Mixing Music, Compression, and EQ with GarageBand

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Overview of Compression

Compression in More Detail

GarageBand Compressors

Song Sample Mix Analysis


  • Convey knowledge of EQ and compression and know how to use these tools in GarageBand.


  • Rough Mix
  • Panning Tracks
  • EQ Effect Presets
  • Graphic EQ
  • Master Output Level
  • Volume and Pan Automation
  • Compression
    • Threshold
    • Ratio
    • Attack
    • Release
    • Gain


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


  • Coming soon!

 Compressor Controls

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Compressor Settings Cheatsheet

Groove 3 Compression Cheatsheet

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GarageBand Compressor Plug-in Example Settings

GarageBand Compressor

Watch this tutorial on GarageBand compressor settings by thegaragebandguide.com


  • Step 1 – Create Blog Post, Add Section Headings, and Define Terms
    • Watch How Fleetwood Mac Makes A Song
    • Create blog post titled, Mixing Music, Compression, and EQ with GarageBand
    • Copy and paste the following headings:
      • Summary
      • Terms and Concepts
      • Compressor Settings Cheatsheet
        • (Copy and paste the cheatsheet here)
      • GarageBand Screencast
        • (Describe what you learned in GarageBand from this activity)
      • Compression and EQ on Microphone Audition Project
        • (Insert the before compression and EQ podcast)
        • (Insert the after compression and EQ podcast)
      • What I Learned and Problem(s) I Solved
    • Create the Summary heading
    • Create the Terms and Concepts heading
      • Copy and paste all the terms
      • Copy and paste the Compressor Settings Cheatsheet under the terms
      • Start writing the definitions in your own words as you complete the training
    • Start training
      • Get files for Chapter 8 on the server
  • Step 2 – Refine Terms and Complete Tutorial
  • Step 3- Demonstrate Compression and EQ
  • Step 4 – Publish and Document
    • Create a screencast of your GarageBand work
      • Explain and demonstrate the basics parts of GarageBand from the tutorial and publish to YouTube as unlisted
        • Include:
          • Evaluating a Rough Music Mix
          • Panning Tracks
          • Working with EQ Effect Presets
          • Evaluating the Master Output Level
          • Working with Volume and Pan Automation Curves
          • Preparing the Project and Reconnecting a Movie File
          • Evaluating the Overall Sound
          • Working with the Analyzer and the Graphic EQ
    • Create What I Learned heading
      • Explain what you learned and at least one problem you overcame
  • Step 5 – Present
    • Present project and get feedback from peers and place this feedback under the What I Learned heading


  • GarageBand
  • Soundcloud
  • YouTube


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