Recording A Rif (Motif) and Mixing Audio Tracks

Creative Commons image at Flickr by Samuel M. Livingston



  • Convey knowledge of audio mixer terms and understanding of concepts in a media production of musical triads.

Technical Terms

  • Mixer channel
  • Mic and line Inputs
  • Insert, Input gain/Trim
  • Level set
  • Meters
  • Pad
  • Low cut
  • Channel EQ
  • Aux
  • Faders
  • Mute
  • Solo
  • Pan
  • B-Mix


  • Create a blog post with embedded media from YouTube, SoundCloud, and Flickr off your composition and video explanation.



  • Day 1 – Create Blog Post, Add Section Headings,  and Define Terms
  • Day 2 – Explore GarageBand 10 Terms and Concepts
    • Work with GarageBand 10 to learn the basics
  • Day 3 through second to last day of project
    • Create a midi track (Green track)
      • Include the notes C, E, and G, the notes of the C major chord
      • Create a motif, aka a ‘riff’, that have rhythm and a catchy melody
    • Create a rhythm track with the drummer track (Yellow track)
    • Create other midi tracks to add complexity to the motif
  • 2nd To Last Day
    • Export your composition to SoundCloud and embed into your post
    • Create a screencast of the motif
      • Explain and demonstrate the basics parts of GarageBand and publish to YouTube
        • Include:
          • Reveal Library
          • Activate Cycle Area
          • Open Smart Controls Pane
          • Open The Editors
          • Open Project Note Pad
          • Open Project Tasks
          • Open Apple Loops
          • Adjust Track Volume
          • Change Track’s Name & Icon
          • Create a New MIDI Track
          • Play the Onscreen Music Keyboard
          • Move Regions to Different Tracks
          • Duplicate Regions w/ Option-Drag
          • Zoom In and Out of the Timeline
          • Resize Regions in the Tracks Area
          • Work with the Arrangement Track
          • Duplicate a Track
          • Create a Drummer Track
          • Exploring the Drummer Editor
          • Work with the Movie Track
    • Add to GarageBand Basics Tutorial
      • Embed your screencast from YouTube
    • Add to My Composition
    • Add to What I Learned heading
      • Explain what you learned and at least one problem you overcame
  • Last Day
    • Present project


  • GarageBand
  • YouTube


  • GarageBand and Beyond Tutorials
  • Composition
  • GarageBand Basics
    • Working with a GarageBand Project
    • Opening and Saving a GarageBand Project
    • Exploring the GarageBand Window
    • Navigating and Controlling Playback
    • Exploring the Workspace, Tracks, and Regions
    • Exploring the Library
    • Using a Cycle Area
    • Exploring the Smart Controls Pane
    • Exploring the Editors
    • Showing the Project Note Pad
    • Project Tasks
    • Working with Apple Loops
    • Auditioning and Adding Loops to the Project
    • Adjusting a Track’s Volume
    • Changing a Track’s Name and Icon
  • Working with Tracks
    • Understanding Tracks
    • Previewing the Finished Project
    • Opening a Project from GarageBand
    • Exploring the Starting Project
    • Working with Solo and Mute Controls
    • Changing Software Instrument Track Instruments
    • Creating a New Track
    • Playing the Onscreen Music Keyboard
    • Moving Regions to Different Tracks
    • Duplicating Regions with Option-Drag
    • Zooming In and Out of the Timeline
    • Resizing Regions in the Tracks Area
    • Working with the Arrangement Track
    • Duplicating a Track
    • Project Tasks
    • Creating a Drummer Track
    • Exploring the Drummer Editor
    • Auditioning Drummer Presets
    • Working with the Drum Kit Controls
    • Working with the Movie Track
  • Adding ID3 tag information and art in iTunes
    • something here…
  • Music Theory
  • GarageBand Basics Screencast Video Tutorial

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