How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Garageband is the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that comes pre-installed on your Mac and can be installed free on your iPhone. DAW:s use multitrack recording which is the basis for mixing a song. Unlike many other DAW:s it’s free and works neatly on your smart phone.

By using the Garageband app you’ll be able to

  • Playback the music while recording your vocals
  • Play a click while recording your vocals
  • Record with many presets already on to so you can hear the effects instantly.
  • Save both the clean vocals and the vocal mix.

Start by downloading your background track to your iPhone.

Download it directly to the phone, to iCloud or to some other cloud of your choice like Google Drive. (Remember where!)

To be able to record multitrack you need a good pair of headphones with cable and WITHOUT microphone. Otherwise you will be unable to use the built-in mic on your iPhone. The built-in mic is better than the mic on your headphones. Use a Lightning jack adapter and connect the headphones to your iPhone.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

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Open Garageband

Press Create Song

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Start by inserting your background track.

Choose Audio Recorder

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press tracks

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Vocal Sheet Music at Musicnotes

Press the Loop-button

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press Files

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Splice General

Press Browse items from the Files app

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Positive Grid

Locate the file where you saved it.

(On My iPhone, on iCloud or on any cloud of your choice)

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Choose the file

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

The file is now listed in Garageband files:

Touch and hold the file to drag it to Tracks view.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

The file loads in the track.

Press the + sign to add your microphone track

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Choose Audio recorder

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Check the pre settings. 

Play around with the effects buttons and the volume control to the right so you get the feedback you want in your headphones while singing. Test to sing before you start the recording. These settings will not affect the actual recording.  Press the red button to start recording. Sing about 4 inches from the smartphones built in microphone. Press paus when you are ready. Press the tracks button to view your recording.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Your recording is ready!

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Now you want to save recording dry and clean without the background music:

Press Track controls

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Select the background track.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Mute it to make the recording clean.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Select the vocal recording

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press Plug-ins & EQ

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Uncheck all to make the recording dry.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press My Songs to save the recording

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press Select (top right)

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Select your song.

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press Done

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Press Song

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Choose the best resolution, Uncompressed wav

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

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Choose a file location of your choice to save it the song.

Name the song My Song Dry vocals

How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

Done!

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How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone
How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone
How to record great vocals using Garageband on your iPhone

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