Add Effects to a GarageBand Track

In this episode of Minute GarageBand, we’re going show you how to add effects to a track and how the signal chain affects the sound.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

In order to add an effect to a track, select the track Click the Track “I” info button and then click the edit tab to reveal the various effects you can use on the track.

You’ll notice several are always available and are restricted to a specific effect, such as these for a “Real Instrument” track The 4 blank slots in the middle, however, are available for any of your System’s built-in effects, or plugins you may have installed yourself.

Simply click and release the mouse on any of the four slots to open a popUp menu of these effects, and choose the one you wish to use.

Once selected you can then choose any of the presets that are saved for that effect… or adjust the parameters yourself by clicking the icon to the left of the popUp menus You can use anyone… or all four of the effect slots, and you can even rearrange them by dragging the three vertical dots to the left f the effect.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

This changes the signal chain as the effects are added in the order in which they are shown, top to bottom.

This may seem a very subtle distinction, but it can be useful to achieve specific effects.

As an example, here is an unaffected guitar strum Here is the same strum with a phaser effect along with an echo.

As it is currently arranged, the phaser effect is fed to the echo effect, in essence echoing the phased effect.

If we switch the order of these two effects, as we’ve done in this third track, we’ll be feeding the echo to the phaser, thus phase-shifting the echo instead of echoing the phase shift In case you didn’t hear the difference, we’ll finish off by playing them both in a row.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

Those were identical audio clips, with the exact same effects, the only change was the order in which the effects were applied.

That’s all we have for this episode we hope you found it useful.