Audio Composition


For this project I put together a song in GarageBand. I did this by learning how to use the different tracks in GarageBand. I broke down a song into different sections such as chorus and verse, and then I created a new song in the same structure. I created this song by using the musical keyboard to play some beats and using different tracks in GarageBand. The main skills I developed included learning how to use GarageBand and learning how to play the musical keyboard in GarageBand.

Audio File Formats and Definitions

AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format): stores standard CD-quality audio; similar to WAV (Higher Quality)

WAV (Waveform Audio File Format): CD audio; can be saved with different sampling and bit rates; similar to AIFF (Higher Quality)

MP3 (Audio File): Used to store audiobooks and music on a hard drive; Close to CD-quality sound; the higher quality sound comes from higher bit rates which also take up more storage space

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface): music data: notes played, when notes are played, how long each note is played, and the velocity of each note played; used to be able to exchange and use information between software and hardware programs; no actual audio data

All the audio file format information is found at:

Song Used As Template

I chose this song because of its guitar rift. I have always considered it to have one of the best guitar rifts of any song ever. So I thought it would be fun to use this song.

GarageBand Tracks

My Composition

My Composition

What I Learned & Problems I Solved

I have learned many things during this project. I learned how to use the arrangement tracks and notes in GarageBand. I also learned how to use different tracks and play the musical keyboard in GarageBand. The project was not without a few problems though, the biggest problem that occurred was trying to figure out how to export the song as an mp3 file. I solved this problem by watching a video on how to export it.

This is a tutorial I used to learn how to play the musical keyboard in GarageBand:

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