My first interactions with GarageBand and music editing began when I was in middle school, my father had just purchased our first apple Macbook to be used as the home computer. I remember that while we were setting up our user preferences, we just stumbled upon the GarageBand program and started for lack of a better terms “twiddling” with it.



After that, my brother and myself both began mixing our own tracks from the presets and loops, and then collaborating to make in our minds “albums”. Also, in part to a camcorder my brother received for Christmas, we began to record films and then add sound tracks and effects to these projects. As I have grown, I continue to enjoy mixing rhythms and melodies into my own creations for future enjoyment. Now that I play instruments as well, I am planning on seeing if I can integrate the tools for editing tracks from external devices (i.e. my guitar) into my hobby as well.

Using GarageBand; one can create, edit, synthesize, and share their created songs or tracks with a fairly user-friendly interface. Tools such as an equalizer, count in, gain control, and tuner are readily available in order to edit either already created compositions or your own, new creations. With proper equipment, namely an auxiliary cable connector and a sound board, you are able to connect an electric instrument to whichever device utilizing GarageBand and record a a new physical track into your songs. From this interface, instruments can have effects added to them and be synthesized as well as acoustic instruments or vocals can be captured in a similar fashion using a setup with microphones. For note: when implementing external recording onto GarageBand, make sure that the recorded audio is a “mono” track, as well as the sound intensity may have to be adjusted to agree with the parts overall role in composition. Make sure the loops you want to include agree in keys and timing. I have made some bad pieces because I was using the wrong key.