Tweak the Settings for GarageBand Tracks - dummies

Tweak the Settings for GarageBand Tracks

By Mark L. Chambers

The tweaks that you can perform on your GarageBand tracks on your MacBook include adding effects (pull a Hendrix and add echo and reverb to your electric guitar track) and kicking in an equalizer (for fine-tuning the sound of your background horns).You don’t think that John Mayer or U2 just “play and walk away,” do you?

No, they spend hours after the recording session is over, tweaking their music in the studio and on the mixing board until every note sounds just as it should. You can adjust the settings for a track, too.

To make adjustments to a track, follow these steps:

  1. Click the desired track in the track list to select it.

  2. Click the Track Info button.

  3. Click the Edit tab to show the settings shown here.


  4. Click the button next to each effect you want to enable. (The button glows green when enabled.)

    Each of the effects has a modifier setting. For example, you can adjust the amount of echo to add by dragging its slider.

    GarageBand offers a Visual Equalizer window that you can use to create a custom equalizer setting for each track. You can display the Visual EQ window by clicking the animated button next to the Visual EQ control on the Edit pane.

    To change the Bass, Low Mid, High Mid, or Treble setting for a track, click and drag the equalizer waveform in the desired direction. And yep, you can do this while your song is playing, so you can use both your eyes and ears to define the perfect settings!

  5. To save the instrument as a new custom instrument — so that you can choose it the next time you add a track — click the Save Instrument button.

  6. Click the Track Info button again to return to GarageBand.

Save your work often in GarageBand, just as you do in the other iLife applications. One power blackout, and you’ll never forgive yourself. Press Command+S and enjoy the peace of mind.