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Bouncing Tracks to Improve Performance

Bouncing Tracks to Improve Performance

Bouncing is a workaround that dates back to the days of analog taperecording. For example, if an engineer was working on a project that required 12 recorded tracks but had only 8-track equipment available, the solution was to combine, or bounce, some of those tracks into a single track. The bounced tracks could then be erased, leaving enough empty tracks for the rest of the song.

In GarageBand, bouncing comes in handy if your song uses more tracks than your Mac can gracefully handle. Start by building your song with a few tracks. Adjust the mix, save the file, and then export the song to iTunes (see “Exporting a Song to iTunes” in Chapter 13). Next, save the song under a new name, delete the tracks that you just exported, and find the exported song in the Finder and drag it into GarageBand. The material that required several tracks before now occupies only a single track.


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