GarageBand Recording Tutorial – How to Record Audio with GarageBand

Jenefey Aaron Jenefey Aaron
Sep 07, 2021 (Updated: Oct 31, 2022)Filed to: Record Audio

GarageBand is a powerful free music maker on Apple devices. It can easily record an audio. However, you can only export an M4A format. Its best alternative - AnyRec Screen Recorder, can make up for this problem and record high-quality audio files.

  • GarageBand:Record an audio with only few taps but only export an M4A format audio.
  • AnyRec Recorder: Adjust the audio format to MP3, FLAC, WAV, etc, and offer basic recording features and easy steps.
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GarageBand Recording

GarageBand is a worldwide free music creation software for Apple Mac and iPhone/iPad users. You can get free DAWs by using GarageBand. The first time you access the GarageBand sound library, you will be shocked with those presets, music effects, and instruments. Don't worry about that. You can know what GarageBand is and how to use GarageBand from this GarageBand recording tutorial here.

How to Record GarageBand on Mac

You can record GarageBand audio from an internal microphone or an electric instrument. Just connect it to your Mac computer and switch to an audio track. Later, you can start Mac GarageBand recording.

Step 1.Open GarageBand software. Find and choose the header of the audio which you want to record.

Step 2.Drag the playhead to the point in the target ruler with your left-click mouse.

Step 3.Set the metronome and count-in beat based on your need. You can hear a steady beat while recording with GarageBand.

Step 4.Find and click the red "Record" button in the control bar. Or you can press "R" button on your keyboard to start GarageBand recording as well.

Step 5.Now you can start GarageBand voice recording. You can click the black square "Stop" button or press the "Space bar" button on the keyboard to finish recording on GarageBand.

GarageBand Recording Mac

How to Record GarageBand on iPhone and iPad

By using the audio recorder within the GarageBand app, you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a portable voice recorder. Moreover, you can record other kinds of sound via the internal/external microphone clearly. Here is the GarageBand recording for iPhone 15/14/13 tutorial you can follow.

Step 1.Open the GarageBand app. In the control bar, find and tap the "Record" button.

Step 2.Adjust the input level on the left side of the screen. Moreover, you can switch "Fun" and "Studio" views by tapping the button on the toolbar.

Step 3.Speak, sing or play an instrument close to your microphone.

Step 4.To finish the iPhone GarageBand recording process, you can tap the "Play" button.

Step 5.You can tap the "Play" button again to get the GarageBand playback immediately.

GarageBand Recording iPhone iPad

GarageBand Alternative for Windows and Mac

Though GarageBand is preinstalled on your macOS or iOS device, it is still not good for everyone. GarageBand is too complicated for beginners to use. There are also many GarageBand not working issues that are hard to handle. If you just want to record lectures, conversions, and other non-music sounds, you can use AnyRec Screen Recorder as the GarageBand alternative.

Different from GarageBand recording software, you can get a user-friendly interface for audio recording. Though there is no GarageBand for Windows version, you can record microphone voice and computer sound with AnyRec Screen Recorder instead.

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AnyRec Screen Recorder

Record computer sound and microphone voice with high quality.

Optimize audio recording quality in clicks, including amplifying weak audio, reduce audio noise, and stop audio echo.

Use shortcuts to start, pause, resume, and stop recording audio with the GarageBand alternative.

Trim unwanted audio clips with custom start and stop time.

Save your audio recording to MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, WMA, etc.

Available on Windows 11/10/8 and Mac OS X 10.10 and above.

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Step 1.Free download, install, and launch the screen recorder alternative to GarageBand.

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Step 2.To get GarageBand recording, click "Audio Recorder" on the main interface.

Select Audio Recorder

Step 3.Click the "Preferences" menu and then the "Output" tab to adjust the output audio format, quality, and path folder.

Output Preferences

Step 4.Enable "System Sound" and "Microphone" toggle buttons based on your need. Adjust the input audio volume with adjustable sliders. Later, click the "REC" button to start the process of GarageBand recording alternative.

Record Audio

Step 5.Click the "Stop" button and then pre-listen your recording audio. If everything goes on well, click the "Done" button to export your captured audio.

Save Audio Recording

FAQs of GarageBand Recording


GarageBand recording is not easy to complete. You need to be familiar with large amounts of options with a learning curve. If you just want to quickly record audio, GarageBand is too much for you. You can run AnyRec Screen Recorder to make an audio recording with easy steps. The intuitive interface and easy-to-use options can help you save a lot of time. By the way, it is also your GarageBand alternative for Windows 11/10/8. If you want to get more detailed information, you can free download the program and have a try right now.

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