GarageBand for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch): Record sounds with the Audio Recorder

Record sounds with the Audio Recorder

Using the Audio Recorder, you can record your voice, an instrument, or any other sound using the microphone on your iPhone, and play it back in GarageBand. You can also record sounds using an external microphone connected to your iPhone.

The Audio Recorder has two sets of controls you can use to change the sound. Fun view lets you quickly change the sound of your recording, while Studio view gives you more options to enhance your recording.

Audio Recorder Touch Instrument

Switch between Fun and Studio view

  • Tap the Controls button Controls button.

    Audio Recorder Studio View

Record a sound

  1. Tap the Record button Record button in the control bar.

  2. Play, sing, or make sound into the microphone.

  3. When you are finish, tap the Play button Play button in the control bar to stop recording. Tap the Play button again to hear your recording.

Adjust the microphone input level

While you record, the In level slider on the left shows the input level from the microphone. If the level turns red, drag the slider down (or record the part again more softly) to prevent distortion.

  1. Drag the In level slider up or down to set the input level.

    The In level slider is available if your iPhone or input source supports input level control.

  2. If the input device supports left and right channels, tap Channel button under the In level slider, tap Input 1 or Input 2 to select the input channel, or tap Stereo to record in stereo.

  3. When you finish, tap Done.

Set the input level automatically

When an external microphone or other audio device (such as a headset or an audio interface) is connected to your iPhone, the input level can be set automatically.

  • Tap the Input button Audio Recorder Input button, then tap the Automatic switch.

Reduce unwanted noise

You can use a noise gate to reduce low-level input noise when you record. A noise gate cuts off the sound when it falls below a certain minimum level.

  1. Tap the Input button Audio Recorder Input button, then turn the Noise Gate on.

  2. Drag the Noise Gate slider until the noise stops or decreases to an acceptable level.

  3. When you finish, tap Done.

Turn on monitoring for an external microphone

When an external microphone or other audio device (such as a headset or an audio interface) is connected to your iPhone, the Monitor button under the Out level slider becomes active.

  • Tap the Monitor button to turn monitoring on. Tap the button again to turn monitoring off.

Change the sound using a preset

The Audio Recorder includes presets that appear after you record a sound. Each preset adds an interesting character to the recorded sound.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • In Fun view, tap or turn the dial to select one of the presets.

      Fun View Presets
    • Tap the Navigation button Navigation button in the control bar, tap the Sounds button, then tap the sound you want to play.

      Studio View Sounds button
  2. Turn the knobs to change the sound of the preset.

You can try out different presets by tapping them and turning the knobs.

Set the key and scale for Extreme Tuning

The Extreme Tuning preset is a popular vocal effect that changes the pitch of your recording based on your song's key and scale settings. If the actual key or scale of your song differs from the key or scale setting, the effect might be less pronounced, or might change the pitch of individual notes in undesirable ways.

  • Tap the Settings button Settings button, tap Song, tap Key Signature, then tap a new key or a different scale (major or minor).

For more information about key and scale settings, see Change the key of a song.

Published Date: Aug 8, 2019
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