How to Create a GarageBand

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.

1Launch 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.

2Enter a name for your song and choose a location for the file.

The GarageBand folder is the default.

3Set 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.

4Click Create.

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