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Recording multiple takes with cycle record


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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

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To get the bass part of this song down, I am going to create a new real instrument track by clicking the plus and double-clicking on Real Instrument. I've connected my bass amp's line out directly to my audio interface, as I'd like to record the bass with my own bass sound. If I wanted to, I could plug the bass directly in and use GarageBand's amps simulators and effects to get my sound. But in this case, I'd like to record my bass part straight out of the ashdown. I am all connected and ready to set an input level for recording. I will make sure Monitors is On, so I can hear my bass sound coming through the headphones along with the guitar and drums, and I'll click the check box for Automatic Level Control and let GarageBand set a good level for me.
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 23m 4s
    1. Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, audio interfaces, and speakers
      4m 24s
    2. Setting important Mac OS X and GarageBand preferences
      4m 32s
    3. Creating a project with tempo, time signature, and key
      4m 37s
    4. Creating a track
      9m 31s
  3. 25m 42s
    1. Exploring Real Instrument tracks and setting a good input level
      6m 20s
    2. Exploring Software Instrument tracks, keyboard velocity, and MIDI
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Electric Guitar tracks and monitoring
      7m 48s
    4. Positioning the cursor on audio regions to access different tools
      4m 35s
  4. 10m 23s
    1. Choosing a genre in the Project Chooser
      2m 3s
    2. Auditioning players in the band and hiring new players
      8m 20s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library
      5m 20s
    2. Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts
      6m 33s
    3. Jamming along with your composition
      4m 52s
  6. 35m 11s
    1. Setting tempo, enabling count-in and metronome, and dragging in a drum loop
      5m 22s
    2. Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Arrange track to create song form sections
      3m 1s
    4. Splitting Apple Loops and choosing alternates to build a drum part
      6m 36s
    5. Recording multiple takes with cycle record
      4m 32s
    6. Punching in a small section of audio
      6m 20s
    7. Using Groove Matching to tighten up the rhythm of a performance
      5m 51s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part
      4m 26s
    2. Customizing the guitar sound using amps, stompboxes, and effects
      11m 44s
    3. Using Flex Time to fix a double-tracked rhythm guitar part
      7m 40s
    4. Using Cycle Record to record multiple takes for soloing
      3m 40s
    5. Compositing a final guitar solo from multiple takes
      6m 26s
  8. 19m 25s
    1. Recording a Software Instrument track
      3m 48s
    2. Editing the parameters of Software Instruments
      8m 44s
    3. Editing MIDI notes in the piano roll editor after the performance
      6m 53s
  9. 14m 12s
    1. Recording lead vocals
      6m 39s
    2. Correcting pitch with automatic tuning
      4m 16s
    3. Reordering, duplicating, and deleting song sections using the Arrangement track
      3m 17s
  10. 1h 7m
    1. Creating successful mixes
      7m 4s
    2. Pre-mixing
      15m 31s
    3. Equalizing tracks
      5m 51s
    4. Compressing tracks
      10m 13s
    5. Adding reverb and echo effects to individual tracks
      6m 39s
    6. Creating automated volume and pan moves
      10m 41s
    7. Freezing tracks to improve system performance
      2m 0s
    8. Using master track effects and automating a fade-out
      3m 31s
    9. Creating a final mixdown: Exporting a finished song to disk
      5m 40s
  11. 12m 51s
    1. Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs
      3m 6s
    2. Opening a GarageBand project in Logic
      4m 26s
    3. Archiving GarageBand project files
      5m 19s
  12. 36m 44s
    1. Taking music lessons
      7m 32s
    2. Creating ringtones
      3m 50s
    3. Creating podcasts
      14m 12s
    4. Scoring a movie
      11m 10s
  13. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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GarageBand '11 Essential Training
4h 58m Beginner Jul 29, 2011

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This course is a comprehensive guide to the popular digital audio software from Apple, demonstrating the tools and techniques to create, edit, and publish music and podcasts. Author Todd Howard covers the ins and outs of the application, from interfacing with external devices, exploring Apple Loops, and recording instrument and vocal tracks to creating successful mixes, performing edits, and sharing finished projects. Additionally, the course introduces the new features in GarageBand '11, including Flex Time and Groove Matching, which provide powerful methods for editing and tightening up the rhythmic timing of tracks.

Topics include:
  • Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, and speakers
  • Creating a project and specifying tempo, time signature, and key
  • Jumpstarting the recording process with Magic GarageBand
  • Recording real instruments, software instruments, and electric guitar tracks
  • Compositing a final track from multiple takes
  • Creating, naming, and organizing song sections using the Arrangement track
  • Equalizing and compressing tracks
  • Adding reverb and echo effects
  • Sharing songs with iTunes and Logic Pro
  • Archiving GarageBand project files
  • Taking guitar and piano lessons
  • Creating podcasts, movies scores, and ringtones
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
GarageBand
Author:
Todd Howard

Recording multiple takes with cycle record

To get the bass part of this song down, I am going to create a new real instrument track by clicking the plus and double-clicking on Real Instrument. I've connected my bass amp's line out directly to my audio interface, as I'd like to record the bass with my own bass sound. If I wanted to, I could plug the bass directly in and use GarageBand's amps simulators and effects to get my sound. But in this case, I'd like to record my bass part straight out of the ashdown. I am all connected and ready to set an input level for recording. I will make sure Monitors is On, so I can hear my bass sound coming through the headphones along with the guitar and drums, and I'll click the check box for Automatic Level Control and let GarageBand set a good level for me.

(music playing) Okay cool, I can click that check box off and my input level sticks. I think I'm ready to go. I'll keep Count-In on, so I have one bar to get ready after hitting record and since I have a solid drum loop and a good rhythm guitar part to play to, I can leave the metronome off. I am going to press Return and make sure I am at the beginning and press R to record.

(music playing) Cool, not bad. Now I've got one decent bass take, but I'd like another, to be able to make some choices later on.

If I just press Return and R again, I'll record a new bass part, yes, but I'll erase the part I just recorded. (music playing) The way to keep that last pass and record a new one and have both parts saved as multiple takes is to turn Cycle Record on. It's the button with the two cycling arrows right next to Metronome. Click it and then you have to set a cycle region in the cycle ruler that appears at the top of the screen under the standard ruler.

Click and drag to fill the space that you'd like to record in with the yellow cycle bar. In this case we want it to record a second bass take throughout the whole song, so I have to click and drag from bar one all the way to the end of my song. Now that I have the Cycle Record button on and a cycle region set to the whole song I'll press Return and R to record from the beginning. (music playing) Okay, now notice that there is a small yellow 2 in the upper left of that bass region.

It also says 2 takes. If you click and hold on the 2, you'll see a menu allowing you to choose which take you'd like to make the active take. You can change this at any time, and in a later movie we'll go over how to switch from one active take to another at different points throughout the song.

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