Step 1 of 7: Intro
In our previous tutorial, we looked at how to put the structure of a song together in GarageBand. But using the default settings on all the instruments means that before too long, all your music will sound the same. Happily, it’s a very simple process to tweak the virtual instruments almost infinitely. You can add reverb, sustain or echo, adjust cut-off and resonance, add an arpeggiator, or even tweak the resolution and filters for a drum machine.
This is your chance to stamp your personality on your music. Do you want your synthesisers to chime like bells or buzz like chainsaws? Do you want your drums to sound like a murderer breaking into a house, or the pitter-patter of raindrops on a forest canopy? Here we walk you through the steps of getting a distinctive, original sound from your virtual instruments, as well as discussing other ways of introducing a bit of variety to your songs.
In the next tutorial we’ll drop the virtual and you’ll learn how to sample the world around you to add real instruments to your music.
Time required: 15 mins
What you need:
iOS 5.1 or later