Recording a Song in Garageband for iPad
We’re going to create a New Song using what’s referred to as “Apple Loops” to start off with. Apple Loops are actual mini recordings made by musicians. They’re available in Garageband for you to use for free and build songs with. It’s sort of like having your own personal drummer, guitar player or piano player right at your fingertips! Apple Loops are also good to get you going in a particular musical direction, especially if you’re not too sure about what kind (genre) of song you’d like to create.
Part 1: Laying Down the Beat
The first step is to open up Garageband on your iPad. At the top left hand side, in the corner of your screen, you’ll see the + sign. Click on the + sign and a new menu will appear: Tap on “New Song”.
Now you will see a variety of images that represent different instruments that you can choose from. Use your finger to swipe the screen to see the available options. Once you find the image of a microphone (pictured below), simply tap on the picture.
One you’ve tapped on the picture of the microphone (above) you’ll be brought to the Audio Recorder. Tap on the Regions icon next to where the red arrow is pointing.
The next page that appears is Garageband’s “Regions” page. This is where the meat and potatoes of your new song will live. All the parts that you play, sounds that you record and/or loops that you import into your song will be seen here. Notice the red arrow again. It’s pointing to what looks like a loop ‘d loop button. Tap on that button to access Garageband’s Apple Loops ™.
While remaining on the “Regions” page you’ll notice a “pop up menu” uhmmmm . . . pops up. At the top of that menu you’ll see “Apple Loops” and “Music”. Tap on “Apple Loops”. Below you’ll see a list of choices: Instrument, Genre and Descriptors. Tap on “Instrument”.
Now you’ll notice many images of various instruments that we have to choose from/ Let’s start with some drums! Tap on “All Drums”.
Now you’ll notice a list of different drum rhythms that are available to us. Scroll down a little and choose “Hip Hop Berlin Beat 01”. Once you tap on the name, you’ll instantly hear the beat being played.
Now simply place your finger on the file name and drag it to your left, into the “Regions” area of garageband until the blue barline locks into the section to the far left of your screen, beside the image of the microphone as pictured below.
Now you’re ready to tap on the play button and you’ll be able to see and hear what we’re working with. Note that we now have one Audio File (Apple Loop) that is playing for a duration of 8 bars. (more about bars later. To Stop the drums from playing just tap on the Play button again. To bring the song back to the beginning, tap on the Rewind button. To adjust the Volume, slide the Volume fader left or right.
Okay, now that we have our drum beat, let’s move on and add some bass!