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GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. With Touch Bar features for MacBook Pro and an intuitive, modern design, it’s easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. Now you’re ready to make music like a pro.

Start making professional‑sounding music right away. Plug in your guitar or mic and choose from a jaw‑dropping array of realistic amps and effects. You can even create astonishingly human‑sounding drum tracks and become inspired by thousands of loops from popular genres like EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, and more.

More sounds, more inspiration.
Plug in your USB keyboard and dive into the completely inspiring and expanded Sound Library, featuring electronic‑based music styles like EDM and Hip Hop. The built‑in set of instruments and loops gives you plenty of creative freedom.

The Touch Bar takes center stage.
The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro puts a range of instruments at your fingertips. Use Performance view to turn the Touch Bar into drum pads or a one-octave keyboard for playing and recording.

Plug it in. Tear it up.
Plug in your guitar and choose from a van-load of amps, cabinets, and stompboxes.

Design your dream bass rig.
Customize your bass tone just the way you want it. Mix and match vintage or modern amps and speaker cabinets. You can even choose and position different microphones to create your signature sound.

Drumroll please.
GarageBand features Drummer, a virtual session drummer that takes your direction and plays along with your song. Choose from 28 drummers and three percussionists in six genres.

Shape your sound. Quickly and easily.
Whenever you’re using a software instrument, amp, or effect, Smart Controls appear with the perfect set of knobs, buttons, and sliders. So you can shape your sound quickly with onscreen controls or by using the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro.

Look, Mom — no wires.
You can wirelessly control GarageBand right from your iPad with the Logic Remote app. Play any software instrument, shape your sound with Smart Controls, and even hit Stop, Start, and Record from across the room.

Jam with drummers of every style.

Drummer, the virtual session player created using the industry’s top session drummers and recording engineers, features 28 beat‑making drummers and three percussionists. From EDM, Dubstep, and Hip Hop to Latin, Metal, and Blues, whatever beat your song needs, there’s an incredible selection of musicians to play it.

Each drummer has a signature kit that lets you produce a variety of groove and fill combinations. Use the intuitive controls to enable and disable individual sounds while you create a beat with kick, snare, cymbals, and all the cowbell you want. If you need a little inspiration, Drummer Loops gives you a diverse collection of prerecorded acoustic and electronic loops that can be easily customized and added to your song.

Powerful synths with shape‑shifting controls.

Get creative with 100 EDM- and Hip Hop–inspired synth sounds. Every synth features the Transform Pad Smart Control, so you can morph and tweak sounds to your liking.

Learn to play

Welcome to the school of rock. And blues. And classical.

Get started with a great collection of built‑in lessons for piano and guitar. Or learn some Multi‑Platinum hits from the actual artists who recorded them. You can even get instant feedback on your playing to help hone your skills.

Take your skills to the next level. From any level.
Choose from 40 different genre‑based lessons, including classical, blues, rock, and pop. Video demos and animated instruments keep things fun and easy to follow.

Teachers with advanced degrees in hit‑making.
Learn your favorite songs on guitar or piano with a little help from the original recording artists themselves. Who better to show you how it’s done?

Instant feedback.
Play along with any lesson, and GarageBand will listen in real time and tell you how you’re doing, note for note. Track your progress, beat your best scores, and improve your skills.

Tons of helpful recording and editing features make GarageBand as powerful as it is easy to use. Edit your performances right down to the note and decibel. Fix rhythm issues with a click. Finesse your sound with audio effect plug‑ins. And finish your track like a pro, with effects such as compression and visual EQ.

Go from start to finish. And then some.
Create and mix up to 255 audio tracks. Easily name and reorder your song sections to find the best structure. Then polish it off with all the essentials, including reverb, visual EQ, volume levels, and stereo panning.

Take your best take.
Record as many takes as you like. You can even loop a section and play several passes in a row. GarageBand saves them all in a multi‑take region, so it’s easy to pick the winners.

Your timing is perfect. Even when it isn’t.
Played a few notes out of time? Simply use Flex Time to drag them into place. You can also select one track as your Groove Track and make the others fall in line for a super‑tight rhythm.

Polish your performance.
Capture your changes in real time by adjusting any of your software instruments’ Smart Controls while recording a performance. You can also fine‑tune your music later in the Piano Roll Editor.

Touch Bar. A whole track at your fingertips.
The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you quickly move around a project by dragging your finger across a visual overview of the track.

Wherever you are, iCloud makes it easy to work on a GarageBand song. You can add tracks to your GarageBand for Mac song using your iPhone or iPad when you’re on the road. Or when inspiration strikes, you can start sketching a new song idea on your iOS device, then import it to your Mac to take it even further.

GarageBand for iOS

Play, record, arrange, and mix — wherever you go.

GarageBand for Mac

Your personal music creation studio.

Logic Remote

A companion app for Logic Pro.

Let's talk about panning, shall we?
Mmm, I love to pan fry Southern Fried Chicken. Well, yes, so do I, but I was thinking more along the lines of music ... panning various tracks to different positions in the stereo field

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You've lost me already. A little too GeekSpeak again? Yeah. But we just went through this in the Backstage Quickie about Stereo vs. Mono. Sometimes I forget things. I see, well, click the link and give that a quick read, let me know when you're done... I'll just wait here for you to finish.
Just wait right here ...
Waiting for you to finish...
standing here...
I'm back. Great, so you understand Stereo vs. Mono, and what a stereo Field is? Yes. Are you lying? No.Steel Okay, good... Well maybe. Read it again. Okay ... Got it. Good, then let's move along, shall we...
In stereo panning we are trying to Create, Reproduce or perhaps Enhance the wide stereo field of a something we recorded. In a typical home studio one might use a single mic to record vocals, or guitar amps. In instances like these we may want to Create a stereo field. If you're lucky enough to have a setup of multiple microphones to record drums, you will likely also want to Create a stereo image of the drums. So how do we do this?
Hire someone that knows what they're doing? That would be one way, but with a little practice you can create some wonderful stereo images using the tools GarageBand offers.
Let's start with an example rhythm guitar track we've recorded. We used one Shure SM57 Microphone on the amp, so we recorded the track in mono
And the track looks like this

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When this is played back the sound will come out of both speakers, and if you're positioned equidistant from the two speakers, it will appear to come from directly in front of you. But suppose that isn't what was desired. Suppose on the imaginary stage I'm creating (The Stereo Field) I want the guitar to appear a little toward the left. I can alter the Pan
And her guitar will be pushed towards the left, i.e. louder in the left speaker than the right speaker. When all the other tracks are added this can help to create the stereo cues that the brain needs.
Suppose rather than pushing the guitar slightly to the left, I wanted a wider sound, one that appeared to be coming from the Left and the Right, it's... you're going to say it! ...shush! It's not much more complicated. First we duplicate the track (Make sure the track is selected and then use the Duplicate Track MenuItem)
I also like to rename my tracks so I can easily tell which is which ('L' for Left and 'R' for Right)
Now copy the region into the second track by Option-Dragging the guitar region into our new track (see: Moving Regions for tips on accurate region moving)
Now we add the panning
And we have ... Stereo! YAY Stereo! I'm going to do the Stereo dance now. Yay! Well, no, what we have is still mono. Huh?
Remember what we learned in the Stereo vs. Mono article? Ummm, maybe? We need Different sounds coming from each speaker. What we have now is the same sound coming from both speakers at the same time which gives us louder mono. Oh yeah, right.
So the next step is to offset the second copy just slightly from the first. Off who? Offset. We're going to shift it just a little bit in time. You know time travel? I know many things. In this case you do too. The GarageBand timeline is a representation of a song through time. We can easily move through time, shift time and even jump back and forth through time just by scrolling the timeline, dragging the playhead, or sliding regions around (to name a couple of the methods available) Oh. Right. I knew that.
So the first thing we're going to do is zoom in really tight because we want to make a very small adjustment.
Move to the very beginning since that's where our recording starts
Make sure Snap To Grid is Off.
And then we make our adjustment, sliding the second region just a little bit to the right
Remember, we're zoomed All the way in, so while that looks like a large move, it's really not. In fact, if we reduce the zoom to only half way
You can't even tell that there is any offset at all
But your ears can tell. And of course you can experiment making the offset larger or smaller, widening the Pan difference....
Okay, I think I understand how to do it, but how do you decide which instrument should go where in that Forest thingie?
Field, Stereo Field. What goes where in the Stereo Field is entirely up to you. You might try listening to some of your favorite music (especially through headphones) to try to pick out where the engineer placed different instruments. Or think of a typical stage set up and try to emulate that. Or just put them where you want them. You are also likely to find that different setups work best for different songs. IOW, don't think that in every song the guitar should go here, the bass there. Perhaps that is the correct choice, but it also might not be. Listen to your songs and do what's best for the song.
If you have a lot of instruments you may find it helpful to spread them around throughout the stereo field so that the mix doesn't get too muddy Ewwww, that's yucky. And I don't record outside anyway. No, Muddy is just a term that engineers use to describe a mix where nothing is very distinctive, it's hard to pick out instruments, and they overpower each other.
Oh wait?! I Totally get that! You spread them out in the Field thingie and your brain can focus on each instrument because it's like it's in a different place. Exactly!
One other instrument is worth mentioning because it's a bit different than most others, the Drum kit. I like drums! Uh, okay, good. You can of course record them any way you please if it works well for your song, but most engineers will want to record the drums in stereo, so you need at least 2 mics. If you're only using 2 mics, it's pretty straight forward, once you're happy with your mic placement. What's that? Something best left for another article. It just means putting the mics where they will record best. Once your mics are placed (you've listened to some test recordings and you're happy with the sound you're recording) you have a choice: Record to a single stereo track, and let your mic placement take care of recreating the stereo field, or record to two Mono tracks and use GarageBand to pan each track Left and Right to recreate the stereo field.
What about that offseat stuff? It's Offset and we don't need to worry about that because we've recorded actual stereo with two mics. Each mic picks up slightly different sounds so our brains can recreate the stereo image when we listen to it.
Awesome, indeed, but there is still one more popular way to record drums. Steel Yeah? Yes, a more professional way using multiple mics with an interface that can handle all the mics. GarageBand (since version 2) can record up to 8 tracks of audio at a time, so if you have 8 mics and an interface like the PreSonus Firepod you can record each of the drums to its own track allowing you _great_ flexibility to fine tune the sound in the mixing process. In a case like this each track is mono, however each mic is picking up different sounds, so we don't need to offset anything (generally speaking this would be a very Bad-Thing

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since you want all the drums in sync), we just need to arrange each track in the stereo field (assuming that's what you want to do) by setting the pan of each track. You might keep the Kick in the center and move the Hat a little to the side, etc. Experiment and find out what's pleasing to your ear.
Remember the only hard and fast rule in art is that there are no rules. Umm, that seems to be a contradiction since there is one rule. Well, yeah, I guess, but you can't break that rule. But the rule says that you have to break it. Okay, fine ... There aren't any rules, so don't go looking for them, or breaking them. Boom!

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I'm getting to like when that happens.