Archive for November 10th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

GarageBand is a handy application for creating, editing, and just plain having fun with music. GarageBand works well with MIDI instruments, but if you don’t have a MIDI keyboard, you can turn your Mac keyboard into a virtual musical instrument.


Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

  • Launch GarageBand, located in the /Applications folder.
  • In the upper left corner of the window, click the New Project icon.
  • Click the Empty Project icon in the central window, and then click the Choose button at the bottom right.
  • In the pop-up window, select Software Instrument, and click the Create button.
  • In the list on the left side of the page, click an instrument. For this example, we chose Piano.
  • Click GarageBand’s Window menu, and select Show Musical Typing.

The Musical Typing window will open, showing the Mac keys that correspond to musical keys.

The Musical Typing window will also display key assignments for Pitchbend, Modulation, Sustain, Octave, and Velocity.

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