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GarageBand: The finer (and final) points

Christopher Breen | Feb. 7, 2014
As a writer/musician who's spent a lot of time with GarageBand over the years, I must resist the temptation to explore its every nook and cranny simply because I'm enthusiastic about it. Features that I find fascinating may appeal to only a few of you and I'd rather not tax your patience. Given that, I'd like to wrap up my look at the application by pointing out a few of its nuances that the majority of would-be GarageBand will find helpful.

The other feature I'll like a further peek at is the ability to add global echo and reverb effects to every track. In previous versions of GarageBand you found echo and reverb controls attached to any track you selected. By default, the latest GarageBand lacks those effects. That's inconvenient when you'd like to add reverb to a particular track and its smart controls doesn't offer it.

To enable these effects, choose GarageBand > Preferences, select Audio/MIDI, and enable the Global Echo and Reverb option. When you do this, Echo Send and Reverb Send knobs will appear within each track's smart controls pane.

And more
I could go on and on about GarageBand — to the point of being a bore. As I hope I've made clear, GarageBand is a remarkable tool that needn't be used solely by musicians. There's a little something for everyone here — including ringtone creation, movie soundtrack production, songwriting and recording, piano and guitar instruction, onboard synthesis and samples, and guitar shredding. And it's five lousy dollars. Get it. You won't regret it.


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