For this project, we followed a packet describing how to use certain functions in GarageBand to make beats, loops and control timing. I took screenshots of things that I did for my evidence. We covered how to control timing with Groove Tracks, how to make tracks follow the rhythm of another track, record multipass drum beats, record arpeggiated drum machine beats, make audio and MIDI regions loop ready, add regions to the loop library, and work with the tempo of a track.
To start off, I am demonstrating the groove track. Right-click on the track header, go to Track Header Components, and click on Show Groove Track.
A small display will appear on the left side of the track header. The star represents the track that sets the tempo and you can select which tracks follow it with the check-boxes.
To make the drum track follow another track, open the drum editor and select the “Follow” check-box.
To record multipass drum beats, set the loop bar to the length you want your loop to be, open the keypad and hit record. With every pass, you can add sounds on top of each other.
To record arpeggiated drum tracks, select an instrument like Boutique 808, open the editor and click on he arpeggiator button and select what style of arpeggio you want. Then you can play on the keypad and record in the same way as the multipass drum track.
Before you add a track to the loop library, make sure that it is a good loop by seeing if it repeats and loops properly. Then make sure that the beats start on a grid line which you can fix with time quantize if they are not.
After you make the loop ready, select it, and go to File> Add Region to Loop Library.
After you select that, this menu will pop up. Here you can name your region, choose if it is a loop or a one-shot, put it in a category and assign it tags to help find it and use it for a specific mood or feel in a song.
To change the tempo of a song, you can either change the tempo of the entire thing, or use a tempo track so that you can make the tempo change at different points in the song. To open the track, go to Track> Show Tempo Track. The tempo track will look like this:
The tempo track behaves like the volume adjuster. You click to add points and can raise or lower sections to change the tempo. The higher the points: the faster the tempo and vice versa.
- Meter= The heartbeat of the song
- Pacing= The rate of the song, setting the pace
- Tempo= Beats per minute
- Beat= Rhythmic unit in a song
- Hip Hop= Rap or EDM, a type of composition
- Out of the Pocket= Off- beat
- Quantize= A process where the computer moves notes onto the beat
- Single Take= One and done, recording something once
- Multipass Recording= Recording over a region several times
- Overdub= Recording over a previous recording
- C1 Octave Range= Octave to octave, C note to C note
- Cowbell= A bell on a cow that is in music
- Drum Kit= A bunch of drums together
- Kick Drum= A drum that is hit by a foot pedal, lowest sounding drum
- Snare Drum= High, sharp drum sound.
- Drum Machine (808)= One of the first good drum machines, rich low range
- Loop= A sound that repeats seamlessly
- Arpeggiation= Playing notes in a chord one by one
- Sound Effects= Adding sounds to a composition or film, not usual
- One Shot Sound= A sound not meant to be repeated
What I Learned:
I leared how to control timing with Groove Tracks, how to make tracks follow the rhythm of another track, record multipass drum beats, record arpeggiated drum machine beats, make audio and MIDI regions loop ready, add regions to the loop library, and work with the tempo of a track. I had a problem with making drum beats so I watched this video: