How to Prevent Feedback While Recording in GarageBand on Mac

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If you’re using Garageband on a laptop, it’s liely that you’ve encountered feedback. Feedback is an annoying sound loop that can occur when the audio output of the speakers is picked up again by the input of the microphone.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent feedback while recording in GarageBand. The first step is to make sure that your audio devices are connected properly and that you’re not usng any headphones or other external audio devices.

Once your setup is ready, you can turn off monitoring in GarageBand. To do this, click the Monitoring button in the track header. This will stop input from being sent to the speakers and prevent feedback from occurring.

It’s important to remember that even with monitoring turned off, there is still a small chance of feedback occurring when recording in GarageBand. To further reduce this risk, try moving both your microphone and speakers as far away from each other as possible and reducing their volume levels when recording.

Finally, if you’re still struggling with feedback while recording, it could be worth investing in an audio interface for your laptop. An audio interface will allow you to connect external microphones and speakers which will reduce the chances of feedback occurring significantly.

Overall, GarageBand can be a great tool for recording music but it’s important to know how to prevent feedback before starting a project. By following these steps you can ensure that your recordings remain free of annoying feedback loops!

The Causes of Feedback on GarageBand

Feedback occurs when the sound from the speakers gets picked up by the microphone, creating a looping, distorted sound. This is especially true when using the built-in mic and speakers on a laptop with Garageband, since they are located so close together. In order for feedback to be eliminated, an audio interface is necessary whch allows you to separate the microphone and speakers. This will break the loop of sound and prevent feedback from occurring.

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Turning Off Input Monitoring in GarageBand

To turn off input monitoring in GarageBand, open the track header for the track you woud like to turn off input monitoring for. In the track header, you will see a Monitoring button. Click this Monitoring button once to turn off input monitoring for that track. You can click it again to turn it back on if needed.

The Causes of Audio Feedback

Feedback occurs when a sound enters a microphone, is processed through an amplifier and then sent to a loudspeaker. When the sound from the loudspeaker is picked up by the microphone again, it is amplified and sent back to the loudspeaker in a continuous loop. This causes an oscillation that builds in intensity until it reaches a point where it becomes audible as a loud howl. The factor that determines the level of feedback is the gain of the system; if the gain is too high, feedback will occur more easily. Reducing the gain can help to minimize feedback, but it can also reduce clarity and volume. To reduce feedback without sacrificing clarity, noise gates and filters are often used to reduce specific frequencies which are likely to caue issues. Additionally, directional microphones can be used to help focus on desired sounds while reducing sounds from other directions that could cause feedback.

Disabling Microphone Monitoring

To get rid of microphone monitoring on Windows, the first step is to click the Sound icon in the Control Panel. This will open a small window. From there, choose the “Recording” option and select the default microphone device by double-clicking it. A new window will appear, where you can uncheck the tab that says “Listen to this Device.” Finally, click “OK” to save your canges and disable Mic Monitoring.

Turning Off Input Monitoring on a Mac

To turn off input monitoring on your Mac, first open the System Preferences app. Then click on the Privacy & Security tab in the sidebar. Scroll down to the Input Monitoring section. Here you will see a list of apps with access to monitor your input devices (e.g., your keyboard and mouse). To turn off input monitoring for a particuar app, simply uncheck the box next to it. When you’re done, close the window to save your changes.


In conclusion, GarageBand is an excellent music production software for both beginners and experienced producers alike. It allows users to easily create music with a wide range of instruments and effects. Unfortunately, when using the built-in speakers and mic, it can be difficult to avoid feedback. Fortunately, GarageBand has a Monitoring feature that can turn off input monitoring on a track to help prevent feedback. With this feature and some practice, users can create professional sounding tracks without the worry of feedback ruining their recordings.

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