I recently started using Garage Band as a quick and easy way to record some music using an acoustic guitar and microphone for vocals. Although reluctant at first, as I don’t consider myself technically minded at all, I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to use.
Garage Band is a software application developed by Apple for Mac OS X and iOS. It facilitates music and podcast recording and is compatible with both versions of the iPad….
…..and thats as technical as I’m getting!
Oh come on! You’re not interested in all that are you? You want to be able to switch on, press record and play it back….for now anyway!
So its already installed (I am NOT telling you had to do that!) on your Apple product of choice….Mac, iPhone, whatever. Then you just select it from the menu, choose the instrument you’re using, plug in into your computer, press record and play/sing/make farm animal noises – whatever you want! When you’re done, press stop and play it back. Not happy? Delete it then….and go again til it’s right, then select another instrument or vocals. Easy innit?
My experience only involves vocals and my acoustic guitar. I was shown the basics very very briefly. However, whilst recording I started playing around with it and was very excited (I’m easily excitable :D) about how easy it was to work out more features for myself. I added backing vocals, a drum beat, keyboards….really quickly.
Other useful features include a tuner for your guitar and a metronome so you can add drums in later if you record to a ‘click track’. I’m still playing around with it just for fun if nothing else.
I think its a great application to start with and a great bridge to using something more complex such as Pro Tools.
Just so you can see the potential once you get going….this guy really knows what he’s doing!