Master GarageBand’s Alchemy synth

Cre­ate an en­er­getic elec­tronic bass line us­ing an arpeg­gia­tor

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Craig Gran­nell

GarageBand al­ways had a wide range of sounds, but the Alchemy synth’s ar­rival has been trans­for­ma­tive for Ap­ple’s mu­sic-mak­ing app. Camel Audio’s Alchemy had long been re­garded as one of the finest dig­i­tal synths, and Ap­ple’s ac­qui­si­tion of it in 2015 was widely re­garded as a wise move.

As ex­pected, Ap­ple quickly welded Alchemy to Logic Pro. What wasn’t ex­pected is that Ap­ple squeezed its flag­ship synth into GarageBand for iOS, too. Sure, it’s cut-down in terms of in­ter­face, but you still get plenty of di­als and pads to ex­per­i­ment with.

In this tu­to­rial, we’ll con­tinue mak­ing a ring­tone (which we started in April’s is­sue of Mac|Life, #140). You’ll use Alchemy and GarageBand’s arpeg­gia­tor to con­struct a bass line. The arpeg­gia­tor keeps things in time, so this will help to un­der­pin your work.

Be­fore we be­gin, we’ll share two tips. First, be mind­ful of the bass sounds you use — too com­plex or ef­fects-laden and they’ll muddy a mix, es­pe­cially for a ring­tone. Se­condly, if you’ve not fol­lowed pre­vi­ous in­stall­ments of this GarageBand se­ries, you might find Alchemy alone is enough for a min­i­mal, old-school ring­tone. If not, lay down a Drum­mer track be­fore you start the walk­through.

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