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Lesson 1. Working with the Interface > What You’ve Learned

What You’ve Learned

  • There are three ways to launch GarageBand: double-clicking the application icon in the Finder; clicking once on the GarageBand icon in the Dock; and double-clicking any GarageBand song file.

  • You can use the green Zoom button (+) in the upper-left corner of the GarageBand window to fit the window to your entire screen. You can click and drag the lower-right corner to resize the window.

  • To move the GarageBand window, click and drag on the top, right, or left edges of the window.

  • Musical time is in measures and beats and is marked in the Timeline by the Beat Ruler.

  • You can move the playhead by clicking in the Beat Ruler, click-dragging the top of the playhead, or pressing the right or left arrow keys to move a measure at a time right or left.

  • You use the transport control buttons to play, fast forward, rewind, move to the beginning of the Timeline, and turn on the cycle region.

  • There are three different types of musical regions used in GarageBand: Software Instruments, Real Instruments, and prerecorded Apple Loops.

  • Software Instruments record editable note events. Real Instrument recordings make digital recordings of audio waveforms.

  • You can find loops in the Loop Browser using either the Button view or the Column view.

  • You can use the Track Editor to edit pitch, velocity, and the type of note for Software Instruments.

  • Velocity refers to the hardness or softness with which a note was played, and the volume of that note as a result. Velocity is measured on a scale from 0 to 127, with 0 being the softest and 127 the hardest.

  • To listen to only part of the Timeline over and over, you can create a cycle region.

  • Auditioning loops means you listen to a loop in the Loop Browser while playing a song in the Timeline.



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