This step-by-step guide will show you how to make beats on Garageband’s desktop application. With great features, an impressive sound library, Garageband is extremely easy to navigate and a brilliant starting point for those looking to delve further into the world of music production. Want to hear more? Keep reading!
Garageband is one of the best free Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) for getting started on music production. It was developed by Apple, and is the main free alternative to the more fully equipped Logic Pro. Garageband is intuitive, and comes with a sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and a selection of session drummers. It also provides guitar and piano lessons. This makes Garageband perfect for beginners in ease of use, but also suitable for pros that want to get into the amazing world of DAW’s without spending anything! Garageband is also available for iPhone and iPad as a fully fledged app featuring Touch Instruments, Live Loops, Remix FM, Beat Sequencer and more. You can also synchronise your projects via iCloud Drive or by connecting your iPhone/iPad to Mac.
Garageband download is only available for MacOS and iOS, as Garageband for Windows has not been developed yet. There is currently no official way to get a version of Garageband for PC, unfortunately. If you have a new model of iMac, MacBook etc., you can probably find the Garageband app already installed on your Mac. Otherwise, if you need to download Garageband, you can get it on the App Store. The only thing you need is an Apple ID!
Think you need to be a professional producer for song making? Then you have never used Garageband!
Garageband is great for encouraging creativity and skills in a budding music producer. The tools it comes with are clear and simple, and you can learn how to use it in no time. Below, we will take a look at how to make beats on Garageband, and also how to manage them!
The best way to start recording your song is to create a good drum beat. Many producers map out their music by adding individual notes into the “Piano Roll”, which is the standard way of doing it (take a look at “MIDI instrument editing” for learning how to open “Piano Roll”).
There is, however, another way to do it, and it’s quick, easy, and fun. You can play the drums using the keyboard! You can use this feature for recording your drums (and any instrument you want).
If you don’t have a MIDI controller, you can play with the built-in typing keyboard.
Now, you have your first MIDI track. You can copy and paste it, and add other drum beats to create more layers. Have fun changing the patches as many times as you want until you find the sound you feel is right.
Alternatively, take a look at our songwriting tips and you could even begin writing a song, and use Garageband to inspire you further!
Once you have recorded your MIDI track, you might need to edit or add some notes. You can also draw a new MIDI track from scratch.
Garageband features a large collection of pre-recorded loops (drum beats, rhythm parts, and other sounds). In many music genres, the loops and samples play a key role. If you are a singer-songwriter and you don’t play an instrument, you might enjoy them. If you are a musician, perhaps you will appreciate the loops library mostly for drum making. However, anyone who has a little knowledge of music composition and production can learn a lot using loops and samples.
Let’s go through how to use them:
Drummer is an automatic drum machine. It is an easy way to have a drums track without “drawing” or playing the MIDI notes. Drummer sounds realistic, and it is the perfect tool if you aren’t able to arrange drums yet, or if you need temporary drums to play on before the real drums recording. Or maybe even if you simply think the Garageband presets have some great stuff!
Don’t worry if something needs to be changed, you can copy and paste the track onto the “Piano Roll” and edit what you want!
When your beats are complete, you are ready to record your real instruments and/or your voice.
You can choose to record a wet track or a dry track and add plug-ins from Garageband’s sound library. Is it a home recording project? OK, let’s go with dry tracks, and add effects from Garageband. If you think that Garageband’s sound library doesn’t have what your music needs, you can also add third-party plug-ins.
If you just want to add the fade out on the master track, you can use the automatic fade out feature (Click Mix > Create Volume Fade Out on Main Output from the menu).
By default, Garageband exports your track using Auto Normalize, that increases the volume if needed. You can disable it: Click Preferences > Advanced and untick Export project at full volume.
Don’t forget to save your project for later edits (File > Save).
Garageband is freeware, and a fully functional workstation. Though Logic Pro is definitely one of the best choices for music business projects, it comes with a price of $199.99.
Graphically, Garageband and Logic Pro are very similar. Both layouts are clean, smart, and easy to work with. It is possible to open Garageband projects with the Logic Pro application, so a beginner can record his own music using Garageband, and then mix it using Logic Pro without having to export track by track. Even if we can call Garageband a simplified version of Logic Pro, it is nonetheless a great piece of software both for entry level and for quick projects.
Audacity is more often compared to Garageband because of the high number of Windows and Mac users. Both are freeware, but only Audacity is also available for Windows. Audacity is a good music editing software, but it is not a DAW. For example, the lack of support for MIDI recording makes it unsuitable for creating a beat.
With Garageband, you can record and edit all kinds of audio sounds, and its main job is to help you arrange and combine all of your individual audio sources into a single audio creation. It features a large audio library, while Audacity doesn’t come with any pre-recorded material (e.g., loops).
In view of this, if audio editing is what you need, Audacity pretty much has it all. However, if you need to create a song, Garageband is undoubtedly better.
Garageband is one the most popular music creation apps in the world. It is celebrated for being a fully capable DAW at no cost, which is a rare find. Some professional musicians and producers use Garageband for making a demo before recording their official album with Logic Pro or other professional DAW’s, such as Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.
If you are a musician/producer and you want to make a demo to send to labels, or for streaming over your social networks, Garageband is the best choice. If you need to have a professional master ready for the record business, however, Garageband might not be enough. Making beats on Garageband is the best, simplest and fun way for getting started in music production, so why not make a home studio and give it a try?
So, now you know how to get started creating music and making beats in Garageband! Allow us to help you amplify your music, collaborate with others, and get your music in TV, film and more. Why not try Music Gateway for free?