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GarageBand is an application for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music and podcasts. It certainly is a fun little application that can provide endless entertainment if you know what you're doing. On second thought, maybe I shouldn't even use the word 'little' to describe it because GarageBand can be as big or as small as the user wants.

One of the most satisfying things to do in GarageBand is playing around with the premade loops. You'd be surprised how nicely many of the loops will sound together. There are no rules when you're doing this, so try putting down a jazzy drum rhythm with some Afghanistan Sand Rabab and see how it sounds! Eventually, you might have some music for verses and a catchy hook. Then you might want to try adding some vocals to the tune. Luckily, there are a plethora of different vocal effects as well. You can make yourself sound like a robot or you can set yourself up with enough echo and reverb to sound like one of the most epic divas! Although, your vocals will only sound as good as the microphone that you have attached. 

There is so much within GarageBand, it might take years to master. You could take a basic premade sound and change the pitch, the modulation, and add all sorts of different effects. Then after all that, you can change can completely change the EQ of the whole song. Now with musical USB keyboards, it can be all the more easy and enjoyable to create your masterpieces.

If you'd like to learn more about GarageBand, NCTV will be hosting a workshop this Tuesday, June 6, 2017. We will go over the interface and some basics and then we'll see where it goes from there! And we even have a musical USB keyboard this year. We would love for you to join us! If you're interested, you can sign up at

AuthorAndrew Barker