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Chapter 4. Working With Loops > Using Column View to Find Loops

Using Column View to Find Loops

Column view provides a more guided approach to searching for loops. The first column shows the three general keyword types (plus All and Favorites). The columns at the right narrow down the list of keywords, and clicking an item in the rightmost column results in a list of loops.

To find loops using column view

Optional: Open the Loops menu and choose a collection of loops (Figure 4.7).

Click the button to switch to column view (Figure 4.6).

Click a keyword type in the left column to select it (Figure 4.22).

Figure 4.22. Click one of the types in the left column.

The type you selected in the left column becomes the heading of the middle column, which displays the categories available within that type (Figure 4.23).

Figure 4.23. The categories within that keyword type appear in the second column.

Click one of the categories in the middle column to select it.

The item you selected becomes the heading for the third column, which lists the keywords available within that category (Figure 4.24).

Figure 4.24. Select a category to see a list of keywords.

Click one of the keywords in the third column to see a list of loops that satisfy the criteria you selected in the second and third columns. The number in parentheses indicates the number of loops that will be listed (Figure 4.25).

Figure 4.25. Finally, click a keyword to generate a list of matching loops.

The loops that have made it through the sorting process appear in the results list.

✓ Tip

  • To see a broader range of loops in the results list, you can select multiple keywords in the third column. Shift-click two keywords in the list to select a range of keywords, or Command-click to select noncontiguous keywords. Apple's documentation says that you can also select multiple categories in the second column, but that doesn't seem to work in the shipping software.

Having Trouble Finding Loops?

When you open the loop browser, you sometimes may find many of the buttons dimmed even before you start sorting. Or in column view, when you click a category in the second column, nothing may show up in the third column.

There are two possible causes:

  • GarageBand may be hiding loops whose original keys are far removed from the key of your song. Although the program can transpose any loop to your song's key, not all such key shifts are desirable. For example, if your song is in D and you add a trumpet loop that was originally in A, the loop has to be transposed downward seven semitones. The loop will not only change pitch, but will also change substantially in color. It may not even sound much like a trumpet any more!

    By default, GarageBand is set to show you only loops whose original keys are within two semitones (a whole step) of the song's key. If you want to turn off this protective behavior, you need to visit GarageBand > Preferences (Command-,) and click the General button. Uncheck the box next to Keyword Browsing: Filter for More Relevant Results (Figure 4.26). Now GarageBand won't restrict your loop browsing based on key.

    Figure 4.26. Uncheck the Keyword Browsing box to get a wider choice of loops.

  • If your song uses a time signature other than 4/4, very few loops will show up in the loop browser. Indeed, if you choose one of the more exotic time signatures, like 5/4 or even 2/2, you may see no loops at all. The situation improves somewhat if you purchase and install one or more of the supplemental GarageBand Jam Packs. Among the thousands of loops each one adds to your library, a few are in these unusual time signatures, but for now, if you plan to do a lot of composition with loops in GarageBand, stick to 4/4.

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