So, you’ve figured out the basics of GarageBand – you’ve used software instruments to record some sounds, you’ve hooked up a USB mic and laid down some vocals – what’s next? The fun really doesn’t stop there. In fact, once you delve into the world of GarageBand’s built-in audio effects, that’s when the fun starts.
For starters, effects aren’t all about drastically changing the sound of every instrument you record, they’re also there to subtly lift certain sounds above the rest of the mix and make for a truly amazing track. What’s more, you can even add your own third-party effect plug-ins if you really want to get advanced. It’s far easier than you might think and can help make your sounds stand out from every other GarageBand-produced track. If you’re not already feeling inspired to get involved with effects, follow our guide, we’re pretty sure we can convert you in no time at all!
Step 1: In the info
To bring up any track’s effects rack, ensure it’s selected in the arrangement and click on the Info icon in the bottom-right. Finally, hit the Edit tab.
Step 2: Ditch the defaults
Each track in GarageBand has two default master effects – Echo and Reverb. In most cases you’ll want to dial them down or even turn them off completely.
Step 3: In the bank
To add a new effect to your track, click on an empty effect bank in the Info pane and select one from the drop-down list to add it in.
Step 4: Tweak it
To adjust how an effect sounds, click on its icon next to the effect name. This will bring up the effect’s customisable settings window.
Step 5: Make it easy
For a quick effects set up, select a preset from the drop-down list in the settings window. GarageBand will do all the hard work for you.
Step 6: Go third-party
GarageBand provides support for third-party Audio Unit effects. These are widely available to download online, with some great options even free.
Step 7: Seal the deal
Restart GarageBand to ensure the effect is added. Once you’ve done this, they should appear under the Audio Unit Effects list in the Info pane.