How To Make Beats In Garageband: A Beginner’s Guide

GarageBand is one of the best free digital audio workstations (DAWs) to get started in music production. It was developed by Apple and is the main free alternative to the well-equipped Logic Pro. It is intuitive to use and has a sound library that includes instrument presets for guitar, voice selection, and session drummers. It also offers guitar and piano lessons.

GarageBand is available for iPhone and iPad and is a full-featured app with touch instruments, live loops, remixes. FM beats, sequencers, and more. Sync your projects to iCIoud Drive and connect to your iPhone. iPad, or Mac.

This makes GarageBand perfect for beginners, but its ease of use is suitable for professionals who want to experience the most amazing world of DAWs.

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How to get Garageband

There is no official way to get a version of GarageBand for PC. You need to download it from the GarageBand App Store. If you have a new model of iMac or MacBook. you can install the Garage Band app on your Mac. GarageBand downloads are also available for macOS. but GarageBand on Windows is not yet developed.

The only thing you need is an Apple ID. If you have never used GarageBand. Some people think you have to be a professional producer for songwriting.

App store preview of the GarageBand app
App store preview of the GarageBand app.

GarageBand is great for boosting the creativity and skills of budding music producers. The tools provided are clear and simple, and you can learn to use them in no time. We will look at how to make beats in GarageBand and how to manage them.

Assuming you are an absolute beginner, this tutorial will save you a lot of time when it comes to avoiding common errors such as not enabling the automatic normalization function in GarageBand. which I prefer for this tutorial. This gives you a short summary of how to make a beat, then we will explore in-depth how to make a beat in the garage tape.

This is the easiest way to create a beat with garage tape, but I will show you how it really works and how to make it unique. To create beats in the garage tape, select Melodic Apple Loop by clicking on the loop icon (look for the hose on the right side of the garage tape).

That’s my way of doing hip-hop beats with my own style. Before we start, I will briefly explain what I think of hip-hop and its parameters. Regardless of whether this is your style of music or not, hopefully, this will help you understand how people make songs. The first thing you want to do is open GarageBand.

Expert Tip: The first thing you have to do is show a drummer called Dezthe trapdoor template. Drummers hate the sound of trapdoor presets, so avoid them at all costs.

The dosage the sound (which they think is good) and reduce the complexity of the fillings, so choose a simple set. drag the little yellow ball to the left and change the actual set preset.

The amazing tools for creating beats are Initial Audios 808 Studio II Plugin, Boutique Bass Synth, and 808 Tools.

808  Studio 2 homepage
808 Studio 2 homepage.

You can also use GarageBand on an iPhone (recommended by most on Amazon) to have more sounds to choose from, by the way, Arctic Noise Lead is a popular choice.

Select a beat machine, drums, or electronic drums in the section below. Half of the instruments in GarageBand provide sound that is good enough for Steinway grand pianos deep sub-bass 808 bass, vox box. lead string ensemble, and is important and useful for many other hip-hop points.

If you don’t see the scale and what it looks like, you should know that Roman lowercase and uppercase letters mean “V” major. “A” means enlarged and “0” means reduced.

For this particular piece, “Spaceship Underwater,” the first thing I did when I did the chord sequence on the jazz organ was that C minor added a 9th and then another 9th. This chord belongs to the key G minor.

Expert Tip: Pay attention to the letters and chords of the GBD. If the word “scary” doesn’t worry you. don’t worry.

In relation to major, G minor is major which means that they are the same notes but played in a different order with different fundamental notes in the tonal center. If you know the key of G minor, there are certain notes that sound right. Build up the beat by starting with the melody and then building up with drums and bass. I started with Thru Piano, the instrument that sounds best and that I love.

If you choose a Screamlead instrument, you will find the Lead sub-category in the Synthesizer section. Here’s the reasoning behind the artist and the inspiration.

Use instruments, plug-ins, arpeggiators, and other tools that inspire you to play. It is the same as playing the guitar or other instruments. You can buy a device that inspires you to go out and play. Every musician should do that.

In a laptop, a woman plays the piano while it is being recorded.
A woman plays the piano while it is being recorded.

The image below shows the various settings for the Screamlead instrument, including glide, sub-shape, depth, harmonic overdrive, delay, and a bit of reverb. As I said, it’s a pipu. but I didn’t use it to do this track because I already used it and didn’t want to repeat myself. When I built the second tune from it I went through her settings and messed it up until it sounded cool. I then turned it off and on again, and it adjusted the settings.

The biggest change I made was the harmonious options. I turned the bad boy to the top. Part of that was changing the sliding option on the mold. It gave him a sound different from the standard version of the instrument.

The third melody I used as filling material to fill the rest of the track and add a little body and character to the sound. This section implements the low pass concept that I explained earlier, or in other words, the elimination of high frequencies. I rang the delicate bells on the track a bit.

I used it to copy and paste the track from Screamlead and dropped it into the delicate bell track. It was a once or twice process until something significant came out that did not divert too much attention from the rest but was nevertheless important enough for the instruments.

The flute voice repeats throughout the song, and I love the way it sounds. The funny thing about the flute melody is that it consists of three notes played in two different octaves.

I think it’s a nice touch, and it’s something you get with native instruments (Komplete has 13 native instruments on their website, which is much better than anything that comes with GarageBand). The most important melody in the song is the flute opening chord progression melody.

It is the most demanding part of the whole course. It just shows that sophistication is not necessary and can actually be played by any musician with improvisation. It is easy to get caught up in the convoluted details of what is needed.

These are all good questions to ask yourself when making music that sounds good. Contribution to the totality of the song. i.e.

Let’s get to the most important part of a hip-hop song, the drum shop, and the 808 patterns. I think this is a crucial detail to add to the fact that this is an important part for the music producer, but not for the listener.

The listener doesn’t care as much to hear the snare as you do. he just wants to hear a great melody and a great beat. Music producers are going their separate ways. Many are drawn into their music by adding individual notes to a piano roll.

To start drawing in the piano roll, click the workspace (or right-click) and select the option to create an empty MIDI region. Once you have created a file, you can start writing notes (more on piano rolls later in my tutorial).

Garageband lessons show how to play the piano keys.
Garageband lessons show how to play the piano keys.

Honestly, I don’t, I find it annoying and not funny, I’ve been playing guitar all my life, and when I started using DAWs. I memorized and improvised on the spot.

So I opened the musical input on the GarageBand keyboard with the command “K” and started jamming a kick-snare, trying to find a pattern I’d never used before that sounded good.

The kick was loaded to the C3 Notation level and I hammered the “C” note which contains the letter “S” on the actual laptop keyboard, but if you use a MIDI keyboard it is the first “C-D’’ on the left side of the keyboard. After building a cool sound out of the kick/snare pattern. I started to add more details.

I use the shaker function quite often. I feel like it’s a nice touch to the sound. Usually. I add the hi-hats on a single bar and then add them on a half bar after the snare drum. I think it’s pretty cool to do that.

I use a shaker and it’s a great thing to keep the beat constant in mind when producing any type of drum-centric music. Many producers use kicks, pitfalls, and hi-hats to save time. When I use shakers, I do my best not to make them intrusive or obstructive. In other words, they do not take too much attention from other sounds instruments, or melodies.

As explained in the Boutique 808s article, there are many different ways to draw and play bass lines. EQ tactics, and methods to make them sound good. This is an important part of hip-hop production, but not so great that you might like to check out this personal tutorial to find out how to make great boutique 808 basslines. The trap kick is the most aggressive of all.

One last remark before we move on to the next section is that the volume at the beginning of the song will fade in the flute section. The automation tutorial explains the order in which the volume fades when you press the button to track automation.

You will notice that a yellow automation snake appears. Look at the image below to see what this line does. If you click on it. drop the automation so that you can draw the line depending on how you want to adjust the volume.

As soon as the song is finished, we go to the “Easy” stage and then to the “Export’’ stage and so on.

Usually, you want the volume of the track to turn red during the loudest parts of the song. It’s pretty cool when a track goes red all the time.

Turn down the master volume to 0.0. This part is about making sure none of your track clips turn red. otherwise, it will sound terrible.

I haven’t heard anyone say that, but it’s important to me. so I’ll do it anyway.

Make sure the plug-in is running on your master track. Make sure the master volume is zero so that your track does not mix with the master.

Master are the other two options to compare. Go to Smart Controls and click on the button that says ’OK.”.

At this point your tracks are ready for export. You should see a list of plug-ins. so make sure they are all turned on. It is fine to have a plug-in running for every single track, but you don’t want the master channel to be informed.

A man working inside a recording studio
A man working inside a recording studio.

Listen to the whole thing and make sure the instruments sound as good as you want them to sound. Remember that as you go through the master track, other sounds can sound overemphasized.

Explain on the go that you want to use compression and EQto amplify high-frequency instruments such as hi-hats and cymbals, which tend to produce a hissing sound. The reason is to turn up the sound of hats, shakers and other high-frequency instruments.

For this reason, consider reducing the volume on each track. At this stage, we drag and drop AIFF files from the DAW or any other software onto the instrument tracks. The reason for this is that we can check if our track does not cut. and if so. we can put it to a general test to see how it will sound before we add a compressor channel or EQ. If we see that something is wrong with the track or that it is not loud enough, we can move on to the mixing stage.

I am by no means an experienced mixed engineer, so keep in mind that this phrase has little to do with it. In this case. I will add channels. EQs. compressors, multi compressors, and limiters. In his book (on Amazon) he is an engineer and explains why I don’t have to do much of what I do in the mixed-phase. I’ll show more about the process in this guide on how to mix beats.

I cut the low and high frequencies, lower the 205Hz frequency to 35 dB and give the song a small boost of 3dB. starting in the range of 500Hz to 10.000 kHz. I also give it a little boost to 35Hz. The multi-compressor used in the final hip-hop compressor is set to reduce the gain to 36 dB.

I like the way the multiprocessor sounds. I think it also gives the track a bit of sharpness.

With the limiter, we can increase the total volume of the track to 30 dB if we set the output level to 0.2 dB. The gain will increase by 1 -2-3 dB. but we are not pushing too hard. As far as the output level knob is concerned, the point is OdB. which, according to what I have read, is the point of distortion. Since we have set the slider to Odb. we do not have to worry that the track will exceed this point and create distortions.

This is how the limiter works, and many people like to use it at the end of the mixing process as a volume booster. The limiter can be considered a tool we use to ensure that no unwanted noise is heard during the mix.

Make sure that the volume of each track matches the other music you create. If you have an album on your phone or plug it into a Bluetooth speaker in a home. you want each track to have the same volume as the others. This way you don’t have to come back and increase the volume.

Its about reaching the volume not only of other artists on YouTube and SoundCloud but also of your favorite artists and their mixed masters and hit singles. When you try to make songs you are used to. try to adjust the amplitude and volume of your music

I chose a volume of 16dB for the master volume channel. This can be between 16 and 20 dB. depending on whether I use a compressor or multi-compressor.

How to make your mix louder in seconds

If you want to export your music. GarageBand has a handy sharing feature at the top of the toolbar that allows you to export music to SoundCloud. iTunes. YouTube. etc. Before you do this, make sure you do one last thing you probably shouldn’t do. Make sure the box is not ticked so that GarageBand can export it at a level quiet enough for the competition to outshine you like crazy.

I am no expert in this field. but I have taken note of the warnings that you hear in the so-called loudness wars if you make your tracks too loud. It is up to you whether you want to get involved or not. If you are curious to read more about it I recommend this article. So try not to make your track too loud.

Some people argue that artists and sound engineers should do everything they can to be perceived. including exporting music at high volume. Others hate that you make your music too loud.

It is up to you whether you want to annoy other producers and sound engineers. I think you have to ask yourself if music for other people is really something for other producers.

I will show you how to make them. As I said before. I’m not a top artist. so I can’t tell you to make the best beats you’ve ever heard. But I hope this tutorial has helped you.

GarageBand is one of the most popular music apps in the world. It is hailed as the most capable DAW for the price of a rare find.

If you are a musician or producer and want to do a demo to send to a label or stream on your social networks. GarageBand is a good choice. Professional musicians and producers use GarageBand to make demos and record official albums using Logic Pro or other professional DAWs such as Cubase Pro Tools. However. if you need a professional master ready for the record business. GarageBand may not be enough.

Now that you know how to start creating music, making beats in the garage band, It’s the best easiest and funniest way to get into music production. and not everything can be done in a home studio, so give it a try.

As you can see, GarageBand offers a lot of possibilities to generate beats. Ob your beats were made by your idols. whether it was Mustard Mike who made it Pharrell, Kanye, Dr. Dre, or J Dilla.

GarageBand has the tools to make your beats the way they were made by heroes. Focus on the use of these tools – put a few hours of practice on your belt and you’ll be ready to pump out beats like the pros in no time. If you follow the techniques above it should be pretty easy to follow.

If you enjoy making beats Garage band is the best tool for it It is really easy to do and you can have fun mixing different things together. Garageband makes it easy to do this and you can enjoy the creations that you have created. Garageband is the tool you need to make those fun beats for your music.

How to make the rhythm of a trap beat

When making a trap beat, there are six steps:

  • Start with drums
  • Add an instrument
  • Add a baseline
  • Structure your beat
  • Arrange it
  • Master it
How to Make The Rhythm of a Trap Beat

Trap beats are around 140BPM; play with it by adding and removing notes until you like it. When you are content with it, mix it. Make sure your kicks are crisp and snappy; your hi-hats don’ need to be overly noisy.

Add in some keys. Trap beats are full of piano sounds and sparky melodies. Add an 808 bass, raise the glide to have overlapping notes blend into each other.

Your track will be built around the loop, copy your sets and label them as “intro,” “verse,” and”outro.” Rename the original set as the intro for the “hook.” The verse usually is only one instrument, now bring in the drums but not the bass for the chorus.

Trap beats are constructed like this: intro-hook-verse-hook-verse-hook-outro. Mastering is making the track your own by balancing and adding various elements to fit harmoniously together.


GarageBand is a free friendly-user application that is used by music artists in making beats, producing music, recording and editing audios. It is popular and accessible. However, can you make good hip hop beats on Garageband?

Definitely yes, you can make good hip hop beats on Garageband. By lopping and mixing prerecorded music samples you can definitely create you own hip hop beats. In GarageBand, a studio, company or formal training is not needed. You just need a basic knowledge on the type of beat you want to make. Lots of professionals and big names in the music industry like Rihanna and Usher have already proven the effectiveness of Garageband.

GarageBand is really good for making different beats. With GarageBand you can use and access instruments digitally, rhythms, sounds, pitch and many more. Then eventually, you can share your music throughout the world. Therefore, GarageBand is definitely useful for someone who wants to improve their talents in the music industry.

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About Maggie Holding

Hello! My name is Maggie and I am a proud Editor/Author for PlayTheTunes. Coming From South Carolina, USA, my whole life I've sang and played the guitar and flute! I love music with a passion, and am ecstatic to help others in their own music journey!