How to compress vocals in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Vocal compression can help your vocals sit in your mix and really improve your songs in GarageBand iPhone and GarageBand iPad.

In this video, I take you through my approach on compressing vocals in a complete song in GarageBand, including how I set threshold, ratio and attack to get the best sound.

I also give you a crash course in what these settings do and some advice for vocal compression on your tracks.
== Related Videos ==

How to use compression (Playlist) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojo68NtKskY&list=PLc8Xg_23Wa546Bw_J0rRmVnMzkaBgLP05&index=2
== Pete Recommends ==

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Pete Johns – For the Birds

Pete Johns – For the Birds

“For the Birds” is the first track on my 2018 album “Self(ish) Aware”.

The song was written, recorded and mixed in GarageBand iOS and featured in my “Complete-a-song” series in March 2018 which you can check out here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8Xg_23Wa55JWA4w3HJRwkH0mPhXRzSd
== Lyrics ==

Every time I think about the things you say are true
It gets me thinkin’ bout the different ways we choose to spend our time
And I know that there are differing priorities
But it seems that yours are stuck in 1982

And all the pain
You worry ‘bout today
Just leave behind
Just listen up and say

It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds

One thing you always say is look out for yourself
Nobody else is gonna keep you safe and make you satisfied
And that’s something that I just can’t come to terms with
So you can keep yourself protected from society

And all the friends
You dump along the way
Will all move on
Without you and they’ll say

It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds
It’s for the birds

And if you open up your eyes
And look around you’ll start to find
That you gave up the daily grind
For something worse

Pretending that you are much better than the other people
(It’s for the birds)
Finding faults in things that don’t align with what you wanna hear
(It’s for the birds)
Believing everything that you were told when you were growing up
(It’s for the birds)
After all your happiness is all that matters in the end
(It’s for the birds)
Rejecting others for the way that they decide to live their life
(It’s for the birds)
Denying every single fact you know that deep down is the truth
(It’s for the birds)
Intimidated, sad and scared is the reason for your pain
(It’s for the birds)
So now it’s time to start again
It’s for the birds
== Behind the song ==

This song was written, recorded, mixed, mastered and released as part of a month long songwriting series in March 2018.

You can check out the playlist with all 17 episodes here:

Or catch just the highlights here:

The lyrics of this song tell the story of a character who is both stuck in the past, and way too focused on themselves. It’s a bit of a trend in my songwriting to be honest. I think because I am quite introverted and very much non-confrontational, I tend to get my frustration at specific types of people out through my songs.

The message of the song is that so many things we worry about and stress about don’t really matter. They are, as the saying says “for the birds” – meaning just let them go and stop trying to be who other people want you to be. The final chorus is the final piece of advice where I reveal why the character is acting this way; because they are “intimidated, sad and scared”. And now it’s time to start again and stop worrying because… it’s for the birds!

The instrumentation is covered in detail in the series, so I won’t go in to much detail here, except to say that the original version had a big band opening which was recorded live when I walked past a band rehearsing, but was removed for the final version. If you want to hear the original version with the band intro, check it out here – https://youtu.be/GwlByhAvRfM
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Patreon – http://patreon.com/petejohns
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Thanks… your rock! A Studio Live Today update

Thanks… your rock! A Studio Live Today update

Just a quick video to say a big thank-you to YOU for your support. If you’ve been with me from the start, only recently started watching or you are brand new to the channel, I really appreciate you watching and providing feedback, encouragement and motivation.

In this video I talk about:
1. A new microphone (sort of)
2. Why you are awesome for supporting me
3. My 15,000 subscriber milestone (you rock)
4. My upcoming live stream about “Other people’s opinions” with Mike from Creative Sauce

Thanks once again… you really do rock!
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Patreon – http://patreon.com/petejohns
Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
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Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to share, copy and backup GarageBand iOS projects (iPhone/iPad)

 

How to share, copy and backup GarageBand iOS projects (iPhone/iPad)

In this video, I show you a simple way to ZIP up your GarageBand iPhone and GarageBand iPad .band project files and share them with another user, another device, or just backup your project files to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or any other cloud storage service.
== Related Videos ==

How to share your GarageBand iOS projects – https://youtu.be/YA_vq_SEY5M
How to share your GarageBand iOS songs – https://youtu.be/pr_ZemTL3h0
Share, copy or backup using ZIP – https://youtu.be/Bep2iVWSvGM
Collaboration in GarageBand iOS using iCloud Drive – https://youtu.be/YMQpVkHOSZE
Dropbox to GarageBand iOS – https://youtu.be/TUSbBC0ap_M
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
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Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

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Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to export projects in iMovie iOS (iPhone/iPad)

How to export projects in iMovie iOS (iPhone/iPad)

In this video, I show you how to export the actual iMovie project so that you can share it with another iMovie iOS user or backup your iMovie project for future use. You can even AirDrop your iMovie project to another device and continue working!
== Related Videos ==

Share GarageBand projects as videos using iMovie – https://youtu.be/IetlJeNtLfs
iMovie Update – new features – https://youtu.be/Zm6PAPeZaWg
Using Zip/Unzip in iOS – https://youtu.be/Bep2iVWSvGM
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

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Pete Johns – What You Deserve

Pete Johns – What You Deserve

Mastered with Grand Finale by Klevgrand – here’s the video – https://youtu.be/K4Pa8SVOiqk
Guitars recorded using STARK by Klevgrand – here’s the video – https://youtu.be/5KKO4oeD9TM
== Lyrics ==

Put yourself
Ahead of me
It’s just way
You’ll always be

You can win
So others lose
Talk is easy
It’s hard to choose

Never had
A heart of gold
So it don’t matter
What you sold

Throw away
What other need
You cause pain
While Others bleed

You better watch out
For what what you wish for
‘Cause if you’re not too careful
You just might get what you deserve

It’s asinine
Just what you do
You blame the world
For hurting you

But you don’t see
Outside your door
It’s easier
To just ignore

You better watch watch out
You better get down on your knees and pray
‘Cause if you’re not too careful
One day you’ll be down here with us

Heart race
Wet palms
All rage
No calm
White guilt
No way
Buy more
Too late

Market crash
No cash
Big debt
No stash
Bankrupt
Foreclose
No friends
No hope

You better watch out
Or you’ll get just what you deserve
You better watch out
Or you’ll get what you deserve
== Behind the song ==

This track was recorded as part of the “Song Spark Collective” group’s monthly challenge to use the clave beat to be the backbone of a song.

I originally had the clave beat right there in the song which you can hear in some of the original recordings here – https://youtu.be/_qzP0B91hjM

The guitars and bass are the drivers behind this song and they were recorded using the very excellent STARK amp sim, which you can check out in the videos already linked here. STARK provides the most realistic guitar tones I have come across in iOS!

The lyrics in this song tell the story of folks who spend too much time looking out for themselves and don’t look around to see if there’s anyone struggling that might need some help. The message in this one is that you need to be careful how you treat other people, as you may end up needing help yourself, which is what happens to the song’s subject in the breakdown towards the end where their life starts to spiral down and they start to realise that they have become one of the people they have been looking down on and ignoring.
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Patreon – http://patreon.com/petejohns
Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
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Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to master songs on iPhone using Grand Finale by Klevgrand

How to master songs on iPhone using Grand Finale by Klevgrand

Check out the final mastered version of this song here – https://youtu.be/u7q69DPyy_0

Is it possible to master your songs using just you iPhone? Well, thanks to the Grand Finale app by Klevgrand, you can master and song on your iPhone and iPad.

In this video, I show you how to use Klevrgrand’s Grand Finale app to master your songs in iOS.
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Patreon – http://patreon.com/petejohns
Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
Facebook – http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic
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Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/PeteJohns
Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com