Garageband Tutorial: Produce like a Pro with Garageband

Garageband Essentials: Learn the basics of Garageband and Music Production!
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

What some of the students are saying about this course:

"Everything was explained very carefully and a lot of things now makes more sense. Thanks"

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"Not only does Robbie know his stuff inside out, he knows how to communicate his ideas clearly so that I can take action immediately."

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"The course is great even if you're an absolute beginner! The course instructor is amazing, and all lessons are easy to grasp and meaningful. I totally recommend this course to anyone who wants to get into music production!!"

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"Thank you for this course. This course give a good overview of Garageband. The Parts of Mixing Basics and Sound Processing in particular I really liked. Overall a great course"

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***2016 Version Updated*** This course is fully up to date with Garageband 10

The purpose of this course is to help you get a better understanding of the basics of Garageband, and the principles of music production. With this knowledge, you will be much better prepared for my other courses that build projects from scratch.

Are you a total beginner at Garageband?

  • Are you interested in making your own music and sharing with your friends?
  • Do you wish you could just produce music like your absolute favorite artists?
  • Do you have little experience in music production but would love to learn more?
  • Do you want to go beyond the basics and create something that you are proud to share with your friends and family?
  • Have you been to a music concert or festival and dreamed of being on that stage one day?

If you have answered YES to all the previous questions, then this is the course for you!

Through this course, I will show you how to get started with Garageband, and the essential knowledge that every music producer must know.

Don’t worry! This is not one of those super beginner courses that just teaches you how to save and open files in Garageband. By the end of this course, you will understand how to:

  • shape instruments into your desired sounds
  • Mix your instrument tracks properly
  • Apply the theories of music and sound design
  • Properly use effects, synths, and equalizers
  • save and open files in Garageband :)
  • Apply these concepts in creating your very own music!

What are the requirements?

  • Garageband 10

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the Basics of Garageband
  • Learn the "how" and "why" behind music production
  • Apply music theory fundaments to your tracks
  • Use effects and EQs effectively
  • understand simple chord progressions and basic song structure
  • Understand the basics before progressing to my other courses

Who is the target audience?

  • Anybody with Garageband!

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Welcome to Music Production

Welcome to the world of music production! You might have had Garageband sitting on your dock for awhile, and have always been interested in learning how to use this powerful application. Well look no further, in the lecture, I will show you how the world of music productions works. And what an incredible head start you have, just by simply having Garageband on you computer.


Having the right equipment is important. In this lecture, I go over some of the basic equipment that I use to stay under budget, and still be able to create music properly.


This course is quite unique, because it really is more of a guide. It is a pre-requisite for my other courses on Udemy. I believe having the right knowledge is very important before really getting our hands on creating our songs through Garageband.

1 page

I am always looking for new content to create. In this lecture, I ask the students to share their favorite songs with me, so I can better understand the needs of my students.

Section 2: Garageband Basics
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In this lecture, you will get a PDF file of the most commonly used shortcuts and commands in Garageband.

In this lecture, you will understand the most important steps of beginning a project.


Learn the differences between the types of tracks you can add to Garageband. We will also be taking a look at some of the instruments that are so powerful in Garageband.


Learn how to create Regions and input Midi Notes in Garageband through this lecture.


In this lecture, not only will we learn how to adjust the velocity of certain notes, we will also learn how velocity is different from volume, and why it is such an important tool in creating electronic music.


In this lecture, we will learn how to quantize our notes so that they line up perfectly with the measures.

Section 3: Song Creation

In this lecture, we will touch upon chord progressions. We will not go into the full world of music theory, as that is a whole other field to itself. However, we can take a look at the basics of it, and understand why chord progressions are important when creating our own music.


In this lecture, we will see an example of Daft Punk's chord progression. Seeing how the notes are played on the piano can give us a better visual of how all the notes fit together.

Section 4: Mixing Basics

To really understand mixing, we must first understand the theories behind it. This will allow us to understand the purpose of mixing, and how to approach it properly.

2 pages

In this lecture, you will get a PDF file that shows you the mixing techniques for some of the most common instruments used in creating a song.


In this lecture, we will take a look of an example of how to adjust volume and pan to create a better mix between certain instruments.

Section 5: Sound Processing

In this lecture, we will learn the importance of processing, and how it fits within the world of music production.


In this lecture, we will see an example of how to use the smart edit controls within Garageband to help process our sounds and make the mix seem more balanced.


In this lecture, we will take a look at the theories behind two of the most commonly used effects, reverb and delay.

2 pages

Here you will get a PDF file that you can download. It is a guide of the different settings you can apply to reverb and delay. Some settings may not be available, depending on the type of reverb and delay you are using.


In this lecture, we will take a look at a real example of how reverb can be used to help define the roles of our instruments.

7 questions

Hey students! This is a short little quiz to make sure that you are keeping up with the lessons.

Section 6: Equalization

In this lecture, we will be taking a look at the theory of sound, and how understanding frequencies can help us improve our mixes.

2 pages

Here you will get a PDF guide of the most common techniques used when applying EQ to your instruments.


In this lecture, I will show you an example of how to adjust the EQ of an instrument in Garageband.


EQ is considered an advanced part of music production. However, in this lecture, I will show you a basic EQ trick that you can use on the bass, no matter what your level is. And it will instantly improve the quality of your song.

Section 7: Cool Techniques

Check out this quick and easy technique to help your tracks sound bigger.


In this lecture, we will be exploring automation in Garageband. We will also see an example of how to adjust automation, and the most common ways of automating instruments.


Check out this quick and easy technique to help your melody lines sound more interesting

Section 8: Real Application

Now that we understand the basics of Garageband and music production, it's time to apply our knowledge in an actual project. Check out my other course where I recreate Daft Punk from scratch, while applying all the information that we have just learned.

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Instructor Biography

Robbie Shaw, Producer, Song-Writer, Composer, DJ, Violinist, Dog-Lover

Robbie has been producing electronic dance music for more than 7 years. As a classically trained musician since the age of 8, he has studied various aspects of music from violin, orchestration, film scoring, to DJing and producing various kinds of music.

While majoring in music composition, he has also studied under Curtis Roads, the father of granular synthesis. He has performed at numerous venues across California, Japan, Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia, while getting residency at the 3rd largest club venue in Taipei. Robbie is currently producing various songs through different genres for various production companies throughout Asia.

Robbie has also been teaching music for over a decade. Which has given him the opportunity to teach various levels, and understand his students' needs.

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