Set Up

Before you begin, make sure you have GarageBand App installed on your devices. It is available for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. If you have any of these devices, you probably already have the app. Otherwise, access and download the application from the App Store.

  • Start a new project and the main window
  • When you start GarageBand, you will be provoked to create a new project (you can also go to this point with File> New or Command + N).
  • In this tutorial, we will go with the “Empty Project” option. However, we recommend checking out the other options, as they are great for learning to work with the GarageBand tools.
  • After clicking Select, you will be redirected to the main GarageBand window. You will also be asked to add a new title. First, tap the Software Instrument and then click on Create. If you are interested, check out how to use the battery.
  • On the left, you can check the library where you can choose various instruments. The upper right panel is the workspace where you can see the notes you have recorded and the various instrument tracks in your project. In the lower right area is the editor, where you can make adjustments to your tracks.

The musical keyboard hovers over them, enabling the users to play notes directly from the Mac keyboard (we’ll get to that in a moment).

There are various other windows and panels that you will see during your experience in GarageBand For PC, but these are the main ones that you will use.

Before you start writing a new song on GarageBand For Windows, you may need to adjust some parameters. We’ll start with the time shown in the Beats & Project window at the top of the screen. The standard time is 120 beats per minute. However, you can modify it by double-clicking the tempo value and injecting a new one. You can also click and drag the number to increase or decrease it.