Garageband Ipad Drummer Tutorial

GarageBand for Mac 10.2 includes a variety of Apple Loops powered by Drummer. Quickly add beats to your project by dragging a Drummer loop from the Loop Browser into your project. Choose from variety of Drummer Loops for each virtual drummer character profile.

Find a Drummer loop

To open the Loop Browser, click in the upper-right corner of the GarageBand window.


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Drummer Loops appear in the Loop Browser with a yellow icon . To show only Drummer Loops in the Loops Browser, select Drummer from the Loop Packs pop-up menu at the top of the Loops Browser. Preview a loop by clicking it in the Loop Browser.

Add a Drummer loop to your project

When you’ve found a Drummer Loop you like, drag it into an empty part of the Tracks area. GarageBand automatically creates a new Drummer track with a region of the Drummer Loop. All the settings in the Drummer Editor are configured to reproduce the sound of the Drummer loop.

You can now edit the track as you would any other Drummer track using the Drummer Editor. You can also create your own regions in the track, and edit them freely.

Add additional Drummer Loops

You can add additional Drummer Loops of the same type (Acoustic, Electronic, or Percussionist) to an existing Drummer track. Adding Drummer Loops from multiple Drummers to the same track may cause the loop to sound different from the preview.

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If you want to add a Drummer Loop of a different type, dragging it to the tracks area creates a new Drummer track. A GarageBand project can have up to six Drummer tracks.

GarageBand User Guide for iPad

Djay tone mixed clud. You can add a virtual drummer to your song that plays realistic drum grooves. You can choose drummers from different genres, each with its own acoustic, electronic, or percussion drum kit. A GarageBand song can have up to two Drummer tracks.

You can change the drummer’s playing style by choosing different presets, and adjust drum patterns using the Drummer controls—which include an XY pad for adjusting the drummer’s performance, and controls for choosing different performance variations and fill settings. You can also have the Drummer follow the rhythm of another track.

If your song contains multiple Drummer regions, the changes you make using the Drummer controls affect only the currently selected Drummer region.

Choose a drummer

  • Tap the drummer name, tap the style of drum kit you want to use (Acoustic, Electronic, or Percussion), then tap the drummer you want to play.

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All Drummer regions in a track use the same drummer.

Choose a drummer preset

  • Tap the current drummer preset above the XY pad, scroll vertically through the preset list, then tap a preset.

    To hear the preset, tap the Play button in the control bar.

Adjust the loudness and complexity of the selected region

In the XY pad, do any of the following:

  • Make the region louder or softer: Drag the yellow puck up or down.

  • Make the region simpler or more complex: Drag the yellow puck left or right.

Mute or unmute a drum kit piece

  • Mute a drum kit piece: Tap a yellow (unmuted) kit piece.

  • Unmute a drum kit piece: Tap a gray (muted) kit piece.

Choose a different pattern for a drum kit piece

Each style of drum kit —acoustic, electronic, or percussion— has different groups of drum kit pieces. The slider to the right of each group controls the pattern for that particular group.

  • Tap a drum kit piece, then drag the slider for that piece left or right.

Change the swing value of the selected region

  • Tap the Swing button, then choose a swing value from the pop-up menu.

Adjust the amount of fills

  • Drag the Fills slider right to increase the number of fills, or drag it left to decrease the number of fills.

Have a Drummer region follow the rhythm of another track

You can have the kick and snare portions of an acoustic or electronic Drummer region follow the rhythmic groove of another track. Each Drummer region can follow a different track.

  1. Select a Drummer region.

  2. Swipe the Follow switch right to turn it on.

  3. Tap the Follow Track pop-up menu that appears under Kick & Snare (Kick, Snare & Claps on electronic drum kits), then choose a track from the list.

Edit the selected Drummer region

  • Tap the selected region, then tap one of the editing commands.

For information about the region editing commands, see Edit regions in GarageBand for iPad.

Replace the selected Drummer region

  1. Delete the selected Drummer region: Tap the Trash icon on the right side of the region.

    On an iPad Pro, double-tap the region, then tap Delete.

  2. Create a new Drummer region: Tap an empty part of a Drummer track, then tap Create.