2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2012 3:29 AM by isteveus
dmusicr Level 1 (0 points)

I recorded some vocals to a backing track in Garageband.


I am now in the process of tuning the vocals. Problem is, say I tune them as best I can then play them back on my speakers, they sound ok, but then if I played the exact same thing back on my headphones (or on the macbook speaker) they would sound out of tune. So I would then tune them when listening to headphones, only for them to sound out of tune when I play the song back on my speakers, and this just goes on and on. I'm just going round in circles with this, and it's driving me crazy.


Am I doing something wrong? What can I do to stop this? Does this have something to do with an audio interface?

Many thanks

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • dmusicr Level 1 (0 points)

    Help, please!

  • isteveus Level 5 (4,310 points)

    Although it is normal to have a song sound fine on some speakers or headphones and sound bad on others I don't believe it can really go out of tune. It is not uncommon to mix a song on different sets of output devices in order to get a good idea how the final mix will sound for many listeners.


    You may have certain frequencies that may be a little out of tune that may be masked by louder frequencies on some speakers but become more noticeable on other speakers. This is why most monitors  have a flat frequency response.