The Trick to Making Your Rock Guitar Software Instrument Sound Real with Garage Band | David James Guidice | Skillshare

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The Trick to Making Your Rock Guitar Software Instrument Sound Real with Garage Band

teacher avatar David James Guidice, Musician / Creative Soul

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Lesson 1

    • 2. Lesson 2

    • 3. Lesson 3

    • 4. Lesson 4

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In this class I demonstrate in 4 easy lessons, how to create the most realistic sounds from software instruments on Garage Band.

I share some of my own secrets and discoveries of effects from amps, pedal boards, keyboard modules and a great trick I learned years ago to get your rock guitar track sounding like a real guitar player. 

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David James Guidice

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1. Lesson 1: Hi, guys. My name is David. James. Judy. See, today I'm gonna show you how to make your software rock guitar sample on GarageBand sound. Israel is possible. So let's get to it. Okay, so here we are, guys, um, this is really simple to do with a little tweaking of the installed plug in amp Designers on the pedal board and a little trick I learned from a keyboard player years ago by doubling with a Fender Rhodes right here or classic electric piano. Fender Rhodes. Same type of thing. If you double or layer the lead guitar sound with a fender Rhodes with some simple accuse, you really get a nice sounding lead guitar on your track. Obviously, it's always nice to have real instruments whenever possible, but this will help you if you're struggling to get an authentic sound for your demo or fund project or whatever. Okay, here we go. So the song I used is called Face in the Crowd by Little River Band Great song. The lead guitar solo starts in the middle of the tune, and we'll be working right here. Let me play it for your real quick. So that's the song all right. Now, when you add the garage bands hard rock sample right when you add this to your track of the default e que that they have just sounded to me to me, I didn't like how it sounded. It didn't sound realistic. So basically what I did was just played around with, you know, the amps and the pedal board added this au filter, which we'll get to to try and get it as authentic as possible. So let me play these three just the guitar solo by itself so you can get an idea of what it sounds like. Here you go. All right, so now let's take the 1st 1 This is really the, uh this is the lead, okay? And what I came up with Ellis is Look at the amp design. First is the British combo British champ British to buy 12 Cabinet. I like the river 1 21 Mike, I kind of leave it right around there, and you know, you'll have to use your ears and play around with the different types of he accused that you like. But for this particular style, now, the song, this is what I eventually came up with. So you take a look at that. And then I went to the pedal board. I added, um, that's it. This vintage drive the rubble. Flynn, Jer grit. And this active right here. I noticed. When you double the active here, it gives it more of a deeper sound, more body to it. And this tends to work. It doesn't work. All it depends on what you're working with. But this worked for me. So that's for the That's what I use for the first woman in it alone. It sounds like this. 2. Lesson 2: way with second track here. I overdubbed it. Okay? And I used so many tweed amp for by 10. Because they all give you kind of a different style. Different sound, dynamic mic, the pedal boards. I used roto phase, all right. And the Octopus again to kind of give it dumb, a little more depth and grit to it. So this is what I came up with the kind of to emulate that. So this is that this one by itself? You hear that? At the end, we play that at the end. One more time is sounds more realistic to me. OK, so together, these two sound pretty good. Let's play em again. 3. Lesson 3: together. These two sound pretty good. Let's play em again. All right, Um, but I still wasn't getting that pinching harmonic sound that guitar players have when they're soloing, you know, Um, So what I did was I must around with the electric piano sound and overdubbed it tweaked the e que added this auto filter with way form going down. There's a lot of options that you can pick and choose from, you know? And you could go through this yourself. You know, use your ears a still what you like, and then pick one and go with it. But this is what I like the best. And I put the drive all the way up on the e que. Okay. The pedal board for offended roads. I added grinder and a vintage drive, which gives a little distortion to it. So let's hear this by itself. Here we go. So right there is what I was really trying to emulate. Is this sound right here? Uh, obviously, with a real entire player, it's easy, But we didn't have that. So let's put it all together and see out. Sounds hear that sound word there. That's what I was going for. So now let's hear it all together with the actual band. - I mean, when you add it all and you mix it with band, I think it sounds pretty realistic. If you pan, you know, two guitars, little left and then the 2nd 1 little to the right, and then you keep the electric panel kind of center. That's kind of how I did on this one, but again, you know it's You'll have to use your own ears on this when you're doing it. But this trick worked for me. And the other thing on the second video that I'll get to is how I use the pitch band modulation wheel on the Oxygen 49 keyboard to create that realistic bends that you're hearing on the guitar. I'll play it one more time for you. One more thing here if you use this au filter for the hard rock guitar. I lord the frequency here a little bit. The mids kind of gives it a more realistic sound to too much meant mid stuff going on there , and I did the same thing. I believe with the second track. I hope you enjoyed this and look forward to making some more soon. Thanks 4. Lesson 4: Okay. Welcome back, guys. Today I'm going to show you how to get that bending of the string sound you hear from real guitar players using the pitch bend wheel on the M audio. Oxygen 49. Any USB keyboard that has a pitchman wheel should be able to do this. So before we get started, let's create our rock guitar track. Find an amp that we like and add some pedal effects. I'm gonna stick with, uh, the garage band and they give us here and just tweak some things a little bit here again for the effects. You want to make sure the switches on. Okay, let's go to the pedals at the rubble. Flander event is Dr See, I'm gonna also add Let's move over here, the heavenly chorus and just tweak. This sounds a little bit here. All right, let's x out of that. And let's go to the audio filter again. That some you might have to add that later. But let's go up here. And I just moved the midst down just a little bit and then I'm just gonna move. They condenser mike that I'm using here a little over to the side and just tweet just a little bit more of the sounds. And I think we're good to go. So let's test the sound creating a guitar track. Um, I haven't mentioned this yet, but it's always good to use what they call power chords and to get the real effect the way you do this is you play the route the fifth and an octave above the route here. I'm going to play a C, G and A C together. I think this is what they sound like apart. And the pitchman wheel is right here. But I'm gonna start off simple, Um, and you can too. I'm going to make up. Ah, very quick blues guitar Solo line first without the pitch Bend Second with just me adding some grace notes Third with the pitch bend and then last with the power chord at the end so you can hear the difference between all three. Here it is with the guitar bend. The best way to make it sound as realistic as possible is to listen or copy and easy rock guitar solo on one of your favorite recordings, um, and try to play the bends as close as they dio, but I'm gonna hold it down. CEO, hold it down first and then I'll let it go to get that first note. And then that bluesy note you just also have to do is kind of flick it. The interval is 1/2 step, so you don't have to move the wheel very far at all. Here's the last one with the power courts, Theo. Well, there it is, guys, I hope you enjoy this video and learn something. I hope to make some more and in the meantime, have some fun messing around with some guitar sounds. Cheers.