How to compose music with GarageBand
Garageband is one of the most popular music apps for iOS and is packed with features. It is a user friendly app for beginners and you can do a lot of things like add different instrumental music to your song and many more.
The easiest way to use Garageband is to use the preinstalled MIDI loops. These loops contain a ton of musical instruments and genres that you can easily layer over your song. The possibilities are endless with Garageband and here’s how to compose your own music with Garageband.
1. Start by selecting an empty project
To perform all of the following steps, you must first get started on Garageband. You can easily find Garageband on PC or Mac by looking for it through the projector (it’s the magnifying glass one). Click on the spotlight option in the upper right corner and type Garageband. Now click on the Garageband logo that appears first.
When you enter the Garageband app, different types of instruments with titles at the bottom appear on the screen. Find the option with a note sheet and make sure it has the title “empty project” at the bottom and double click on the option.
Once you’ve done that, a new page will appear on the screen containing a mic, electric keyboard, and all that fun stuff. Make sure to go for the electric keyboard because it is simple. If the keyboard piano appears, throw it down or to the side as you won’t need it for this process.
2. MIDI loops
Now at the top right of your screen you should be able to see 3 different symbols, a media file with video, pictures, music and a loop, a piece of paper and a pen. Of the three, click on the option that appears to be a loop. A side screen will appear and on it you will be able to see the different musical instruments and genres.
3. Showcase your skills
Now is the time for the musical skills in you to come out. There is no particular order to follow, just play around with different features and options. If you don’t know what to do, start by choosing the genre and instrument you want to use. After clicking on the genre or instrument, a range of different music styles will appear below. If you want to go a little deeper into finding the ideal solution, tap on the other genre or instrument option.
After finding the perfect music, just drag the music to the left screen. You can also experiment by layering different music or just putting it aside. If you’ve figured it all out, that’s about it, you’re done. Before finishing, you can preview the music you created by clicking on the file.
4. It’s time to export the music
After shaking for a while, if you are satisfied with the final result, export it so that you don’t lose the music. The export process is quite simple, just go to the top bar which is light gray in color. In the gray top bar, click the title that reads “share”. Now you can export the music file to your email, iTunes, etc.
This is the basic technique for creating and exporting music from Garageband. Now let’s move on to some professional tips that will help you through the music creation process.
Additional tips and tricks
It’s true that every music file on Garageband has a different tempo and instrument, but that’s not always the case, especially with MIDI files. MIDI files have names and in case the names of some music files are similar, you can put them together. These files work better combined than separately.
Another thing that should be emphasized is that, be specific with the number of instruments you use. Especially if you are a beginner, you might feel energized and include as many instruments and sounds as possible, but you are not. make your music sounds better.
Finally, to make the music worth listening to, make sure you don’t overdo the incoming sound. It’s always better if you tend to keep the number low. About 1 to 3 instruments are good and you can increase the number to 4 if you are feeling generous but no more. Garageband offers everything you could ask for, and your creativity is the limit of what you can create.