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I. Building a Hit > 2. Loops

Chapter 2. Loops

Apple claims that GarageBand can be a blast even if your mastery of music never even progressed to the “Chopsticks” stage. And it’s true: GarageBand lets you create authentic-sounding, studio-quality music even if you can’t carry a tune, let alone a tuba. This chapter, dear nonmusicians, is sure to be one of your favorites.

That’s because GarageBand comes with over 1,100 loops—short, prerecorded snippets performed in recording studios by professionals who most certainly do know their instruments. According to Apple, some of GarageBand’s Motown drum loops, in fact, were played by the original studio musicians who recorded classic Motown hits like “My Girl” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Loops are only a few seconds long, but they’re designed to repeat seamlessly for as long as you specify. That’s a serious help when you want to create a drum part, for example.


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