How To Use Garageband (macOS) The Complete Guide
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How To Use Garageband (macOS) The Complete Guide

Everything you need to know for a massive head start in music production.
4.5 (134 ratings)
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Created by Nat Pike
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Music production in GarageBand for macOS
  • How to record bass, electric guitar, vocals and keyboard into Garageband
  • How to create a music track from start to finish
  • How to master your music track and export at commercial quality and loudness for upload to digital streaming services
  • Own or have access to a Mac computer
  • Have an interest in music creation

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to get into music production but doesn't know where to start. It will also be of great help to current macOS Garagaband users wanting to fill in gaps in their knowledge or to discover the full potential of what can be achieved with the software.

If you feel there is music in you that needs to be expressed, Garagband is the perfect tool to make your dream a reality. Learn everything you need to know to head a massive head start in one of the most exciting and ever changing fields that is digital music production.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner music creators wanting to learn how to use Garageband
  • Current Garageband users wanting to get the most out of the software.
  • Intermediate music producers looking to create professional sounding music tracks.
Course content
Expand all 39 lectures 04:50:58
+ The Basics
5 lectures 42:01

An introduction to what you will be learning in this course as well as some background information about the history of Garageband and where it sits in the landscape of music production software.

Preview 05:17

An overview of the different workspaces within Garageband and their functions in the music creation process.

Preview 12:53

In this lecture you will learn about the 3 main track types and how they are used.

Track Types

There are a number of templates you can select when creating a new track, this lecture will explore each one.

Project Templates

Learn how to correctly set up your audio interface for use with Garageband and which settings are optimal for recording.

Setting up your hardware
+ Creating Your First Track
13 lectures 01:23:44

Learn how to select virtual instruments from the library, load them onto a track and find presets for recording audio.

The Library

Discover the smart controls where you can edit the settings of virtual instruments, load new plugins and alter existing effects on MIDI and audio tracks.

The Smart Controls

An introduction to the editor where you can edit your MIDI/audio performances, add global effects and much more.

The Editor

Learn about the loop and media browser where you can make use of the free loops provided by Apple and also import your own samples.

The Loop and Media Browser

Learn how to create a drum track from scratch using the in-build drummer feature. Select from a range of styles such as rock, pop, hip hop and electronic dance music.

Creating a drum track

Discover a neat little hack that you can use to convert drummer regions to MIDI for extra fine control over your beats and grooves.

Converting Drummer Regions to MIDI

Learn about the various recording modes which will allow you to loop record audio and MIDI or even add to an existing performance.

Recording Modes

Find out about the hidden features within the track header and how to enable them to record on more than one track at a time and enable the groove track.

The Track Header

Find out how to edit, splice, extend and shorten the regions in the main workspace to begin building an arrangement.

Working With Regions

Learn how to record a live bass guitar directly into Garageband and how to use the virtual amps to create a nice tone.

Recording Bass

Discover a simple way to lay down some electric guitar tracks and where to find the amp and pedal presets.

Recording Guitar

A deeper look into the virtual amps and the effects pedal designers. Learn how to get different tones such as clean, distorted, blues, rock and metal.

Guitar Amp and Pedal Designer

Learn all about recording vocals and how to get the best settings to make your voice shine.

Recording Vocals
+ Tools and Techniques
9 lectures 01:18:01

This lecture helps you understand the master reverb and delay effects and how they can be applied to any track.

Effects Sends

Find out how to use the powerful in-built automation system in Garageband to create dynamic movement over time on any parameter of your choosing.


Learn how to use the transpose track to create global changes in the songs key and the tempo track to create dynamic changes in the songs speed over time.

Transpose and Tempo Tracks

Discover a helpful feature in Garageband called the arpeggiator, which can create rhythmic melodies from MIDI chords.

The Arpeggiator

With MIDI editing you can tighten up your performances after the fact or even create new musical parts from scratch.

Editing MIDI

In this lecture you will learn about the musical score feature, which will allow you to edit your MIDI notes on a musical stave and print out your performances a sheet music.

The Score Editor

Explore the audio editor where you can fix up recorded audio parts, spice waveform regions and use the warp function to change the timing of transients.

Editing Audio

Create your own unique virtual instrument patches as we look at how we can edit the synth pre-sets to achieve unique and new sounds.

Sound Design

Create loops out of your MIDI and Audio performances and store them in the loop library for later use.

Creating Custom Loops
+ Advanced Concepts
8 lectures 45:08

Find out how to use 3rd party audio unit plugins with Garageband which can be audio effects and virtual instruments. All downloads and links can be found in the resources tab on the course overview to the right of the screen.

Using 3rd Party Plugins

You will learn how to use Apple's built in audio sampler to turn your audio recordings into virtual instruments.

Sampling Audio

Use Apple's free AU sampler to build up a custom drum kit using external drum samples. This section includes a download of a free drum sample pack. All downloads and links can be found in the resources tab on the course overview to the right of the screen.

Creating a Custom Drum Kit

Learn how to use the groove track to change the feel of audio and MIDI recordings.

Exploring the Groove Track

Discover how you can create text notes within Garagband to keep track of your session.

Session Notes

Have some fun learning how to apply the auto tune effect to your vocal track using Garageband's in-build auto tune feature.

Auto Tune Vocals

Use the arrange track to copy entire sections of your song and move sections to different locations on the timeline.

The Arrange Track

No MIDI keyboard? No problems, learn how to use your computer keyboard as a MIDI keyboard input.

Musical Typing
+ Finishing Your Track
4 lectures 42:04

A complete tutorial on how to mix a music track from start to finish.


Learn how to master your track within Garageband using only the stock plugins and effects plus one extra free loudness meter plugin, which you can download and use as an Audio Unit. All downloads and links can be found in the resources tab on the course overview to the right of the screen.


Save your work and export your song using the correct settings so you end up with a high quality result.

Saving and Exporting

A final word from Nat- the creator of the course. You may contact him at if you have any questions about the course or would like to join his music producer mentorship program.

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