Record your voice

You can record your voice using your computer’s built-in microphone, or by connecting a microphone to your computer. You record your voice in a Real Instrument track in the GarageBand timeline.

Record your voice

  1. If you are using an external microphone, connect the microphone to the audio input port or USB port on your computer, or to an audio interface connected to your computer.
  2. Click the Add Track button (with a “+”) in the lower-left part of the GarageBand window.
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    The Add Track Dialog appears, with an icon for each track type.

  3. In the Add Track dialog, select Real Instrument.
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  4. Click the disclosure triangle next to Instrument Setup.
  5. Choose the input source from the upper-left pop-up menu.
    • If you are using the microphone built into your computer, choose Built-in Microphone.
    • If you are using a microphone connected to your computer’s audio input port, choose Built-in Input.
    • If you are using a microphone connected to a USB port, choose the name of the microphone.
    • If you are using a microphone connected to an audio interface, choose the channel the microphone is connected to.
  6. Under “I hear sound from,” choose the audio output you want to use to hear the sound from the microphone.
  7. To turn on monitoring for the track, select the “I want to hear my Instrument as I play and record” checkbox.
  8. Click Create.

    The new track appears selected in the timeline.

  9. To start recording, click the red Record button in the control bar.
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    The playhead moves across the timeline, and a new, red region with the recording appears in the selected track.

  10. When you’re finished, click the Play (>) button in the control bar to stop recording.
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