How To Make Music with Freedrum & Garageband

How To Make Music with Freedrum & Garageband

You can use Freedrum however you want. While some use them to learn or practice the drums, others use them to produce music. With Freedrum and Garageband you can play more than just drum sounds.

In this guide, we will explain how to use Freedrum with Garageband on the desktop and Ipad/mobile versions. 

Freedrum with Garageband - Desktop Version 

Firstly, before you start, you have to connect the sensors to your macOS. Click on the link to learn about how you can set up Freedrum with macOS here → Setup with macOS – Freedrum
When your sensors are connected to your mac you are good to go!

Simply open up Garageband and make a new project. Since you already connected your sensors, you don’t have to do anything more to connect them to Garageband. You can start by clicking on any instrument that’s available in Garageband to make yourself comfortable. 

When you’ve used it enough and know your way around but want to use some additional sounds, Garageband has a very simple plugin called AUSampler. This plugin lets you use pre-recorded samples, such as vocals, guitar riffs or even your own recordings, to play on MIDI. Follow the steps below to see how you can sample a sound in Garageband.

Open up the Smart Controls area and click to add the plugin AUSampler.

Simply choose a sound or sample you would like to use and play.


Freedrum with Garageband - iPad/Mobile Version

Before we go any further, you need to connect your Freedrum sensors to Garageband. If you’re not sure how to do that, click on the link to read more → How To Connect Your Freedrum Sensors In Garageband for iOS

Just the same as with the desktop version of Garageband you can use Freedrum to play more than just drums in the Ipad/mobile version. In the video below we’re showing how to use samples in Garageband with the Freedrum sensors. And similar to the desktop version you can add different effects to it.

The difference between the desktop and the Ipad/mobile version is that in the desktop version, you have more room to use several tracks in Garageband since a computer has more memory and space. One other thing is that you can also set different sounds in one track in the desktop version. For example, if you wish to have a snare with the cross stick technique and traditional on the other side, you can do that. In the Ipad/mobile version you are a bit more limited. But whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there is no limit to the rules of how you use Freedrum when you make music. It is all about enjoying the process and having fun! 

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Let’s make a beat together!

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