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Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production - Module 2

Fran Solo, CEO at Meijin Limited and Apple Certified Trainer

Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production - Module 2

Fran Solo, CEO at Meijin Limited and Apple Certified Trainer

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12 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

    • 2. Introduction to Module 2

    • 3. How to use the exercise files

    • 4. Deep Dive into Apple Loops

    • 5. Types of loops

    • 6. Creating a song Part 1

    • 7. Creating a song Part 2

    • 8. Creating a song Part 3

    • 9. Changing Tempo and Key Part 4

    • 10. Using Flex tool

    • 11. Deep dive into the Drummer

    • 12. Taking full control of the Drummer

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About This Class

Module 2 - Working with Loops

Is Garageband considered for professional audio production?

Garageband isn’t less powerful than Logic Pro just because it’s free; People don’t pay attention to the things that are free in life. Just because it’s easy to get, it doesn't mean it’s not worth getting it.

I have been using Garageband since its release in 2004, and back then I used it to compose music for theatre.

With the continues improvements to Logic Pro throughout the years, Garageband has inherited some of the best features from its older brother. Tempo changes, Key changes, and some significant plugins for mixing and mastering, just to mention a few. GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio inside your Mac with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists as well as a vast selection of Synthesizers.

Can you make a professional recording with Garageband?

We can safely answer with a resounding YES!!

Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production

GarageBand is your swiss knife for music creation and audio production. Here you can record ideas, get your instruments blend with others available in the library in seconds.

Learn how to navigate the interface and create your first project by using one the available templates. If you have never composed a song, Apple Loops can help you in doing that. You'll find thousands of loops to add to your song and hundreds of instruments to play. All these tools will help you shape your compositions without the need for expensive equipment. 

If you are a musician and wants to record your instrument and your voice or two instruments simultaneously, Garageband helps you do just that with ease.

You will learn how to record, edit, mix and master your music whether you are a beginner or not. 

Get to play different instruments from around the world by using your computer keyboard or a midi keyboard.If you have a guitar, bass or piano, you'll get to try a vast array of professional sounding effects and include them in your composition.

You will learn what equipment is best to get according to your needs without breaking the bank.

Learn the 11 essential elements of mixing and mastering that every professional sound engineer use for a major release. 

Garageband is your Music laboratory where your creations will start to take shape and make your ideas available to the world. 

I can't wait to see you on the other side and start to compose today!


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Fran Solo

CEO at Meijin Limited and Apple Certified Trainer


I have been using Macs for over 15 years, and I have been teaching it for the last 10.

I am passionate about teaching and sharing my skills and discoveries with people who are willing to learn and share as well. I have used Windows systems in the early 90's, and I was a bit intimidated by the Mac when I purchased one for the first time almost two decades ago. So If you are a Windows user, I know what you are going through.

I honestly believe the Mac can change the way you work or perform your art, without the hassling of fixing things that don't deserve your time.

I started using my mac in my early music career by composing soundtracks for theatre, then moved to writing my music and used programs such as Garageband, Logic Pro, Protools and others extensively.
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1. Course Introduction : Hello and welcome to garish bands for songwriting and music production. My name is Frank Cooker, and I'm going to be with you throughout the classes. First of all, I want to thank you for enrolling this course. I'm so excited that you hear and I can't wait to get started. I hope you are as excited as I am as you're about to discover how composing your own music , record your score and use GarageBand as your music idea took. It has never been easier gonna spend offers your Myriads of instruments claimed musicians recordings and template at your finger tips as a starting point to speed up your workflow. So is this course for if you have the beginner level and you're just getting started, this course is for you. If you're a songwriter and want to compose music, using a user friendly application lets you do just that. These course results for you. If you are a musician wants to record his or her instruments a home without the need off going to expensive studios. Well, you are in the right place here. These courses also for you. If you don't play any instrument, in fact you don't really need to be a musician. To use GarageBand. You want to old, so get started in creating e g. M stands for electronic dance, music, pop, jazz and classical music as well. If you are into scoring and want to experiment, sounds to make soundtracks for your project, you get to see how it can be done. This course is for you. If you always wanted to know about mixing and mastering and didn't know about effects and plug ins more often than not, needs to be used to make you music sound professional. Why should you take this course? Well, don't expect just basics, because I will go further down the rabbit hole regarding ply gins effects and how to compose a piece of music from scratch. You'll to get access to me. So feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions and he'll have the chance to improve this course with your input and feedback so I would love your suggestions. If you feel some tedious are not clear. Please do let me know I'm here to make your learning experience best possible. You get access to the course any time, anywhere and with the Udine up, you get to watch it also on your smartphone as well. I won't included exercise files you can practice on if you're tired of searching on YouTube to find answers for countless hours, you're in the right place here. So who am I and why should he listen to me? Well, I've been using GarageBand since they won in 2004 when it was first released. I used extensively for producing the score for short films, soundscapes and stage effects for theater and recorded two albums in 2005 alone. I've also used logic since its platinum version five in 2003 and have done thorns of works with that to have been into music since the age of 16 and have a background in Modern and Jess Gets are and have had a vocal training for several years. Piano, bass, guitar, also part of my passions, and I was a guitar teacher for several years. I believe music is a wonderful, a unique way to express yourself and the very essence of you that you would have revealed otherwise. So I would safely say that you can trust me when it comes to musical position Being created is not something that you were born with or rather something you should nurture to get to the level you want. It's how you approach music, composition and how hard you try. It would make a difference and not some unique untold method. So let's have a look at how the course is structured in module want. You will learn the foundations of garish bands, and you will get to know the workspace and get familiar with the functions available. Any modern, too, you're going to jump straight into creating some music using the apple loops, and he will get inspired by the thousands of them available. So whether you play an instrument, not get ready to have some fun here in multiple three, you get to play the musical side Keyport or a meaty keyboard if you have one. And don't worry if you have zero clue what I'm talking about, as I will touch on media keyboard later on this class, you can record your favorite restaurants, get to create your own drum beats, and even if you're not a musician, you get to have fun with one of the many incredible features in garage band that not many people are aware of. Module four. You get to record a real instrument, your voice or in effect, if you like. Then you can lay your tracks on top of it and experiment new sounds, using the pedal board and the arm designer for the guitar and bass players out there. You also learn how to record multiple tracks simultaneous. Modify your going to experience a creative process. I used to compose music Music you'll hear in this class hasn't been rehearsed, and everything is created on the fly. While recording, I've chopped some parts out to make it a bit shorter and more digestible to watch. However, you get to see one of the many ways songs are created have classified his module as optional, although I believe everyone should watch it, even though it can be a bit tedious at times can also be extremely beneficial for those of you who struggles getting started. Model six. You get to know the nuts and bolts are mixing Master song. Here you learn the essential components that will lead to making your final work sounds professional and purity to share with the world and that we're going to have a bonus model where are recovering your video request and also some tips and tricks about garish band music, compositions and equipment in general. So I can't wait to get you started in songwriting and music production using Garage band. So let's begin your journey today. 2. Introduction to Module 2: I don't welcome to Margit to working with loops in Model to. We're going to jump straight into creating some music using the apple loops, and we'll get inspired by the thousands of them available here. You learn everything there is to know about loops, and now you can leverage them to compose your music. We will be covering the different types of loops, how to change tempo and key of your song. You learn about the flex do, and now you can easily manipulate important audio files. By the end of the session, you learn about the drummer, which is one of the many features in GarageBand lets you add a virtual drummer into your project, and you'll discover how easy it is to change its style and sounds to suit your taste. The objectives off this class are to get inspired by the EPA loops on record, your ideas in seconds. So let's begin 3. How to use the exercise files: hi in this video gonna show you how to use the exercise files. First, we're going to unzip the file by double clicking on it, and then we're going to double click on these folder. So here we have the garish band Project file. You can simply double click on it to open it up in Ghoulish Band. Then we have the audio version off the project, and we have project old your files as well. Now, if you double click on the garish band project is going to show up in Ghoulish Bend and gonna is gonna load all of your tracks and audio. Now, in case this wouldn't work Oh, you If you don't see any of these regions or any of these regions dumb play correctly or don't play at all, What you have to do is simply open up an empty project in God's plan. So we're gonna go into empty project and we got Just add any of these track it doesn't matter which one you just press create and then going to resize the garish band window by dragging one of the border and then all unique. You simply drag these project old your file into an empty area here on GarageBand on the track, hairier here. So when I let go is going to import all my old your files into garish bent Once they all loaded. I'm just gonna close the library on the top left and close these mark control as well on the top. So I'm going to just stretch these window back here. So you're going to see all of you all of your regions in orange. But if you want to see them blue, just hold down control old and G to make them blue like odor tracks and then follow along with the class. We use these project for your assignments. 4. Deep Dive into Apple Loops: whether you play an instrument not garish. Ben offers a large variety of loops. Loops are brief, pre recorded snippets of music that were performed by professional musicians. Now, loops were recorded in such a way. There there ends fits perfectly well with their beginning. So you can actually play them over and over for out your project. If you want to. To access the loop browser, you just need to open a project first. In this case, you're gonna open an empty project. Gonna double click on that. But regardless of it, you can choose any of these projects and then access to your loop. Browse it when I click on that double click on it. And that is gonna ask me now to create a track in this case and created softer instrument. It doesn't matter which one you choose. And then I'm gonna click here to close my musical typing and to access you Luke browser. You just need to top on the top right hand corner, that apple. Oops. We just press the oh, a key on your keyboard to access to it. As you can see, I've got all my loops. We got plenty of them. Now, if you noticed some loops are great out or unit losing to click on the little down arrow next to them to download the library. Otherwise, you can go in the top, left here on GarageBand on the menu bar and click on sound library and down. Lord, the library sounds from here. My suggestion is download all the sounds and then come back to this class so you can fall through. Now. If you want to search for a specific instruments, you can goto instruments on top. Here, you can see our instruments genre on moods. You can choose between these three. I usually start from instrument here. So if I click on instrument, I've got my instrument here. If I want to expand these windows lightly again, just go into the border down here and drug that down to reveal a little more. And as you can see, I've got four columns. The 1st 2 columns are instruments, and the other two columns are genre and moods. So if recent if I'm looking for a piano, I can click on piano and as soon exactly come piano. The other instruments got great out, but I still got genre and moods that I can choose from so I can narrow the search to look for specific piano I want at the moment. My flicking on piano reveals 376 loops, which are quite a lot if I don't have time to go through old loops when I can do, I can just choose a genre didn't go to jazz, for instance, for want to, and it narrows it down to three much better than before. Now, if I want to play this loop, all I need to do simply Click wants to play. If I want to stop them, I click once again. So let's try that 1st 1 and you Click wants again to stop it. If I want to play another one, I just click on it. So this is the way for you to narrow the search. Now, if I want to reset my search and search for another instrument, I can click on the X button here on top, left on my browser and is going to reset my search so I can go back to my 11,000 in that case and choose another instrument. So let's have gonna go to organ and I'm gonna go to clean organ and I've got under than 30 . As you can see, when I click on any of these thesis search gets lower and lower. So if I go too intense now, I've got 11 of them, so I can go to any of these and click on it. Uh, so this is the way for you to search by instrument. But if you want to search for genre, you can go just again on a next button on top to reset, and we're gonna go into genre and you genre. I can just choose jazz, for instance. And it's gonna show me all the instrument for jazz in this case, I've got under the 97. So these can be piano can be guitars or percussions or anything that relates to jazz. I can also search by using the search bar here. So let's go back to instrument, for instance. That's a search for looking for a specific sound. Don't go to instrument. I can go to base and I can search for it say, an acoustic bass or clean base. I can go and type clean, for instance. Now, when I search for clean This case, it doesn't find anything is Biggers is actually looking for that word within the loop. So if I remember the name of that base that I want, I say I look for a synth bass. I can go to synth in types in, and now researchers 46 items with that word in it. If I instead search for base and I want to go for a genre or mood, I can go here and search for, Let's say, distorted bass and a searcher for this story, basa. Regardless off that name, just press the X button again. You can also change the position of these buttons by dragging them on top of each other. For instance, if I want to change the shaker instead of the actor piano, I can just simply drag and drop that there. It will swap places. I can also right click on any of these buttons and change a different instrument. So, for instance, instead of mallets or when I have vocals, I've been click on vocals, and now that will change to buckles. If I decided I want to go back to the default position, I can go into Garsh ban on the top, left on the preferences and on the section loops. Here I can click on preset, and then we'll reset the original position. Other two options have got here that are worth mentioning is keyboard browsing and also look browser keyword. Browsing will filter all the loops that are within two semi tones from my original key. In this case, my key is C major. So it's gonna only show me the key that within two semi tones, everything above that will be excluded. If I want to see all of them, I can just simply untech that very mine. If you do, that is going to show you old stuff that is not necessary relevant to your project. And it might sound a little bit artifact in the big artificial, so I would suggest to keep that ticked. But if you want to see all of them and you want to go a little bit more experimental with your project, you can take that. So, for instance, now I've got 11,835. If I intake, that is going to show me for 16,000 many, many more so I can actually decide to have that ticked. The 2nd 1 here is just displays Original temple and key off the loops. In this case here, I've got these two extra column temple and key. So if you don't see that, you just need to take this box, and that will show you the original key and temple off that specific group. So in this case here, these loops are 100. So this exotic beat, so that one is actually playing in 120. So this is my main temple that rules over this one's. But the original temple was under it. So this kind of work for this track by if I'm going to something faster or slower and might sound a bit artificial, you can also see some of these tracks are recorded for a sense and be or any other key. And these is within two semi tones within my monkey, which is okay for this trek. So I would leave these as it is and just close it. Another cool tip there are usually suggests to use is favorites. So this little heart here you got and Luke allows you to take whatever loops that you like as a favorite. Now, if you're working on a project and you find a very good look that I'm not necessarily rate that project, you can still take the box next to it for future reference. So even after you reset your search, you go back to your favorites by clicking on this little heart here, Top right. And it will show you all of your favorites here so it will remember all. It was very, very handy feature to save all of your favorites. Another useful way for you to narrow the search within your look browser is using scale. So if I know if my track is in C major, I can just go into here and choose all the major loops. So as you can see, as soon as I clicked on major and narrow down to 1669 so and now I can see what's great out above. So, Tom, Brain experimental Congo bongo, etcetera over these East Germans are great out than now in major. But if I go back into any or both is going to show me all the loops and all the instrument , you know this slide guitar is great out. So that means that there's no loop with is willing to semi tones within my my main key. Yeah, very mind. Some of them would be great out for free since here from going to see Major, and I change it to, say the sharp now my slide guitar reappear or if I'm going all the way up and I choose, let's say F sharp Now I've got my socks fun, which is great out. So as you can see grades out automatically whatever loops and instruments that are not relevant to your key, you can also search by column on top here. So if I really can't this icon on the top left off the Loop browser, I can change the view in column so I can make that slightly bigger so I can go in search again by genre or by instrument, and I can choose any instruments from here. It is going to give me the same sort of search. So if you prefer column view, you can choose column. Otherwise, you go back to buttons, which I prefer. There's also another way to sort out your loops. You can go above here on the columns and top Got name beats favorites Temple on key And you can organize them by tempo for instance, by clicking on Temple So if I click on Temple again is gonna show me old, different temple that I've got in descending order or sending order quickly, Contempo again is gonna show me them in ascending order. I'm there we go. I've got there all. They sit together this way Or if I want to sort them by name, I can click on name and it's gonna sort them in alphabetical order for me. Well, bikey, if you look for a specific key, you can just group them together by key. Very, very handy feature to have Don't talk. So that's what you need to know about the Loop browser now to search for loops. 5. Types of loops: another. You know how to search loops in the Loop browser. I want to remind you different kind of looks that we have available here. So I got some blue loops and green loops, and if I click on old drums here, I want to see yellow loops as well. Now let's go into piano, green and blue. So the blue loops are essentially loops have been recorded by using a mike. So if I click on any of these loops, this is a riel instrumental with using a mike. So if I dragged that in and I drop it there, I see an audio wave. So if I play that back, so that's my recording. If I want to use a green one and just go into a green one here, that's going to choose something different. So this is also really stra meant by the main difference is that these instruments been sampled. Key by key has been recorded multiple times, so it is a piano. The 88 keys have been recorded multiple times with different intensity and different effects on it, So each individual meaty loops as a series off data banks of data that can be changed by using a meaty keyboard. So if racing's here, if I want to drive that in, as you can see the first glance between Odio immediate, there's a lot of differences. So the MediaOne's shows me all these dots and dashes that means is that these are actually each in dude or notes that can be changed and modified. If I double click on that region, I can modify Aled, these keys and all these notes for wanted to are going to the odio is gonna show me just a Nodia wave. And here I've got limitations in terms of editing from going to the library in the top left . Say, if I click on the audio loop and click on the library top left, I can change the the patch off that by using any of thes available. We're going to my legacy here and by the way, you see legacy. If you had previous versions of garnishment, but if you're gonna have that, you can just go into any other patches that you have available. Go here and I'm going to let's say guitar so it doesn't matter, doesn't have to be a piano. It could be a different batch, and I go into surf now that piano will sound like this now so I can change it to a different one if I want to. Now it plays as a guitar, but if I want to change it, each individual notes, I cannot do that. If I go into the media's to me, Look what happened now on the left. I've got a completely different list off patches that I can choose from, so that piano that places like this so I can change that to be played as, for instance, the angle to synthesizer can go to pads, and I can choose any of these pad and I faithfully that back is gonna play like this. So it changes completely by the benefit of thes that I can change each in the legal note for wanted to go back to the Look browser and that we have, of course, the option to let me go back to piano. I've got the option to drag a meaty look into a no audio track, So let's say if I choose this piano and I want to play that piano, I want drug that piano into a node your track. I can do that. And what that does it will convert that meaty track into a Nodia track. Why, what I'm gonna do that? Well, the reason is that sometimes you might have a slow computer, or you might have to handle different tracks like 20 tracks or more. And garish Band takes a lot of CPU when it has to process lots of meaty data. So the suggestion is to use to convert the media into an old you and that will light up the work of your CPU. Um, and then once you've done that, of course, is not reversible. Once is converted as Odio stays a Zodiac, and you cannot change each noodle notes, and you need to have the meaty track to do that. But if you drug and no, do you track into say that one and I want to drag into a media tractor to convert and a one let me you see, it says it's another track is not compatible with meaty, so I would have to either use a different track, a completely new track, for instance, if I drag it down here, is going to create a track automatically for me or if I want to drive the up. I cannot to drug into an existing old your track above there. And then we'll take the patch or whatever Patrick chosen before. So that is not going to play. The piano was gonna play as a guitar family that now back the one that I dragged down below here is gonna play as a piano because I drag it into a completely different area. Now, we also have yellow loops. If I go back to piano, click to the selected. I goto old drums. I'm going to a yellow loops if I can find them. Now we go. I click on any of these so I can drug days in. And of course, that won't let me drag it to any of these existing tracks. I would have to drug it to an empty area down here and then will add a new track down here . So the drama loops are neither odio nor midi. So these are sort of I bridge tracks that can be modified only using these editor down here . So for move these cursor here, I've got these parts there is separated by loudness softness, complexity and simplicity. Simple, complex, simple, loud and soft. So if recent for play that back and I just solo it, play that place like this. If I move that cursor down as a soft now the drums play softly of would dry up here he's more loudly, more complex, and more simply, I can also change the the toms, the symbols and this the complexity off how the drums displaying. I'm gonna explain how all this works in in a separate class. Let me stop that. For now. I just wanted to make you aware that these are the different kind of loops that you can work on and the next class gonna show you how to create a song Onley using loops. 6. Creating a song Part 1 : And there's been young Russia Arctic area song Onley using loops. Now the first thing we're gonna do we gonna create an empty project. Now, other know, exactly the temple off this project. But I can actually go here under details and make sure that when he struggled on it is not just click on Bill Triangle next to details to reveal these area. Now, if you don't know the key signature Oh, if you don't know anything about these, do not worry. You can just leave everything as it is impressed. Choose. We can change these parameters later on within our project countries. Now he's gonna ask me to create a track on Dow is regardless of what track you choose, we're going to use entirely loops. So in this case, and I'm just double click on soft restaurant and I'm gonna ignore this. I'm gonna just close the musical typing by clicking on the X parts in here and I'm gonna go to my look browser and top right and usually the first things I do when I create a song, I tend to find a nice drum percussion percussion that I can start from. Some people prefer toe have, for instance, a piano or guitar or any other instrument, and then they build up from there. In this case, he ain't gonna just use a drum. And I know I want to create a sort of ah jazz song so I can go into my instrument here, and I can't enlarge this by dragging this board it down to reveal more instruments. It more, um, genre. And I go into jazz unlikely con jazz here and when I click on jazz is going to highlight and great out. All the loops that are not relevant or the one that are relevant will be highlighted in this case here. So I can go into piano, for instance, or into drums and start to choose my own drums. In this case, you're gonna goto old drums and is going to reveal 12 loops in this case so I can go to one of these two additional. Just click on it once to play it. I want to change the loop. I can go to a different one. Let's say like the 1st 1 to drag the first loop into your area here. You just need to use your left click If you use a mouse click and hold and drug in When you drug industry going to see this line these vertical line it tells you exactly where the look is gonna be dropped If you let leave the click there In this case, I want to stuff in the beginning song on a drug all the way to the beginning and let go And I've got my drums there. When I play interest, press the play button on the top breast. Stop now and then I'm going to choose 80 furnaces and say I met people that now I could actually delete the first track on top. I wanted to perfectly content and press backspace on way keyboard. I can't get rid of that track because I'm not gonna play any instrument today. I'm going to just make a song out off loops. So I'm gonna go into here on the browser and gonna be select doldrums. I'm gonna keep jazz highlighted, and I'm gonna go into this case base and this case you have got 51 different kind of base. So let's have a look what we have here. But before we select the base, I want to play this drunk over and over while I'm browsing through my lips. This case you're gonna click on the cycle bottom top, and I'm gonna repeat that over and over breastplate. And I'm gonna go into my look browser here and choose a base. Okay. Quite like the upright bass there on a drug that in. So when you drive that in, make sure you drug into an empty space down below. And then I thought to the beginning. So as you can see here, I was auditioning that over and over and I was just checking which face was most suitable for my my drum and I just drug it in. 7. Creating a song Part 2 : and if a plate Now, Now, if I want to repeat that drum over and over, I can hover the cursor over that track, as you can see on the top right hand corner. I've got the symbol. These little curve are a symbol. If I move the mouse down to the right, I'm going to see these two hours with a bracket, and that allows me to short on the track or expanded. In this case here, I want to look that track run over so I can just go on top, click and hold that and repeat that track over and over and repeat that for many bars as I want, Or another way for you to look a track is my press in the l key on your keyboard and that will repeat that track over and over until the end of your project. In this case, here goes old way here. But a wise express l again. And if you want to just repeat it for, uh that, say, on the full bars, you can do that and you can expand your loop on if you want the base to start right away with your drum you can do that as well. You can leave it as is. And then now I'm gonna change the instrument to be a piano. Let's go to a piano. I got three pianos here. Not too much choice, but I'm gonna just bless play now and gonna audition it off them. Get quite like all of them. Actually, I'm gonna choose the 1st 1 I'm gonna drag the 1st 1 in. Let's say someone that start there and let's play it, See how it sounds? I won't repeat the base again, so I'm gonna go into the top right in that region and I'm gonna repeat the base again. Let's play that back. Let's try the 2nd 1 Now I got the option now to drag that loop in the same track as my grand piano because it looks like that part of the same family off Loops, Scott's blue Jazz piano one and blue dress piano too. So I believe that probably have similar effect, so I can actually drag that there. And I have two different variety off piano riff. And then I also have these 3rd 1 which it sounds good, very different. I quite like it So I'm gonna drug in an old soon going to expand that loop, the drum loop over and my base. You want to do that for the base for wanted to or the wife's? I could change the bass sound the bass riff. In this case here, I've got these base. And if I click on the little symbol in the top left on that region shows me all the different kind of upright bass that I've got available for that family. Now I've chosen number four, but if I want to have a different one here, what I can do, I can just simply duplicate this by dragging it and holding down the old key on your keyboard and drug in that region over here and let go, and I created a duplication off. That region is gonna be four. But in this case, I can change it to be a different one. That's a number five. As you can see, it changes completely from the 1st 1 So that independent. So now if I play that back this case, I'm gonna just get rid of the cycle button and then I'm going to start from the beginning and see how it sounds, why, like that? So I can actually repeat that. And I can hold down the old key again on my keyboard and repeat that track after, let's say these other upbeat electric piano finishes. So as you can see, I can be quite creative here, and I can repeat that track on top. Repeat that by dragging it on. Let's play from here. 8. Creating a song Part 3 : Can we stop there and let me close the smart controls over here just to gain some room and don't get confused on Let's go to the beginning by dragging also the bar at the bottom. I usually also shrink the view by using these. Zoom at the top right, make it slightly smaller. Sure shrink my view so I can see everything. And I can start from the beginning and played again. Now that I'm kind of in the flow off creating these songs, like actually go into a different instrument that safe, I'm looking for a good two vocals and see if I've got some nice vocal that I can add to my track. That's okay, so I just drag a few tracks in. I duplicated some of them as well, so I can actually go and repeat some of them again. Now, with the new guards band version, you can actually go into a drum, and we can add a virtual drum if you wanted to. So two other visual drum. You can either go toe old drums here and choose one of the yellow ones that you so here, or you can actually go into the plus button on the top left here and at a drama track from here. So click on that to get a drama track and, of course, got drug it, and it's gonna create one track here. By the way, you can redistribute this by moving the track up and down so I can put the drums all together, and I can play the again and see how it sounds. Now, if I want to just experiment this drama, look here. I can mute the first drum and play the 2nd 1 on its own with the rest of the tracks. This is not bad, but I actually change and play around more with the drummers. But in this case, you, if I want to look that I can either choose to drag the curved arrow at the top right of that region to repeat it or can just press the class bottom that appears when I have it over with a cursor there. So if you click on that to repeat that track now, the reason why I do that he's only if I want to change the rhythm off the second region. Otherwise, if I looked that go back to edit. Undo and I would loop instead off clicking on the plus button it find modified the first part. The first region is going to modify the 2nd 1 as well. So when you repeat a loop and you modify a loop, region is going to modify the repetition as well because that one is just a replica or the 1st 1 If you want and said have separate independent region you but have to instead of using the loop function. In this case here I will press the plus button or in these other cases here, I want that to say that blues just piano to have a different riff or a different arrangement in the second region. I would have to first of all, duplicate that by holding down the old key and drag that over. So I've got to separate tracks to separate region. Sorry and the second region can be changed without affecting the 1st 1 In this case. Yeah, I can do the same thing with the drama. I can go to the second part and I can make that for instance, really, that was softer. As you can see, it changes the audio forms there. So if I now play it also, when you create a song like this with loops, my suggestion is also kind of ever like a rough mix here by choosing the's favors and make sure that you level these failures to make it sound it well enough for you to ah, keep on adding looks in it. So in this case year looks like my voice. It's quite loud. I can just put that down and play that again. I can also make that drama going down slightly. I just need to make sure that the master volume is not clipping is not going to read. Okay, it doesn't sound bed, but I think the first region here, I want to delete the first region here. My drummer. The 2nd 1 is quite nice, and I want to keep my drama, the one that I needed before in I want to play that will thing back 9. Changing Tempo and Key Part 4: look again that as well. I'm gonna repeat that over. Gary's been allows you also to change the tempo of the song. Especially now, if you're using on loops, we can actually going to temple on top and change it to another temple. It's a place now 235. If I can go down 225 100 to, I'll be careful when you change the temple of your song. But don't go too low or too fast. Otherwise, my sound artificial Let's try now for going too slow going to, let's say 100 Temple my sounds artificial, perhaps not the section with instrument, but the section with a vocal might sounds weird. We kind of are in in the limit here. So Gwen, use any slower than that in my sound artificial. But just be careful where you change the temple, the same thing when you speed up. Another thing you can do here. You can change the key as well at the moment, displaying in C major parking. Go and change to something like the sharp mind. If I wanted to play that back are going to be further. That's a gym. It Jim major Now the vocal sounds weird by the rest. Looks like Looks fine, But be careful to here not to go too far away from your main key. Just see Major in this case. 10. Using Flex tool: there's been allows you to add audio files such as MP three waves, A F and A C. So make sure that the A C files the iTunes files are copyright free because if you purchase them from the iTunes store will be copyright protected. Otherwise, all the other a SC files would be compatible. In this case here, I want to demonstrate how it works when you import and order track from your desktop or from the media browser. So if I going to the media browser, you're a top right? I can drag any music from my iTunes library for wanted to. Otherwise, I can go to my desktop. I've got two files here on my desktop. One is my drum set, and the other one is an electric piano, which are, by the way, the drum set here and the electric piano here. Now, if I drive the first track in my my drum set down below, it will create these orange track, and I'm gonna mute my drums here on top because it is exactly the same. I'm gonna lower the volume back, and I'm gonna play that back and see I sound It sounds perfectly fine. Now make sure when you dragon on your track from the media browser or from any other source from desktop anywhere else. Make sure when you change the temple here, that will follow ous. Well, now, if I leave it as it is, and I don't touch anything here, and I change the temple from 135 220. Look what happened to the track. The track now got shorter, and if I play that back so it's not following the temple. So I would have to go back 235 1st of all, to the original temple. And then I would have to go to go down here to my editor and make sure to enable Flax to this symbol here on the top left of my editor. So click on that. And when you do that, follow temple in pitch will be ticked automatically. And I'm gonna have all these transient of my audio track here, and that will allow me to Dan change the temple, my track and these old deal will hopefully follow the example off my project. Make sure that when you drying an audio track from iTunes or from any other source to start from their trek first and then build up everything else around it. In this case here, I just bounced the first track into my desktop so I could demonstrate how that track works into garish bent. But if you start from a song or from a on effect, or from it's a set of strings or anything that you have previously recorded and you want toe work on them in garish bands, dragged them first and then build the rest afterwards otherwise gonna be very. It's gonna be a challenge for you to make sure that all the track will fit the temple and the key off their song, usually any song from iTunes. So any song that you purchased, or any song that you have previously might have a different key signature or different temple for my change, the temple and key signature during the song. So it will be quite challenging for you to drag that song in and then trying to match everything else to it. So suggestion is, get the song first and then build everything else around it. This case here now I've won this track to follow my temple. So now that I enabled my Flex two, I can just go here and changed 135 for instance. 220. And as you can see now, my track is still the same length. And if I play that back, it will play like this. And of course, it will follow the pitch as well as much as possible. This case is just the drum set. But if it was another instruments such as an electric piano like this, I could go on it and actually import that instead. So fine. Now get rid of this drama pressing backspace, backspace again to get rid of the track. I'm gonna import now the piano. So this is an instrument. We'd cords and, um, and tune. So I would have to go now, here and mute. These are the track, which is my the equivalent of this. It's on. I'm gonna make sure I'm on under the 35 just the original, and I'm gonna play these back and see how it sounds gonna just lower. The volume of the was gonna be too loud and place play. I'm gonna just put the drum set back press play. Okay. Plays perfectly fine off course. If I change the temple before I do that or the key, make sure you enable Flex two and the fall Dampen Peaches sticked. And now the the track will follow. My temple changes my key changes a flip purple place perfectly fine. So make sure again when you drug and audio track or songs from your iTunes from any other source to to know exactly what the tempo is or at least experiment a bit and find out where the temple changes are within that orange track, and then you can build everything else around it. 11. Deep dive into the Drummer: in this class we're gonna talk about Drummer Drummer is one of the future. They'll be having Garage band now, and that allows you to add a realistic drum into your project. In addition to your loops that we explore in the previous classes. Now we can change the feel and the rhythm and all other parameters that we wouldn't be able to change in the apple loops. So I'm gonna go into an empty project. I'm gonna leave all the settings as they are gonna double click on that. Not gonna spend is gonna ask me to add new track and gonna at a drama track. Double click on that. And as soon as you do that, you're going to see the library on the left hand side popping up with all the different drummers. As you can see, I've got the first column on the left. I've got all the different styles. I can choose a different style of drummers. I wanted to, and I've got lots of drummers here available. I stick with rock and I click on Kyle. That's what I've got here ago, Kyle. And this is the first region that's been placed for me automatically down below. I've got these editor, and this will allow me to change the performance off the drummer. Now, if I play this now, it will sound like this. Okay, Pretty cool if I like the style Kyle style, But I don't like the sound off the kit. I can change the kit down below here, under sounds. So the moment he says so called. So let's say I want to change that sound with a different sound. I can go here and change to Bluebird, for instance, a press play. Now it changes to a different sound. Now, of course, if you want to look these over and over, you can do that by simply enable the cycle look and drag the cycle loop to go all the way to the end of the region and press play over and over so that I can audition a different sound or different drummers. So let's do that. That's bright at first, that's I want to change the sound. The performance stays the same, but the sounds changes, so I quite like the East Bay and Kyle. But let's say you want to change that to a different drummer. You can do that by again, press play and choose a different drummer so I can go here. Click on Logan so each drama as its own different kit in this case, Logan as a retro rocket. But if I want to change that to the East Bay rock, I can do the East Bay. I can just do that and press play. I want to play marks. Well, Jesse, let's say I want to change the kit with East Bay. So I'm basically changing the drummer and the sounds off that kid by using this two columns . If I want to change genre altogether, I can go to songwriter. For instance, I can choose Darcy and play that I can change the sound of the kit. Okay, let's say I like this, but now I want to change the performance of the drummer. I can double click on these region or even click on the Caesar bottom on top, which have away will open your editor down below. Now the editor has four different section. I've got my preset column, then I've got my PAD column. Then I've got my elements section and my fields and swing section. Now the 1st 1 here allows me to change the performance. So if I now play and train to the preset, So I'm still with Darcy and Darcy as oldies presets. So when I change the preset, it will change all my parameters here. Now let's say I want to choose base presets and player, and now I want to modify some of the performance here so I can choose this part. And this part has loud, soft, complex and simple. So I can choose to move these thoughts to drug thoughts around while I'm playing it. To see out sound working, click directly in certain area to see how it sounds. Now if I play that and I move that dark surround be very loud by one behave like an apple loop, it will actually be like a natural rial drum. And some of the section here are different. So I've got these area here, which is completely from to the next one, so it makes it very realistic. So I sprayed it again. I want to make that softer. I can drag the dots all the way down. There's much softer, very simple or more complex I can change the element that the drummer displaying, Let's say, if I want instead of the Tom to play, I want to play the Cymbals. I can click on symbols, and now it's change into symbols. Now for each element you go here you have the's slider on this lie that changes the complexity off the performance I changed to to a slightly more complex but three that makes him more complex and go back to Tom. Ah, never lets say to to I want to add a percussion. I can go here and choose a lumbering or shaker or a club. The percussion one affect my performance down here. And of course I've got Mike Ekins. They I can make them simpler, more complicated. Then we have the follow button here, so if you check this box, they will give you the option. To choose, which have a track you want to follow is a very nice and neat feature that would let you control the kick and the snare separately from the rest of the drums Element. Let's say I want to change the field again, produce the field, and when I do that, the other waves of this this form will change. I could make that more complex with more feels. What can change the swing so you can literally change everything, then you like on a drummer. Now the cool thing is that if you want to have a different section here on your trek area, you can hover the cursor on top of the end of your region and click on the plus button to other new area in, So that area would be independent from these first area. So this first day you have got Dear Diary as a preset, and I want to change it in the second section with a different precept. I can go here and choose. For instance, we'll talk a fair, and if I play it now, let me just turn off the cycle press play. That's I want to play the second part, much softer. I can drag back down, make sure that region is highlighted, and then you drive the dots down and I hope play that back. Let's go back here. So perfect. Now, if I won that part to be longer or shorter, I can simply go here at the the end of region. I can either loop that region as much as I want, or I can shorten it by using the other tool down below. Here and there will allow me to short in the track. And if I want to add something else after this, I compress the plus button and it will allow me to have another new section. I want to delete a region. I can just click on it and press backspace so that we allow me to be very flexible when I add a new drummer in. And by the way, with this new version of garish band, you can add several drummers in the same project. So if I want to add a new drummer, I can go young plus bottom at the new drummer. And I've got a second drama there. Let's say if I wanna have a percussion section down below, I can go to percussion. Choose any of these drummers will pray, percussions, And then if I play that back, it will play like this. And as you can see what a choose percussion Here the editor changes completely with percussion. I got all the section for Congas. Bongos off! Go Cab Asa Maracas, etcetera. Goal! The section that I can add in and have fun with it. So I've got lots of first versatility With this virginal, garish band. I can add as many tracks as many drummers as I want now. And if I want to add more loops into my project, I can go to the loo browser. Here. I can go to instrument, go to old drums, and as I showed you in previous classes, I've got also the option here to add these yellow tracks. And by the way, when you add any of these yellow tracks into your project, it will be another Futural drummer that you add it in. And of course, now I can close the loop browser there. I can go to my library in the top left, and I can add it. That drummer, I can go here down below. I can choose a different sound off the off the drum, and I can play that back. And now, once you've done that, once you edited your performance. If I double click again in the region to bring back the editor, I also have the chance to change the sounds as well. So if I go up here on the Tamar controls appear. I can now change the the mix off my drummers. I can change a compression and the effect. So let's and go into these last track and I saw it on a press play. Let me look for it as well. I can change the kick by moving that with a more prominent kick. Change this nasty Tom's hit hat symbols. Percussions can enable the comm pressure, so it gives you a lot of flexibility here to change your drummer and change the effect or each individual elements by using this mark control. Now you can play around betweens, mark control and editor. You know the to change the performance of your drummer, and now you know how to play around with elements. You know how to select them by clicking on them and choose the complexity off each element . You could also cut a region if I want to cut this region that, say, here I can go over there and then I can go to edit and split region a player head. Oh, come on, t feel like shortcuts. As you can see now, I've got a separate region so I can actually make that sound. That's a very loud I want to. And the 2nd 1 very soft. And then when I played out back. So you can be very versatile here. You can change any anything you like in drummer. So I love these new feature you haven't over spent and the fact that you can add as many as you want in the project. So play around with drummer and also you in the next class. 12. Taking full control of the Drummer: We Drummer Garish Band really stepped up its game as a digital audio workstation, as we've seen in the previous movies. Now you can add it the drama performance, using the editor and you are able to mix the drum elements in smart control as well. However, even though we have all these tools at our disposal, we still not able to change certain elements of a drum and change their individual sounds, velocity and other effects. Another neat little feature we have in garish band is to be able to convert a drama track into a softer Estermann track or maybe track. Let's have a look and how we can do that Now. Here we have thes drama and you know the to convert into a meaty track or soft recent on track. You have to add a new track by comparing the plus spots on here on top and shoes a softer instrument and click on create. Now, regardless of what we have here on our softer instrument, we can literally copy and pace this region down below. So I'm gonna click on here on Hagan, either right click and click on copy, or you can go to edit. Copy. We're gonna go to our software instruments. We're gonna pay Sit here at it paste, and then we go. Now our drama track becomes a softer recent track. Now, if you play it back, it would play. Of course, is a piano. I would have to change this patch with a drummer patch. So I'm gonna going to Drum Kit here. So this is so cold, Kyle. So I'm gonna click on so called gonna mute my drummer on top and I'm gonna play these back . So it plays exactly the same as the one on top from you that one below. Perfect. Now the main differences in the noggin double click here, open my piano roll and change each individual element as I wish. So if I want to move any of these element to be a Tom rather than a symbol, I can do that easily and play that back. And I can also change their velocity, etcetera. Also, I can split this meaty region into three or four different tracks by simply copying it down below. I can hold down the option key and copied these two or three times and then get rid of that say the element here on top just to keep the kick And Billy the rest looking Zoom that out , Highlight the rest and the leader. And now I only have my kick here and go to the 2nd 1 and get rid of the kick and get rid of the rest. And now I've got my snare. And of course, you're gonna get rid of pique and is now to have the rest here. And now if I play it back No, I've got complete control off my tracks in my element by having it in several track. So this is the way to convert a drama track in tow immediately. Softer estimate track.