How To Make A Mashup In Garageband

Learning how to make a mashup in Garageband isn't as hard as you might think.  Mashups have become a popular new art form for DJs and bedroom musicians, as they unlock the unique possibilities of combining two very different songs into one.  Whether you're looking to combine Michael Buble and Metallica or Lil' Wayne and Willy Nelson, Garageband gives you the power to make great mash-ups.  Just follow these steps to get started.


In order to make a mashup in Garaband, you will need:

  • A copy of Garageband software
  • An a cappella music file
  • The song you want to use the music from
  1. Find an a cappella track.  The most important part of a mashup is the a cappella vocal track that goes over the music.  When you're making a mashup in Garageband, it's easiest to just find an a cappella track online and import it into the software.  Doing a quick online search for "Free A Cappellas" should give you more than enough options to find the tracks you're looking for.
  2. Import the a cappella into Garageband.  If you're not too experienced with using Garageband, you might not know how to import an .mp3 file.  Luckily, all you have to do is open iTunes or Finder and drag the a cappella track you just downloaded into the Garageband window.  The file should appear laid out on one of the Garageband tracks.  You are now well on your way to making a mash-up.
  3. Import the musical track.  Follow the same procedure to import whatever song you want to use the music from.  You should now have two separate tracks in Garageband, one a cappella and one instrumental.  It won't sound like anything yet, don't worry!
  4. Edit the instrumental track to make it fit with the a cappella.  The hardest part of making a mashup in Garageband is getting the two tracks to line up together.  In order to do this, you will probably need to cut up and loop the instrumental track.  In order to do this, select a section of the song with your mouse (a four measure phrase usually works well).  Copy this section (CTRL+C) and paste it multiple times (CTRL + V) to create a loop that your a cappella track can play over.
  5. Export the final mixed file.  Once your two tracks line up well with each other, choose File–>Export to iTunes to send a mixed mp3 file of the song to iTunes.  The song should start playing and you'll be able to hear that you successfully made a mashup in Garageband.

Tip:  In order to get some songs to line up properly, you may need to alter the tempo of one or both of the tracks.  In order to do this in Garageband, press CTRL+ALT+G and click on the track you want to alter.  Now, check "Follow Tempo and Pitch" (in the wave editor section).  You are now able to alter the tempo, which is found next to the song time display.

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