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Splitting and separating regions

From: iPad Music Production: Auria

Video: Splitting and separating regions

Now let's take a look at how to split regions. You might want to split a region into two or more parts if there's a section of your recording that you want to process differently or separate from the rest of the region. To do so, just select the region you want to split and move the playhead to the point where you want the split to occur. I'll just use the fiddle track as an example. With it selected, let's say I want the split to occur right about here. So I move my playhead to that location, and I'll choose Edit > Split, and that's all there is to it. Let me move the playhead out of there.

Splitting and separating regions

Now let's take a look at how to split regions. You might want to split a region into two or more parts if there's a section of your recording that you want to process differently or separate from the rest of the region. To do so, just select the region you want to split and move the playhead to the point where you want the split to occur. I'll just use the fiddle track as an example. With it selected, let's say I want the split to occur right about here. So I move my playhead to that location, and I'll choose Edit > Split, and that's all there is to it. Let me move the playhead out of there.

You can see there are now two regions on this track, and I am free to move or change either of them without affecting the other one. If I don't move either one, it will continue to sound like one continuous performance. So if I were to solo this track, let's get my playhead right about there, we shouldn't hear any break in the performance. (music playing) So when you split a region but don't move anything, you won't hear any interruptions or dropouts. And like other edits, this is completely nondestructive. I can move the first half of the track below, where I could apply effects to without changing the second half.

Let's say I just delete that region. I can restore the region to its original size just by holding down and dragging the trim handle and in this case, dragging it to the left. I am going to make this a little bit smaller so I can just do the whole thing. You can see I have now restored the entire Fiddle track. So splitting regions is great if you want to move or eliminate a section, but you can always change your mind if you want to make the region whole again.

Now another way to split a section of a region off on its own is to select and separate. We have already seen that we can make a selection in the region by double-tapping and holding on that second top and then just dragging to the left or right, and that makes a selection. Now in addition to making a selection, this also gives you the Scissors button in the upper right-hand corner. Tapping that turns the selection into its own region. Now I could have accomplished the same thing by creating two splits, but this is much faster and simpler, and again, I can just drag that region anywhere else on the track or even onto its own track.

And since it's on its own region, I can add fades like so. I can even use the trim handles to expand it to its full size again. But I don't need to do any of that at the moment so I just tap Undo a couple of times until that region is whole again, and that's how to split and separate regions.

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