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Creating a fuller electric guitar sound (or customising Real Instruments effects)

May 23, 2009

After discovering GarageBand, I no longer plug any stomp boxes or guitar effects. I connect my electric guitar to my Macbook Pro direct. All effects are via GarageBand.

I typically combine a few layers of amp effects to get a fuller sound for the electric guitar.

To Be Free 2009

This is the setting for my custom “Brit-Wah” amp effect:
To Be Free 2009

Settings for my custom “TubeScream” amp effect:
To Be Free 2009

If you wish to customise your own guitar effects, just pick a Guitar setting and modify from there. Then click “Save Instrument”. You’ll be prompted to rename the instrument. Type in a new name and save it.
Customising the GarageBand Real Instrument settings

This is the song: TO BE FREE (2009)

Composed, performed (electric lead and bass guitars), arranged, mixed and sound engineered by Ivan Chew. Please credit to Download at
Creative Commons LicenseTo Be Free (2009) by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at ramblinglibrarian [at]


One Comment leave one →
  1. January 24, 2010 2:23 am

    That’s Too nice, when it comes in india hope it can make a Rocking place for youngster.. hope that come true.


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