Jamstik Quick Tips for GarageBand - How To Use the Jamstik to Make Beats

by Chris Heille April 10, 2018

Jamstik Quick Tips for GarageBand - How To Use the Jamstik to Make Beats

Making Beats in GarageBand 

The first time you try using your Jamstik to control the drum instruments in GarageBand can be frustrating if you don’t know what drum sounds are mapped to the different note positions on the Jamstik.
Additionally, the drum kits in GarageBand have some variety in what drum sounds are mapped to which notes kit by kit. The basic kick, snare, and hi-hat sounds all map to the same positions, but the toms, cymbals, percussion, and more electronic sample sounds aren’t consistently mapped.

 

You’ll notice that not every note and fret position on the Jamstik plays a drum sound, and the sounds aren’t arranged in easily playable positions. If you want to know why, you can watch this video:

GarageBand and Jamstik MIDI Note Numbers

 

 

On the top, you’ll see GarageBand’s Classic Studio Kit with their assigned MIDI note numbers. On the bottom, you can see the Jamstik’s MIDI note number output when the Jamstik’s output is set one octave below the default position (D-pad down button is pressed once to shift the output down one octave.) The Live Rock Kit and the Vintage Kit follow pretty much the same mapping layout.

 

 

If we switch to the Bluebird Drum Kit, you’ll see some changes in the note numbers. The Brooklyn, Four On The Floor, Heavy, Retro Rock, Roots, and SoCal drum kits follow similar maps as Bluebird.

 

 

If we switch to the Electronic selections starting w/ Classic Drum Machine, the map is similar on the basics. Hacienda, Hip Hop, and House all follow a similar map.

However, the other Electronic drum kits - Big Room, Crate Digger, Deep Tech, and Minimalist map sounds all the way out to note number 59 - and the map gets more random with sounds and note numbers. Your best bet is to explore and figure out where things are before recording or playing a beat. 

Prefer videos? Check out the video below:  




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