How to Use the GarageBand Tuner

Things You'll Need

  • GarageBand software
  • Computer
  • Instrument
  • Instrument cable

Unlike its early predecessors, the latest version of GarageBand features a built-in tuner that makes it easier than ever to tune an instrument before recording it. Whether you are plugging your electric guitar directly into your computer, or miking a cello, the GarageBand tuner is a nimble tool that renders portable electronic tuners a thing of the past. It can discern pitch for a variety of instruments with an easy-to-read LCD display.

Connect your instrument to your computer using an instrument cable (or microphone cable, if the instrument is miked).

Select a real instrument track in the recording field so you can hear your instrument in the monitors or on headphones.

 

Select "Control" in the GarageBand menu. Then select "Show Tuner" in LCD from the drop-down menu. Alternately, press "Command-F" to make the tuner appear.

 

Play your instrument to illuminate the tuner on the screen. A pitch will light up, with sharp and flat displays indicating whether your instrument is in tune.

 

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About the Author

Lee Simmons has 10 years of reporting experience covering a variety of issues for publications in South Carolina, California, and Texas. He also covered music industry issues for Soundcheck magazine and Bizmology.com, among others. Simmons earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. He lives in Austin.