GarageBand ’08 is iLife’s digital recording studio for making records, creating podcasts, and more. You don’t even have to read music, play an instrument, or possess musical talent to compose a song in GarageBand. You just need to create a GarageBand.


Launch GarageBand and click Create New Music Project.

GarageBand is located in the Applications folder, or you can click the dock icon shaped like a guitar. A New Project dialog box appears.


Enter a name for your song and choose a location for the file.

The GarageBand folder is the default.


Set a tempo, or constant speed, by dragging the slider anywhere between 40 and 240 beats per minute, or bpm. Then choose a Time signature and a scale, or key, from the pop-up menus.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what any of these musical designations mean. Just stick with the defaults. You can always change these settings later.


Click Create.

You now have a Garageband, and the main GarageBand stage awaits you.