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What You’ve Learned

  • Real Instrument regions are digital recordings of actual instrument performances.

  • You can connect real instruments to the computer through the audio-in port or an audio interface like an Mbox or PCR-A30 MIDI Keyboard Controller/USB Audio Interface.

  • You can record a Real Instrument as a stereo or mono recording. Stereo uses two channels (Channel 1 and Channel 2); mono uses one (either Channel 1 or Channel 2).

  • GarageBand 2 lets you record up to 8 Real Instrument tracks at a time with the use of an approved audio interface.

  • CD-quality stereo audio uses around 10 MB of disk space per minute.

  • You can resize a Real Instrument region by click-dragging the lower-right or lower-left corner of the region. You can loop a region by click-dragging the upper-right corner.

  • Monitoring input means that you can hear the instrument you’re playing before and during recording.

  • Recording a Real Instrument using a cycle region will only record during the first pass. The second pass of the playhead in the cycle region will play back the newly recorded region.

  • You can add effects to a track before or after recording by using the Details portion of the Track Info window.

  • You can hear different effects as you apply them to a track by playing the track in the Timeline and changing the instrument or effects in the Track Info window while the track is playing.

  • You can save your effects settings and use them again on different tracks or projects.

  • Grid lines are used to restrict the movement and placement of musical elements in a project in order to keep them in time (musical time). To override the grid restrictions, turn Snap to Grid off by pressing Cmd-G.

  • The more you zoom in to a track, the more grid lines and detailed control you will have to move and trim regions in the Timeline.

  • You can use the Time Display for navigation by double-clicking the number you want to change and typing in a new number and pressing Return. The playhead will go to whatever numbers you type into the Time Display.

  • You can split a selected region at the playhead position by pressing Cmd-T or by choosing Edit > Split.

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