Create Effect Presets & Instruments

In this episode of Minute GarageBand we’re going show you how to customize effects, and save presets and instruments in GarageBand.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

We showed you in an earlier video that you add an effect to a track by selecting the track clicking the Track “I” info button and then clicking the edit tab to reveal the various effects you can use on the track.

Most effects will have a series of presets from which you can select by clicking the preset popUp menu located under the effect type popUp menu.

Often these preset will get you close to the sound you’re trying to achieve… but you can also further customize most presets by clicking on the icon to the left of the popUp menus which will reveal the effects’ controls if it has any (the noise gate, for instance, does not have any controls besides its amount slider).

After you modify the effect’s settings, you can save it as a preset for use on other tracks or in other projects… typically as a starting point to tweak as needed for any particular recording.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

Click the popUp menu in the effect palette, and chose to Make Preset, enter a name, and it will be available in the presets popUp menus Additionally once you’ve tweaked all the effects for a track you can save that combination as an Instrument.

GarageBand Tutorials
GarageBand Tutorials

Click the Save Instrument button, enter a name, and this mixture of effects and their settings will be available from the Browse Tab for use in any other track or any on other projects.

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