GarageBand

OBJECTIVE:

Use Garageband and Soundtrack to create songs that have good tempo, rhythm, and instrument blend.

Getting Started:

  • Open Garageband
  • (You can adjust your Tempo, Time, and Key to your liking).
  • Save your music file in the GarageBand Folder as your lastname-GB1 (EX. Hall-GB1). 

  • MUSIC ASSIGNMENT #1:

    • 1. Create an introduction to your song with one instrument: piano, guitar, drums, etc. that makes a nice opening.
    • 2. Gradually add more tracks making sure that the tracks go together.
    • 3. You must use at least 5 instruments in your song.
    • 4. Copy and Paste beats you wish to use through out your song.
    • 5. Crop your tracks where needed.
    • 6. Adjust the volume to tracks to make sure they blend well.
    • 7. Consider editing any “green tracks.”
    • 8. Song must be at least 90 seconds long.
    • 9. Add a concluding track to finish your song.
    • 10.Consider a “fade out” at the end.
    • 11.Save your song.

      • MUSIC ASSIGNMENT #2:

        • 1. Use at least 5 new instruments to create another music track with the same requirements as #1.  
        • 2. Save your music file in the GarageBand Folder as your lastname-GB2 (EX. Hall-GB2). 
        • 3. You may want to try using the Midi keyboard in one of your songs.  

        ADDITIONAL INFO:

        Be creative, and don’t fall into just slapping tracks together; make sure they sound good!

        You will have created 2 songs when finished with this unit.

        Use the GarageBand Help from Apple to guide your music creation in GarageBand.

      http://help.apple.com/garageband/mac/10.0/#

  • How To Make Bass Wobble for Dubstep Using Garageband:

    Getting Started:

    For this tutorial, i'll be using Garageband '09 but it should work on most other versions. First start by creating a new song, name it, and click create. This should bring you to you main page for creating you song.

    Creating Your Bass Riff

    You'll start off with a basic piano track on the left hand side of your screen. But, we want a good bass wobble. Make sure the blue letter "i" in the bottom right hand corner is highlighted (if not, click on it) and it should give you a list of instruments. Click on "Bass" and i chose to use the "Deep Round Synth Bass" but feel free to mess around and make your own style. Next open the keyboard by going to Window at the top of the screen and clicking on "Musical Typing". This is how you will be creating you riff. You can mess around with the keyboard for a while to find what you want your riff to sound like. I used the key of C minor for my riff. Next, once you have something that sounds pretty good, use the red circle near the bottom of the screen to start and stop recording. Once you have this done we can start adding the effects. (During this process, feel free to mess around with any of the different sound settings to find something you like)

    Adding The Wobble

    Finally, to make the iconic Bass Wobble for your dubstep, click on the "Edit" tab in the top right corner of the page. Under the words effect, you'll see that a compressor should be there and there are blank spots under it. You can choose to use the compressor or not, this is up to you. Next, click in the first blank space under the compressor. A list should pop up of different effects. Click on "DISTORTION" and it should be added to the list. Then click on the drop down menu next to the word "default" and choose "Distortion 4". This will add distortion to your recording. Next, click on the empty space under your newly added Distortion. This time, click on "AUTO FILTER". After it's been added to the list, click on the picture next to the words "Auto Filter" and some sliding bars on a pop-up window should appear. You can set the frequency and intensity to whatever you think sounds best. But, for the best results, turn the RESONANCE down and make sure the mode is set to UP & DOWN. Using the SPEED sliding bar, you can change how fast your wobble will go.

    THE DROP

    If you really want to make your Dupstep sound good, click on the Downward facing arrow on your bass track. This should make a second level appear under your track with a Green line going through it. Click on the words "Track Volume" to make a drop down menu appear. Click on "Add Automation" and a pop-up will appear. Click on the Arrow next to Automatic Filter and choose "SPEED" then click ok. Make sure the Green Box next to the word SPEED is highlighted. Now, the green line under your track will control the speed at which your bass will wobble. You can click anywhere on the line to change where, when, and how fast your wobble will be. This is very useful for adding that epic drop that your song needs to be considered a real dubstep. Thanks for reading.