GarageBand is Apple’s free Digital Audio Workstation. GarageBand has reasons to grow, the software not only offers a number of advanced features packed in a minimalistic interface but is also extremely easy to use, very user-friendly. Users get used to the software’s interface, also reading too many guides is not necessary to understand this app.
Don’t call me a fanatic of Apple but like all the apps, there’s a lot you can do with your audio in GarageBand, from editing a prerecorded track to recording one live using the virtual plugins.
Also check – If you want to download Garageband for Windows 10, check out this guide.
In this article, we will discuss how you can change the pitch of your audio, and how to perform pitch correction on GarageBand.
How to change pitch in GarageBand
Step 1: Open new audio, or select the track that you want to alter from the workspace.
Step 2: At the top right corner of your screen, you will see a box of four icons; access the toolbar by clicking on the third icon from this box. You will now see a toolbox open up in the lower half of your screen.
Step 3: Open the stompbox by clicking on the icon at the top right corner of your toolbox.
Step 4: The stompbox that opens up gives a very retro feel, snatches the classic heart in a beat, which is made up a lot of old retro-looking analogue boxes. Click on the preset options and then select ‘Pitch’. Choose how you want to alter the pitch, the presets or tune you want to put on it. For eg: octave up the mix or the octave only or octave up options.
Step 5: When you select a pitch shift, a new control box will open up. On the workspace where your track is, if you play the audio, you’ll hear the original version. Now if you drag it down to the altered track, you’ll then hear the audio with the pitch alteration. Wasn’t that easy?
Step 6: You can adjust your pitch alteration with the ‘mix’ option in the control box. When you turn up the mix it goes only to the pitch-shifted vocal, as you lower it down, it goes back to the original vocal. My favourite feature about GarageBand is hands down the fact that in the pitch moderation process it will never ruin your audio experience.
PRO TIP: You can also turn the effect on/off by using the little grey button on the control box.
How to perform Pitch correction in GarageBand
Step 1: Click on the fourth icon from the box at the top left of the screen. You’ll find the pitch correction option in the edit window of audio tracks.
Step 2: Turn on ‘Limit to key’ by clicking on the box.
Step 3: Now you can alter the pitch correction on the sliding toolbar. If you turn it all the way up to 100, it will resemble auto-tune. The effect will be quite visible once you try it, adjust it according to you.
Step 4: A slight drawback is that the effect applies to the entire audio, if you follow STEP 3, to apply it only to certain regions of the audio, create a duplicate of the audio by going to the tracks setting and clicking on ‘New track with duplicate settings’. Please check out this YouTube video for more clarification:
Step 5: Now turn off pitch correction for this duplicate track by sliding the slide to 0.
Step 6: Copy your audio by drag and drop, and depending on the parts where you do and don’t want autotune, create splits in the track (short cut: command – T)
Step 7: Now on the track where pitch correction is on, delete the parts where you don’t want pitch correction, and on the second track where pitch correction is off, delete the parts where you do want pitch correction.