MacMost Now 654: Automation Curves In GarageBand

Automation curves are what let you control volume over time for an individual track or an entire song in GarageBand. In addition to volume, you can also control panning and sound effects. Master Track automation curves let you control pitch and tempo as well.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 654: Automation Curves In GarageBand”

    Ian Steele
    8 years ago

    Gary, you may be aware of this but all the Master Track sections are below the visible area of this video so it is not possible to see what you are doing.

    Kyle E
    8 years ago

    Hi,

    I am curious as to why the process you demonstrate in your video is referred to as ‘automation curves’.

    There is no automation, as the process is entirely manuel and requires the user to move all the lines and nodes individually.

    Also, there is no actual curves that can be applied as all the lines displayed are linear rather than parabolic in nature.

      8 years ago

      Here’s the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Track_automation
      My guess is that automation refers to the fact that it is automatic: You set two points, say 50% volume and 75% volume and the volume automatically changes from 50% to 75% in the space in between. You don’t have to set it to 51, 52, etc.
      As for curves, I’ve always heard animation tweening referred to as curves, even if the curve is flat. And this is similar to that.

    Nicola Bloom
    8 years ago

    hi, can you automate on ipad garageband???

      8 years ago

      Do you mean can you use Automation curves in GarageBand for iPad? DOn’t know off the top of my head. Try it and see.

    Mezame9
    7 years ago

    I need to know how to stop the master tempo from making a noise every time the tempo changes. The master tempo track makes a thumping noise when the tempo changes, and it doesn’t go away when the music is exported. How can I stop the master tempo from making a noise?

      7 years ago

      Odd. I didn’t experience any sort of noise when trying this.

        Mezame9
        7 years ago

        What do you think I should try? I have to make the noise stop or else I cannot compose my music.

        Mezame9
        7 years ago

        I’ve found out that it has something to do with Negril Sweep. Whenever the tempo changes and Negril Sweep is playing then the tempo makes a thudding noise. I don’t know if this might help you find an answer. I’ve been struggling for weeks to try to make this stop.

          7 years ago

          Not sure. Maybe try to accomplish what you want without tempo changes? Or compose it in parts? Or, try to not use Negril Sweep?

    Terry Griffin
    7 years ago

    Mezame9, I know this is a late post. But did you ever figure out why Negril Sweep was causing problems? It may be one of the effects applied to Negril Sweep that’s the culprit. Sometimes Reverb can do some unpredictable things…

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