It can be a little tricky to figure out how to access Audio Unit effects in GarageBand. The following illustrated tutorial should help.
To instantiate SFX Machine (or other AU plug-ins) in GarageBand:
- In the track you want to edit, double-click on the Tracks or Mixer rectangle to bring up the Track Info window. (If you double-click on the timeline you'll get an editable audio waveform, not the Track Info window.)
- Open the "Details..." triangle if it's not already open to display the effects area in the bottom half of the Track Info window.
- In the bottom half of the Track Info window, select one of the Effects pop-up menus in the left column. In the image above, the pop-up menus "Amp Simulation" and "None" can be turned into different Audio Unit effects. Select the effect you want to change to a different Audio Unit effect; for example, click on "Amp Simulation":
- In the resulting pop-up window, scroll all the way past "GarageBand Effects" and look for "SFX Machine" (or other desired Audio Unit plug-in) in the "Audio Unit Effects" section.
- Select the preset you want from the next pop-up menu:
- If you want to tweak the effect, click the button with the diagonal "edit pencil" to get the plug-in's interface to pop up:
The GarageBand user manual has additional information regarding how to use Audio Unit plug-ins.
If you have other questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions pages for:
Thanks to Andy Tubbesing and David Lackey for help with this article!
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