GarageBand ‘11: What is GarageBand?

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What is GarageBand?

GarageBand puts a complete music studio on your computer, so you can make your own music to share with the world. You can create songs, ringtones, podcasts, and other types of projects in GarageBand.

Create your own music projects

GarageBand can unleash your musical creativity, no matter whether you’re a pro or a beginner. You can create a new project, and then add loops, record your voice or instrument, arrange and mix the project, and share the finished project with the world.

Learn to play guitar or piano

You can learn to play your guitar or keyboard using the lessons included with GarageBand. Play a lesson and watch the teacher’s instruction along with music notation, chord symbols, and animated fingerings. You can repeat sections you want to practice, slow down the lesson to learn a difficult part, and change the mix of instruments. You can also play along, and get feedback on how you played. Basic Lessons get you started, and Artist Lessons feature songs taught by the artists themselves.

Jam with Magic GarageBand

Choose a musical genre and open a Magic GarageBand project. GarageBand creates the backing band so you can play along. You can choose instruments, repeat a section, and record your own part, then open the project in the GarageBand window to add material, build the arrangement, and mix the project.

Record voices and musical instruments

Record your voice or acoustic instrument, or any sound you can capture with a microphone. Record an electric guitar using pro-quality guitar amps and effects. You can also play and record a Software Instrument in GarageBand.

Add Apple Loops

GarageBand includes a large collection of Apple Loops that you can add to your projects. You can search for loops, preview them, and add them to a project by simply dragging and dropping, then extend them to fill any amount of time. When you add loops recorded at different speeds or in different musical keys, they all play together at the same speed and in the same key.

Arrange and mix your music

Arrange regions containing your recordings, loops, and imported files in the GarageBand timeline. You can move, trim, and perform other edits to regions in the editor. Then mix your project to balance levels and add a sense of space, add effects to shape the sound, and add automation to create changes over time.

Create iPhone ringtones

You can create an iPhone ringtone from a template or from an existing GarageBand project, and send the ringtone to iTunes to sync with your iPhone.

Create audio and video podcasts

You can create an audio podcast by recording narration and dialogue using a microphone, and then adding music and sound effects. Add artwork, markers, and links to websites to create an enhanced podcast, or start by importing a movie to create a video podcast.

Share your music with the world

When you finish your project, you can send it to iTunes or another iLife application, export it to disk, or burn it to a CD.

Last Modified: Sep 4, 2015

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