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iPad Tutorial: How to get perfect sounds by editing your notes in Garageband

If your timing isn’t what it should be, never fear, you can edit every note you play in Garaband

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GarageBand for iPad is so accessible that anyone can just pick it up and use it, and what’s more, anyone can pen a catchy tune in a matter of minutes. As a result of this you may find yourself underestimating just how powerful the app is, and what you can accomplish with a little knowledge.

In the latest update, the ability to go in and edit the notes you have recorded on a virtual instrument means that you can effectively correct and create sounds that are perfectly pitched. You’ll need to record some audio first using an instrument and then navigate to the Arrange page.

It’s here where you will see the portions of music that you have recorded – they look like green stems growing horizontally across the page. Each of them has its own volume so it can be balanced with all the other sounds in a mix. Editing them is a case of moving the notes you have played across regions of time which are cleverly broken down into grids. You’ll get it spot on in no time!

1: Record it

Load up a song on GarageBand, find an instrument, hit record and play some notes. For the sake of this exercise, it doesn’t matter what you play.

2: Change views

Use the View button at the top of the interface to see the Arrange page. This is where you can view and edit what you have recorded.

3: Double-tap

Use a double-tap to bring up a menu on the particular instrument you would like to edit. Now tap the Edit button at the end of the list.

4: New view

You will now see a new view, with all of the notes you have played set out in front of you. You can tap to drag these in time along with the vertical time markers.

5: Do more

You can also double-tap these in order to bring up another menu. Using this you can alter the velocity and even cut and paste new notes by copying this one.

6: Write new notes

Use the pen button in the top-left of the screen to be able to add whole new notes to your arrangement. Tap the button again to lock the interface.

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