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Chapter 4. Working With Loops > Restricting the Loop Browser Display

Restricting the Loop Browser Display

GarageBand ships with well over a thousand Apple Loops. If you purchase and install any of the Jam Packs, each one adds more than 2000 loops to the library. Furthermore, there are many music sites on the Web that offer loops as free downloads or sell collections at reasonable prices.

As you can see, it's not difficult to amass a sizeable library of loops, and the more loops you have, the harder it is to find just the right one for your song. But never fear—GarageBand 2 introduces a loop-management tool that is sheer genius in its simplicity: the Loops pop-up menu (Figure 4.30), accessed from the top of the loop browser's search pane. When searching for loops, you use the Loops menu to restrict your search to a specific collection of loops within your loops library.

Figure 4.30. Use the Loops menu to limit your searches to a part of your loop library.

The contents of the Loops menu will vary, depending on the sorts of loops you have installed. The specific items on the menu may also differ according to the My Apple Loops preference setting that was active when you installed the loops (see “To set access permissions for user-installed loops” later in this chapter).

The following items won't change, no matter how your permissions are set for the loops library:

Show All (the default): Every loop installed in your loops library is fair game.

GarageBand: Only those loops originally installed with the program will appear in your search.

Jam Pack 1, 2, 3, or 4: Choosing any of these limits your search to loops contained in that collection.

Other loops you installed while your preferences were set to Share with All Users on This Mac will show up in these portions of the menu:

Shared Loops on My Mac: Single loops added to your loop browser and stored in /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops/Single Files.

User Loops: Whole folders added to the loop library at once; their storage location is /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops.

Other: Aliases to folders of loops on the same partition as GarageBand.

Loops you installed while your preferences were set to Available to [user name] Only can be accessed by means of these menu items:

My Loops: Loops added individually to the loop browser and stored in: ~/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops/Single Files.

Other: Folders (and aliases to folders) of loops in ~/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops.

To choose which loops are displayed in the loop browser:

Open the Loops pop-up menu (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. The Loops pop-up menu is perched atop the loop browser.

Choose the collection of loops you wish to search (Figure 4.32).

Figure 4.32. Choose the collection you want to search.

The Loops menu displays the name of the collection you have chosen (Figure 4.33). The loop browser now includes only loops from that collection.

Figure 4.33. The menu displays the name of the collection of loops you chose.

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