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Lesson 1. Working with the Interface > Using the Track Editor for Real Instrume...

Using the Track Editor for Real Instruments

The Track Editor is different when you’re working with Real Instrument tracks. Let’s look at the Real Instrument track that was used at the beginning of the Eyewitness 1-1 song to record the same part as the Hollywood Strings.

Locate the String Ensemble track in the Timeline.

Double-click the String Ensemble region in the Timeline.

The String Ensemble Region opens in the Track Editor.

Once again, the purple color of the track means this track is a digital recording of a Real Instrument through either a microphone or other input device. The good news is that you have the ability to record live musicians and their instruments directly into the Timeline. The bad news is that this recording method maintains the integrity of the recorded performance. In other words, you can’t edit the individual notes or velocity.

Locate the Name field that reads String Ensemble.

Regions don’t have to be named after the track and vice versa. Let’s change the name of this region.

Type String Solo in the Name field and press Return.

The name of the region in the Timeline changes, yet the name of the track stays the same.

To change the name of the track in the Track Editor, you first need to deselect the region by clicking the empty track space next to the selected region.

Click the empty gray track space to the right of the String Solo region.

The Track Editor now shows that you’re working on the full track instead of just a region. Notice that the header in the left column of the Track Editor now reads Track instead of Region.

Type Synth Strings in the name field to change the name of the track. Press Return.

The track header for the selected track changes to Synth Strings.

Move the playhead to the beginning of the region in the Track Editor, then press the spacebar to play the selected region in the Track Editor.

Watch the playhead as it moves over the waveform of the recording.

Press the spacebar again to stop playback when you get to the end of the region. You can also modify a Real Instrument region’s pitch, tuning, and timing in the Track Editor. These are new features in GarageBand 2 that you’ll get to work with in Lessons 4 and 9. For now, let’s continue on with the basic tour of the GarageBand interface.


You can also change the name of a track header in GarageBand 2 by double-clicking the name in the header and typing the new track name.



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