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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.
(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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