Produce a Song in a Day
Building up a catalog of songs is essential for any aspiring songwriter, band member or producer. Creating your own music to share with others is more accessible and affordable than ever with the prevalence of powerful digital audio workstations. Apple's GarageBand is a very popular platform for writing and producing songs. Cheap and bundled with great sounding instruments and effects, GarageBand is a good first step for anyone looking to record their own music. We took a step-by-step look at creating a song in GarageBand, using the track "Cough Syrup" by Young the Giant as source material for a soundalike. Eric Levine programmed drums, sharing techniques such as cycle recording to layer parts as well as quantizing and editing of MIDI velocities to create a strong drum part with good groove. Blair Pershyn discussed audio recording with microphones as well as DI recording of electric guitars and basses, along the way utilizing GarageBand's excellent guitar and bass amp simulations. Diana Cha sang over the backing tracks Eric and Blair laid down, giving an excellent live performance and a great vocal take that was used to demonstrate mixing tools such as EQ, compression, automation and effects. Our final track was run through a master track preset as a starting point and tweaked to taste, concluding with the export of our demo song as a two track mix.