GarageBand For Beginners - Let's Make A Song! | Jimmy O'Connell | Skillshare

GarageBand For Beginners - Let's Make A Song!

Jimmy O'Connell, Music Producer/Radio Producer/DJ

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9 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. GarageBand For Beginners Intro

      0:41
    • 2. GarageBand For Beginners Section 1 (Getting Started)

      9:21
    • 3. GarageBand For Beginners Section 2 (Recording)

      4:46
    • 4. GarageBand For Beginners Section 3 (Arranging)

      12:10
    • 5. GarageBand For Beginners Section 4 (Basic Mixing)

      10:20
    • 6. GarageBand For Beginners Section 5 (Mastering Concepts)

      6:11
    • 7. GarageBand For Beginners Section 6 (Exporting)

      4:32
    • 8. GarageBand For Beginners Section 7 (Recap))

      3:14
    • 9. GarageBand for Beginners Section 8 (Class Project)

      4:31

About This Class

A class for those looking to learn basic GarageBand technics to better their recording and music production skills. In this 1-hour course, music producer, J. O'Connell takes you through the basics of GarageBand. This class is intended for the beginner looking to get their feet wet in music production or home studio recording. The course covers basic set up, recording, mixing, mastering technics, and exporting details from Apple's GarageBand software, as well as using Apple Loops to enhance production skills. A great class for beginners or a refresher for former users of GarageBand.  

This class requires:

Mac Computer

GarageBand Software (FREE)

Download Of All Apple Loops In GarageBand (Recommended)

                 In GarageBand: GarageBand-Sound Library-Download All Available Sounds  

Transcripts

1. GarageBand For Beginners Intro: Hi, guys. I'm Jim O'Connell here to take you through some basic steps in Garage Van to get you started making music in this particular class, we're going to go through some of the menu options we're going to record. We're actually going to arrange a song, mix it to a light mastering, and then, lastly will learn how to export to get that song where you need it to be. Finally, our class project is going to be to make a song of your own and uploaded to our project gallery, where we can exchange some ideas and don't be scared to upload unfinished projects. That's how you're going to get feedback. So without further ado, let's dive into it. 2. GarageBand For Beginners Section 1 (Getting Started): Okay, guys. So first off, you want to make sure you have garage band. It usually comes pre installed on most Max. If you do not have it, it is free on the app store. You can download that. Open it up, and this will be the first option. You see. Ah, you can start your new project right away, learn to play an instrument and even download lessons from their lesson store. Actually, pretty good. So don't be scared to jump in there and download some, um, some lessons. If that's the way you want to go for our purposes, we're gonna open up an empty project, so we'll double click that now. It'll asked what type of track that you want to start with now? Usually, you will just start with this record using a microphone or line input, which is anything you can plug into your sound card or your computer. Ah, any guitars or keyboards? You You would use this. Ah, and that's what we're going to start with. These are specialty instruments that you want to connect, and we don't have to worry about that right now, so we'll go ahead and create, and that will bring up our first audio track, and that will get you started. But first, let's go through some of these options up here in this menu. Now, inside here, you will see, you can download a sound library for different apple loops. You can obviously go through this, these menus at your leisure. Um, most of this is actually just like any other program on Mac. You can start a new project. You can open sink to your iCloud save. Seem as, uh, editing options will come up. Mawr. Once you have recorded something inside the track options, you can lay a new track. Different types attracts you, control your arrangements, even show your master track, and we'll get into that later when we are trying to master the track. For the most part, a lot of these options will show up if you just simply right click inside here. New track you cannot attract with this plus button. This section here will show all of our tracks going down, and they're different parameters and you can change the different volumes and plug ins inside record. You can simply change what you want your countdown to be for four you're recording to start , because once you hit the big old red recording button, it will count you in, so you're ready to start when it's ready to start in the mix, you can show Ah, automation is here. This will just be able to show you different things. You can change per track, different plug ins, different effects Inside this track menu here. I don't usually use that. I will keep that off unless I'm feeding in or fading out. It's really the only thing I will use that for a lot of the options inside of that, you will wind up using down in this main menu here, inside the share menu, you can export your project. Ah, wherever you'd like. If you want to go straight to Soundcloud, connect your soundcloud or right into iTunes. I particularly use experts onto disk, so it's an MP three airwave right on my computer, where I want it now. Inside view. It's pretty self explanatory to it, really can just hide or show different options inside here. Now, a lot of this you can do with these buttons, too. This is really just to modify how you're you are set up looks inside window to minimize er zoom if you want to use these. But there's also short cuts for those. Ah, and help is self explanatory. Now, inside this menu bar are the options you're probably gonna use most that this will take different ah, sections of your set up in or out. So if you want to make this library section go away, this will hold a lot of your plug ins. Um, for particular track that you wanna to e que or compress from this section of the presets, you can do so there. When I first started, I would always have this this question mark on just so you can learn exactly what everything is doing. It is very helpful. So don't be scared to use that they get in your way a little bit, but it's better to learn. Then toe not know what you're doing. This section here actually takes away this, uh, basically master section off of each track or master. I guess master sections of bad way toe put it cause it doesn't only control your master, but you can add things to your individual track like a fax or different plug ins. This section here is an editing section where if I had a clip inside of here, it will give me a close up view down here. Ah, and I can actually edit that on the fly, and it'll save that and make those changes appropriately in this multi track section. These ah, buttons over here are self explanatory to still move you back in the mix for Excuse me Back in the mix, Ford in the mix Stop Play Applause record This section here will be actually a loop. You can set a loop If you want to work on a particular section of your song, You can change this and just have that section loop over and over again. Ah, which is very helpful when you're doing multiple takes on a certain section. Now, in this section is probably the section you're going to use most. This will give you your time and your beats. Ah, how many bars your tempo. You can actually click thes and change them If you want to increase or decrease your tempo . This section here will allow you to change keys if you're trying to record in a section. Excuse me if you're trying to record a section in a certain key, keep your song on the same tune. That's helpful. I rarely use that unless I'm using Apple Loops where it will change. It actually changed the file into that cake. You can change how Maney beats you're messing with you can also change your time signature here, and that's useful when you're arranging songs that kind of helped to move through the mix a little bit better, and you can change what is shown here. If you click on this arrow here, it will actually change what it's showing you. If you are prioritizing beats or time, it will make those things more prominent in that menu. Inside here is actually a tuning fork, So if you're trying to get your voice or the instrument on key, it has one built in there for you. These are the section to control your account, and if you want a account in before you start recording, this will count you in 1234 go. This is self explanatory to a Metrodome. This will make a click track so you stay on tempo as you're recording. This year will show our master volume, and this last section over here will give us some options to take notes if we need to. So if you need to add more base to this section to track, too, you could put that in there and I will see it will save that note for you. This is apple loops. So inside here you can go through all types of different loops. Drums, ah, different instruments, bases, mongo shakers, different different loops for all different types of genres. To ah, you can actually make a whole song just using these, which is going to be our project for the end of the class. So get familiar with the section because it's very helpful when you're recording or just trying to make an instrumental. If some of you are singers, you can simply click and drag most of these. Now, this last Icahn here is your media on your computer. So if you want to use particular sounds from iTunes or your computer itself, you can set them up inside here. I don't know what they'll do with this iTunes option. Once iTunes goes away, it'll probably just be in my media section or Apple music section, but you can use external sounds and just throw him in here. Usually, I would just take them Ah, from wherever I got them in my own folders and drag and drop them into the project that I'm using and that does just find you want to be more organized within the apple ecosystem. You can set them up inside these programs, so that does it for the first section of this class. We went through all the menu options and different buttons here to help you get started. Now, in the next section, we're going to go over how to make a simple recording. Nothing too crazy just how to set it up and get yourself started making your track. 3. GarageBand For Beginners Section 2 (Recording): okay, in this section, we're going to go over how to record. It's really simple. You simply go to Garage Van Preferences, and this is where we're going to set up what device for using to record through. So in my case, I have an external audio interface or sound card that I'm going to use to record. But you can change this option to built in. Ah, you're built in microphone and simply record through your your built in microphone Jack. And that's fine, too. Ah, if you want to get a little bit more serious about the recording and it's quality, I would definitely get some type of external audio interface and record through that. In that case, you would choose that option, your particular option through the output and input device inside preferences. So now you want to make sure you're getting some type of level. We're going inside that track if you're not, create a new track, right click new audio track and use that particular track because sometimes most software will ah, get a little glitchy at times. In this case, it didn't, but just in case, that's ah, quick fix for it. So I'm actually gonna choose this track was we don't need that and hit Delete. Now we're just using this one track. One thing you want to do before you start recording is choose the appropriate options you want. If you want this click track, you keep that click track on. If you're using a type of instrument that needs to be on B, keep that on for the user and they'll stay on. Be a little bit better. Ah, in this case, we don't need it because I'm just going to record some random locals. But you want to keep this count in section on so you don't just hit record and it just starts recording. It will actually give you some type of countdown, so let's go ahead and hit record and you'll see that accounted me in with that metronome. But it's not on anymore. And as it's recording, it's showing me this way file, and I can simply stop it when I want to stop. So now it's created this file inside of this project, it is entitled. But as my plan template head keeps going, I will stop that using space bar. I can go back and listen to this recording and you'll see that accounted me in with that Metrodome. But it's not on anymore. So now we have a on instrument or vocal recorded. Its that simple. You tell GarageBand where you wanted to record from hit record while that track is selected and it will record that one thing I want to go over that's usually looked over in most ah, recording lessons is that you can punch yourself in. So what is punching me? And it means I want to redo a section. I didn't like this section. Let's say hypothetically and I want to record a new part or make it sound different to a better take so I can set this play head before the section I want to punch in at simply click record, and I will record over this. This will go away and it will start a new file. So now I can record very over where I had recorded before and fix my mistakes. Same way as recording. Normally you're just telling it to start in a different section. So it's not that now that's they're recording it, showing me this way file so now I can record right over where and you're good to go. And those air the recording basics you can put in any instrument you want right into your computer. Uh, any vocals you want to put in any external instruments, midi whatever you want. It's that simple. You really just tell the program what to record from and hit record, and it's there. If you want to make a new track, you simply hit this plus or right click, even choose the track type you want. For most cases, it's going to be this one. The line input. Make sure that selected and record another track. So now down here, that accounted me, and it's gonna record with this. I can actually turn this off, muting it, or if I want to listen to it while I'm talking and it's It's not simple, guys. So now you've got the just and the basics of recording inside Garage Band. I hope this has been helpful so far. I want you guys to stick around because in the next section we're gonna learn how to arrange a song and make a song from scratch. 4. GarageBand For Beginners Section 3 (Arranging): Okay, so now in this section, we're going to try to arrange a song. Ah, it's a little bit easier than you might think, especially in our case, because today we're gonna be using Apple Loops. Now, that's this section right here. It'll open up all these different instruments, different vocals. Anything you can think of is in here. There's actually a lot, and they're all royalty free. So you can actually use these and and published the music. Ah, get yourself out there. What are the main things that every track has is usually drums, some type of lead, a secondary lead, a base and some local. So today we're gonna work on those all using Apple loops because I wouldn't really have the time to sit on record. All those for the sake of this lesson will be using these these loops, and you actually get a little bit more out of it because we're trying to arrange a track here not necessarily recording one. So first, let's start off with some drums. We could just click all drums and go through all these different drum loops. They will preview for us and see what we want to start with. For the Sikh of this lesson, I have went and just grabbed a couple of different loops. So where drums are gonna be This loop right here So we can actually take that click and drag into the audio track we want. We're in a press space bar to start. Okay, we got okay. We have a little ah, four bar loop here. What are bars and why are they important? It's basically a way to organize our track and make it make sense to the listener. So in this case, this is how you would count these bars in this drum track. 123112321233 12 34 So that simple. And we'll use those bar counts as we go through an arrange this song. Let's try to run through this relatively quickly. So I'm going to take some apple loops and throw him in here. What do I need next? Ah, lead. Let's Let's grab a lead here. Start off with some strings. Let's stop our play. Had Melissa and this will listen to this together. Okay? So to make our loop longer to match up with our drones were just gonna click the edge here and drag it out, and it will double this loop. Let's grab a secondary lead to help us move along pretty good. We'll click and drag that you just simply drag underneath. It will automatically create this track here. Listen to that together. All right, so we need a base that's going here for our base. Okay, so we're gonna take this base drag again right underneath. Well, listen to this together. Okay? So let's pretend we have a singer will go into Apple loops vocals, and we'll use Taison, but yeah. Come on. Yeah, yeah. Come on. Come on, come on. But yeah, and we just click that vocal loop into our track. Okay, so now we have an eight bar loop of all of our elements. We have our drums are lead a secondary lead of base, and we'll pretend we have some real locals here instead of just this. Ah, add living. Now we want to figure out how many bars we want for our verse and our course. Now I'm most musical genres. The verses, eight bars and the course is a bars. And there might be a four bar bridge before or after the course. Ah, except for hip hop hip hop. You have a 16 barbers in a park horse footbridges in and out as well. For the sake of this lesson, let's do an eight bar verse and a par hook or chorus. Now most music has three courses. So let's pretend that we have an actual local here in Taison and let's arrange our track. So weaken actually, mule, what we don't want and on mute what we want to kind of preview. So I'm thinking we need these drums the base in this primary lead to start the song. So let's ah, listen to that up. So that would be our main section. So we use this secondary lead that we haven't used in the second part of our verse to lead up to our course so we can actually take click and drag this out. We'll use Tyson as our chorus. So now we know this is the beginning of our track here. We know that this is gonna be four bars here. We need eight so we can click in, drag our drums, another four bars to get to eight. And it's nice that these Ah, these numbers up here actually count the bars for you. So I know that about eight bars here is nine is about to start here. So we're gonna drag out what we need for the rest of the song throughout these these first a bar. So we know our primary leads going to keep going are secondary lead. We can unm ute so we can hear that. And the baseline going to keep going. We know our hook is going to start here at the ninth bar. So now we can listen to how reverse lines up to the chorus and our chorus will actually start right there. So now we know Still need our drums and eight bars. So this loop is four. We need two of those. We can continue our primary lead in there and our secondary lead. I want part of the hook and we have Tyson down here. He's gonna pump us up. That's gonna be the hook. What am I forgetting? Baseline. Right. Keep that going. All right, so we're looking good. We have a verse and of course, right there. All together, 16 bars. So now I know that our second verse is pretty much going to start and be just like our first verse. So just like any other program you're gonna command Hey, that selects everything. All those clips together, all those loops. Then you add it. Copy. Put your play head where you want that whole section two star, Same thing you can at it and paste. Or you can control the I'll peace not there and we're good to go. That whole section has been copied over here, and we have our verse and hook all sectioned out. So apple Oops. Excuse me. GarageBand wants my song to end here, but I wanted to be longer. I will grab this arrow and pull it out. So now we have a better look of what's going on. Here are our verse here. Course here because we know Tyson's our chorus verse here course here, and we want one more section just like that. It's already in my in my clipboard so I can simply put my play head where I want it. This will zoom in there, out this section right here, and I can add it pasted again. Go back to where I made that paste to make sure that the audio files landed correctly inside the grid here. All right, cool. So now we basically have a whole song. Besides the intro and an outro when that's really personal preference we have are three verses are three courses and I'm actually just going to go in Sifton Altro here, which I'll probably just use this section before youth click and drag anything right now these are all still selected. You want to click off of that and drag what you want? Fear, Outro. Maybe a little eight bar outro And I want the beast with that too. So it's not so dull. Maybe the trump would it. Perfect. Let's make a little intro to it. I'm going to select all again command a and direct this out. Maybe two bars. Just do a two bar in trial. Usually you would do it for you. Let's make it a four. And I want the intro to be our primary lead. So what I'm going to do Just to save time, I can click and drag this anywhere. This is all connected. I'm gonna click and drag this over, but now I have nothing here, but I can extend this loop Boom. So now we have a little intro. You get the idea So pretty good. We got intro verse, chorus, verse, chorus, verse, chorus and an outro. Ah, so we actually have the the foundation of any any song Now you can really go in here, use your recording skills You have now too late your vocals make another track or bringing your vocals and you're good to go That's how we basically arrange Uh, any song to start with Our final product will be probably much different taking elements in and out But for the basic principles of making a song inside Garage Man, this will do it. So good job, guys. The next section We're actually going to go into mixing some of these tracks, so stick around to make your mics sound a little bit better than just how these loops sound on the room 5. GarageBand For Beginners Section 4 (Basic Mixing): Okay, guys. So when this section, we're gonna go over some basic mixing practices. We have our song. It's arranged. Ah, but everything is kind of smashing together. We can actually see that. Were in the red a lot. We're in the red a lot here, so let's try to just pull down some of these volumes to make room for the other sounds. Um, nothing needs to be this high, so you'll see. Now we're a little bit out of the red. One thing you want to do to kind of help you what your levels is go up to track show master track. This will put this bar down here so you can better see where your levels are at. Um, it's just a little bit easier when it's inside this track section so we can see this is still a little too loud. We're just clipping that read a little bit. So our base is a little much, and we probably won't have room for our vocals here, so that's a little better. We got these levels down. Now. Let's go in very quickly into school over some basic mixing practices here. I'm gonna get rid of myself over here and we don't need these loops. We'll close that option now. We can mess with these. We can add plug ins. The first thing you always want to dio is e que e que e que can't stress that enough. So let's go into our plug ins. We already have an EQ you set. But if you double click on this section here, hit the analyzer, it'll be on the track selected, which right now is our drums, and it will show us inside these frequencies What needs to go up or down? So, rule thumb is these edges here are not Ah, you can't hear them if you're human. So we're gonna pull these in. It will help us clean up the mix a little bit and you could mess around with this as much as you want to make more sounds present inside that particular instrument, let's solo this so we can isolate this sound. All these will make different. All these will make your sounds change. You're tryingto really just make of a room for the other sounds and hear your drum should be really present, uh, in most mixes, unless it's classical or some rock sounds decent. We'll go down to the next track, our strength list. E que These again Pull this sides and you can't hear these and they just make your mix. Mahdi, I want to make some room for our base. Thou our base is gonna be way down here so we don't want this to be to present good in basic. Now, this secondary lead is very punchy, so it's It's not that pleasant to the year, so let's go in there. Click that track. Don't click e que analyze the very high around that off a little bit so it's not. You can add more facts if you want to any of these. If you just click on the next available section, it will bring up all these different types of beacuse and plug ins that you can can add, and we can mess around with those in it in a later class. But for now, let's try the team out. This base doesn't sound too bad going to our vocals. It's a pretty raw there's some reverb on there, but most vocal, you want to add a little bit. Not that much, just enough to be a little present there are. If you go into this library section, you can use different ah presets inside here with the different types of vocals you want And what that will dio will change your EQ. You even sided even inside of here. You can use some of these presets. Um, most professionals don't. Ah, they I do sometimes. Honestly, I guess I'm not professional. I do sometimes basically to get me a start. All right. I will never just throw this on and let it go, because every sound is different. So don't rely on that too much again. We're gonna pull these in. I want his presence to be felt on the other tracks. I was pulling this section of this meter down to make room for these vocals. Mostly, the vocals will be in this section. And sometimes in here Come O Come on. Yeah. Come on. Yeah, yeah. Come on. Come up. Okay. All right. So let's see how this sounds altogether. It's a quick Macs. Well, back to the beginning. Make sure our master level isn't going to crazy. You see, our base is still taking up too much space. That's what's making us hit that right down here, so we'll pull that level down. What was her little to present? That's okay if you see a little bit of right in here, but you don't want to go too crazy. Lower is always better when you're mixing, especially with the new ah guidelines for streaming. They really want you to keep everything under zero. Ah, or else you will start really a penalty, but you're mixed. Won't sound the same once you get that that song up on Spotify or YouTube music. So not too bad. So those are some basic things that you can do to make your mix and a little bit better, a little bit more present. Obviously, there's a lot more work to be to be done, adding different ah e cues and and plug ins, which you can do with each track like we did going into Ah, this section here, make sure your track is selected, not master. You don't want to mess with the master when you're not mastering. If you're just mixing, you go to your track and you can add any kind of parameter you want different. While he wouldn't add a limiter necessarily there, but different cues re verbs, special stereo splitting, Uh, and in garage Band comes with a lot of good audio units here and these air different audio unit plug ins that you can use to really speaks out your mix, you know, and notice we didn't pay in anything here, and our mix was still kind of decent. You can pan here and there. Don't go crazy with it, cause a lot of the sources people there listening to music on now are mono. So you'll your mix will be lacking If it sounds good mono. It'll sound good in stereo too, So you don't want to go too crazy. Ah, hard panting these. I guess that's personal preference. A lot of people will just take their base and not necessarily airbase, but maybe a secondary lead and and ram it all the way to the left. Open this mix up and you'll see when you do that, your master track Ah, volume will go down because the the sounds are getting split up. But for this case, you don't necessarily at the mess with that. That's more of ah, an intermediate toe expert type of mixing when you're using panning to make more room in your Mex. But this is how you get a decent mixing garage band. You really just go in. You can mess with ease as much as you want. You can even mess with these parameters. Here. What we were really doing was getting a visual of this. That's what this is. Okay. And don't be scared to go to extremes. What it make new sounds do something different. So that's how you mixing GarageBand or next section. We're gonna look at what we do in the master section. 6. GarageBand For Beginners Section 5 (Mastering Concepts): So in this section, we're going to go over just a light mastering. Uh, we're not going to go to crazy, cause mastering in and of itself is best on in a mastering house. Um, you can do it at home looking at some levels here and there. But for those professional sounding tracks, you can send it off. Um, but here's some basic things. If you just need to get something out quickly. So we have our master track here in GarageBand. Lets select that and you'll see we have these plug ins here this plug in section eyes where you can add different types of plug ins to your track that will affect the master track. Now, we're not in a Nen vivid jewel track here, like here we have track selected. This is our vocal track here. In this case, we're gonna hit master now. Anything we do here is going to effect all of these tracks and their outcome of how they sound when they're put together. So same thing we did with the tracks. The first thing you want to really do is e que this thing, um, kind of putting up and down different elements of the sounds of all of these tracks together. So we can double click on this, or we can just simply go to this. E que Let me get rid of myself here. We're gonna analyze this again. It's on, Master. I want a bigger view of this, some much going to go into outputs. Action. Double click on this. Give me a bigger view of what's going on. This what I just did. So again, we want to pull these inward actually doesn't by default, I guess. Here you don't want these levels. You don't want these levels getting too crazy. Okay, so not too bad. Now, keep in mind for every plug in that you put in, there is a chain here, so this will trigger before this one. This will trigger before this one all the way down. And that matters because you don't want to throw a compressor or a limiter way up where you don't want it to be. And then something else pulls all that that sound back up. So keep that in mind where you're putting Ah, your plug ins in this chain. This default it set up here is pretty good you do want your your Ah, your limiter. Ah, public in kind of Towards the end. It should always be your last one. So let's see what happens when I actually put all of these on on their defaults. Let's go back to the beginning. I'm just curious now. So you see that compress already pulled this up exciter actually kind of widens and pulls up at the same time. The secondary compressor, which yet don't be scared to use more than one compressor. They all kind of, ah help the difference between the compression and the limiter that the compression actually squeezes the mix per se. It pulls things that need to be pulled up up pushes other things down into the mix. A limiter actually cuts the cuts the sound off. So if you're above a certain level, it'll just chop the sound off. Um, so you'll stay at zero or whatever level you wanted, Teoh. So that doesn't sound too bad. It's on the way better with just the defaults. But you can mess around with these different settings as you see fit for your mix that everything's going to be relative toe everybody. Um, you can even add more. If you just sit at the bottom of this, there's a white line that pops up. You wanna click that and you can add another one and we'll go right in the bottom. So say, if you want toe put in Ah, a multi presser. So little ad there. You don't want that on the other side, but a multi pressers like a compressor. But you have more control of what? Ah, low midden highs. It's compressing it. And when, Um, which is a really good time? I just leave it in there, do a lot of back and forth turn these on and off, um, and mess with the settings inside of here. You know, don't be scared to go crazy. Looks like my drums are pushing us above the red, but this limiter will actually push it back down. So this is not entirely accurate by export this now it'll still be at zero, cause this limiter is set 2 to 0, actually less than zero. So that's it. That's a basic master. This is ready to export and do whatever you got to do with it. Like I said, it's mixing and mastering and the sound are all very relative. Toe what you are doing, the sound you're going for. So mess around with these. Maybe you don't like this mix. This isn't the best. I don't think it's the best mix right now, but just for time constraints. Ah, these are the basic things that you're gonna want to do when you're working in garage Man. As you can see, it's pretty powerful. So that's it for this mastering section. Here, guys. Let's go on to the next section where we'll learn how to set up our garage band system toe export the file we want. 7. GarageBand For Beginners Section 6 (Exporting): So when this section, we're going to go through what you do to export your song. You have everything next. You have a little bit of a master on there. Ah, the first thing you want to do is go into GarageBand preferences and go into advanced. Now, if you didn't master, if you didn't go and put your own limiter on your song, you can put ah a default limiter, so to speak, and export projects at full volume. Now, this will actually just normalize it. That means it's they really just put a garage band's gonna put a limiter on it so you can click that. But in this case, for not because we did mess with the plug ins in our master section. So we're good to go. It's faras how we want this thing to sound. So toe export it you simply go to share. If you want it to go straight to iTunes, you go song toe iTunes. You'll just really go to the appropriate way. You want to export it in this case we want on our hard drive. So we're gonna go export song to disk. Click on that and it's just like any other program. It's it's basically a save as so what type of file do you want it to be? You want the MP three or wave or the most common police file types where you want it to be , in this case will put it on my desktop and what type off wave un compressed. 24 Warren Compressed 16 Most streaming services want you to deliver it to them in 16. Bit 24 is obviously a better quality. So if you're going just straight toe website or soundcloud, use 24 bit. But if you're going to take your song and put it out and publish it, most distributors again would prefer that 16 bet, and those will change if you goto MP three. What type MP three and you know self explanatory here. What's a better quality for this case? Will do Wave 16 bit like we're going to distribute it, change the name to test and simply exported. So it's gonna bounce this all out, saving it to where we told it to. If we just minimize garage man real quickly, here's our final. We're going to stop. You get the idea, and exporting is is that simple? Um, now you're ready to go. You have your track. You can convert it any way you want. Now, something I want to bring attention to is, if you are going to a studio with a different type of program, pro tools or logic, you can track all these out in in that you would make all of these different tracks different instruments, their own individual way file. The way you do that, there's no simple way in GarageBand. Unfortunately, you would mute all the other tracks so that only this is is heard. The garage man will not mix down the rest of these mute attracts. And you just share the same way you did so share export song to disk. And you would just right drum track drums as a wave on the dust out. Same thing, export. And it will just export the drums of this and you can go down each and every instrument doing the same thing. Ah, and now we have our drums here. Ah, So you will have this drum wave track and you're ready to do that with every single instrument you have and register. Go to the studio with the wave files. So now just the drum track is in that in that file could take all the use and make your own folder. Bring that to the studio and you're good to go. So that's it, guys. That's how you go from Start to finish and export in a wave or MP three in Garage Band and you have your song. That's the last section of this class are next section. We will be going on to what project I'd like you guys to try and share in our project gallery. 8. GarageBand For Beginners Section 7 (Recap)): so you guys did it. You made it to the end. We went through all the menu options we went through recording, arranging a little bit of mixing, mastering and had a export Your project. Now for our class project. I want you guys to make your own song using Apple loops or any other external sources. Air fine to, uh, but I want you guys to go into at the Apple Loops section here in Garage Band. I want you to go through different instruments to make your own song. You know, don't forget to go through Ah, all the drums. You know how to go through all the drums, but go through and pick your drums any kind of lead you want in a secondary lead. Ah, base, whether it's Elektronik or or synthesized bass in any genre you want. I don't want to minimize you guys into what files you need to use here. You can be yourself here and kind of express. Either you're your rock side or hip hop side or pop side arm B side jazz. I don't care. Just make sure that all the elements of a song are in there, and I want you to mix. It may be dual, some light mastering and uploaded to our project gallery. I don't want you guys either to to just upload finished projects. All right, this is how we feed off each other and get feedback You want you upload your unfinished projects, take some time, go through a couple different drafts and upload to our project gallery and see if you can get any positive feedback to make your mics sound a little bit better. Make your song a little bit better and make your your skill set even better. And that's the main thing. So again for our class project, I want you guys to make your own song. Using are the basic elements elements we used in this class using ah, drum track base a lead, a secondary lead and a vocal If you want. You don't necessarily for this assignment. Have to ah, go in and put a vocal track in there unless you want to. Ah, which is fantastic. So once you've done that, I want you toe export the song and upload it as a way for MP three into our project gallery . If you have issues doing that inside our project gallery. Just upload a link from Dropbox or Google Drive. If you don't have those Ah, you can simply go to sense based dot com and drop a link. I'll show you just quickly. Ah, how to do that. You simply go into since base and you will browse your computer. Put the file in here, okay? And I will give you a link. You don't have to fill out any of this stuff. Just upload that file. You'll be good to go. So you go down here and you'll copy this link and put that into our projects and get some feedback. Um, I really want to thank you guys for sticking in there. I know it's a long and tedious process trying to make music, but that's the business we're in. So, uh, again, if you have any issues, just reach out to me at Jimmy O Connell on Twitter, and I'll be happy to help you through any project you're working on. So make sure you follow me here on skill share to make sure you're notified of the new classes. Air up. I'll be doing more classes on GarageBand Logic and other music marketing programs, so make sure you click that follow button and I'll see on the next one take care. 9. GarageBand for Beginners Section 8 (Class Project): Okay, guys, Just a recap of what the class project is. You're gonna open up Garage Man Preta Empty project hit lined. Open up your project. Goingto apple loops. We're bringing whichever audio files you want for this particular case. We're gonna use apple loops. Gonna pick some drums, so go through and find whichever drum loop you like. For this case, I'm gonna choose this one click and drag it over into your tracks. So just go back over and grab a lead for yourself. Click and drag this over underneath. Now go back over and grab a secondary lead. Drag it over from back to apple loops, crab a base. Let's run back to apple loops and grab a vocal for our course. Click and drag that. All right. And then you're gonna arrange real quickly on a bar. Verse an eight bar hook, set up your hook or course copy and paste all these select All. Now we're gonna copy. Based? Sure. Were lined up three verses. Three courses. Guys, if you need room extend This paced again. Looks like we're good to go. And you can add a intro or outro. Now you want to mix these. Go to each track, click the appropriate one e que analyze and go to each track and mix these out. One sounds nicey nice for you. And then I want you to do a light master of your master section on the e que section. Make sure you're on your master section Here in output, you can turn on or off these plug ins for your master. Once you have it the way you want, will your parameter set or your plug ins nicey nice on your master Going to share export song to disk? Put it where you want it. Select the type of file you want, we've or MP three export. Now you can take your file here and put it wherever you want. Upload it, share it and you'll be good to go. That's our Simon. Guys, Good luck.