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What You’ve Learned

  • You can monitor your computer processor by looking at the color of the playhead. The playhead changes from white to red to indicate the load on the CPU. White indicates the lowest demand on the processor, and red indicates the highest demand. If the playhead is red, you may be overloading the processor.

  • If you are working with a slower processor, you can change the Audio/MIDI settings in GarageBand Preferences to optimize for better performance. You can also lock tracks and render them to the hard drive, mute tracks, turn off effects, or delete unnecessary tracks. Another strategy is to lower the number of tracks and Real Instrument voices in the Advanced Preferences settings.

  • You can mix down your tracks by exporting your project to iTunes and then dragging the mixed song from iTunes to a new project. Then you can add additional loops or tracks to the mixed-down version of the song from iTunes. This technique is useful if you are working with a slower computer. It’s also useful for consolidating multiple tracks of the same type—drums and percussion, for example—into one Real Instrument track for easier mixing.

  • You can drag AIFF, WAV, or MP3 format files to the Timeline from the Finder. If you add an MP3 file to the Timeline, GarageBand will convert it to AIFF. Files added to the project from the Finder are saved with the project as Real Instrument regions.

  • Real Instrument recordings are stored in the Media folder for each project. The Media folder for a GarageBand project is located in the Package Contents of the project. You can drag a recording from a project’s Media file to the Timeline to reuse the recording in another project. This technique will copy a Media file from one project’s Package Contents to the Package Contents of another project.

  • You can add additional loops to GarageBand by dragging the loops or folder of loops to the Loop Browser and releasing the mouse. When you add loops through the Loop Browser, they will automatically be indexed so you will be able to search for them in the Loop Browser. Loops that are added to GarageBand are placed in the GarageBand Apple Loops folder in the Application Support section of your Macintosh Library.

  • You can select multiple consecutive control points by click-dragging across them in the Volume curve. To select multiple points that aren’t next to each other, Shift-click each point you wish to select. Click the Volume curve’s header to select all of the control points in an entire track.

  • The Instrument Tuner, located in the Time Display, can be used to tune any musical instrument that is connected to the computer.

  • With the use of an audio interface, you can record up to 8 Real Instrument tracks and 1 Software Instrument track at the same time.

  • You can split a Real Instrument region in the Track Editor by click-dragging the region with the crosshair and then clicking the selected section of the region.

  • You can join noncontiguous Real Instrument regions into one merged file by selecting the regions that you wish to join and choosing Edit > Join. This process will create a new merged file that will be stored in the project’s Media folder.

  • You can view and edit Sustain, Modulation, and Pitch Bend controls for Software Instrument regions in the Track Editor.

  • You can change the Scale pop-up in the Loop Browser to find only loops that fit a particular scale set—Major, Minor, Neither, or Good for Both. The default setting for the Scale pop-up is Any, which means the browser will show all loops, regardless of the scale.



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