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How to Record Quality Vocals in GarageBand

teacher avatar Joseph Evans, Make Better Music Now: Follow Me

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Join Us


    • 2.



    • 3.

      Download GarageBand


    • 4.

      Getting The Right Equipment


    • 5.

      Sound Proofing Your Office or Studio


    • 6.

      Setting Up Your Mic


    • 7.

      Creating A Project In GarageBand


    • 8.

      Record Your Audio


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    • 10.

      Add Effects


    • 11.

      Bouncing Down Your Project


    • 12.

      Live Example


    • 13.

      Thank You


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If you would like to learn the proper techniques to record quality vocals for you next song, album, mixtape, podcast, online course, teaching, or radio show then I have a very special treat for you!

In this step by step course on "How to Record Quality Vocals in GarageBand" you will learn how to:

  • Download GarageBand
  • Get the right equipment
  • Properly soundproof your office or home studio
  • Connect your microphone to your computer
  • Create a project in GarageBand
  • Make sure you get a clean recording
  • Add Music Files
  • Edit and add effects 
  • Bounce down your project to a high quality mp3 or wav file

So your search is over!! Learn everything you need to quickly and effectively produce amazing sounding recordings using GarageBand. No experience is required and all musicians, instructors, podcast hosts, voice-over talent, singers, songwriters, rappers, and even preachers are welcome!

All thats left for you to do now is enroll, watch the videos, and get to work!

See you inside.

- Joseph

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1. Join Us: be making basis. Hey, what's going on? Listen, if you want to learn how to get awesome professional quality recordings using GarageBand than this is the place to do it, All right. My name is Joseph Evans, and I've been recording music and producing music for well over 10 years, and I know step by step what it takes to get a good quality recording. Now, in this course, what I'm gonna be doing is teaching you a beginner how to get ah, quality recording on your vocals whether you're doing it for an album mixtape. Ah, podcast online course or a radio show. And it's gonna be a simple, easy formula to follow. Okay, there's several things were going to be covering in the course to do that. 2. Introduction: be making basis. Hey, what's going on? Welcome to this course on how to get a quality recording in GarageBand. Now, this course is broken down into some simple step by step actions that you could take to make sure that you can get high quality and professional sounding recordings. So whether you're using this course to learn how to record vocal for an album mixtape or for podcasts, radio shows or online courses, this is the perfect solution for this. OK, my name is Joseph Evans. I'm a music producer. Have several years of experience working with different artists, working with audio recording in different various dolls. GarageBand being one of them. Okay. And what I'm gonna be showing you is several production techniques. Now, remember, if you have questions along the way, please make sure you ask. This is a very short and simple course. I wanted to just get you a basic introduction to me into the information and let you know that you can ask me anything you want in the course. Okay, Now, last thing are last but not least. Please make sure after you take the course to leave a review. OK? Reviews going to do several things is gonna let me know what I'm doing, right? And what I'm doing wrong. That way I could help improve the course for you and for future students as we go on. Okay, so without further do less jumping, Thanks so much for watching. 3. Download GarageBand: be making basis. All right, guys, again, welcome to this course on how to get quality recordings using GarageBand. The first thing that you're gonna have to do if you want to get good quality recordings and varieties, Ban is obviously to have garageband. So in this lecture, what I'm really doing is covering how to get it. Now, you can only get drives ban on a Mac computer. So if you have a Mac computer, what you're gonna want to do is go to your applications. So go to your launchpad and then go to the APP store. Once you click on this APP store, all you have to do is search for GarageBand in there, and you can download it for Onley 4 99 Man. I mean, listen, for 99 that's less than a value meal at McDonald's, Chick fil A or anything. So there's really no excuse to actually getting good quality recordings. Okay, so yeah, you can search for it. Let me. So short again. GarageBand! All right. Bam! There we go. And as you can see, pops up here. Not me personally already of purchased this, But if you haven't purchases already going to see a price down here. Okay, so this go ahead and click on it, and then you put your information in there and you'll be able to get it. All right. That's the first step to this is downloading GarageBand. I'll see you in the next lectures to come. Thanks for watching. 4. Getting The Right Equipment: be making basis. Alright, guys. So in this lecture we're gonna be doing is talking about the type of equipment that you're gonna need to get professional recordings at your home office or home studio. Now, first thing that you're going to need is a digital audio interface. In order to get one, all you gotta do is go go to Google. Google is your friend and type audio interface What the audio interface is going to do. It basically plays as a middleman between, like, say, a microphone or, you know, input to a you know, an acoustic guitar, something like that. Some type of external device and getting that signal into your computer. Okay, um, some of the brands that you could go with as you can see here you can get these guys for anywhere from, you know, even 50 2030 bucks, OK, on up. But a safe brand to go with is the focus, right? Scarlett o k. You can get it for about $100 and basically what this is going to do again, it gives you a couple of inputs where you can input, say, a microphone. Okay, um is gonna give you a couple of inputs where you can put a microphone is going to give you some output inputs where you can, you know, actually, get your speakers hooked up to it. You can control the volume of the actual sound. Overall, you control the volume of your earphones. You can control the volume of the signal. All of those different type of things with this scarlet. Okay, there's other brands, like in audio you, those that that's a safe brand to go with. But you want to get some some type of digital audio interface spending About 100 to 200 or even $300 is going to be safe. A safe bet to get something quality. Okay, now, once you have this interface, you can go with them. You're gonna need a microphone. All right? All you have to do is go to Google and search microphones for recording vocals. I say to do this because primarily, honestly, in today's times, most of the microphones out there are quality enough to get good quality recordings. But some of these microphones right here these are top seven ones to go with. I've had this road in T one microphone before Excellent Microphone Road Makes great microphones. Sure makes good microphones. Blue makes good microphones. The main thing you want to make sure, though, is that it is going to be a condenser microphone. The reason by reason why? And I don't want to get into too much of the technical aspects of things, is going to pick up the vocals the best. OK, let's just leave it at that. All right? So all you need is a basic condenser microphone. Go with these. These typical brands right here, the sure road Sennheiser. Or you could go it blue. OK, SC electron ICS is good too. Notice I'm not telling you that you have to go with a particular brand or whatever because , you know, most of the time for I'm telling you, I've been doing this for several years. Use several different microphones. Unless you are a recording engineer. Your recording that platinum hit record, you know, saying you don't have to focus so much on the type of microphone. You just got to make sure that you spend at least 100 to $200. You you'll be straight. Trust me. Okay, But for podcast and things of that nature. Usually people are using the blue microphones. They have something called a blue snowball. They also have something called a blue Yeti microphone for podcasts and online courses and things like that. But you don't have to stay in that type of brand you can do you. Can you record courses when anything I record all of my courses or most of them would this road in T 18 microphone you know, saying also, right now I'm using, ah, new a Newman microphone to record on with these vocals right here. So it's mainly just about getting a brand new mike that's that doesn't have that's not used , is not broken down or anything like that is going to get a good recording. Okay, so keep it simple on that search for Google microphones for recording vocals. All right, the next thing you're gonna need and this is another point to put in here because I know I'm going to get the question. Do I have to have a digital interface if I just if I just want to use a USB microphone? No, you don't have to. The us being microphone might even be a simpler option because you're just going plug directly into your computer via USB. With this, this is kind of maybe form or serious recordings, meaning serious meaning that, like, say, if you have other instruments that you want to record to outside of just using a microphone , this is something that you're gonna want to pick up. Also, another benefit of using the interface is they have something called a pre AMP, which is going to boost the signal and make it make it louder, make it more professional. So that might be another reason why you want to get this. But if you get a USB microphone, they have pre amps built into the microphone as well. Anyway, let's keep on going down the list. The next thing you're gonna need is soundproofing. I can't tell you how drastic this is going to help your recordings. If you get in a room, even if it's a small room and this echo in, it is gonna believe, do the mix and it's gonna make your vocal sound horrible. No matter what you do to it in the mix, you're still for here that echo. So this is important for you to look up some soundproofing options now, or Alexis is the, You know, the main brand that people used. It can be rather expensive to get Samora lex phone. So if you don't have a huge budget for that phone, you can get an alternative by going to Amazon in this push or typing in our search for soundproof phone. Okay. As you see here, this is an option. For 57 bucks, you can get a pack of 48 of these bad boys. Okay, that's more than enough to really sound. Prove your room. Okay, So this is the These are the things that you're gonna want to get The main things. Okay, So I'm gonna go over this one more time. What are the main things that you're gonna get? You need to get a interface. Okay. For recording vocals, you need to get on a microphone and then for soundproofing. You want to get, um, some type of soundproofing foam. Okay. You can find everything you need on Amazon. Have alternatives. You know, people might ask Hey, what about used gear? Yeah, used here. There's nothing wrong with it, but the best bet is always to go with new if you can afford it, right Gives you that way you can guarantee there's not gonna be any issues. But if you do go with use, make sure you read the reviews. Make sure you read the people's quality settings. Make sure you thoroughly make an informed decision. But for most of this stuff, man, I'm telling you, get in. Brand new for pretty cheap. Now, if you have questions, let me know. I'm pretty much going to be going over how to set all this stuff up or the kind of you know why you're gonna need it as we're going to the course. But I wanted to give you a basic overview of what you're going to be needing thirst before we jump into it. Okay, so thanks so much for watching. Let's jump into the next lecture where we're gonna be going over step two. Peace 5. Sound Proofing Your Office or Studio: be making basis. All right, so in this lecture, I'm gonna go over some basics of how to set up your or Alexe foam or your soul, Your soundproof foam. Okay, let's say this is your office, right? It doesn't have to be this deep. It could be, you know, shorter than this or whatever, But for the most part, you're gonna have four different walls that you're gonna need to put foam on. As you can see, this is probably gonna be where you're gonna have your actual set up. Your computer, your monitors, your speakers, your microphone. All of that's gonna be a Friday sitting up against this wall. The main thing that you want to make sure that you do is you get even distribution of your paneling. Okay, So you want to put a panel here, Here, here. Kind of like a checker checker board. If you ever see a checkerboard, you see how you have red squares in black squares? Map up your mall your wall like a checkerboard. Basically, keep it simple. So put the checkerboard right here in the middle. Put a checkerboard right here on the left wall and on the right wall and into the same on the back wall is fairly simple. You want to do that now? Another thing that you could do to keep it take it to the next level is gets what's called base traps. And what you would do is you could go to Amazon in select base traps. You could say if this thing will work, what the hell is going on? All right, I must say based trap these guys right here and owners based traps because, like what? What happens with some with sound? Okay, you could get. Like I said, you get him for cheap 40 bucks. That's not that bad, man. For some, for some professional quality based traps, what happens with sound is it bounces off these walls. You go. You know, say, if you're speaking into the microphone, you're sitting right here and you're speaking into the microphone. That signal was going to bounce off of this wall, and it is going to bounce back on the back wall and then it's gonna bounce over here, over here, and what is going to be doing? This is going bouncing all over the place and what that's going to do is create Revert, right? That's why that's why you have riverboat. So when you have the soundproofing right here in the checker format checkerboard format right here and right here and it on the back wall is going to trap some of those those sound frequencies is gonna least chapter sound frequencies bouncing off the walls. But if you think about it, where else could those frequencies we going or the sound waves We going the corners, Right, So that's what those based traps are gonna be four to. So if you have a budget where you can afford to do the base traps definitely put some base traps up. OK, so you're gonna put him on the corner right here, corner right here and then the other two corners of your room. Okay. And again, if you want to check out what a checkerboard looks like humming is really simple. See how this guy looks right here. This is what your your blood. Your your phone. We're looking like bone boom, boom, boom. You don't have to fill it up this much. It could just be like a small little section just like this or a bigger section like this, but that's the kind of format you wanna use. Um, sometimes the people might also ask. Hey, how do I actually install these? There's multiple, different ways. You could do it. They're soundproofing glue, Okay, that you can use. If you actually own the house, then that might be, uh, you know, a good option. You know, saying this is some blue that you could spray on there. And, you know, you can put your soundproofing on there. Now, this is this is mainly what I use. I get some of these different pieces that just just basically a double sided adhesive. It's a transparent adhesive that you can put on there. This this search for that you put soundproof phone glue. Um, you can get these type of adhesive. This is probably the best bet, because you can take this off, and it is not going to jack up your walls. Another thing you could do is actually nail them into the wall. That's what I've done in my studio of Nelda. Um, but, you know, I've also have done it where I've put the ah ah, he sit down. But this is basically what you're going to be doing again if you want to. Um, you know, set up your your your your your studio. The proper way. All right, put the put the checkerboard right here. The checkerboard right here. Checkerboard right here and on the back wall. And then put up some base traps and you will notice a huge difference in the quality of your audio. Please make sure you do that. All right, so I'll see you the next lecture piece. 6. Setting Up Your Mic: be making basis. All right. Also in this lecture, where we're going to covering is how toe actually hook up your mic or plug up your mic into your digital audio interface. Now, I'm gonna be using the example of using the focus, right Scarlett to I to interface. Okay. And pretty much whether you're using this one or audio, it's all the same. You want to make sure that you plug your mike into the XLR inputs, okay? Which is gonna prayer? Probably more likely be on the front of your interface. All right. And let's gonna go over what XLR cable is. Okay, So XLR cable is basically a cable that is gonna plug into your mic and in from your mike into the actual, um, software program digital all the interface. As you can see here, they have two different types of ends. They have, ah, female end. Okay, which is this one right here? And then they have a male end, which is this one right here. Now the female in is going to be plugged into your actual mike. This is the money going to plug in your mike. It looks different on different types of cables, depending on what it is. But it's all the same with a silver black or whatever. This is the female yin female. Think about thinking that could be Anyway, you get the point. This one has holes where the PLO's can go into that right. The male one has these little tips work. They're gonna plug into your digital audio interface. So you're gonna plug that male input into this channel either the first channel or the second channel, Okay. And this is important to know, because when you go into your software, you have to know what channel you're gonna be plugging it into you get when you're saying so, plug it into all this. A channel one, okay. And all you that's all you have to do and you're ready to go. All right, They have different buttons right here. We could say line or instrument. Of course, if you're using, like instruments A like a bass guitar, you're going to use a different connector piece, which is going to be 1/4 something called 1/4 mints. And I'm gonna show you what the quarter inch looks like as well. Just type in 1/4 inch and I should pop right up. Okay, um, this is this right here is 1/4 inch, and it's going to plug into the little hole right here. Okay, So say, if you were plugging in a guitar, you would select line, okay? And I'm gonna zone me here a little bit more. You looks, you slick. This tow line, I mean, two instruments give me. But if you're doing vocals, you wanna have it online, Okay? Those is some basic tips on this. Also, you want to make sure that you turn this. There's something called a phantom power on the back of your or right here. You just push that right there is going to give it an extra little boost. Um, and so that's those are things you want to make sure that you do last of lot. Least if you have monitors or studio monitors, you want to plug those up, you're either your left or your right. They usually take 1/4 inch. And then also, of course, you want to plug up this USB cable so they used to use cable's gonna come into or out of the your digital interface and into your Mac book. You're gonna go into that to a USB and you'll be good to go. And so the main thing is making sure that you have the right thing set up here. Whether you have a microphone that uses 1/4 inch or an XLR cable, those of the type of you're still going to go into the same situation here. Remember to selected as line and you'll be good to go. Okay. If you have questions, please make sure you ask if recording is very simple. If you keep it simple, just make sure you get a quality mike. Make sure you get a quality digital marketing unschooling that digital marketing but digital audio interface and plug it into the right output or input. Excuse me and do you be good to go? All right, so thanks for watching that. And this next lecture will go over trading an actual you know, project in Garage Band 7. Creating A Project In GarageBand: be making basis. Now, the first thing you're going to do already have a project kind of pretty much open here. But if you didn't have this year, what you would do is go to foul and go to new, all right. And in this video window right here is gonna pop up. All right, now, all leaves different right sections right here that you see, your options are just like some presets that already have, like, tracks that are, you know, Pacific to that particular template. So, for instance, for hip hop, they already have instrument tracks that are already set up. So you have, like drums, bass and different things like that. Hip hop sounds same thing for electronic. Same thing for keyboard voice, etcetera. But in this particular course, I want you to know how to do it from scratch. Sometimes that could be the best way to do it, because you can control manipulate exactly what's going to be recorded or set up in the track. So what you want to do is set up an empty project. So just click there and then also you want to make sure that you could select the right audio input and audio output. Source this select your particular audio interface for me. I'm using a scarlet to I two USB interface. So I select that for the input. And I also was selected for the output. After that, those those options are selected. Pushed shoes and voila! This is going to pop pop up. Now, I'm gonna go over some basics about where everything is that and what you have going here. Okay, this right here is college. Your project window, OK has other terms that maybe people might use. But ultimately, this is where you're going to see what's going on. This is where all your mAj is gonna happen, right? If you're recording vocals, that's where you're going to see the vocals actually being recorded. This is where also, you can see what you need to edit etcetera. OK, right here is where you're gonna see the type of instruments that you have or instrument tracks that you have. So, for instance, if you create a piano track, this is where you're going to see that. Or if you create a vocal tract. Is where you going to see that up here? We have different buttons or that that will drop down different windows. Obviously, the first window is going to be your library, where you're gonna access all your sounds. Of course, we're not going to necessarily need that in this particular course, but this is still where you go find that right here is very important. It's called quick Help. If you select that anything that you scroll over, you'll get a very brief description of it. So, for instance, I click right here and go over here. You can see Oh, this is this. This is Ah ah, this area. This is the track header, OK? Or this is the stop button played by an etcetera. Very useful term, especially if you are are option, especially if you are a beginner. Okay, this right here is called Your smart controls will go over this more later. But this is basically where you can add effects and things, the scissors or where you can actually edit. All right, your tracks say, if you have audio or if you have, like, midi tracks and stuff like that, this is another way you can edit it. This is the transport bar. This is where you could actually go left or right? Or push. Stop! Pause Our record. This is where you going to see? Um you know where you are in your track. So, for instance, you could do it for bars, or you could do it through time. You could say, OK, I'm at 25 seconds. 31 seconds, etcetera. This is where you could set up a metre known. And then right here you could take notes. You're gonna move open apple loops to bring in other sounds, or you can bring in sounds from your computer. Now, I know I'm going over this pretty quickly, but, you know, I just wanted to kind of have a basic overview. What? The program conduce you and what it can offer you. Okay, now, orderto create a track here. They're simple to do that. The first thing you want to do is go over here to this plus sign and push that Now you have different options here. You can create a software instrument track or you can record audio, which is this is what this course is mainly about. So if you collect the selector Mike here, then you can select what inputs you have over on your particular audio interface. So say you have your microphone plugged into input. One which you want to do is collect that. All right. You also want to make sure that you have the proper interface selected as well. This is where you can select that. Now, if you have, like, say, a USB mike, This is where you select that as well. You don't have to necessarily have interface in order to do this, but you do have to select the right option. And this is where you would do that. Okay, Once you select the right option, you could say, All right, I want to hear my instrument as a player record, I would say specifically specifically, if you're doing audio podcast, you might not want to hear that feedback from your voice, maybe four vocals for a Nalbandian you would. So you can select there. Also, you could select options here to for your output or input that way as well, once you do that push, create. And I'm gonna mute this because just because the feedback will come to. But then you have an audio track here. All right, so in the next lecture we're gonna talk about, actually the type of software or equipment that you're gonna need in order to do your recordings. So thanks so much for watching. I'll see you in the next lecture. 8. Record Your Audio: be making basis. Now that you have your project set up, let's go over some recording tips. Okay? This is really the meat of the course You give them saying you want to make sure that you get a good quality recording. So in order to do that, of course, you wanna go ahead and create a track. We've already done this, but create the tractor audio, select audio or the microphone, Select the input. So if you're using input one select out of using input to select that you could select this . I want to hear my instruments of play if you want to, or you can have it done selected, usually for podcasts or radio or courses. I don't want to hear my vocal while I'm trying to speak into their but for recording for album, you would. You know, I'm saying selector interface. It's kind of going over of you on here and push Create. Now I'm pushing mute because there's a feedback loop if I don't. But of course you don't want to push that right there. But the main thing that you want to do is when you're recording is you want to do like a couple of rough takes you want. If I'm gonna come back over here to your audio interface here, you want to make sure that you when you plug your mike end, you want to look at the signal right here. If you see it in agreeing, you're good to go. But if it's going over to the red, then you're peeking so you would turn down to gain upper down to make sure that you're not peeking. So speak or rap or sing at the volume. You're gonna actually be recording that and adjusted There. Now you can also, you're gonna also see the signal coming in here and there. So if you see the signal comedy and hot, I'm gonna push this real quick. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. See how you saw that signal. You wanted to be the signal to be coming in green. If it starts going into yellow or orange or red, you're definitely, you know, is too loud. Okay. You want to go to your gain on your interface and turn it down? This is your gang. Turn that down like that. Okay, now, once you get your gang, your level set for recording. You also want to make sure that you're about six inches away from the microphone and you would just push record right here and you could record, so I'm gonna push record. Hey, how you doing? Welcome to this course. My name is Joseph Evans, and I'm happy to have you here. And basically, we'll record however long or short you want for your for your your podcast, your radio show, your online course or your or your album. Okay, You could do different. You could do different takes as you will by this recording what you want right here. And then you can go over here and create a new track and duplicate the process. Now, another way to duplicate this track instead of having to come out here and do all this, is you can push command d on your keyboard, and it's automatically gonna double this OK, and you can go ahead and record over it again. So say if you want to beef up your vocals safe or you know your album, you can come over here and do the same process and then a mute this while this is going on down here and you hear it? So, Hey, how you doing? Welcome to this course. My name is Joseph Evans, and I'm happy to have you here, As you can see here. You didn't see that The audio peaking. You didn't see it going into the grade or the orange of the yellow is all coming in green. And so that's a very important tip here is to make sure make sure that is not peeking. Okay? And then you just create new tracks and record over what you want and getting your records . You get the best take. Now, if you want to delete this, you don't like a recording. You can always push, like, select it. And it pushed elite and is gone. Is that is that Is that simple? Another tip here is wherever you want to start recording, you're gonna move this guy right here. Just call the play head, Movinto. Where? If you want a records to save your you know, your recording artists, you want to start recording adverse bar eight. Okay, you just push this play head over here to borrow eight and then make sure that he had a proper track selected, and then push record now, only reason I haven't muted again is because I don't want to have a feedback loop while I'm teaching the course. But if you unclip this, um, you know, say, if you're doing a live recording, you should be just fine if you have your mark, your your headphones on or whatever. And of course, the overall volume turned down, but you would just push record and then you could start doing your thing. All right, so you just talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever, whatever. And you could record it wherever you want to say. I don't want to record here. Say all right. I want to do another take Push command D to double your track here or get another audio settings here and in Go go from There is verse two for senses are the order. Of course, this is given example. Alright. Yo, what's up was going on? Yeah, whatever. You know, I'm saying you have the recording coming right in like that. So that's those are some of the basics here that you want to do on as far as getting a good quality signal again. Make sure that everything is coming in at a good level, all right? You don't want it to be too soft. You don't want to be too loud. What make sure is in the green and not in the orange, yellow or red Red is definitely a no no. And make sure you adjust. The gain on your digital audio interface is going to look different on different interfaces . But it should say gain under the input. And you could turn that up or down. And like again, if you see green is good, if you see red is bad and you also check the signal by looking at the input right here as you're speaking or singing into your you're recording. Okay, so thanks for watching. If you have questions, ask And if you have suggestions of things I could also do to expand the course. Or maybe, you know, go into more detail. Let me know as well Thanks for watching 9. Edit: be making basis. All right, guys. Now, in this lecture, I want to talk about editing. Okay? From time to time, you might want to edit out something out of out of your track, right? So, for instance, you might want, you know, edit out these this this section right here and say All right, I don't like this particular vocal right here. In order to do that, all you have to do is move your play head to with the part that you want to edit, and you click on the actual track and you're gonna push something called Command T. What command he's going to do a split the audio. Okay. And if you want to edit this part out, you and go to the end of the part where you want to edit pushed command t again. And now that split that now all you have to do is click on the part that you want to delete , click on it and then pushed elite and is gone. Okay. Same thing. Vice versa. If you want to take this part and maybe move it over here, what you could do is you can copy and paste it so you could say copy which is command. See? And then you can move the play head to where you want it to be. Make sure that contract is selected and in push command v to paste it. And again, why? Muting it is because of the feedback aspect of things I'm recording, and so, you know, it would be a feedback. But now, now you have this particular audio right here. Okay, you can delete this. You could also move the audio back and forth to wherever position you want, all right? And that makes it easy for audio editing as well. Another thing here is if you go to the very end or the beginning of a particular piece of audio, you can extend it or, you know, decrease it like this. Okay? And those are the main editing features that you're gonna want to do on this. Now you might be saying OK, well, what about fading it in and out? There's something called automation. And if you just keep it simple here is pushing the letter a on your keyboard and, you know, select all volume. You can just make points right here on this line. So you click on the line, all right, And you click on to different places. So you click on where you want it to start and where you want it to end. So say, if you wanted to start it to be the fade into you say you wanted to fade in you wanted to fade in right here and end right here in which you would do is click two points. So click a point right here at the beginning and end it right there. You can course move the volume up or down based on that. So let's check that out. Talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever, whatever. And you could and you could start doing your thing vice versa. If you want to. Do, you know, faded out right here. You can do that. Say say you want to fight it out right here. You can bring it is down like this and then you'll get a fade out or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever, whatever. Now, obviously, in a real life situation, we re working with way more audio. But I wanted to give you a basic overview of what you need to do to edit it. Okay. So, again, what we went over is how to, like, maybe cut out a pit particular piece of audio. Save you. This little piece right here is kind of sloppy. You can cut this little guy off. You can also zoom in by coming over here to the very top, and then you can move the play herto where If you want to cut, do you highlight it right by Deaver clicking right, clicking it or left clicking on the actual audio. You push command T which is going to split it. And you pushed elite on your keyboard. Okay, you can undo by pressing command seven. Okay, um, or you pushed the lead, Of course of deleted. You can move this around like this, you can extend it, or the decreased audio left like this. And those are just different techniques that you could use here. Toe added your audio. Now, make sure that you always saving your tracks. You do that by going over the foul and save as I would recommend saving it, um, on your desktop, Just so you know, where is that? All right. And you can name it whatever I'm gonna say. Project number 10. You know, you can name it, whatever you want. Okay. So save as you go again. I just wanted to go over some basics of editing and practical to attack practical application of it and everything like that. But if you have questions again asked, I'm here for you. Thanks for watching. 10. Add Effects: be making basis. Alright, guys. So now in this lecture, where we're gonna be doing is talking about how to add effects to your vocals. Effects can either boost your signal, make it sound smoother, make a sound better, all of those different things. And I'm gonna be going over how to use basically presets to make your vocal sound better. Now, obviously, you want to turn this down a little bit, all right? Just just not right here is gonna turn of overall volume of your track down. And, um, you want to come over here to the smart controls, but all right, And the smart controls button is where you're gonna add, like, things like compressors, queuing, reverb and things that nature in order to add it. Just go over here to your eye. Right here. Push, Inspector. And as you're going to see here, you're going to see plug ins down here. If you push that, this is where you can access all your plug ins like compressors, etcetera. Now, what I would do is you click over here by the arrows and you can stroll down and you have all these different effects here. The first thing you're gonna want to put on your vocals is a compressor. Now, I'm not gonna get into what a compressor air like the settings and all that type of stuff. For this course, I'm gonna recommend that you use presets, but all the compressors going to do is bring up the soft sounds and bring down lower those sounds kind of too loud. And it kind of makes a fuller sound when you add a compressor. So in order to ask presets in here, what you do is click right here and then you have different options that can choose here. Obviously you go to voice. You want to make sure that your your your vocals are not too compressed. But you could select his vocal one compressor, which is pretty good if you're doing something for, like, a narration like online course. This compresses pretty good. Um, and this one is good for like, you know, rap vocals or singing and stuff like that. These are the two that I use, but you can try all of these. The main thing you don't want to make you want to make sure is that the vocals are not overly compressed. So let's just check a look at it or listen. And then you could start doing your thing. All right, so you just talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever, whatever, All right? As with the compression, this is without. And then you could start doing your thing. All right? And this is one with the vocal compression one. Check this out, and then you could start doing your thing. All right, so you just talk. Talk, talk, talk. Now you want to add a particular compressing pressure there to say, if you recorded the vocals super low because you didn't want it to peak or whatever. This vocal compression one would be good for that. If you already have a good signal that came in, then this one will boost the signal a little too much. So you go to like a you know, live oak. Or just try these out to see which one works best for your recording, depending on what your purpose is. The purposes. The next thing you want to do is e que my bad on the feedback. Next thing I would do is e que, um and you add that is the same way you just go down here and it's like, e que channel each you. And when that pops up here, you can go to the presets. So you have different precession use. Vote voice. They have backing vocals from speaking to Mel for fresh vocals. A lot of different vocals. So let's listen to it now with the hue and then you could start doing your thing. All right, so you just talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever. Whatever. Okay. And it's all about based on, okay. And it's all about based on what you what works well for you. Um and you're recording. Ah, lot of people want to know. Said I put reverb on my tracks. Okay. And the answer is, Yes, you can. But I recommend that you'd use it sparingly if you do. OK, so, for instance, a If you want to put reverb on there, you scroll down to reverb, maybe a platinum reverse based designer. Those two of the ones I used the most and I'll put the reverb output pretty low. Any you can kind of move it up or down based on how much reverb you want. So let's check it out. And then you could start doing your thing. All right, so you just talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat, rat, rat, whatever, whatever. And you could All right, So now usually for, like, recording vocals for a course or a teaching or podcasts and stuff, etcetera. You're not gonna put any reverb on there. You usually put reverb this a little touch for like, if you're recording the album so you can use reverb. Another affected you're gonna want to put on There is a limiter. Okay. And what I always do is go to the presets here, and I go so limited for vocals, and usually that's gonna give a good signal boost. You could start doing your thing. All right. So you okay. Now, the last effect on my talk about is something called a de Esser. The di essere is going to make sure that some of the syllables, if you may do a lot esses and sounds, you put this DSR on there, and it's going to help. Um, smooth that out. So they have one for female voices. They have one to review to reduce the presence a little bit. Onley. Add this stuff again if it is needed. I don't usually put it on there if I'm recording courses but for, like, rat vocals or for singing, it might be necessary. But that's something else that you could add. And everything is based on the purpose. So for the most part, if you're just doing, um, like courses and stuff like that, you only only affects you're gonna really need are like the limiter compressor and each you and for the limiter again, you're going to go to appear and go to for vocals. I will leave all the settings alone and this you can just bring down the volume if it's peaking, make sure everything is in the green and not in the yellow or red um, and it for compressor. You can choose whatever one works best for you, but a lot of signs this vocal compression one works well. But if you already have a good signal, you do do like a natural vocal compression, nary a generation vocal or medium vocal, and it will sound amazing. Um, next thing do thing for the e queuing. Everything is based on your voice type. If you have a low voice or high pitched voice, you pick the proper E chewing on that, you're gonna need to do a natural vocal to, um, this is something basic. Give you a good recording, use talk, talk, talk, talk or seeing rat rat rat would. Okay, but those are the basics of adding effects. Is important to do that just so that you can get a more polished sound if you have questions about it. But those are the basic things you're gonna want to do. Is faras adding effects? If you have questions about it, please let me know. Thanks for watching. 11. Bouncing Down Your Project: be making basis. All right, now, let's say that we did. We had we had a recorded vocals for a podcast or whatever. And you have the vocals ready to go. Say you had an instrument track right here. You recorded to maybe for your album, whatever. Um, Then the next thing you want to do is go ahead and bounces down to either a wave or empathy foul. Okay. And the way to do that is go over here to the very top. Where says garage band and all these other options click on share. Of course, you want to make sure that the tracks that you have here are muted. Okay. You want to make sure everything Is that the proper volume level, etcetera? You know, I'm saying, make sure there is balance. For the most part, it's not peeking, but you go to share and goto burn song to CD. Okay, when you do that is going to bounce down your tracks. That's one way to do it. Okay. Once you once it bounces down, this is gonna bounce it down, and you're good to go. Another option is you want to be able to slept. Whether It's an MP three, um or whatever. Okay. And so if you're gonna burn it to CD directly to CD, what you would do is go ahead and insert insert a CD, and it would do its thing says I don't have a CD here. You can do it like that. You know, it's not gonna work. But if you want to bounce it down to an MP three away found in you what you could do is export song to disk. Here, you can select different options. Of course, you would save it and give it a name. Project Tin. You can put these this type of stuff there if you want, but for the most part, you would just go ahead and name it and select to go to your desktop so you easily find the foul when she bounced it down. Now let's talk about the quality settings for a quick second. Here you have high quality or you have the best quality or you have medium quality. Which one do you select? Usually, um, you know, saying if you're gonna be releasing this to the public as something that someone can buy or purchase, then I would recommend going with this high quality setting right here. 1 92 You could go at 11 28 just for listening purposes, but for purchase purposes. So say if you have a podcast or court, you know, bounce it down at 1 92 If you want to just put it up for people to listen to possibly 1 28 or you could do one. I too dependent on the quality. But right here is a safe bet for MP threes. Now, as you can see here, there's no option for wave, but the A i f f fao is just like away 1000. It's just basically apples. Computers, version of away foul. Don't get too caught up on that. I would always leave it. Are here at this 16 bit quality. Okay, the only reason why you're going to go to 24 bit quality, whether it be MP three or it away. Foul is if you are working with, like, say and mixing engineer and you want to make sure you get all of the different data into in the mix, you will send him the 24 bit foul. Okay, If you say he's gonna master your foul or whatever. Send him to 24 bit fouls. Okay, but for the most parks, like, 16 bit, if you're gonna do it a FF hour or 1 92 If you're gonna do a MP three foul, you will push export, and it's gonna do its thing. Now, this little guy, it very in here is something that you want to make sure you pay attention to say, if you only recorded up to here you don't want records bouncing down all this dead space here. So move this guy right here to the very end of your track and then go ahead, go to the process of sharing and exporting to solve this again. If you have questions, let me know. I'm going to do another lecture where I'll give a live demonstration of recording on actual project of different variations and things like that just so you can get a better understanding of how to do it. In a practical aspect of things, there's also gonna be a pdf document. Where is going to give you an assignment to actually record and different things like that ? Please make sure you do that project, and thanks for watching 12. Live Example: be making basis. All right, so in this lecture, what I'm gonna do is kind of like more of a bonus where I'm gonna actually go through the process of creating some examples of how you would do this live. So let me go ahead and I'm gonna open up a new project, and we're gonna put, um, we're gonna put some music behind it, and I'm gonna put some vocals behind them to do one where I'm talking one while do kind of like more of a rapid example just to give you different fields. So you kind of like a podcast feel you have, like, a rap feel were singing feel, And then you also have, like a ah, you know, maybe something for online course. All foot featured around recording vocals. So again, what I would do is first. My first coming here is I would ah, you know, go ahead and push this empty project. Make sure. Okay, we have everything selected right here. Um, I'm gonna come over here, and I would adjust the volume level. From whom? And I'm of course, Onley muting this just so that I, you know, saying so that I don't have feedback. See my check? My check feedback. So that's why I have a muted. But I have all the levels, right? Of course. Went on to my, um, Scarlett and I'm adjust the levels until I get everything toe wears, not peeking. And so the first thing I'm going to do anyways, I'm gonna go ahead in, ah, import a track, Okay? You could do it several different ways. When we come over here to my iTunes, I have some tracks have produced. I'm gonna bring it in, and we're going to, um, kind of prep this track up so that I can have a couple different feels. All right, so bring this iTunes in here. Come on, man. All right. Cool. All right. So I'm gonna go ahead and push play on this, all right? So once I found where my track is, I could just come over here and drag it in just like that. Super simple. Um, And notice I didn't have to create a new track or imported, You know, the typical way you could just drag it in. And that's a super easy way to get your tracks in. Um what? Once you do that you want to discuss? This is the site. OK, so let's say we're gonna do an example of, say, like, a rap track. Maybe I might turn this down some, um, just for recording purposes. And let's say if I was going to do, like, the course record, of course. All right. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna do a basic hook. I'm gonna come up with something like super simple. Just for the purpose of this course. Let's see here. I'm gonna move this play head and give myself a little time before actually start Rachael Row watching roger row watching with Watch me whip watching Mike Rowe Rocky, Rocky Road watching rib Thank role Bankroll bank roll bang Bang road. Then I flip bank road bankroll bankrolled bankrolled bank road. Then I flip all right. And so you know, of course, you don't know. I'm not really putting a whole lot of effort into this. If I was really gonna do this out, right, it and, you know, make it sound a little better, but for the whole purpose of the course, I would didn't come over here, and I would duplicate certain parts There's certain parts that comes on, comes on as beef beef ups. What? I would call it this while emphasize certain words. So before I could do that, I'm gonna listen to it First. Row, row, row, row. Thank bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Now, if you can listen here, you saw how this part was actually messed up. Like I messed up right here on his verse. Like if I went to I can kind of re record that part. So let's just listen to from here. So say, if I want to have that part right here, over here. So this is the process I would do. I will come to this where it says the bar at the beginning of the bar right here. I'll click on the track for Manti to split it. And it comes to the end of this. This part right here commands you to split it. I'll delete it. Then I'm gonna come to the beginning of this bar, which is barbed nine, because it's where that party is. Split it, you know, saying I can't even bring it in closer, and then I would split it again. So what I could do is I can say, All right, I'm gonna copy this. Push command, See? And then click right here. And I pushed command V to paste it. So now let's listen to it. Row, row, row rowed. All right. And so, as you can see, is a little off. So all you have to do is move it over to see if it makes a difference. Walking, walking, zoom in, moving in closer or farther away. Thank you. All right, So cool. So now this this track is all the way recorded. Now, I don't want any All these dead spaces in here. So what I would want to do is join the track together, and so I right click on it. Or actually, I'll go over here to edit. And is that where you could do all your editing features as well? But I pushed join reasons, and voila. Now I have this this part of the course. What I would do also has come over here and cut this up. You know, I'm saying so you have that. And then, um, now I can add my beef ups. So where I say watch me row I can say. Why me? Row? Why, Monroe while the whip while me with you know, You know, we have to make any solid nine days, But let me just go ahead and do that. Row Rowed with Robbie with role while robbing roll with thank bank roll bank Roll bank Roving bank roll bang. Then I flip flip All right and see Then what I would do is double that. OK, it's meaning. Do it over again. So I pushed command d to double it, and then I'm gonna say the same exact thing. That idea right here, Robbie Robbie role probably. Why me with Robbie? Robbie roll with thank bank roll roll bank roll roll. Then I flip flip. Now, the thing that kind of helped me, you know, be able to see what I need to say to is I'm watching as this play head is going. I'm watching the vocals. I'm watching these little wave fouls, so I knew. Okay, I know I need to go men right here, right here. And some of that stuff is gonna take practice. But now I have this tractor is ready to go here from double here, and I pretty much have attract is ready to be mixed For the most part, bring those down. I'm gonna push it to the left of the right. I Let's listen to it. Row, row, row, row, Thank bank roll bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. And it's funny to be honest with you, but honestly, in today's times that that course right there kind of could go in. You know, I'm saying it. That sounds so funny because I was like, I barely came up with it, but it literally gonna go in. People could kind of rock with that if I mix it the proper way. But let's say, like if I wanted to add effects to it again when I would come over here to do is click on the track and I would go to smart controls and add these effects again using presets. Come over the I go to plug ins. I got the eq you already going sa medical hitting Select Ah, male vocal one. Check out and see how that sounds. So working with row row. All right, so let's ask something else. Let's do it to do a compressor. Uh, so we'll see how this rap compressor works. Turn it on. There you can adjust the knobs beginning. I don't want to get too technical about what everything does is use Thea presets. Check it out now Thank role bank roll bank Roll Bang Bang Road Then I road bang, bang bang. Now you can also go ahead and put like a loop on the track. You can come over here to the beginning of this verse and go all the way up. Just do click on there and then dragged. That's all I did is did a left click and I dragged. And so now I have Ah, loop. Roger, roll row, row. Thank you. - Thank bang bang, bang bang road row, row Thank thank thank Thank you. I rode in on road Bank roll bankrolled bang bang Rode in on Roger Roll Watching Row Working with Rocky with rock and roll rock n roll Working with you Thank role bank roll bank Roll bang bang road Then I flip road bank roll bankrolled bang bang Rode in on Roger Roll watching row Walking with Rocky with rock and roll rock n roll Working with you Thank role bank roll bank Roll Bang bang road. Then I flip the way you want to just cry. Try little things again. I don't want to go too deep into adding different effects and everything, but say if you like how these effects sound, Aiken double this track my bad on the echo. But yeah, Like I said, if you want, if you like the way the track sounds, you want these same effects to be on your beef ups, you can double this track twice, and I can take these and then drag him up. Delete these and, ah, then I can come over here and move it to the left or the right to panic and and bring it, you know, just a volume level. Now let's listen to everything. Roger roll watching road walking with what Right with rock n roll, right roll, Thank bank, roll bank roll bang bang Road road Bang, bang, bang, bang. All right. And it's pretty much the basics of a tutorial on how to, you know, record your rap vocals. Now let's say if you wanted to bounce thes down, um and, you know, give him to a mixing engineer to do it, you know he can mix it. What you do is you would turn off all of these different effects, like this click out of this and then I would selected, and then we're gonna bounce down. Each one would well mute out everything else. All right, so that's what you would do. You would come over here to the share exported to the song, give it a name, put it to your desktop A i f f fouls. You're going to go to the 24 bit primarily because, um, you know, saying you want them to have, like, a mixing engineer to have the highest quality so that when he bounces it back down to the 16 bits, you have everything intact. But you bounced that down. Make sure you have everything else muted and the you would, um, bounced that down first. And then you have to go back through mute this one and then, um, you this one for each track also properly name everything. So let me give me example on that. So, like, this one will be the main vocal. We could say main box. And then we could say, uh, ad lib or beef. We could say beef because the ad Vox's b A and an honest one, you could say ab box B and and, you know and then you just have it like this. Now, if you want to bounce down the whole track, of course you could just a mute everything and then this Bounce it down, you know, sanding that you use the same process here for everything. Um, and of course, if you wanted to match up things, you will want to know what the tempo is on this particular on the this particular track and put the tempo in here. So when you actually start recording, you can then take this and spot match this up for so the friends that this is the chorus you want to take it and be able to put put it somewhere else on the court. So let's see the course of probably coming around out here. Everything is done by using this play hit. Okay, cause you're gonna put it where, like the play head is and then you can move, move to track around the based on that. So if you wanted to do that, you would copy it command C and then pushed Japan v to paste it. That came into soon. What? Roger roll watching row with. All right. And that's how you that's how you bury basically match it up with the different courses. Now, if we had the BPM, you just change it up here. So say it was 1 35 We moved that in there. You will want to do this before you actually start recording and will make it easier. Because once you have it lined up, you could just pretty much go to those Akbar. Okay, You do the same process. Which of verses all right is the same process and that you can mix it and everything like that again. When you're bouncing everything down, you know, that's that's what you would do. 13. Thank You: be making basis. All right. So I just want to thank you so much for going through this course. Um, you know, I know. I told you was a short, sweet course, and as you know, it pretty much was man, I just wanted to get you some basic information basic production techniques that you could use to make sure that you get high quality vocals and garage band. Um, without further do, though, I want you to make sure that you go ahead and complete the class project. The reason being is because doing is actually one of the main ways to learn how to do something. Okay. You like just taking the course is one thing, But if you actually apply what I teach you, you're gonna see that it's gonna be come to you very quickly and you'll be able to do it like you know, is gonna be simple to do it after that. So make sure you do the project and also please leave a review on. Of course, I want to know how I did. I want to know if the course was awesome, amazing. Or if there's some things that you know, I could have done better are added to make the course better. I want to know these things. It's gonna be helpful for you going forward. It's gonna be helping for future students that wanted you also take a course like this, um, again, hit me up. If you have any questions, I'm here for you. And thanks so much for watching. See you in the next one piece.