How Can I Make My GarageBand Vocals Sound Better?

by Ryan Fergerson, Demand Media

    GarageBand is a music recording program for Mac computers that allows you to record and edit songs. You can manipulate tracks, effects and levels to get unique sounds and tones out of instruments or vocals. Experiment with compressions, equalizers and built-in effects to make your voice sound as good as possible. Consider purchasing a quality microphone if you make voice recordings often -- this will make the job of enhancing your vocals much easier.

    Step 1

    Open your GarageBand project.

    Step 2

    Double click on the "Tracks" or "Mixer" tab of the vocal track to open the Track Info window. Make sure the "Details" section is opened at the bottom; press the triangle if not.

    Step 3

    Click the "Compressor," "Echo" and/or "Reverb" buttons, and move each corresponding slider bar to change intensity. Listen to the track and adjust accordingly.

    Step 4

    Return to the Track Info window, and choose an effect from the drop down menu. Effects include Amp Simulation, Auto Wah, Auto Filter, Bass Amp, Bitcrusher, Chorus, Distortion, Flanger, Overdrive, Phaser, Track Echo, Tremolo and Vocal Transformer.

    Step 5

    Choose a preset from the drop-down menu next to the effect you have selected. You may also manually set preferences by pressing the pencil icon. Listen to your vocal track again, and adjust accordingly.

    Step 6

    Try adding a second or duplicate vocal track on top of the original. This will make your vocals sound full and help cover up any mistakes.

    About the Author

    Based in Austin, Ryan Fergerson has been writing about the art and music scene since 2001. His online articles cover photography and other topics. Fergerson graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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