My friend, Lekowala, texted me: “How do you get the guitar tracks to go stereo?”
I don’t know about other GarageBand users, but here’s how I do it. There are two
main possible ways:
- Use the “Chorus –> Spread Stereo” effects setting
- Create a duplicate track (or record a second track), then adjust the Track Pan settings to create a Left and Right track
METHOD #1: CHORUS – SPREAD STEREO (click on the image to see larger sizes)
GarageBand records in Mono (I’m using iLife ’06). At the Track Info panel, under Input, it says “Channel 1 (Mono)”. It’s still Mono even if you select “Channel 1 & 2 (Stereo)”.
If you don’t want to use any effects to distort your original recording, here’s an alternative to using the Chorus Spread Stereo effect.
METHOD #2: Track Pan settings (click on the image to see larger sizes)
After you’ve recorded your track, make a Duplicate Track. Then copy the recording (from your first track) and paste to the duplicate track.
Click on the “Track Volume/ Pan Curve” button (i.e. the little triangle icon). The choose “Track Pan“.
TIP: If you can’t seem to be able to get both tracks to have the same Pan curve number, don’t stress yourself out. Seems there’s always a +1 difference between the left and right pan. In my case, I have the top pan track set to “-34” and the bottom track to “+35”. You can never get “-34” and “+34”.
Out of curiosity, I searched if there were other related blog posts/ sites. Here’s a few, although some may not have specific instructions on stereo tracks:
- Homerecording.About.com – An introduction to GarageBand
- Apple.com Mac 101: GarageBand
- Synthtopia.com – Advanced audio effects in Garageband and GarageBand Tips and Tricks
- TidBITS – Tips and Tricks for recording with GarageBand (this one talks about recording two tracks at once, so maybe that’ll help)
- Apple’s Garageband manual – PDF file (it covers the basics of using GarageBand)