Hobbies Playing Music An Introduction to Garageband Share PINTEREST Email Print Playing Music Home Recording Music Education Playing Guitar Playing Piano By Joe Shambro Joe Shambro is an audio engineer and the author of "How to Start a Home-Based Recording Studio Business." our editorial process Joe Shambro Updated March 03, 2017 01 of 07 About Garageband Using GarageBand - Adding More Samples. Joe Shambro - About.com If you own a Mac built anytime in the last couple years, chances are you've got one of the most powerful music production tools available for a home recording user: Apple's GarageBand, bundled as part of their iLife suite. Let's take a look at how to create a simple song using GarageBand's included loops. I did this tutorial in GarageBand 3. If you're using an older version, you might find some of the menu choices slightly changed. Let's get started! 02 of 07 The First Steps Using GarageBand - Starting The Session. Joe Shambro - About.com When you open GarageBand, you'll get the option to start a new project. Upon selecting that option, you'll be presented with the dialogue box you see above. Name Your Song Set The Tempo Set The Time Signature Set The Key Now, let's look at our options for using sampled content. 03 of 07 The Sample Bank Using GarageBand - Sample Bank. Joe Shambro - About.com Let's take a look at the sampled content banks that come with Garageband. Click on the eye icon in the lower left corner. You'll see the box open up giving you several different categories of samples. type genre mood Now, let's look at actually using a sample. 04 of 07 Adding & Mixing Samples Using GarageBand - Sample Dropping. Joe Shambro - About.com I selected a drum kit that has a sound I like, Vintage Funk Kit 1. Select a sample that you like, and follow along! pan , which is the ability to move the sample left or right in the stereo image. This is good, because it allows you to separate the instrument from others in the mix. You also have options to solo the track, which means to listen to it without the rest of the mix; you can also mute the track, which cuts it out of the mix completely. You then have a fader which allows you to change the volume of the track itself. Now let's look at stretching the samples for use in your song. 05 of 07 Time Stretching Using GarageBand - Sample Stretching. Joe Shambro - About.com Move your mouse to the end of the sample. Note how it becomes a straight line with a looped arrow? Click and hold down your mouse button. Drag the sample to your desired length; you may need to take a minute to listen to how it's sounding before you're done. It's as easy as that! You can now drag and drop other samples. Now let's look at the options you have for the individual tracks. 06 of 07 Track Options Using GarageBand - Track Options. Joe Shambro - About.com Let's take a look at the editing options you have for your individual tracks. This is really useful for many things. By now, you should have a creation ready to bounce down! Let's look at getting that track out to the world. 07 of 07 Bounce Your Song Using GarageBand - Bounce. Joe Shambro - About.com The final step we do is "bouncing" your mix. This creates a single .wav or .mp3 file of your song, so you can distribute it or burn it to CD! GarageBand is extremely powerful - you're only limited by your imagination!