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How to Put Samples on Keyboard in Garageband

by MMP

Many people are looking for answers to how to put samples on a keyboard when using Garageband for making music.

Put Samples on Keyboard in Garageband
There are many ways to achieve this and the one you need to use depends on your current set up.

The first step is going to be assigning a sample of a sound for each key on your keyboard. To do this, you must make sure that firstly, the “Samples” tab is selected on the Garageband interface. Secondly, you want to click + drag through all the keys in order so that each of them has been assigned a sample sound.

When you have done that, you need to go to the “Tracks” Tab, highlight the track containing your song and select “Insert Text/Sound”.

This will open up a window that allows you to select ‘Specify Sound File’ from the drop down menu.

Now, all you have to do is navigate through the list of sounds on your hard drive and navigate to where the file for each sample is located. Now highlight each of them and assign them as appropriate. If you are unsure of what sample sound goes with which keys, just click on an empty field, hold down shift and click on each key before clicking again in order to see what sample sound will be assigned

Some common uses for mapping your MIDI keyboard to samples in Garageband include:

  1. Reading sheet music to your keyboard (ie guitar tabs).
  2. Teaching Piano or other instruments to a child.
  3. Making electronic music.
  4. Playing a MIDI generated song back on a real piano or guitar as if it was a live performance. (I often use this for my original songs.)

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