As a certified ProTools engineer for Music, I can happily tell you – GarageBand mobile is one of my favorite apps. It is not just great, it is amazing. Over the past decade, I have amassed several instruments, amplifiers, cables, PAs, recording equipment, microphones, acoustical treatment, and countless hours behind the faders of my mixing gear.
GarageBand put most of the equipment on the shelf. Obviously, this tiny portal of awesome does not compare to the editing and mixing power of ProTools or other premier editing suite. However this app does offer other interesting benefits.
For the singer songwriter, your ideas are in the moment – often flighty. I’m an artist and musician as well. If I cannot properly convey the idea in the moment, it is lost. Below are the top 5 reasons GarageBand mobile is a singer songwriter’s best friend.
The biggest problem in the history of recording is enough processing power to handle dozens of layers. This does the trick. Thicken your vocals or create a full band arrangement.
Ever sing or play something just right and you want to cue it at certain times in your rough track? Using the sampling feature allows you to do that as well as change pitch and other features.
#3 Social Sharing
This app makes it super easy to share with others. Either upload to SoundCloud, Facebook, YouTube, or e-mail it to someone. You can even create music unique to your friends – so when they call – you know it is them.
#2 Easy to Use
You do not have to be an engineer or audiophile to make this work for you. Play around with the settings, the chords, tempo, and other music enhancements to find your perfect sound. Once you learn to navigate around the environment, you will discover hidden features that enable tweaking of your creations.
#1 Variety of Instruments
This is by far the best feature. You do not need to purchase stringed instruments, keyboards, and other instruments – they are provided to you at your fingertips. You may even use the stock riffs available. Take a few drums or the SmartDrums, add bass, keys or guitar, and sing your heart out. Let your imagination free!
It is best to use your supplied ear buds for listening back and recording over new layers. This will stop the sound from bleeding into each layer. Would you like to learn more engineering tips? Leave a message in the comments about topics you would like me to cover.