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Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production - Module 3

teacher avatar Fran Solo, Apple and Adobe Certified Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (2h)
    • 1. Introduction to Module 3

    • 2. How to use the exercise files

    • 3. Recording a real instrument

    • 4. Getting sounds into GarageBand

    • 5. Getting the sound into the project

    • 6. Recording first guitar

    • 7. Recording the second guitar

    • 8. The Amp Designer

    • 9. Cycle recording

    • 10. Exploring the Pedal board

    • 11. Diving deep into the Pedalboard

    • 12. Flex Tool and Matching Groove

    • 13. Multitrack recording

    • 14. The Creative Process - Exploring layout

    • 15. Recording the first Synth

    • 16. Copying regions

    • 17. Using Apple Loops Part 1

    • 18. Using Apple Loops Part 2

    • 19. Using Apple Loops Part 3

    • 20. Using Apple Loops Part 4

    • 21. Freezing tracks

    • 22. Working in the arrangement

    • 23. Saving Favourites

    • 24. Walking through the process

    • 25. Well Done and What's next?

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About This Class

Module 3 - Working with Audio and Creative Process

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 continued 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 to blend with others available in the library in seconds.

Learn how to navigate the interface and create your first project by using one of 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

Apple and Adobe Certified Instructor


I have been using Macs for over 20 years, and I have been teaching it for the last 15.

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. Introduction to Module 3: Hello and welcome to module 3 in this queue share series working with audio. In this class, you get to record a real instrument, your voice, or an effect if you like, then you can lay your tracks on top of it and experiment with new sounds using the pedal board and the amp designer for the guitar and bass players out there. We will touch on cycle recording flex to a matching rule. You also learn how to record multiple tracks simultaneously. In the second part of the class, I'll share my creative process and how I layer my tracks. Again, the music you hear hasn't been rehearsed and everything is created on the fly. I hope this will help those of you who struggled to get started. Project will be about recording your instruments, your voice, or an effect, and sharing your creation with the group. I can't wait to see you inside the class. So without any further ado, let's begin. 3. Recording a real instrument: Now let's talk about recording Arria instrument into garish bad. First, we're going to choose an empty project. My breasts choose. Then we would have to choose either one of these two choices. If you want to record your voice or Mike, you are Christie Instrument. We could choose these option if you instead wanted to record an electric guitar or base using GarageBand building ramps, you go for the second choice. Now, regardless of what you choose, you can change the input within the project. Let's choose the first on here and click on Create, as you know, is the meter here is moving as it's picking up my voice from the mic amusing for this recording. We just stopped the input monitoring, and if I wanted to record my electric guitar now, I could go into the library and choose an up from here on the electric guitar Clean up. People wanted to choose one of these up, and as you can see here now, the tracks changes. So whether you want to record a guitar by a lean voice or any other instrument for that matter, we need to figure out how to get the sound into the our computer and then into garish ban in the first place. So let's have a look at the options available. If you have an electric guitar, bass, violin or any other electric instrument with 1/4 inch connection, you would only need it in order converted to plug it into your Mac. Or, if you haven't, of course, the instrument. Without connections, we would have to get some sort of a pick up that will allow us to connect it to 1/4 inch cable. In this case, I would a command one of these brands in terms of quality of sounds. The one I use for my acoustic guitar is the Fishman, but you can choose any of the other one. You can just do a research on Google and find out which one is the best for you. In any case, you would need an adaptor like Eirik to, which allows you to connect 1/4 range cable into it and then connected to a computer through an eighth inch connection. If you have an I Mac or Mac book up to 2014 you can use the older input that comes with it . Newer Macs have only an offence output, which can be used as an input as well. The I rig HT to operative gem will both let you do the same thing, but through a USB port. And we better sound quality if you have either a dynamic condenser microphone or if you're thinking to investing one to record your voice or acoustic instruments, you would have to deal with an XLR connection, which requires a converter, and the one that recommend is the shore Excel You. This convert is essentially USB sound card that you could apply easier into your Mac. These days, though, we can easily find microphones toe have USB connections instead of XLR, so you can directly connect one of these into your Mac without using converters. That's who I suggest are the older Technica 80 2020 or the Road Anti U. S. B, which is the one amusing for these recording. Both mikes are excellent for vocal and for acoustic instrument recordings. If you are into electronic music or a piano player, you might want to consider getting one of these keyboards. The emoji Oxygen 25 is perfect for TDM music composers on the go and the key Station 88 would be a good compromise if you rather play on a full with keyboard. However, if you need to record a mike and then electric walk was the instrument simultaneously, you would have to invest into one of these devices. These are called audio input devices or sound cards, and they will allow you to play guitar, bass and microphones and record two tracks at the same time. If you want to record your voice and guitar, you might want to look to get one of these. Some models also come with media input and output in case you had one of those old synthesizers with no USB connections. If you're required to record more than to track simultaneously, you can have a look at the same brands, but with multiple inputs. Another good brands is pre Sonus in this class. I'm going to use the set up, so I'm gonna have my guitar connected to my resume and my zoom connected to my Mac book. So let's connect the sound cut first, and then our instrument 4. Getting sounds into GarageBand: in this video, I'm gonna show you how to connect your older input device into your Mac and then connect our instrument, in this case, an electric guitar that we're gonna make sure I'm a levels heart set up correctly together . Best sound out of our recordings since I'm going to record an electric guitar. I could open up collection project so that I could test a few amps and decide which one to use. What? We can also open an empty project swell and choose and amp. From there as well. So I'm gonna just open and empty projects and now actually could choose. And I got the option to choose a new audio track. I can either choose naughty track or dump this case. I'm gonna goto amp and down below here. I can choose Dame. Now, I'm gonna leave these, as is because I want to show you how to connect your sound card so we can change this later . I'm gonna click on create me, Turn off the input monitoring. Now I'm gonna connect my sound card. You can have the sound card. These window pops up and does it. Just asked me if I want to enable it and use it on comic con use. We're also gonna go into garish band on the top, left on the preferences and on the audio slash midi we find out what device zoom talk to our and input is the same now for these exercise. I want to listen to this for my other audio device are gonna use the input as my zoom and the output as my road and two USB. In your case, you just leave the sound card as your input and output. I'm gonna leave it like this. Click close and I'm gonna plug my guitar another. My guitar is connected in check down here. The levels. So I've got recording settings. The record level slider here he set up to maximum. Let's have a look how my guitar play. Now, Just blame Maggie. Time. Just set up the volume on the sound card. Make sure it's not flipping. You haven't only delight on your sound card. And if it goes red, you would have to lower that down. Okay? The level is fine. If I want to see the meter going, I would have to select down here the zoom on the right and put these in there. I m pretty. As you can see, my zoom has two inputs wanted to. Now, depending on your sound card, you might have different inputs. He have more than two. You might see four or more. In this case, I'm gonna choose the 1st 1 I'm gonna make sure my input level is set up correctly. You know, to do that, you just need to enable the input monitoring here and see if the sound comes out. It does come out, and you just make sure that it doesn't clip what doesn't go to read. So I'm gonna just play some chords, okay? You also have an option to check the automatic level control so I can take that box if I want to. And try that if you are not sure about the level we can take that and just play that slightly down. It goes a little bit too much on the yellow, so I will probably go slightly down. Okay, that's fine. You also have the input monitoring down here. So that allows you to hear yourself. Why you playing all recording? So if I click that too, check it off. It will check off that as well, so that controls your track. We also have a feed my protection, and that allows you to stop any unwanted sound to go back to the input. Sometimes some instrument have that feedback whining noise coming out that can be quite loud. So if you're not sure about your instrument, you can also enable that by in this case, I'm going to just leave it unchecked and down below. Here we have the noise gate. Now, if your instrument as some background noise and produce unwanted, yes, when you're not playing the noise gate keeps any of these sounds to coming through until the old your levels reaches a certain level. But when you play your restaurant, you are sending allowed in a signal and that will trigger the noise gate to open on when you're not playing, essentially, the noise gate will close living the track and silent. Now, for the purpose of this exercise, I'm gonna leave these on, However, depending on your playing style, you might want to keep the noise gate off as might feel toe out some of the sounds why recording? But it really depends on its level for the following BDs will keep these on now before we hit the record button. We also need to make sure that our metronome and pre count are on this case. They are them purple, so it means their own. So the pretty count will give me four empty bits before will start to record. So I'm gonna try to record something. I can press space bar, Stop the recording Now, in the following videos, I'm going to use an arm collection project, and I will start my creative process of composing as I will be improvising. That might be parts when I mumble a bit. But stick with me and I will show you all the various features that can make your creative process flawless. And you'll definitely do a better job than I did after watching this following classes. 5. Getting the sound into the project: Okay, so we are all ready and set to record our first trek in explore our collection. So before we click on up collection, click on shoes. We're gonna go into details here at the bottom left hand corner, and here allows us to change some parameters before we even get started. So if you already know the tempo of you track, you could change the temple by using this lighter. Or you could top the temple. If you already have the kind of ah temple in your mind, you can just go here and start to do that and click on it until you find the right temple for that for the track. So let's say is 93 then the key signature is C major. That's fine. The time signatures for Fourth ES is a regular one. And then I'm gonna make sure the input and the output are the right ones. So make sure you're impotent. Out put are correct, and then click can choose. Now again, we're gonna have our list Off collection is K stamp collection, and then we're going to make sure that the guitar is actually coming out form from these tracks So, first of all, we're going to go into the first track here just to test it. And of course, if I play it now, it's not gonna come up anything. You probably here in the guitar from my mike supposed to go for my sound card. So I'm not like on input monitoring and see if it works now. Looks like it works very well. So I can now go and experiment the other tracks. If I want to buy clicking on the track and, of course, make sure the input monitoring is off in the previous track and turn the input monitor on the next one. Ah, now that you know how to enable Yokota, you can pretty much start to record. And from that you can add treks into your project in the next video, gonna show you how to record your track and out to start to build your idea from thes template 6. Recording first guitar: All right, so we are all ready and set record. I've just chosen these royal rock amplifier here. Quite like it. So I'm gonna just enable the input monitor first, and I'm gonna start to strum a bit, okay? Look like it's fine. I'm going to just make it slightly, um, quieter exam. Want to hear? I want to actually hear my metro while I'm recording. So I decided my temple was under them to actually. And now if I play and I start to practice a bit Okay. So let's say I'm kind of ready to do that to record, So I'm gonna express the record button and make sure this is stretched a bit so I can see exactly where I am when I'm recording. Include Conry record button over here. Okay, so I recorded that part. I stopped about breast in the space bar, and what I'm gonna do is I'm going to place the cursor at the bottom here, right off my region. As you can see, when I do that it I've got these two arrows, same bowling. Wanna go above just rye above there. I've got my cycle looks so I can actually looked this over and over if I want to, or I can just shorten it by using these other tool down here. So I can just simply cut this short if I wanted. And I'm gonna do that up too. The bar number nine. So is exactly nine. Bar the knife. I want to look this. I can just go into the cycle up and stretch that look to make sure that is long as my performance here. And I gotta press play and see how it sound. Okay, so it's no bad because there's a little bit of delayed the Enterra just to assure you that essentially, this is what you can do to start to record your track. Now, if you want to, um, experiment that track in another, another amplifier simply drag and drop that down. And then you could press play. I just use it. William van gonna drop it down Name than that one. It is very clean. Okay. I quite like that fact. So I'm gonna leave it here. And while I'm playing with this Aiken, for instance, I can get rid of stuff I don't need for its inside. If you want to get rid of that amplifier there. I can do that. I can just go. And the late stuff I don't need. I'm going to just leave the one above. And I can just put something that can record something on top of it on my performance and and I can make my my songs If I want to record now, I want to actually add another track with a drummer. I could just go to the plus button year on top, double click on the drama. And now I've got a drummer straight there, and I could press play and see how it sounds. I could move these parameters down here. Just make the drama slightly quieter. I want to. If I want, I can lose the Metro Mother Need the measure of anymore. I can just go there. Played again, Guys, This this is the way you create your first recording. You just start from a template like the amp collection, and from there you get inspired by picking up any sound. And then, like I did here with my royal rock, my Brit, my British appear And from there you start to record you make your track, you tweak around you delete stuff you don't need and you add, you drama, your virtual drama. And you kind of start laid out your ah, your track. So the next lesson I'm gonna add another couple of guitars, and I'm gonna also use the cycle recording feature as well. 7. Recording the second guitar: Okay, now it's the time to record our second track. So once we record the 1st 1 I'm gonna just go back to my first clean amplifier here. I'm gonna click on the input monitoring. Just make sure the sound comes up there now. I'm gonna just enable it. Just enabled the d echo action. They wanted to have a little bit of eco. Um, and on this track, and then I was trying out. It's not bad. I'm going to just play this for a couple of times, and then and then I'm gonna record Let's record day, since er sounds okay, so that's a little cart sound. Now, if I replayed that back this Okay, so this is my second track that I just recorded neck. And I hope by now you understood the principles off heading tracks suck to record the first line in the second line. And then from there you come up with the right idea. Now, if I want to add another track, you would go to the plus button and you would have another amp guitar here. You would make sure that the input is the same. You're gonna click on create and you're gonna have an extra. It is just the next ramp over here on the left and scientist on the library. You can choose whatever. Um, Pew likes if you wanna have, um let's say an experimental guitar. You can go here, for instance, and experiment this style. So if I want to play now, this I can experiment there. So this is also a way for you to start to kind of create your song. And this is part of songwriting and this part off the whole creative process off creating a piece of music. So let's have a look how that sounds. Okay, so I'm being kind of practicing for a big now. I want to try now to record some. Now, before we eat record, I wanted to show you something very, very, very important. So when we have these loop enabled on top this cycle on top and we'd record something, the recording will start again here. If we keep on playing and that will either merge, delete where you had before and at the new track in now to find out how this cycle look works during recording, we have to go into garish band on the top left hand corner here and go into preferences. Now, if you go into general in general, we have a new option to choose how the cycle will behave. During recording, it says he had choose how newer performances Ah, captured by recording over existing regions. So if we cycle is off, what do you want to happen to your previous recording? Do you want to replace them? What? Do you want to merge the new one On top of it, I usually leave it as replace because usually when I want to re record something I don't like that one I did before. So I leave. Replace if I mean cycle on like I am now. Ah, Instead of merge, I would probably choose a create takes. So what that means is it will silent my previous solo my previous recording so that I can record something human top so I can practice is over and over until my solo comes the way I want. So I'm gonna just leave it as it is now. Angela, I'm gonna close system preferences here, so let's have a look at the cycle recording in next video 8. The Amp Designer: Hello. Welcome back. Hope you're enjoying the classes so far now. And these video gonna show you a little bit more about the UMP collections, how to choose the right camp here on the left hand side and how to change the effects of each jump down here on these mark control. Let's choose first of all, another out. We're gonna add another track. So we're gonna go the plus button on the top here left, and I'm gonna add another guitar. Track works. Make sure that your input and output are set correctly on not trying. This is works. Yeah, it's working perfectly. Let's choose a different, um, Pelo shoes. It is quite clean. Stumbling delay. Ah, look at Echo Studio E. Like this one. So let's, um let's say I want to use this for my my song and and now I want to try and change the effective. It's a fair 12 week, a little bit of effect of the amp. I can go down here on this mark control and just trying to play around with this. So the first things you see here are these two that actually two sections twit, and you have distortion, Multiphase, echo and a river. Some of them off, I think. Almost all of them off. And only the echo is on. If I turned the echo off Very dry. Effect five. Tony gone so I can choose the amount off Echo. I want to have my guitar. So once I've done that, once I decide my effect off course, you can actually choose any of these like a spring. It's like a spring effect of quite nice. The fact he ever the river there, but not turn that off for now. Trying just to keep as it is. Ah, want to see actually the front panel off my amp the rial? Amp, actually, the echoes to you up in this case here, I can go here on the top priority if you notice that you have three Aikens. Now, the first way you're on topic is my tuna click on lap is gonna bring these nice, beautiful window for tuning my guitar so I can go here on started to my guitar. Perfect. Okay, so now after we to know a guitar, we can close that to the 2nd 1 Here is my pedal board. I'm gonna just show you the pedal board in a second. I want to show you the ump. Actually, this is our designer. So when I click on that, that's what you see and thes as soon as I saw the is the first time when they released the new garish band Fall in Love With That, and I kind of reopened garish band and recanted. Reevaluate is the softer Bigas is absolutely amazing now what you can do. So now you get the real AMP. Front panel. So there's my control is essentially is a kind of, ah, quick way for you to control the main the fact of your amp so as you can see all of these already here on top, but they're less, there's much faster for you to kind of tweak your sound around. Let's hope for a while he on top and I want to change, for instance, the base or the MIT, the mids. I can do that and just change the frequency. I can make this sound Maura basic for want to. It's quite high, so if I go here on the base, it's much more basic so I can tweak around. Trip various quickly sound here is OK, so and again the presence of your sound nice. Okay, so I want to show the ump designer for a second. The beauty of these empty designer is off course. You have to. You can change all these knobs about your amp. Another thing you have on the right hand side is your, um, your cabinet. Here you can see the cabinet, your amp. And the beauty of this is when you have the cursor over it, you can actually change the position off the mic by moving that little like I'm there. As you can see, my mike is moving. I can move it in the center, closer to my to my cabinet on the side. So if I place the mic there and I play now, if I move it on the site subtle change, but is actually there I can actually hear the difference. If you hear these video with reference you you will notice the difference. Now, another cool thing you have here down below is these Mike's election. I can click here the moment I'm using these rebar. Wanna want 1 to 1, but I can go to, for a sense, a condenser 87 and I can go here. Put that in the middle down. Move around. Kind of make this a little bit more compressed, almost like open sounds. Uprooting the meal that very open. Beautiful. Now, if I don't want to change the UMP, I can change the up down here. So I've got Model AMP and Cabinet so I can go to model here at the moment, test customized by Let's say, I want to go into Sunshine Stack and it changes completely. As you can see, I've got another in different AMP here. I can go into armed here and change to a different kind of I'm for model, and that changes again. And then I can customize these to essentially, When you change the model, it changes the UMP and the cabinet. So I'm sure you there again if I go into British combo is going to show me a british AMP Plus the cabinet for that British up Beautiful. I love this and then he I can change if I want to can change the up to be a different AMP studio, and if I want to ah or I can go to Cabinet and shoes. Well, how many speakers you want for that? You want four by 12 becoming huge. So I'm gonna have that. You actually coming out with a different sound altogether. So it's a beautiful the way you you can actually change things around If you want to go back to where you were before you just go back to British combo. And again, it brings things back. I quite like that. I'm gonna keep that down there. I'm gonna keep the ribbon as well. Leave that there. And now I can just close it. This is a four years a cool way to access your I'm designer By doing that, clicking on the bottom mess about, find the right effect for your, uh, for your guitar and close it. Now I can use this mark control Toby fast in terms off tweaking sounds if I want to. Don't forget, we also have some presets here on topically con factory default and you have clean crunch and distorted. As you can see, all of these have a lot off different presets. Few looking for a clean guitar effect. You can go to one of these click on something like ballot clean and it gives you the right combinations for that specific effects. So if I want to click there, I'm gonna have the's model, these arm, this cabinet and the specific Mike, these settings, So ever look at these presets new. Perhaps you might find something here that is suitable for your project. 9. Cycle recording: as you probably noticed when I added my second guitar in the previous video, I left the cycle mode on, but I haven't recorded the second take, and I immediately stopped right after the end of the region. These method works only if you feel confident enough with your solo apart that you're gonna need any time before, enough to the recording sort of what we did with cycle recording in the software system and classes. However, where we use cycle recording a good practice would be creating some space before and after your recording so that you have enough time to get into the groove of the song. One of the way to do this while we're here, we can highlight all these tracks and move them. One bar Ford like so And then I can just drag the look cycle one bar after my tracks and one bar before the track starts. So I got enough time to get into the groove much better here, and I'm going to record probably two or three takes, not on record. It is my second take. When my take I'm gonna stop here. So I basically took four different takes and as you can see on the top left hand corner off my region about these number four. So when I click there, I can choose which take I want to listen to. So the 1st 1 here, take one. Let's listen to that on. I'm going to just reduce the cycle region to what he was. I'm gonna leave the last part a little bit open and pressed. Play. Okay? No bad. Let's listen to the 2nd 1 Help Robbie exclude, dear. Since Goodall 1/3 1 I made a mistake that 4th 1 I think the 4 20 is the best. But let's have a look. It looks like there you take them before it is the best one so far. But what I could do I can also choose a portion off other takes if I wanted to. So let's say if I like the first part here and I wanted to cut it somewhere here in the middle and use another take, I could do that. I actually plays the play the play ahead here and then go to edit in the top and click on Split Region that play head or command T so I can click there to split the region. And as you can see now, I've got two regions here with the same take on top, so I can go to the 2nd 1 here and choose a another take. So I can have, for instance, a different performance and combined the two together. Let's have a listen so and that's the way to create cycle recording regions into your performance and how to create multiple takes. 10. Exploring the Pedal board: another cool feature. Go. Here is your pedal board. The pedal board shows me these other section So have got here a set of pedals already already set up for me that I can change and tweak around and, of course, on the right hand side of also have all different kinds off pedals. But I can add now these works, I believe, from left to right. So at the moment, the only one that I've got on is the 1st 1 is the squash compressor. So the's Scott has quashed compresses. If I turn that off, it's a subtle, subtle change. Let's have a look at the 2nd 1 The 2nd 1 is off. If I put that on, I can see a distortion. That's pretty cool. Pretty cool. So now I can choose to have that on and start to play. If I want to change your position, I can just move that and change your position, Toby, that before, on my distortion for us. And so that signal come out first and now about this distorted. Otherwise, you just decided to have it in front and then get rid of these two. And by the way, if you want to get rid of any of this, you just simply drug it. Hopes drag it out on the right hand side and it gets rid of it. And I can go back there to the the same sort of order and I can go here and add, for instance, a nice peddle forest integrating pedal there that paddle final. Play it. So what pedal? It's pretty cool. Just moving with my mouth squiggle on. Then I can just want Don't want it. I can simply make sure I've got of the hand I can that I can drag out so I can do that. This is the pedal board again. Again. Add as many people as you like you. You can play around, find your effect once you once you are happy with that, just close it and you're ready to record 11. Diving deep into the Pedalboard: like the UMP designer pedal board offers you a list off presets. So if you're going on top here on the menu bar, as you can see, I've got all these preset that I can choose from Aiken, go to something like reverb and click on the sound. And it sounds like this very nice. So I can choose any of these that I want. And if I want a combination off paddles, I can just go to complete paddleboard here. I can choose one of these. It's a eighties pop rock and it gives me a combination Days five pedals on. It sounds like this now, another great tool. Now, the great feature you have in pedal board is the fact that you can actually change the directions off thes effect, and you can mix them. So in order to mix them, I have to go with my mouse, the top here. And as you can see, when I have the cursor on top, it reveals the name off my pedals. If I click on any of these pedals, as you can see now, I've got these other section on top. It allows me to send effects to two different channels. And as soon as I reveal that area above, I can actually slide here to the right to reveal the mixer so I can mix the's sound to the two different channels to channel A and 10 B. So if recent if I want to have the chorus at the top to a different separate channel, I can just click on it and it switches the channel. And I can even do the same thing with delay for us since the knife I player actually direct this to in a different channel. And I can also choose how much I want to hear from that channel safe are going to turn Will be I drug that slider up I'm gonna hear Mawr Chorus and DeLay and I'm gonna here less rubble, flame jer and vintage drive here so I can blend them this way. Or I can even just gold way down here to hear dressed. And now I hear Mawr Distortion Mawr more vintage drive than I hear it the other two So you can blend this by using this slider this favor and I can also use the panning toe. So five gold way up and I want to hear more chorus and delay. I dragged that up a little and then I can say the side to have the sound gold way or just a little bit to the right forces of my headphones or monitors. I hear them or on the right. If I want to hear more on the last talking goal the other way around on, I can blend. And I choose the amount of effect that I want to hear and create my own sound s So it's very nice the fact that you can actually use this mixer within the pedal board and change your effect and create your own effects Well, and by the way, you can save your effect by going here and going to fire and save as and just name it the way you like. So you're going to mess about anymore, and you can use it for different projects. Well, now, if I want to get rid of this rafter, you makes it just click above here anywhere here and it will disappear. So this is a very great feature for you to mix and blend different kind of facts within the paperboard 12. Flex Tool and Matching Groove: in the breeze. Margin. When we talked about soft restaurants, we learned how to change the tempo of a track and aligning our notes to the nearest beat or bar by using time. Quanta eyes. We also explore the piano roll and how easy it was changing the notes in case of mistakes during recording. However, in the audio realm, things aren't as easy to adjust. So it all depends on the performance and how well you played your instrument. Part Gonna spend allows you go to change the tempo Impeach of a track by the click of a button. So if you're recording wasn't too much on a bit, it could be potentially adjusted by using the flag stool. Let's have a look at these feature in these example have recorded a strumming guitar here. Let's have a listen. No, it sounded OK by the where part when it was going on my own and I was in a bit. Now I could adjust that by enabling the flex, too. So if I go into the editors by double click on my region here and I click on the top left hand corner off, my editor is my fax tool. When I click on that, when you click that the follow temple and beach feature as well is being checked automatically as you know, this whole. So I've got these transient ear of my way forms. It's transits in response to the highest peaks off the way form. And these will allow me to Nagy the way form either left or right. I could also use the time want I stool. But that won't work that well with these guitar recording. Let's have a listen if I Kwan ties that 2116 Look at the transient here. Now when I click on it, it looks like they're all equidistant to each other, so it looks like they're almost the same with. And if I play that Okay, so what's the very end? It sounded to be artificial. So in this case, here at one work for these recording, So I'm gonna just exclude that, But this doesn't mean that you cannot use these on your old you track. You can definitely try use time quantities about it really depends of you recording. Let me zoom in. Yeah, a bit. And see if I can make some adjustment by nudging a few weights form here. So I'm gonna move these way formed by just hovering the cursor over the transient. Make sure they are lined to the nearest beats of bar. That one is not a line a line that on. I'm gonna line a visa on here as well. These are aligned. So I'm just moving them. Just having the curse of their got thes three little icons showing up my cursor and I just moving the way form that way. So let's see, if sounds better now we're gonna just play that part groups. We just move that slightly. I'm gonna play that part again. Definitely sounded better than before because I aligned all these together. When you have a long recording region, imagine can be quite a tedious process to go through manually, although sometimes it's inevitable. But if you're recording doesn't change that march and as some chords repetitions like this one, there's another great tool that we can use in garish bands. These stool is called groove matching. We could enable it by clicking on the track on the menu bar and go into configure track header. We can also right click anywhere in any track. I'm going to configure track header from here as well. Now we're gonna take the box next of group track, and it gives also a brief explanation of what? That does not explain that how it works after you check that box is just click anywhere. It looks like an nothing happened. But if you have the cursor on the left on any track, you'll see this little star. So if I, for instance, decide I wanna have these drum to be my group track, I can just click on it and what it does, it will just enable that start to be there. And all the other tracks will have these check box next week. I previously enable the track on top, as you can see here. But I'm gonna uncheck that for now. And I'm gonna go back to my Echo studio here now. And as you can see now, I've got a check box there. If I take that box, my transient here will change. I'm gonna just zoom out. Just let up it just to show you what happens if I do that. So if I tick the box next to the Echo Studio my Echo student will follow the drums here, which is my groove track. So now it looks like all my way forms have changed. And if I now play the performance again now, it sounded even better than before. So all my strumming now is on the big, so we groove matching. You can adjust an entire region to follow the main group. The flag stool and group matching are too powerful features. They will save you a lot of time doing anything. 13. Multitrack recording: in this video, I'm going to show you how to record two tracks simultaneously. And I will create a short song from scratch in order to record more than one instrument the same time. You need to have another input device like the ones have talked about at the beginning of this module. So if you need to revisit that, please do it and come back to this video later. First, I'm going to use a songwriter template on record, a couple of guitar solos first. Then I'm going to record my guitar and my boys simultaneously. So I'm going to click on songwriter and leave the temple 120. And my input and output are set up already. Magically can choose. Now I'm going to tweak the drum here by growing old. Wait down here to make quite a increase. The high hat complexity. Increase the swing up to there and like this. So I already experiment this previously perfect. I'm gonna go to this guitar here. We're gonna actually delete that. I don't need that track. And I'm gonna change these Britain clean with clean guitar into Dina tremor, several cart sounds and of course, I need to make sure that the input monitor is on by clicking on it. And the input now is on perfect. Now I'm going to record the first guitar and then I'm gonna record the second guitar later . I'm going to make basically look this old way here. I think 16 17 bars are enough. Gonna just press record now and record my part. - Okay , One take its enough. So I'm going to just leave it as is played it back. If I want these track to follow my drum, I have to enable the groove track. So I'm going to right click anywhere here on the track area when I go to configure track header I'm going to enable group track when I click enable the group track and then I'm going to take the box next to my guitar to make sure that it follows my drums. Let's play it now. Perfect. Now I'm going to record the second guitar. So now I'm going to duplicate thes track by right clicking on it and go into new track where duplicated settings. So I'm gonna have exactly the same track here. Gonna turn the input monitoring off there and here I wanna have a goblin delay. So let's see how it sounds. Okay. Perfect. I'm gonna record my second guitar now. - OK , Perfect. I recorded my second guitar. Now I'm going to play that back the way things just click on the groove check box here and see out. Sound with that. Now, I'm going to record my voice and my guitar at the same time. So you know, good to do that. We have to. First of all, adds another track here for my guitar go to duplicate that, going to bring that up. So I've got my voice here and my guitar. So you know, the two enable multi track recording after right click on any track and going to configure track header again. And I've got the option to enable record enables are gonna click on it when I do that. All my tracks now have these record button. So I have to basically enable the record button on my voice and my guitar. So I'm gonna go to my voice yet make sure the input is enabled. Now that my tracks are enabled, I'm gonna start to record now. I recorded a couple of takes, so I can choose what? Which of it takes I want when I just turned the input miter off and I can play that back way. So this is the way to do multi track recording in garage bent. 14. The Creative Process - Exploring layout: All right, welcome back. So in this video, we are going to be covering the electronic collection. I'm not going to be changing anything here and the details gonna keep everything as it is. I'm going to leave key signature, a time signature untouched. And I'm going to just press choose because I want to show you what the electronic collection offers you as a default, we're going to click on Choose. And now it's going to load all the different patches. So the cool thing of this collections that you're going to have to mess about too much with the effect. They are ready for you there in setup for you. So in this video, I'm going to be covering a little bit about the different patches that we have available. We also going to be covering a bit about the drummer, the drama that we have available then on top of this yellow region here represents your drama, your virtual drummer. And at the bottom here we have our drummer editor. I'm going to be kind of messing around here a bit. I'm going to explain you what I'm doing. So you understand how to change the feel, the style, the rhythm of your drummer or top. In this case here, the drummer is selected. And on the left-hand side you can see the collection where we have all different kinds of drummers. Now for electronic music, we have five drummers available here. And basically we can choose whichever we want. Now at the moment we have Magnus, which is the first one on top. Now if I play that, you can actually see what, what your style is. Okay, It's pretty simple style for each of these drummer, we're going to have different styling sounds. We also be going to be covering a little bit about the Apple Loops. So I'm going to kind of dragging, dragging in some apple loops in this track. And I'm going to create something from scratch and library again on top-left there to bring our library viewer here. Again. Now I'm going to be kind of creating something from scratch. I'm improvising guys. So I'm prepared really. Anything here. Probably just saved some apple loops. But apart from that, everything is pretty much live, almost even if is recorded now, but I'm recording it. Just improvising. So bear with me. If I get stuck with something doesn't sound properly. It just I'm going to explain exactly what I'm doing. 15. Recording the first Synth: Now the first things that we're going to do, we're going to leave these drummer resumes are not going to touch the drummer editor for now. I just want to go and explore these sound. Now I'm going to be using my laptop keyboard. I'm not going to be using any other midi keyboard. Don't want you to get spend money now, if you don't have a keyboard, do not worry, you can use your laptop keyboard, so we are all in the same boat. So to bring up the keyboard, or you need to do is simply go to Window on top and click on Show. Musical Typing for, for those that likes, the shortcut keys is Command K, as you can see here, Command K. So if I click on that, it brings up my keyboard. So if I go to, for instance, the first one here and I start to play, It's quite Basie, let's go to the second one. Shifting patterns didn't quite like that one. So I will probably just start from you guys, I'm going to be recording some sort of pattern. Very simple. I'm going to press the record button and before pressing record, always make sure you have your pre count. So you have these four bar, four empty bar before you get to record. And the metronome, we don't need really to keep the measurement on. So imaginaries off there, I'm going to leave it off. And I'm going to start to record the true. Okay, I recorded that. Now I'm going to on the top here, left and corner of my region. As you can see, I've got two. So that means I basically took two takes. The second one is almost empty because I stopped playing just right there and it was starting to record a second take. The second takes almost is actually empty. If I go to the first stake, there we go. I've got my my recording there. So again, I've got now my recording if I play that back. Okay, so I'm made this recording, of course I'm using a wireless keyboard. There was a little bit of lag and also made some mistakes. Well, so as you can see here on the piano roll down here. And by the way, for those who don't know how to enable the piano roll, let me just close the musical keyboard now I'm just press the red button here on top left, and I'm going to go on top. You remember the Caesars that I explained you before in the previous videos? That is our editor. If I click on that, it gets rid of the editor. Now if we want to see all of your notes, I don't know your performance recorded here in the midi. You need to double-click on the green region over here. If I double-click, it's going to show up my editor. Now, if I place the cursor here on the border, I can drag the app to make it slightly bigger. Now I'm going to be showing you very quickly how do I correct are actually correct these mistakes. So here the second note, I start a little bit late. The third note also bit late, as you can see, they're not aligned to the bar. Oops, sorry, they're not aligned to the bars. If I move now my slider there, I can see some of them are actually, all of them are not really on time. So I would have to then use a tool that we haven't covered yet. But I'm gonna explain you in this class, which is time quantize. This time quantize allows me to correct this mistake and align all of my notes to the closest bar available. So I'm going to be using, first of all, a selection tool I'm going to go into. I'm going to actually highlight everything. So I'm going to go to edit. Before you go to Edit, click anywhere here on the black background, doesn't matter where I just click that just to sell it, to select it and go to Edit and click on Select. All. Now as you can see, my notes are all highlighted. I'm going to make these editor slightly smaller. To make the editor smaller, you go on the top right-hand corner here where we have these deals slider, and we're going to drag that slider to the left to shrink our, our eight bar. So we can see all eight bars here. And now I can go to time quantize. And I click on the little pop-up menu that now do not get overwhelmed guys here, all you need to know is if you make this sort of performance recording and you want to correct this, you always 0 the majority of the time you're going to be using 1 16th note. And what that means is 116 note will slide and move all our recordings, although our notes, in this case to the nearest bar. So I'm going to be doing that first. I'm going to click on that and look at this area. When I click on 1 16th, is going to be moving a lot. Look at that. As you can see, all my notes are now aligned to the nearest bar. And now if I play my performance again from the top, now everything is on time. Everything is on a bit. So this is the way for you to correct your mistakes when you play with your musical typing keyboard. 16. Copying regions: Okay, so let me just close the piano roll. I'm going to double-click on my midi track here. And when I double-click, makes the editor disappear, Let's go to a different synthesizer. I'm going to be calling my musical typing by using Command K. But for those of you who likes to use the menu bar, you go to Window and just short musical typing. Let's have a look what effect we have here. I'm going to be playing the track faster than a play along with it. With our recording. I'm just doing something. Okay, if I can't hear that what I'm recording, one suggestion is lower down the volume of the other recording and just placing the shift. And they're shifting patterns down a little bit in a play again. Okay, Let's say if I like this, these Oregon, and I want that organ to play the same note that I played in shifting patterns synth, what I can do, I can copy these performance and drag it down here. To copy that, I can hold down the Alt key on my keyboard and drag that literally down. And when you see the plus button means the plus button is going to copy that. So I'm going to leave my mouse first, my mouse-click and then the Alt. And then what I did, I just copied my track. If I now solo that track by clicking on the Athlon, she and I press Play. So it's basically the same thing. If I un-solo that now and played everything together. Okay, cool is just playing another instrument with the same performance they did before. Very, very handy. So this is another way for you to copy and paste regions around your track. 17. Using Apple Loops Part 1: Okay, Now is the time to record some other performances here. We recorded that the moment, a shifting pattern synth and also the classic house, Oregon. Now what I usually do for my style of composing music, let me just close the piano roll and the ones here, they're double-click on that region. So for my style of music, when I create electronic music, I usually start with the electronic collection. Of course, I'm not going to be using all the synth for my song. It will be called to use all of them, but it's never the case. So even if I found a nice sound, if I go there and I press Command K, and I started to play that. It's quite cool. For instance, I can go, I'm going to, using a process of elimination. I'm going to start to kind of get rid of the tracks. I don't like, I don't like the oppressed Backspace to delete a Chicago chords by like that, I live it. Growth pattern pad. Okay, Can Work. Base button's. Not delete that. And I'm going to delete that as well. So as you can see, I'm getting rid them stuff and I know I played that check again. Okay. Let's say I I'm happy with that. I'm not going to be messing around with the library for now. So I'm going to close the library. And I'm going to use my Apple Loops. 18. Using Apple Loops Part 2: So this is the time for me to start to create some staff, discovering some loops, some cycles year, and then drag those slopes into my arrangement area. Over here. I'm going to close now my musical typing. And I'm going to be Apple loops here on top. The first things I do if I'm want to create electronic music, the first things I do are going to the loop backs and I'm going to change the right pack. Because if I leave the electric loops and the loop as it is, is showing me here 11,835 items. It's gonna take me hours until I found the right effect. So the best way for you to search for the effect is to go into the top here I've got Instrument, Genre and moods. I can go to instruments, for instance. And as you can see in instruments, I've got all different kinds of instruments. So I've got an old drums, keyed percussions, et cetera, got electric piano, synth, guitar, woodwinds, brass, etcetera. Now if I want to choose, for instance, a synth or a piano, I can go to piano, for instance. Now when I click on piano, is going to show me all the different piano available down here. I've got 376, much more bearable than the 11 thousand. So on how can go through these and find their IPI for me. Now, these loops will play at the key of your song. Even though you see here this column, it says key C and the C sharp. And then as you scroll down, he got a sharp, D, etc. So this is the original key that the loop was recorded at. But my track is in C major, so my project is in C major. So all these track will play in C Major. Very, very cool. That's why I love Apple Loop. So then I have to change the key. They play at the same time. If my tempo, if my tempo is one to, one to eight, they're going to play a 12 eight, even though this loop here, for instance, is 80, but the original bit per minute tempo is 80. But the song is 128, so that one would play faster in a way, they will follow my, my project. So let's go back here. I'm going to click on the piano. If I click on the piano again, is going to deselect my piano. If I select the piano again and I want to deselect, I can, I can also place the X button on top. Another way for you to choose instruments. And by the way, instrument here, if I drag, if I hover the cursor there on the border and I drag that down, is going to reveal more instruments as you can see, I've got plenty more. Remember when I told you in previous sections to make sure that the grayed out loops are downloaded. So click on the grade out to download your loops. Now on top here, you also have genre. Genre. I can choose any genre I want on top, Let's say electronic. And he's going to show me all the electronic loops available in GarageBand. So in this case I've got 397. So I can go here, scroll through, and I've gone also lots of loops here. Or I can go to moods at moods and just select everything else. Sort everything by moods, of course. Now I select the electronic as soon as I do that, if I select Electronic and the genre, if I go back to instruments, look what happened. I've got all the instruments that are available for electronic. It's pretty cool. I can actually go and click on, let's say shakers. And it's going to show me the shaker only that are suitable for my electronic music, in this case, this shaker 17. So when I click on that, once, it will place the loop, if I press that once again, stop the loop. So I can go also another way. I can click on the X button on top, and I can go directly into look packs. So the loop parks shows me all the different kind of Pack available in GarageBand. And I usually do that instead or I could go to January. It's really, it's really up to you and just want to show you all the different way you can do it. Now I'm going to go into my old genre, top, and I'm going to choose this case. I'm going to go into electrophiles. Again the same, the same way as you can see. All of these are highlighted. And I'm going to play my track here. And I'm going to play some of these loop. I'm going to drag all the way. When I go all the way on top. Now as you can see, I checked some of them as my favorites. Now to make these lessons will be shorter. I went through these 500 or whatever. And I take the one that most was where most suitable full for this track, for instance, the one that I liked. Now, you can go through loops, and if you like a loop, you can just tick the box next to the look alike, so they'll all be saved under the heart. You have here on the top right-hand corner. That is going to show me all of my favorite loops, in this case, older one that I chosen, pool and a tronic. Now, I'm going to go back to my instrument. I lecture hours. And I'm back here. I just want to show you how you go about it. Now, the first things you do, you press the Play button. Then you click on one of these loop. Okay, It looks like me stop that space bar. You can also stop, as you can see, I've got now a good look that I can use. But my performance here, some of these note do not match that loop. So what I'm going to do, I'm going to drag that in first, as you can see as a blue loop. What that means is, is an audio loop. I cannot change that much here back and drag it on top. Here at the bottom. Actually, I'm going to drag, drag it here. And let's say I'm going to put it at the very beginning. And now if I play my track, I can see that that note there, the fourth naughtier does not match these note here. Now I can go here and change it. So if I double-click on my my midi track there go my midi editor. So the fourth note, 1, 2, 3, and 4 to the means is the fourth note here can be changed, and we just play that again and see if I can change it. Let's say I want to blocked with capital of steps and see. Okay, I've got also the organ that is in a kind of over playing back. I'm going to mute the organ and press play again. Not quiet. Let me just move that slider up and minimal back and play in. I quite like it. I'm going to just make sure that now my organ as the same, as the same correction there. Before I do that, I want to check these other note here. If they play, okay, I'm going to just solo that. And solo and the synth as well. And I'm going to look for the synth because you can see the cynthia can be looked at when our hover the cursor over one of these loops or any of my recording really, at the top right hand corner here, I've got two icons and we just go down here. So as you can see here, I've got these curved arrow and I've got these other two arrows tool here. Now, the curved arrow on top allows me to actually look that region. So if I drag, click and hold and drag, I'm basically looping that region and repeating that region again up to the eight bar at the end of the eight bar and beginning of nine. So I can go and do that. Or let me just go back. I want to show you the other way. The other tool you got down below here allows me to shorten the track. In this case, it's an audio track. It doesn't let me extend it because there's nothing there to extend by. If I drag that back, I can cut off some of these recording. And now I quote, so loop only the area, and I'm simply deleting Watts, watts Zoom what was in this area. In this case, you actually want to bring their area back. And I want to look and I'm going to do that. So this is the way to look. And now I'm going to actually solo the shifting pattern and the synth. And I'm going to play them together and see how they match. 19. Using Apple Loops Part 3: Okay. The last notes definitely something I would have to change. So I'm going to click on the midi. And I will probably use the same note as the other one, G. And now, if I double-click anywhere here on the ruler, is going to play. Perfect. Now they match each other. They play with the same sort of note and they play good together. So now I can remove the editor by clicking on the editor button on top. And now I can also drag that track above. As you can see, I can drag this track by using my mouse and click hold the mouse and drag them into the right position. So as you can see, I've got them all together here. Okay, Now I need to sort out the Oregon. I usually do something very eye color cheat in a way. I just get rid of that. And I copy that and paste it down by using the old because he's already corrected. I'm going to just drag and drop the corrected version. So when I play it now, Perfect, Nice playing perfectly. Now if I can go back to my apple loop here, and I'm going to click on the one that I selected before. And I'm going to show you how actually create something from scratch. Click again to stop. Okay, that one is quite cool binding to see how it sounds with the whole context here. I'm going to press Play. And then I'm gonna go here and click on it. Oops, went to a lab. Let me just try it again. Okay, It doesn't sound good. So by the way, if the loop here is it's not loud enough. You can go down here and you can basically make it louder by dragging the slider a bit louder. Let me just try this one here. Okay, let me see you out sound. Okay, It's another beat. I'm going to drag that bit in, make sure you drag it in the empty area down below here. I'm going to probably drag it here. Nagar drag at the beginning. Make sure it's kind of a give a little bit of progress, progressing effect of my well progressing in a way that it's like a story almost song. So I had to start somewhere with a little bit of instruments. And then suddenly it's going to bring me this bit where I've got a little bit more rhythm and it's more danceable as well. Okay, I like dang gonna loop it once. And now I've got a couple of repetition here. And explain again. Okay, acquire like I'm going to just go and carry on down here. I've got different kinds of loops. Again, having a look, I mean, look at the loops. These are, these are also very good loops because you can see these are just beats. You don't have a key of course, but you have the original tempo which is under the 28. And look at what we have here, a 128. These are perfect Actually for our track in terms of tempo. In terms of length. You see the beats here. If it says eight means it's going to take eight bit in. Our check is going to basically if I drag that in, is going to take up to this bar from here, all the way here, eight bits. If I use a 16th, that one is going to hit 16. So that's going to take up to here, 16 beats and so on and so forth. The one with the length actually in second, these are just pre-recorded. Yeah, pre-recorded of effects. That's where they are. If I scroll down here, I've got some other And clap PALB2 localities sounds. Okay, so I'm gonna go and play again and see how they sound. And that will be a good to have that coming in after the second part here, after these basic core bits. And after I do that, as you can see, my loop is going to end that bar number nine. I can extend the loop to go a little bit further. So that's what I do when I start to add my loops into my track and I press back play again. Okay, cool. I can actually carry on with my loop here. I can go and look for instances aftershock to go there if I want to. As you can see when I look, you see these cats in the region. And that means is this is actually the, this is actually the old loop. And can repeat that as far as I want. If I wanted to, I can go here. And by the way, let me just get rid of this. And by the way, if I want to make these view slightly smaller, when I go here on top and I drag that to the left. And now I've got a nice view of the whole project. Now I can go here and drag it and loop it as much as I want. Now, another little trick, if you like shortcuts and if you like a specific track to play all over until the end of your project, you can press also the L key, the alkyne. We will look at the region till the end of your projects century. If you press L again, it will remove the loop. In this case here I'm just going to go a couple, understood, like two or four times. Four times. And then I'm going to also carry on with my drummer. As you can see, when I hover the cursor on a drama, the very end, I've got these plus button. This is kind of new now that I can, when I press the plus button is going to add another region with my drummer. But as you can see, I can also use the loop. I can literally copy the same, the same performance. Again. In this case, you're going to use the plus button. And this region is separate from the first one. And what that means is I can double-click here. And now I can change the style of the second part of my song. And let's say I'm going to just extend my loop all the way to the end. And now I'm going to play from here for, actually for the beginning. And when I'm right up to bar nine, going to move the assumption, going to change it. Now. If we're going to add that as well, the tone, mass. And then I repeat that as well. And the undo that come on, Zach, for some reason went to a different track and not loose the second one as well. Okay, quite cool. Now can go and add other tracks. I'll see you in the next video. 20. Using Apple Loops Part 4: Hello, welcome back. I hope you are enjoying the process so far. I have to apologize. Some of the videos are not very short. And the process of creating something, we have to basically record the whole, the whole track. And I have to show you how I go about creating a piece of music so you know, you understand the process and the method that I use. We carry on here. We actually have created a piece of music that sounds like this. Progression. Five. Nice beat. Him and I click on one of these loops here. You see that the chocolate look, I'm going to press space bar, as you can see up pram pressing Spacebar to play space-bar to stop. So I can actually go here now. Quite like that electrode topper. I can use this form next transition. So I can go here and I drag that down, let's say here. And now I'm going to increase my loop on top as well. And I go up here. And I'm going to close my editor. And I'm going to look for that a couple times. Let's see, three times. And my drum again, I'm going to add another drummer there. And I can case here. I'm going to loop my performance here. Again. We're going to be changing now we're going to be transitioning somewhere else. I believe. Hopefully it depends on the loops. Inspire, inspire me, teach to change really. And then we're going to make sure that lunch just finished at the end of that of its own loop. Kang and I presume these out to make them smaller. As you can see, the project ends here. So I can go here and then stretch my project to make a longer and go here. And just comic is slightly longer. And by the way, now there we are playing with this electronics piece. We can go on top here on the LED and enabled beats and time also to see our long, we are actually making this on it so far is 45 seconds long really. So it's all about the process really. So we can go back on top and beat some project. I like to see the beads and what's happening here as well. I'm going to increase that as well. And then going to be playing again and just want to get the feel of the song. And I'm browsing on the left, on the right-hand side here, see if I can find some other things that I saved previously. Okay, I'm going to drag that down here. Let's say I'm going to drag it. And I will probably say that. And I'll make that long. Let's say two. Oops. Drag there there. Make sure you select the tool, the loop tool, and you look at a couple of times. Now we're gonna go down here. And this case here, I'm going to remove my cycle. So this is the process that I go, usually going through. I added some loops. Once I kind of created like 45 minutes and minutes song, I just get rid of the loop on top and so that I can easily click on the play head, press Play, you press the space bar and play it from there. And then I remove or reduce the volume. Going to repeat a couple of times. Quite likely transition like this shaking and I drag the shake it down. I'm going to show you what's another way for you to lay your your loops. You don't have to necessarily drag them into a separate track. You can also use these spare track. Now, remember for when I left it on because I wanted to play with them with Command K, phi plus play that now just to experiment, see from stealing inspired to use them. Otherwise I'm going to get rid of them. Okay? I would have to also play with this octave here to play a slightly higher. But it doesn't inspire me. So I'm going to just click on and just get rid of it. I'm going to do the same thing on that one. I think. Let's see if I can play it fits binary to do something. Okay, I'm going to record something there. I'm going to just go let's say here, right about here. I'm going to press the record button and I'm going to record that. Okay, cool. I recorded these part. I think the first part is, I must stop by the second part. That looks like it went a little bit better. So what I'm gonna do, I'm going to double-click. Then I'm going to close these piano, these keyboard. And I'm going to shrink this to make it smaller by using this tool at the top right-hand corner. And I tell you what, I'm going to highlight this and greatest. So to highlight a, an area he and the editor, you click and hold and drag. Highlight a section, press, Delete. So that's the way to delete your track. Now, usually on the editor tool, here we have now these empty midi region, almost these empty space. If you want to cut it off, we can actually use the piano roll here down here, and drag that to start right where my recording starts. Just throw it out there. And at the end, I'm going to do the same thing, snow now the end, I'm going to make sure that I'm finishing right to the right, B to the right bar actually. And thus the right bar here on the 32 bar and the end of the third x2 bar, I ended there. And also going to quantize this, I'm going to highlight everything. And by the way, you can also highlight from here I can highlight click and hold. The left-click of your mouth. Highlight everything. Going to the time quantize. Click on 1 16th, and you're golden. Now I can just go. I close my piano roll here and play from here. Press, Play by like accurate. Okay, Let's say I like that. And these Titanic waves. Oops, let's see how they sound. Command K. Sometimes I forget to get the command K on. Okay, let's see how it sounds. If I copy and paste these performance down here and play that. Okay, not bad. It's it's kinda cool. And this is the so sorry, Sometimes I got there, see sternum or overload. It's because I'm recording as well the same time. So I'm going to just use now these loop here. Let's see how it sounds. Right from here I'm going to play this first and then I'm going to click on the loop. This is a sort of a loop that works very well. Fading in. So I can drag this in and fade it. So I can go here. I think it looks, it sounds quite messy and a middle, but I'm going to just drag it down here. And I'm going to probably leave it here. And these small shaker would have to probably be quiet when this starts with just starting to get quiet, I would just probably start from here. And a loop that few times. This is sort of a and B is kind of a bringing something in almost. So if I press Play there. Again, for instance, these party is quite nice if a plays on its own and then I can add another drummer if I want to. Now, let me shrink these again, as you can see him making the trek smaller and smaller when I'm playing with it. And then I'm going to use that drum. Actually, I'm going to click on that drum to add another one, but I'm going to move them the beginning of that bit, just right there. So when i then restart, I'm going to have that nice bits. Not bad. I'm going to then down here and I've got these other ones. Okay, let's see how it sounds when I play from here. Quite nice actually that, that's a start just right before my drummer. So I'm going to drag that right before the air. This is just the eight beats. It's not too long. But I'm going to make sure that when I drag it, I've got a nice transition. When I drag that in as well. Cool. So now we, we kind of created something. 21. Freezing tracks: Hi. In this video, I'm going to show you how to increase the performance of your computer. And if you have a message of CPU overload, like I'm having during this class. So I have to basically freeze these tracks. So you can do the same thing on yours if you play, if you're actually creating a project with a lot of tracks at the moment, I've got quite a few tracks. However, if you end up having 40 tracks, a lot of tracks, 30 tracks or so or more. Your CPU might suffer a bit, and you might have those messages and then you don't know what to do with that. So he have to basically freeze your tracks. In order to freeze your tracks, you have to right-click anywhere here on the tracks area. And click on configure track header and the bottom here. So as you can see here, I've got attract lock, which is the one that you're gonna use now, allows us to freeze track. Then I click on that. As soon as we click on that little checkbox, we're going to have these additional button next to our tracks. Now I'm going to click away from these just to get rid of it. And now I'm going to freeze the track. The tracks I don't need at the moment. So let's say I want to freeze these tracks and I'm going to, by the way, when you click and hold the button, the mouse in one of these buttons need drug down, is going to highlight the rest. So I can literally go here and highlight all of them if I want to. Now, after I've done that, if I press Play, look what happen. It's going to bounce, is actually freezing my tracks. So when I play them back, the CPU is going to be much happier. Of course, if I have to edit a track, again, let's say if I have to edit this groove pattern pad, I would have to unfreeze that one locket. And then I can mess about and change things around. So at the end of this freezing, that's going to be much, much better. I will keep that habit if you have a slow computer or if your computer kinda delay or if you have those messages and messages coming up on a screen. So this is the way for you to sort them out. 22. Working in the arrangement: Okay, So far so good. So we actually created a piece of music that can be used for, for our projects. Let's say if I play from the beginning, press play. Hello. Okay, so that's sweat what we created now, I feel like I probably need to do some other copy and pasting spacing here. So I will probably have to copy and paste that person that basic core bit to. To repeat. I can add that for instance, I can hold down the Alt key. Drag that. Let's say here. And there is going to ask me the track is locked tank and can't be changed. So we're going to do is simply unlock the track. And now I can drag that again. Hold down the Alt key, drag it here. And then I'm going to play from here. Okay, Let's say I want to play these electrode, topper, a 100 and lambda. Can I went ahead that again, I'm going to drag that. I'm going to drop it here. I forgot a bag and the app to unlock that fast. And we're going to drag that. You're going to paste it here. And I would probably say make it little bit more interesting by removing the loop there and this drag and drop and make an author after nation that I don't want to hear that all the time, but I want that to be present. Always there. So as you notice when I click on that little arrow next to that loop, it shows up all the different kinds of loops that the electrode topper has in his library. So I've got like 14 of them. So I can literally go here and change it if I want to by clicking on that and choose, let's say the second one. So as you can see, changes the rhythm. So if I go here now and press play. So one of the things I'm doing here is I'm trying to make sure that the volumes are not clipping and ongoing to the reds, especially if I have lots of tracks. I always keep an eye on these treks area here and also on the overall volume. On top. Press play again. And I move the play head here. As you can see, these track goes yellow, these other track goes yellow is not good. Scope down a bit. Still read as you can see. Sometimes a kind of so I need to be careful on how I handle many tracks at the same time. 23. Saving Favourites: Alright, in this video, I'm going to show you how to save your Apple Loops as favorites. On the right-hand side, we have our upper loops, and we also have these little heart icon here on this column. If I want to mark anything as my favorite, I just check the box next to them. So when I checked the box, this is going to be in my favorite here on top. As you can see, I've got Instrument, Genre, moods and also these heart. So when I click on that, it's going to show me all my favorites. Now bear in mind when you save a lot of favorites, when you end up having more than a 100 of Gaya 75. But if I want to look for specific one, I can use these filters on top. I can go to instrument and it sorts out my Favorite as instruments. So if I go to piano, is going to show me all the piano there I saved so far. Now I can click on piano again to de-select and go to a different instrument, guitar, for instance. Now if I want to deselect something from here, I can just simply uncheck the box and it will disappear from my favorites. I can also search by moods as well. So I can click here and go to clean. And it shows me all the one that are clean. For instance, I can click on there again to remove the selection or can go back to the X button to go back to my browser. 24. Walking through the process: Just to recap what we just did, we start from scratch by using the drama. So we had our Magnus, I believe was Magnus our drama here. We change it to Leah. We started to add these tracks in. And what I did, I started to play these sounds first. So the track, if I solo these three tracks, that the music started like this with just the normal, just the basic recording with my laptop keyboard. And then from there I started to use the Apple Loops to get inspired and create some other style to change the mood of my track. And of course, these Ivan prepared these guys, this is the stuff to you. You watching is all improvised in front of you here and are not editing a lot really. I'm just recording what I'm doing front of you and just to explain the process. And I hope it makes sense. Also, you kind of know how now all the library works, all the editor, I want to edit my track Eigen double-click on the track to bring up my editor, and this case is my drummer editor. If I want to edit my midi editor, I'm going to click on the midi editor and immediate come up. And then I can do my corrections using the quantisation. I can change the patch of my track by clicking on patch the track. And then on the left-hand side in the library, I can choose the right patch for me. So I can go to, for instance, that one and I can choose different thing. Of course, these tracks here that we use, these are apple loops of course. So if I want to change the patch of my tracks, I can go into the library and just choose the right patch so I can do things like moving the regions around. I copy and paste by showing you the old key on your keyboard. If I hold down the Alt key and I drag, I make the copy. For instance, if I can see I can make copy and paste, I can do that. So it's very versatile. You can literally start to create your music right away. And now you know how to use the Apple Loops. By using the genre round top, you can choose a different genre. And then from there you can narrow the search and make these numbers light is more and more and less overwhelming. Or you can go to instrument and choose the right instrument and go to genre and choose by genre way that I did Firm Top. Also by moods as well. You can choose by moods. You can go to electric and you get all the electric, etc. So and you can drag and drop files in. And you start to kind of create your, your piece of music. You're a composition that's all about the electronic collection out is makes sense. It's been quite a long kind of sets of videos. But if you have any questions, please let me know on the comment or via private email. Happy to, to answer all your questions. And I'm going to expand more on this in the future videos. So I hope to see you soon. 25. Well Done and What's next?: Well done in completing this class. Now you are ready to take the last step in songwriting and music production, which is mixing and mastering. These is a crucial step to make your creation sounds professional and something you can be proud of. Please feel free to share your project here and head on to Module 4. I'll see you there.