Learn To Produce Music with Apple GarageBand and Splice – Video and Template Project

Splice now offers full support for Apple GarageBand and if you’re a Mac user, it’s very likely you already have GarageBand installed on your computer and can get started producing music right away! With Splice, producing music in GarageBand makes for an even better experience because you can easily back up and save all of your work, collaborate with other GarageBand users around the world and share your work with our community so others can learn from the music you’ve created.

In this video example, we’re going to walk you through some basics for producing Trap music in GarageBand. We will also show you how you can make the most of your experience, incorporating Splice into your workflow. Get started with GarageBand and Splice now.

1) Watch this video – Sign up for a free Splice account
2) Install the Splice client
3) Click “splice” on the project below to download it and dive in to the full session.

About this project: GarageBand and Splice – Trap Template

Trap music originated in the early 1990s in the Southern United States. It is often known for it’s 808 sub-bass kick drums, double or triple time high hats and pitch-shifting snare rolls; layered with cinematic synths. In 2012, a prominent new movement of electronic music producers and DJs began incorporating elements of Trap music into their work. In this GarageBand project, we show you how to create some basic elements of a Trap track using factory content included with GarageBand.


The drums in this project were created by loading the factory “Boutique 808” kit and then programming notes using MIDI to create variations as the track progresses. Using MIDI makes editing drum parts simple because composition is linear and pattern-based. When you splice this project and open it, try double-clicking on the first region in the drum track. Then hit “play” (your spacebar) and listen to the drum sounds playing back as the playhead crosses over the MIDI notes. You can also try to draw in your own drum notes by holding down the command key which will change your mouse into the “pencil tool” in piano roll. In a lot of dance music (and this example) the kick drum plays on each quarter note while high hats are on offbeats to add some syncopation and groove.

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Synth Lead

In this example track, the synth part was created using factory loops for GarageBand. The factory content included with GarageBand is great because it allows you to create quickly and easily. You can search factory content by instrument type such as “All Drums, Bass,  Synths” by genre such as “Electronic, Cinematic, Experimental” or by mood such as “Dark, Intense” or “Melodic”. For more advanced users, if you navigate to your GarageBand preferences —> Loops, you can check the box  next to “Loop Browser” which will add tempo and key information to all samples in the library.

Vox & Sound Effects

These sounds were created with Apple factory audio content that comes with GarageBand. In this track they were used to help reinforce the arrangement, with driving filtered vox for a breakdown and airy synth vox for a bridge. Some “sweep” effects were also added to foreshadow changes coming in the arrangement.

Try splicing the project to create your own version and stay tuned for other template projects to learn about automation, frequency, drum programming and more.

December 17, 2014