Get Started Recording Your Own Music - VH1 Save The Music Foundation


Tutorial Video #1. Ready to make your songs and beats into a reality?

This tutorial will show you, step by step, how to bring your ideas to life by using Soundtrap and GarageBand on the iPad. You’ll learn how to create the foundation for your song using loops, adding instrument tracks, adding a MIDI controller, connecting a microphone, recording your first vocal, and editing your song.

Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

What’s in this tutorial video minute-by-minute:

  • 0:19 – Getting Started Making Beats
  • 0:48 – Check out the loops
  • 1:23 – Adding instrument tracks
  • 2:16 – Connecting a MIDI controller 
  • 2:30 – Try recording a bass line
  • 3:09 – Want to add a vocal to your song? Try Connecting a Microphone!
  • 3:53 – Recording Your Vocal
  • 4:11 – Don’t like how you sounded? That’s okay! You can cut, copy, paste and edit everything that you recorded.
  • 4:39 – You can record other instruments and most digital audio workstations give you pre-made track templates for pretty much anything you want to record.
  • 4:54 – Express yourself, experiment, and explore. Most importantly, have fun!


Tutorial Video #2. Let’s look at ways to take your recording to the next level.

This tutorial will show you how to bring your ideas to life by using Soundtrap and GarageBand on the iPad. You’ll learn, step by step, how to make your recordings sound better by mixing the different elements through adjusting the volume, changing the balance by panning, and finally, polishing the tracks by adding equalizer, reverb, and other effects.

Are you ready? Let’s do it!

What’s in this tutorial video minute-by-minute:

  • 0:17 – Accessing the control panel
  • 0:41 – Volume
  • 1:12 – Panning
  • 1:43 – Reverb
  • 2:22 – Equalizer
  • 2:57 – Other effects
  • 3:44 – Good ideas matter
  • 4:00 – Enjoy what you create!



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This educational content series was created with Pharrell Williams’ creative collective i am OTHER in a joint project between Save the Music’s J Dilla Music Tech Grant and the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education at Arizona State University.

Tutorial Videos Script Team: Richard Maxwell, Samuel Peña, Joe Ramalho, T R U V O N N E, and Tom Wilson with Steve Holley as Project Coordinator and Evan Tobias as Project Lead.


Music Tech Grant Tutorial Videos are made possible with support from AT&T.