Step 1: Load project
Load your project and connect your USB microphone or audio interface. If the program asks you if you want to use the device you just connected, click ‘Yes’.
Step 2: Set preferences
The Audio/MIDI tab of Preferences shows the devices currently selected for audio input/output. Choose your mic, or its interface, from the Audio Input menu.
Step 3: Create a new Real Instrument track
Close Preferences and click ‘+’ in the lower left corner to create a new track. In the track creation window, select the blue-coloured ‘Real Instrument’ option.
Step 4: Instrument Setup
Click the Instrument Setup arrow to reveal pop-up menus that let you quickly configure your new track’s settings. Click each menu to double-check them.
Step 5: Turn monitoring on
Tick this checkbox to enable monitoring on your track. You’ll be able to hear your mic’s output, so make sure your headphones are connected to avoid feedback.
Step 6: Create vocal track
Click the Create button once all your settings are how you want them. GarageBand will add your new track to the project as a basic track with no effects.
Step 7: Select Vocals preset
Choose a setting from the Vocals preset menu to load a set of monitor effects. Your vocals are recorded to the hard disk with no effects; they are added on playback.
Step 8: Set record level
Play the track and sing into the mic to check it’s all working. If needed, raise the recording level with the slider until you can hear yourself clearly over the track.
Step 9: Record
Place the playhead where you want to start recording and enable a one-bar count-in from the Track menu. Then just click the record button and away you go!
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To complete this tutorial, you’ll need to download the issue 95 tutorial files.