Join Scott Bourne for an in-depth discussion in this video Muting and soloing tracks, part of Podcasting with GarageBand 3.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we're going to talk about how to listen to a track by itself and how to make the sound from a track go away in a multitrack environment. This is called silencing a track via muting or listening to a track via soloing. Soloing and muting are two broadcast engineering terms that you'll probably hear if you're around a radio station or a record company and even though those sound like hetty concepts, they're very basic and also very important too would be podcasters.
So, let's begin by dragging some music to the Jingles track here on our GarageBand interface. I'm going to go into using Jingles a lot more in-depth later on but for now, I just want to use it to demonstrate. We're going to select a jingle from Jingles, Cinematic, Broadcast News Short, I'm going to drag that up to the Jingles track and push it to the left. (energetic broadcast music) Very new sounding.
Now, I'm going to use my announcer voice on the Male track, I'm going to hit the rewind button and I'm going to record some voiceover on top of that broadcast news bed that makes me sound like a news anchor so I can show you what it's like to silence or solo a track or mute a track. Here we go, I'm going to press the red record button and don't worry about following along right now, we're going to get into this a lot more in-depth later but I want you to see how to use these two features.
So, I'm going to need to record some audio, here we go. You're listening to America's top news station, Lynda.com. Okay, we'll stop that recording and now, we'll rewind to the very beginning and play both those together. You're listening to America's top news station, Lynda.com. Okay now, what if you just wanted hear the jingle play? And you didn't want to hear the voice? Let's go back to the beginning here.
We can click this little speaker button that mutes the voice track and you'll notice it immediately changes color and now, when we hit the play button... (energetic broadcast music) Notice my voice is no longer present in the mix. If I unmute it, go back to the beginning and play. You're listening to Ame, you can see it's still there. So, we didn't get rid of it, we just turned it off temporarily.
Now, we can do another thing that allows us to accomplish the same goal, we can simply solo a track. Now, you'll notice down here on the Jingles track have clicked the little headphone symbol. That solos the track... (energetic broadcast music) Has the same basic result. It means that only that track will play back no matter how many tracks of audio you've recorded. So, let's review.
You can mute a single track or you can solo a single track. These are methods that you can use to pick a particular track out of the mix and make sure it sounds the way you want before you get to the final mix. So, I invite you to play around with soloing and muting tracks, you can't hurt anything, click the buttons, see what it does, experiment with it, get comfortable with it and we'll see you in the next movie.