3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 2:06 PM by mdee
Zakiah J Level 1 (0 points)

     Before I got my Mac, I was on a Windows computer with the free version of FL Studio on it. When I made the switch, GarageBand was a sweet deal. The only complaint I have is that you have to type in every single note, and I was wondering if there is a way to click-to-write like FL Studio without making it sound very quiet? Other than that, it's great! It's easy to use and sounds way nicer than expected.



GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Edgar Level 4 (2,785 points)

    What does click-to-write do?


    BTW, you don't have to write MIDI notes, you can play them on a MIDI keyboard (connected toyour computer) or use the computer keyboard with the on-screen keyboard.

  • Zakiah J Level 1 (0 points)

    It's basically a visual editor (on the piano roll of FL Studio) where you just click and it writes a basic 1/4 note that you can change around to anything you want, really. I can do a similar thing on GarageBand, but it's a lot more tedious than I'd actually like.

  • mdee Level 2 (250 points)

    You want to pencil in the notes correct? If so try this.


    1. Create an new empty Midi Software Instrument Track

    2. Command Click in the Track Lane to reveal a Pencil tool

    3. This will create a Region that you can drag out to any Bar length

    4. With Region selected open the Midi Editor window and Command Click inside Grid to Reveal a Pencil tool

    5. Now Pencil in the Notes, Drum Beats etc.