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Learn Garageband: Recreate Daft Punk with Garageband!

Garageband Tactics: Remake one of Daft Punk’s most famous songs with Garageband!
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Created by Robbie Shaw
Last updated 1/2016
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***2016 Version Updated*** This course is fully up to date with Garageband 10.1

  • 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?
  • Do you LOVE Daft Punk?

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

In one week, you will learn how to recreate one of Daft Punk’s most famous songs, even if you have no musical experience.

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 have learned how to:

  • Shape instruments into your own desired sounds
  • Mix your instrument tracks properly
  • Create energetic build-ups and transitions
  • Apply the theories of music and sound design
  • Listen to your favorite music and understand how to recreate it
  • Properly use effects, synths, and equalizers
  • save and open files in Garageband :)
  • Apply these concepts in creating your very own music!

You will learn so much from this course. And even if you don’t feel that this course is for you, there’s always a 30-day money back guarantee. So you have absolutely nothing to lose!

What if I want to learn Garageband on my own?

Yes, there are tons of videos on Youtube that teaches you how to produce your own music in Garageband, but it’s hard to see your progress with these videos. It’s like trying to learn the guitar with a new teacher every week. Half the time, you will be stuck learning the same thing over and over again. Save yourself the time, and learn from my years of experience. This course moves from lesson to lesson so that you are able to fully grasp how to produce music in Garageband within one week. Remember, your time is valuable! Don’t waste it sifting through hours of Youtube footage.

Who is the target audience?
  • Do take this course if you already have Garageband
  • Do take this course if you want to produce electronic music
  • Do take this course even if you have no experience!
  • Do take this course if you love Daft Punk!
  • Do NOT take this course if you are already a professional music producer
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What Will I Learn?
Fully master Garageband!
Analyze popular songs and recreate them
Use effects to improve the quality of the instruments
Reshape Garageband's library of instruments to your desired sounds
Learn the theories of music and sound production
Create new songs with a basic structure already setup
Share with friends and family!
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  • Garageband or Logic Pro X
  • No musical experienced required :)
Curriculum For This Course
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The World of Music Production
6 Lectures 12:00

Garageband is one of the most powerful tools in the world of music production. In this lesson, you will get a glimpse of the world of music production, and how Garageband is the beginning of your musical journey.

Preview 04:21

In this lesson, we will be exploring just how we will be mastering Garageband, and the unique way this course will be taught (hint: a lot of listening).

The Way to Learn

Here we will learn the actual chords behind Daft Punk's Veridis Quo. It is a bit of music theory, so I will be playing it on the piano for a better visual. Remember, it's always good to base your inspiration off of chords. Even with these chords, you can make just about any new song, new melody, new genre, new sounds, new ideas, etc. Do not worry about being limited by a set of chords. Understanding other song's chords will inspire you to create your own original music.

What are the Chords?

Here you will get a PDF file which you can save on your computer. This is a quick reference for all the Garageband shortcuts and commands that we will be using.

Garageband Shortcuts and Commands
1 page

It is important to have the right equipment, so no! iPod earphones will not work for music production! Garageband already has a very complete library of amazing sounds. But you need the right speakers or headphones to ensure that you can even hear the fullness of these sounds. So check out this lecture to see what I use to stay under budget, and still be able to produce music on a professional level.

What Equipment should I get?

Time to personalize the experience. Which musicians or artists inspire you? Let me know through the discussion session, and I will definitely work on recreating some of my students' requests within my next few courses.

Recreating your Tracks
1 page
The Basic Structure of Veridis Quo
6 Lectures 26:00

We will be going over the very basics of Garageband. Now I promised that this isn't a super beginner course, so I would keep this lecture short and sweet.

Setting up the Project

We will start be recreating the famous melody line using a synth flute. This lecture will be mostly focused on the progression, and how to input these Midi notes with just a laptop.

Putting in the Melody

Daft Punk is famous for their ability to harmonize their melodies. Veridis Quo is a perfect example of this. In this lecture, we will be inputting the harmony that goes so well with the melody.

Putting in the Harmony

In this portion, you will get a link to a Dropbox folder that contains all the Midi and Audio files you will need to complete this course. This will allow you to save time, instead of watching me input all the notes manually.

Midi and Audio Files
1 page

In section 1, we took a look at the chords we will be using for this song. Now let's find the most suitable instrument in Garageband for these chords.

Putting in the Chords

Bass lines may be easy to play, but they are difficult to find. It is the part of the song that gives the whole track so much energy and feel. So finding the right sound is very important.

Putting in the Bass
Shaping the Sounds
4 Lectures 17:29

The chords are beautiful! So is the sound of the organ. But part of our ability to recreate is listen carefully to the original sound, and try and create another sound that is very similar. Here we will reshape the sound of the organ into the synth that we hear in Veridis Quo.

Preview 05:15

If you have used Garageband before, you know the bass library is powerful! But maybe a little too powerful? In this lecture, we will learn how to shape the sound of the bass that sits well with all the other instruments. Let's face it, we've been to concerts where the bass guitarist tries to show-off and cover the other band members, and we just get a very annoying bass sound the whole time. Don't repeat this mistake in music production. The bass is a powerful instrument, but don't overdo it.

Shaping the Bass

How can we make the melody less fluty and sound more like a Daft Punk synth? In this lecture, we will see how to backtrack Garageband instruments and remove unwanted effects. Remember, even in Garageband, that's not a real flute! It was originally a waveform that was synthesized to sound like a flute, so let's reverse engineer this instrument to find that original waveform.

Shaping the Melody

In this lecture, I will show you a cool and simple technique that can help the Melody, Chords, and Bass come together.

Preview 04:56
The Drum Pattern
4 Lectures 21:15

A good kick sound is hard to find, even in Garageband. In this lecture, you will get to download the audio file of a kick that I have created just for this course. It's yours forever, use it for your own music productions too!

The Kick

Less is more! In this lecture, I will show you how to reshape the snares to make it sit better with the other instruments and the kick.

The Snares

Here we will shape the sound of the shakers so much, that it won't even sound like shakers anymore. But wait till you hear how well it sits with the other instruments.

The Shakers

In this lecture, we will get to automate our drums for the first time. Automation is an extremely powerful function of Garageband. Learn the basics of it through this lecture.

Automating the Drums
Creating a strong Build-Up
2 Lectures 13:59

When creating a build-up, it's all about building anticipation and a feeling of something is coming. Check out the cool techniques on how to do it through this lecture.

Building up more sounds

In this lecture, we will learn how to add a little rhythmic beat to the bass. The key is to keep it subtle. It's more of something you feel.

Creating a Pulsing Bass
The Daft Melody
2 Lectures 16:19

This IS Daft Punk! This is what they are famous for. In this lecture, we will learn about arpeggiation, and the right synth sounds that can make arpeggiation sound so cool!

Preview 07:13

Let's take automation to a new level. Automate more than just the volume, let's automate our new powerful synth to really build energy throughout this song.

Preview 09:06
Finalizing and Exporting
2 Lectures 10:43

Now that you have the basic concepts of music production, finish the song! Continue balancing it and making sure the levels are good. Listen to it through different speakers, earphones, and headphones.

Where to go from here

Now that you have finished balancing your version of Daft Punk's Veridis Quo. It's time to master and export it. This is a very important step if you want to show your family and friends the track you just made.

Finalizing and Exporting
Music and Production Theory
6 Lectures 14:01

Learn the basics of sound. What is sound? What is a waveform? Why is this important for music production?

Also, these Theory sessions were recorded from one of my other courses. However, the same principles apply no matter what song you are producing.

Sound Design

In this lecture, we will be talking about the importance of volume and pan. Understand why it is important to pan your instruments and how to adjust the volume accordingly.

Mixing Theory 1 - Volume and Pan

In this lecture, we will be taking a look at the theory behind two of the most popular effects to use in music production - reverb and delay.

Mixing Theory 2 - Reverb and Delay

Here you will get a PDF guide that you can use as a reference when deciding what knobs to turn on a reverb or delay machine.

Reverb and Delay Guide
2 pages

In this lecture, we will understand the basic concept of frequencies, and how to equalize these frequencies accordingly to create a better-balanced mix.

Mixing Theory 3 - Frequencies and Equalization

Here you will get a PDF guide of the most common equalization techniques for the most popular instruments used in music production.

EQ Quick Guide
2 pages
The Challenge
3 Lectures 09:14

Here I will show you how I have used the same structure and instruments we have used in this course, to create a completely new song! Showing you that it is possible to get inspiration from recreating our favorite songs.

Same Structure, Different Song

Ready to put your ears to the test? Take this test to help train your ears to understand what to listen for.

Ear Training Test

In this lecture, I will show you just how easy it is to switch from Garageband to Logic Pro X. And the benefits of using Logic Pro X for your professional productions.

Switching to Logic Pro X
About the Instructor
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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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