One of the most useful skills you can add to your Garageband tool/brain box, Automation is sometimes dismissed as ‘boring’ or ‘unnecessary’.

 

While getting to grips with Automation won’t help improve that new shredd-tastic guitar sound you’ve been working on or turn that lackluster vocal take into a world class performance, it can drastically improve the dynamics of your project.

 

I put together this video Crash Course to help give you an idea of the kinds of simple things you can do with Automation. In It I show you:

 

 

How to create a dynamic intro by Automating volume and effects 
 
How to automate panning to make things sound more natural
 
How Automating a Crescendo and Decrescendo effect can really make your listeners sit up and take notice
 
How easy it is to make a ‘sneaky’ fade out ending

 

 

Check it out:

 

 

 

 

See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

 

Have you used Automation in any weird or wonderful ways? Anything Automation shaped you’re having trouble with? Let me know in the comments below!