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The Loop Browser interface makes it really easy to browse through your large library of Apple Loops. In situations where you may have one or more of the Jam Pack libraries installed, you'll have thousands of loops to choose from. Locating and previewing filtered lists of loops based on criteria you set is essential for following the muse, especially when she's moving quickly, so have at it. The Loop Browser offers a number of ways to search and filter through your list of loops. The first is this very top double-arrowed menu that right now says Loops.
If you click and hold, you can either Show All of your loops, just the loops that come with GarageBand, or any of the individual Jam Packs you may have installed. We have the Jam Pack Rhythm Section installed, so that's one way to search just that library. I'm going to keep it set to Show All so I have access to all of my Apple Loops. And I can either use the musical button view, or the column view to search. We'll start with column view and then move over to button view. This works the same way the column view in the Mac OS Finder does. You click on one element in the first column By Instruments.
Second column you can scroll down and choose what you want to click on, maybe Organ, and then in the right column here are all of the different Organ loops in their families, and it tells you how many loops there are in each family. So in the Distorted Organ family there are 23 different loops. And you can scroll down here to see all of them. And these are all in this case MIDI loops. (music playing) Just click to preview and click to stop. (music playing) These columns to the right tell you what tempo the loop is originally developed at, what key, and how many beats there are to the loop.
And if you'd like to add any loops to your favorites, just click the check box in the Favorites column and then once you've checked a few--so when your click on Favorites as a filtering option, all of the categories that show up are only pertinent to the things that you've actually chosen. So you can actually look for Jazz, Organ, and you're going to find the Jazz Organ that you favorited. Under Melodic, for example, you'll see under Keyboards all three of them fit that criteria. So each loop in the Apple Loops library doesn't just apply to one particular filter or sort.
Depending on how the loops are organized and how the metadata may be sorted, they could show up in multiple lists. So I'm going to go back to All, and then I'm going to click on musical button view. Another thing that you can do is choose which scale, major, minor, neither a major or minor scale, or something that's good for both, if you want to filter down in that way. If you're working on a song that's in a minor key, you might as well look for minor key loops, and so on. You can reach Favorites here in the musical button view as well. Anything that you favorited will show up in the list.
And you can always press Reset in the upper left undo any filters that you've pressed. This view just allows you to apply filters that then stick, so if I click Rock/Blues, all of the loops down here now fit into the Rock/Blues category, and I can filter down further by saying Bass. So now it's just Rock/Blues Bass loops. And I can even apply a sort of mood or style by choosing Acoustic, or Relaxed, or Grooving, and so on. So right now we've got Acoustic, Bass, Rock/Blues, and there are a bunch of MIDI loops here I can choose from.
(music playing) If you want to undo one of these filters, you actually need to uncheck it, because if I try to click one of these other ones and try to get this button to now come over to Percussion, it won't quite work. I've had to undo Bass and then apply Percussion. Right now, I'll press Reset one more time. A couple of other little things to look at. You do have a volume control for while you're sampling.
So you're previewing these loops and you want to turn it down a little bit, feel free to do that. You can skip from one to the next just by clicking. (music playing) And you can simplify the view over here. If you don't need to know the tempo and the key, we can hop back into Preferences, look under Loops, and uncheck Display original tempo and key, and you've got a little more room down here. If you don't have a need for that, you might as well turn it off.
I like to keep it on, because it's good for me to know what tempo a loop was originally created at, so when I'm building a song I know that something is not going to be too far off. Another thing that you can do is Filter for more relevant results. So if this check box is on, anytime you do a search, depending on what key you're in, or what tempo you're in, only the loops that are within two semitones, for example, of the key will show up in the list. So if we are in C major, you're noticing that all of the loops that are showing up in here basically B, C, and D. You're not going to see any loops that are in the key of F, for example, unless they are MIDI loops.
Because MIDI loops, software instruments, it doesn't matter how many keys we switch. The thing was created in F and you play it in A. It's going to sound exactly as good as it did in F. With audio loops, it's much more difficult to have them transpose more than a couple of semitones and have the quality of the sound still be there. So you can use all of these different methods for searching and filtering to help to narrow down your list and make browsing for the loops that work in your project a breeze.
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