GarageBand V10: Replace Missing Effects

In this episode of Minute GarageBand,

we’re going to show you how to replace many of the missing Track Effects from version 6 of GarageBand in version 10 of GarageBand.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

In our previous episode, we showed you how you could get different sets of effects in GarageBand,

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

like a compressor, limiter, EQ, and reverb, and even supplied a free app to help you find which preset offered those sets of effects,

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

but we couldn’t get every effect we wanted at the same time.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

For instance, if you needed a gate,

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

using our Effect Finder we can see that we have a choice of only 4 presets…..

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

each of which restricts us to only a compressor, EQ, and reverb type effects in addition to the gate

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Now we’re going to show you how we can get most of

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

those effects running at the same time using Audio Unit plug-ins.

We spent several weeks downloading and testing dozens of effect plug-ins, and we’ve come up with the essential list of Audio Unit effects to replace what we lost between version 6 and version 10 of GarageBand,

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

and we’ll have a link after the episode ends from which you can find them all.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

If you haven’t watched the episode on installing and enabling AU plug-ins,

it would be a good idea to view it before continuing…

Now that we all understand the basics of using the plug-ins, here are the best ones we found

GarageBand V10 Tutorials

We’re going to use the Bright Vocal preset which gives us a Compressor,

De-Esser, EQ, Echo, and Reverb with which to start.

In addition to the preset’s effects, we might want to add a simple noise Gate which we got from AirWIndows.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Camel Audio offers the Camel Crusher plug-in which gives us Distortion,

an alternative compressor, a filter, and a Master for the effect.

Blue Cat Audio offers us Chorus, Flanger, Frequency Analyzer, two different Gain utilities, a Phaser, and two types of EQ.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Don’t forget that Apple supplies a slew of plug-ins built into the OS, including such things as Delay,

Dynamic Processors, shelf filters, reverb, EQ, and a whole lot more.

Unfortunately, there is a restriction on plug-ins as well,

we can only use a maximum of 4 AU plug-ins on each track.

However once again all is not lost if you really need more then 4.

In our next episode,

we’re going to show you a slightly more complicated hack for applying 12 or more effects to a track.

If you find any 64-bit plug-ins that work well in GarageBand version 10,

Let us know in the comments so we can all share what’s available.

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