Garage Band is a powerful music creation app for iOS that lets you make your own songs and beats. One of the features of Garage Band is the beat sequencer, which allows you to create drum patterns using a grid interface. You can use features within the beat sequencer to create a human-like or human sounding drum beat loop. This is done to make a boring loops sound a bit more interesting or complex. The goal is to produce a drum pattern that sounds natural and realistic, not robotic or repetitive. Here are some steps to do that in GarageBand:
- Open GarageBand and tap on the + button to create a new song. Choose the Live Loops option and select any genre you like to filter the results.
- Tap on the grid icon at the top right corner to switch to the beat sequencer view. You will see a colourful 16×16 grid with different drum sounds on the left side.
- To create a human-like drum beat loop, you need to vary the velocity, timing and swing of the drum sounds. Velocity is how hard or soft you hit the drum, timing is how early or late you hit the drum, and swing is how much you shift the drum hits off the grid.
- To adjust the velocity, tap on the velocity icon at the bottom right corner. You will see a slider for each drum sound. Drag the slider up or down to change the volume of the drum sound. You can also tap on the randomize button to randomly change the velocity of all the drum sounds.
- To adjust the timing, tap on the note repeat icon at the bottom right corner. You will see a knob for each drum sound. Turn the knob left or right to change the timing of the drum sound. You can also tap on the randomize button to randomly change the timing of all the drum sounds.
- Experiment with different combinations of velocity, timing and swing until you find a drum beat loop that sounds human-like or human sounding. Try swiping your finger along an instrument to draw a line of increasing or decreasing velocity and chance. You can also change the tempo, key and scale of your song by tapping on the settings icon at the top right corner.
- To save your drum beat loop, tap on the loop icon at the bottom right corner. You can name your loop and add it to your library. You can also export your loop as an audio file by tapping on the share icon at the top left corner.
Happy beat making on your iPhone, Mac, or iPad!