This project is showcasing that I know how to use all of the new skills from the Lesson 7 GragaeBand packet, which mainly focuses on timing, rhythm and loops. Skills like, having a track follow the rhythm of another, or turning an audio or MIDI track into a loop and adding it to your Apple Loops.
A groove track causes other tracks in your composition to follow the same timing, and the feel of that track. It’s good to make a groove track your drummer track but it can be any track. By right-clicking on the track header name, like in the picture below, you can choose show groove track, under Track Header components.
After that you will be able to “star” a track, by hovering over the left end of the track header, to be the groove track and check which tracks you want to follow that groove.
Following The Rhythm of Another Track
This is just used for drummer tracks when you want the drummer to follow a specific track, making it fit better into the music. The series of screen shots below will show how to have the drummer follow a specific track, in this case the bass track.
Recording Multipass Drum Beats
This setting allows you to over-dub and merge any track. It is especially helpful if you are making your own drum track. To make sure your settings will allow you to merge tracks, go into the preferences for GarageBand.
Meter- the rhythmic structure of music, like the “heart beat” of the song.
Pacing- Similar to tempo, more of the “feeling” then actually speed
Tempo- The number of beats per minute in a song. The “speed” of the song
Beat- An accent used to keep tempo
Hip Hop- a genre of music that features rapping, with an electronic background
Out of the Pocket- Not on beat
Quantize- The process of putting notes not on beat, on beat
Single Take- When you only do one recording
Multipass Recording- Doing multiple takes and then choosing pieces that you want from those takes to make a single take
Overdub- When you record over another recording, or track
C1 Octave Range- A range of notes starting with C1, ending at C2
Cowbell- A percussive instrument used in many songs form the 1970’s
Drum Kit- A set of percussive drums and other instruments
Kick Drum- the big, lowest sounding drum on a drum kit that you kick with a pedal
Snare Drum- A drum with special metal components that cause it to”rattle”
Cymbal MIDI- The electronic recording, or computer generated sound of a cymbal, to be used on computers
Drum Machine (808)- One of the first nice sounding drum machines, an electronic drum device
Loop- a sound that “loops” or is repeated after it has finished seamlessly like it never ended. Usually a few beats or measures long
Arpeggiation- playing the notes in a chord in succession
Sound Effects- Sounds made artificially to be used in movies, songs, etc.
One Shot Sound- A type of loop or sound, that isn’t meant to loop. Which is why it’s called a “one”-shot
What I Learned
I learned different ways to make drum beats on my own, or how to have a pre-made drummer track follow a specific track. I also played around with the multipass drum beats. I’ve been wondering how to adjust tempo in the specific part of a project and now I know how to do that.