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Create custom vocal templates

Build your own template with the best of GarageBand’s vocal effects

Vocal-enhancing effects are a simple way of improving the quality of your lead vocals within a GarageBand project. GarageBand does a great job of providing users with a selection of preset vocal templates, each one with its own selection of modified effects. Whether you want to emulate the sound of singing inside of an opera house, or apply vocal effects to make your voice fitting for an RnB tune, by combing GarageBand effects you can achieve any vocal style you desire. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to combine different vocal effects to build your own custom vocal template.

This template can then be saved to be used for future projects. Building vocal templates in GarageBand gives you complete creative control over the sound and style of your vocals, so let’s get started.


1. Create a project

Open GarageBand and select New Project. Select Voice. Once you’ve created a Voice project you’ll be able to add other elements such as instruments and loops. Click Choose.


2. Project settings

Title your project and set a time signature, BPM and key. Click Create. Underneath the Real Instruments tab, the Vocals option will be presented, displaying vocal effect settings.


3. Select a preset

To build a Vocal template from scratch, select No Effects. Or you can choose from one of the preset vocal templates, each will come with predefined effects that can be modified.


4. Add vocal effects

With a preset selected, click on Edit. Here you’ll see the effects in use for the preset. Select a blank effects box then select an effect from the list to add it to your template.


5. Modify your effects

Once you’ve added an effect, click on the effect icon thumbnail to modify it to your liking. Click Default below the effect name to select presets for that particular effect.


6. EQ Adjustments

To change the EQ (Equalizer), click on the icon thumbnail next to Visual EQ at the bottom of the effects list. Click and drag on the EQ waves to adjust the template’s overall EQ.


7. Test your settings

Hit Record and record some vocals. Play them back to test the added effects. Click on the turquoise light next to an effect to turn it on and off, then rerecord to compare versions.


8. Save your template

Adjust your effects accordingly, then when you’re ready, click Save Instrument at the bottom of the Real Instruments window. Title your vocal template then click Save.


9. Access your templates

Click the Browse tab. Click on the drop-down menu, select My Settings, click Vocals and you’ll see the template you just set up. Select it then record vocals using that template.