Track Effects & Audio Units: Garageband X Tutorial

The most common question in regards to the new Garageband 10 is, "where did the audio effects go?". Well, they're still there but it can be a little tricky to find them so in this episode we'll show you where to find them.

  • When you open the Smart Controls for the track you wish to edit, sometimes the Audio Units section will be hidden. All you have to do from this point is click & drag the top border of the window to enlarge the Smart Controls area. You should see the Audio Units appear in the lower left hand side. 
  • There you can click empty area to add Audio Units to your track. All the effects you remember from the previous version of Garageband are there like Delay, Dynamics Processor, Matrix Reverb, etc. 
  • One of the most helpful features in the new Garageband 10 is the ability to open multiple effects windows at the same time. This can a very useful feature that will come in handy when you're editing on the fly. 

Explore the many presets in the Library, each will come with different settings to enhance the sound of your tracks. If you notice, some presets with populate an icon on the top right corner of the smart controls window, this is the Pedalboard button. You can access a wide array of effects pedals to further customize the sound of the tracks in your project. 

With all the pre-loaded Apple Audio Units already included along with the ability to add more effects with the Pedalboard makes the latest version of Garage the most diverse & useful version yet!

I'd love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite track effects or audio unit plug-ins? Leave a comment in the section below.

Talk to you soon! - Drew @diygarageband