I'm sort of the Brian Wilson of people who plonk ineptly in Garageband.
January 13, 2012 8:22 AM Subscribe
Does anyone have any awesome tips, tricks, hacks, etc. for becoming a Garageband (11) hero? If so, this is the AskMe where you would post them and garner the favorites and best answers you so crave.
posted by Admiral Haddock to media & arts (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to get some Garageband chops. Right now, I have an M-Audio Keystation 61 midi keyboard, a gittar running though a Line 6 Pod HD Desktop, and an M-Audio Firewire Solo for a mic (although I just realized that it's Firewire 400, and my Mac Pro only has Firewire 800, I think--can this still be connected?).
I've been able to make an 8-second loop I now use as a ringtone, but I really want to be recording actual songs.
Are there "best practices" when recording in Garageband? For instance, if I'm trying to lay down a drum track, my clumsy fingers are limited to recording the kick drum and snare at the same time--there's no way I can do the high hat on the same pass. When I go back, do I have to record the high hat as a whole other track? (More broadly: how do I add more of the same instrument to the same track? Can you merge tracks?) Also, is there a kind of key repeat control knob? So, on drums, is there a way to just hold down a key and have, say, a snare hit at a certain tempo (rather than repeatedly hitting the key myself)? Is there an automated arpeggiator on the Mac version like there is on the iPad version?
I'm a bit lost, and, to be frank, I don't know what I don't know--so in addition to any of your own tips, can you recommend any good books or on-line tutorials? I didn't find youtube too helpful.