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Chapter 4. Working With Loops > Finding Loops by Other Methods

Finding Loops by Other Methods

GarageBand allows you to augment your search for the perfect loop with a few auxiliary techniques. You can search for loops with specific text in the name or path (the categories and keywords GarageBand uses to classify loops). Or you can look for loops that are compatible with certain types of scales (major, minor, neither, or both) to narrow the list to loops that are more compatible with the scale your song uses.

You can use either of these methods instead of the button and column search methods or to further refine the results you get from those techniques.

To find loops by using a text search

  • In the search field (identified by the magnifying glass icon) at the bottom of the loop browser, type the text you are looking for and press Return (Figure 4.27).

    Figure 4.27. Type search text in this field.

    Loops whose name or path includes the search text will appear in the results list (Figure 4.28).

    Figure 4.28. Matching loops appear in the list.

✓ Tips

  • To clear the search field, click the x icon at the right side of the field.

  • The GarageBand Help file interprets path as it is used here in the usual sense of “the hierarchy of folders containing a file” and says that you can use the text search to find all the files in a specific folder. Alas, this seems not to be true. In my testing, performing a text search on the name of a folder of loops turned up zilch.

To find loops by scale type

  • From the Scale pop-up menu at the bottom of the loop browser, choose the type of scale you prefer (Figure 4.29).

    Figure 4.29. The Scale pop-up menu.

    Loops that do not match the selected scale type will be removed from the results list.

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