide helped, please let us know if you have any more questions and query.

How to share GarageBand projects to Social Media Platforms

GarageBand lets you create magic with music but it all goes in vain when a song does not receive the audience reach and recognition that it deserves. The more a song is shared, the more people it reaches to and it helps an amateur musician grow into an artist. Some of the sharing options from GarageBand to popular social media platforms are highlighted in this article.

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How to export from GarageBand to iMovie?

Up until version 2.3 of GarageBand, the application had several in-app integrations with most-used social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and SoundCloud. Using these in-app integrations, one could easily share or export their songs and productions directly onto these platforms for people to view. However, this also harboured piracy issues that finally led to GarageBand stopping this facility altogether. However, there are still several options by which you can share your GarageBand projects on social media. This process shows how to share your work from GarageBand to iMovie. By simply doing so, you will be able to make a movie out of your project. Once that is done, all you need to do is render the file and upload it on your social media handles. The steps for the same are as follows:

  1. Launch the GarageBand application and compose your track with the help of advanced and powerful tools the application has to offer.
  2. After you have completed making the project, click on the small arrow on the top left corner of your screen. This is the My Song button that will save your work along with other completed and saved projects.
  3. From the ‘My Songs’ window, press and hold the project that you want to export or share to iMovie. Click on the ‘Share’ button on the bottom of the screen the icon for which will look like a box with an arrow coming out of it.
  4. Three sharing options will pop-up on your screen. The options available are sharing your project as an audio file, turning it into a ringtone, or sharing the entire project itself that contains all multi-track recordings. Click on the ‘Song’ option from the list.
  5. There will be several audio quality options that will be shown on the screen. Choose the best quality that will suit your requirement from the list.
  6. The available applications where you can share the song will appear. If you do not have iMovie downloaded, the application will not show in this list. iMovie is free and is available in the Apple Store. Finally, Click on the ‘Copy to iMovie’ option.
  7. Choose whether you want to add the song to an existing project or a new project. The next step is to make a video to complement the song and render the whole project. Once done, you can easily upload the end product on all social media platforms.

How to share/export a GarageBand Project on YouTube?

As mentioned before, GarageBand has removed the option of directly sharing songs to social media platforms due to several privacy issues that were cropping up. Therefore, users need to apply different techniques to make this happen.

One of the easiest ways of doing so is via a third-party video-making application. As far as YouTube is concerned, the file has to be in a video format. Several good and efficient video editing software are available in the App Store.

  1. Choose any one of your choices and install it on the same device which has the GarageBand project running on it.
  2. Once done, go back to your GarageBand project and save it in the My Songs section of the application. This section contains all of your previously saved songs and tracks. Long press on the track that you want to export and click on the Share button on the bar at the bottom of your screen.
  3. You will immediately be directed to a window with three sharing options as mentioned in the process above as well. As you only want the audio file of the project you created, choose the Song option.
  4. Next up, you will have to choose the Audio Export Quality as well. If you have enough space to spare, the recommended export quality would be Uncompressed. This setting keeps your track intact without omitting any of the minute sound detailing. It also provides great depth to the song.
  5. Finally, you will have to choose an application where you want to share. For example, let us work with Adobe Premiere Pro. As you have downloaded this application, it will show on the list of applications you can share to. Choose Adobe Premiere Pro from the list.
  6. The video editing application will automatically open up. By default, if you have no existing project, a new project will be made and the audio file will be directly imported into it. Otherwise, you also have the option of adding the file to an existing project.
  7. Now add a video clip to the project and sync it with the track. If you want to adjust the volume of the track, you can do so here. After the video is made, go to File > Export > Media and render your music video. Finally, go to YouTube and drag and drop the music video into the upload video section.

The same process can be used to upload your music videos on other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. All you need to do is render the final music video, search your device directory for the location of the saved video, and upload it.

How to share/export GarageBand Project on SoundCloud?

SoundCloud allows up to 180 minutes (2 hours) of free music upload for all users. As it is one of the most preferred platforms where artists upload their work, the following steps will tell you how to share a project from GarageBand to SoundCloud.

  1. Firstly, you will have to download the SoundCloud app that is readily available to download both in the Google Play Store as well as the Apple Store. On opening the app, it will require you to either login to an existing account or create a new account if you do not have one.
  2. Set up your account in Sound Cloud including your name and display picture. Now head over to GarageBand and follow the same steps as were in the last two processes.
  3. Save your track in the “My Songs” section of GarageBand along with all the other of your saved songs.
  4. Click on the ‘Share’ button on the bottom of the page. Choose the Song option from the list of choices as you will want to upload a .mp3 format of the track on SoundCloud.
  5. Following this, you will have to choose the audio quality of the song that you want. The ‘Uncompressed’ format gives the best output when it comes to sound quality and richness in voice.
  6. As, you have already downloaded SoundCloud on your device, you can directly export the song there. Choose ‘SoundCloud’ from the list of options there.
  7. As a security check, SoundCloud will ask you to log in to your account again. Make the necessary changes in the SETTINGS part of the song. The option includes visibility, download permissions, and streaming permissions.
  8. Finally, click on the ‘Publish’ button to upload your song on SoundCloud.

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How to Use Garageband on Mac OS? (Updated)

If you are not aware, let me tell you GarageBand is Apple’s freeware digital audio workstation which means this software enables you to create, customise of the mix up your music just like a professional music composer, available for download from the Apple app store for all iOS and Mac devices, absolutely free. Garageband is available for Apple devices officially and comes with advanced features including in-app recording, Virtual studio technology, MIDI editing, a collection of instruments and loops, artist lessons, etc; gets better when all of that packed into an intuitive and easy to use interface. The music composing app has all the instruments and sounds that can help you in creating great music. In this post, you will get to know, how to create music on it. If you are using a windows PC you can download GarageBand on PC here.

How to get GarageBand on Mac?

Installing GarageBand on apple devices is super easy. Make sure you have latest MacOS installed on your Macbook, iMac or iPhone. Apple is rolling new updates to improves the bugs and fix them quite often, if available just update to the latest MacOS. Once you are done, now you can proceed.

Installation:

You can download GarageBand for Mac from the Apple’s official website named, APP STORE. Initially, it came as the pre-installed app for iPhone as well as on Mac computers but now the GarageBand is available on App store and it’s just a click-away from installation.

For more clarity, Here are the detailed steps for you:

  1. Open the Launchpad and then look for App Store in it.

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  2. Once you found the App Store, open it.

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  3. Now, on the App Store, look for GarageBand. It would be the first app you will see. Simply click and download.  

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  4. Once you install the app, it is ready to use. 

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  5. Go ahead and create some soulful music on your Apple beast.

How to use GarageBand on Mac?

Using GarageBand on Mac or any apple device is really easy, the interface is same. GarageBand offers you different project templates that you can choose as per your need. Before creating the music, here is some basic stuff you need to know:

Step 1: Opening the Project

First of all, you need to open the project area where you will create music. To do that, open the app and go to File menu and then select ‘New‘. You can also use shortcut key by pressing ⌘+N to open the new project-

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You will find a couple of options. In songwriter mode, you will get the preset instruments, audio and other stuff you need to create a new song. Similarly, in Electronic, you will get the preset trance sounds, bass and drum kicks that will help you in creating EDM and other electronic music. You can choose either of them as per your need but if you want to start from scratch without any preset sounds, simply open Empty Project.

Step 2: Adding Instruments on Empty Project:

If you have chosen the Empty project, here is what you need to do to start creating music on GarageBand. On the new empty project, you will get a basic Classic Electric Piano. Use your keyboard to play the Piano notes and to record it. You can see the Piano Keyboard on your screen by going to Windows > Show Musical Typing or press ⌘+K.

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If you wanted to add more Tracks, simply click on the + icon (see screenshot), select Empty Project and add another track. Choose any instrument you wanted to add in your song and go on.

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How to use loops on GarageBand?

Once you opened the project, now it is time to create some music on it. Creating music on GarageBand is so easy and so much fun, honestly. There is an inbuilt library of Loops that you can use in your songs as well. There are loops from different Genres, Moods, Instruments. You can sort the loops as per your need and type of music. You will get to know the Note of the loop as well as the BPM or Tempo of the loop which is also useful for any music creator. You can open the Loop menu from the Top Right corner. See Screenshot below:

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Record External Instrument on GarageBand

Recording an external instrument like Piano, Guitar or Drums on GarageBand is so easy. For recording the Analog instrument as a digital sound require a converter that will convert the analog sound of your Guitar or Piano into Digital sound. You can use Tascam iXZ interface for iPad, iPhone. That is a brilliant gear for your setup. Using this, you can easily record external instrument into the app. You can also record the sound from the inbuilt microphone but the output would be terrible with noises. To open the External instrument interface on GarageBand, you need to go to File > New Project and choose Audio Project. Using the same option, you can also record your own voice on it:

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FAQs about GarageBand and Accessibility-

Ques- Is GarageBand free for Mac?

Ans- Yes, GarageBand is a free digital audio workstation available for download in the Apple app store. The free package includes a full set of features and a considerable number of sounds, loops, drummers, lessons, etc. You can, however, expand your content by making a one time purchase of $4.99. It also includes some Artist Lessons that would require you to make an in-app purchase.

Ques- How much does GarageBand cost for Mac?

Ans- GarageBand is free of cost for Mac users. The digital audio workstation is available for download in the Apple app store. The free package includes a full set of features and a considerable number of sounds, loops, drummers, lessons, etc. You can, however, expand your content by making a one time purchase of $4.99. GarageBand also includes some Artist Lessons that would require you to make an in-app purchase.

Ques- Do all Macbooks have GarageBand?

Ans- Even though GarageBand is not pre-installed on all Macs, it is available for all Macbooks. Any Mac user with an Apple ID can download the software from the Mac App Store.

Ques- Where do I find GarageBand on my Mac?

Ans- If you haven’t downloaded GarageBand, you will find it in the Mac app store where you have to search and download. In case you already have the music composing app downloaded on your Mac, you will most likely find it in the tab at the bottom of your screen (with a guitar icon). You can also search for it by name from the search bar at the top of your desktop screen. Alternatively, you can also open the Finder and from the panel on the right, click on Applications. Now when you scroll through your applications, you will find the app.

Ques- How do I remove GarageBand from my Mac?

Ans- To delete GarageBand from your Mac-

  1.  Open Finder.
  2.  Select Applications from the window on the left side
  3.  Find GarageBand and then drag it to the Trash icon at the bottom of the screen
  4.  Alternatively, you can right-click on the icon and tap on ‘Move to Trash’
  5.  Empty the trash folder (right-click on its icon and select ‘Empty Trash’ option)

Alternatively, you can also use this method to get rid of GarageBand-

  1.  Open Launchpad.
  2.  Type and search for GarageBand in the search bar.
  3.  Click and hold on the GarageBand icon, a small cross should appear at the top left of the icon
  4.  Tap on that x and select Delete on the window that pops up

Ques- How do I get rid of music creation files on my Mac?

Ans- To get rid of music creation files from your mac :

  1.  Click on the Apple logo, and then select ‘About this Mac’
  2.  Now go to Storage and select ‘Manage’
  3.  Click on the ‘Music creation’ option
  4.  You’ll find a button to remove GarageBand, click on it to remove music creation files.
  5.  If you don’t find a button to remove GarageBand, you’ll have to first re-install the software on your mac from the App store. Once you have re-installed the app, start this whole procedure from the beginning.
  6.  If you want to further remove GarageBand files and clear up space: Go to the Finder window and search for GarageBand. Now scan the ‘this Mac’ and ‘Library’ folders and delete all GarageBand or Apple Loops files from them.

Ques- How do you delete instruments and lessons on GarageBand in Mac?

Ans- To get rid of music creation files from your mac:

  1. Click on the Apple logo, and then select ‘About this Mac’
  2. Now go to Storage and select ‘Manage’
  3.  Click on the ‘Music creation’ option
  4.  You’ll find a button to remove GarageBand, click on it to remove music creation files.
  5.  If you don’t find the button, you’ll have to first re-install the software on your mac from the App store and then start this procedure from beginning.
  6.  If you want to further remove GarageBand files and clear up space: Go to the Finder window and search for GarageBand. Now scan the ‘This Mac’ and ‘Library’ folders and delete all GarageBand or Apple Loops files from them.

Check out Charles video who describes it in 10 minutes, how you should start with this app. The best quick and perfect tutorial I have come across: