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Editing and Recording Software Instruments

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Lesson Files

GarageBand 3 Lessons > Lesson 3 > 3-1 Edit Recording


This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.


Monitor and minimize processor load


Split, trim, and join a Software Instrument region in the Timeline


Change a track’s instrument


Work with project tempo


Start a new song and set its properties


Use the metronome to record a basic drum part


Record a multipass drum region using a cycle region

You already have a basic understanding of the GarageBand window, and you have some experience working with tracks. Now it’s time to dive in and start filling those tracks with custom music that you create with Software Instruments.

In this lesson, you are going to learn editing and recording techniques for building music with Software Instrument regions. You’ll also learn how to change the tempo, record your own beats, and split, join, and change instruments for Software Instrument tracks in the Timeline.

Preparing the Project

Let’s take a moment to open and save the first project for this lesson before moving on to the main exercises.

  1. Locate Lesson_03 in your GarageBand 3 Lessons folder and open the project 3-1 Edit Recording.

    The song 3-1 Edit Recording opens in the GarageBand window.

  2. Choose File > Save As and save the project to your My GarageBand Projects folder on the Desktop.

This project shows the complete workflow of a recorded Software Instrument region starting with the original recording in the top track. The Joined Final Piece track shows the finished edited version of the recording. You’ll work on editing this project shortly. But first, this is a good time to learn how to monitor the processor with the playhead because this project may be demanding on your computer.

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