Join Scott Bourne for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with tracks, part of Podcasting with GarageBand 3.
- [Scott] In this movie I'm going to show you how to add a track, delete a track, duplicate a track, and rearrange your tracks. And I'm going to use a special exercise file that I created just for this purpose, and the exercise files that I'm using throughout the tutorial are available with the premium subscription and on the CD-ROM. If you are a monthly or annual subscriber and do not have access to these files, then you can learn by watching and use files of your own. If you'd like to follow my steps exactly using the same files I'm using, I'd like to recommend you upgrade to the premium subscription or just purchase the CD-ROM.
So, let's minimize the GarageBand window, real quick, and we'll go to the GarageBand exercise files folder that is available through the premium subscription, and I want you to find, there, Chapter three. And you'll note that we have a file, there, named Tracks. So, I'm going to drag Tracks down on top of the GarageBand icon, and that will, automatically, load the special Tracks file that I want to use to illustrate how to work with tracks.
Now, just for fun, let's play the file that I created in advance. You do that by clicking the play button on the transport pane. (smooth jazz music) You're listening to the smooth sounds of Podcasting with GarageBand 3, lynda.com training. I'm your smooth host, Scott Bourne. Thanks for joining me. (smooth jazz music) Okay, well, I'm not that smooth, but you get the idea. Let's stop that and rewind it, you can also hit the Z key, I'll cover that more, later.
Let's deal with these tracks, now, and see what we want to do to make this a little bit more fun. First thing I want to do is, since my voice is a little thin, I'm not ever going to make it as one of those big guys that does the monster truck commercials, I want to duplicate this track to, kind of, make it a little bit fuller sound, and that's very easy to do. I can, simply, go to the Track menu, and click Duplicate Track. You can, also, just use the command key shortcut available. Now, I'm going to take that file and hold down the Option key, and drag it on top of that track.
So, now I have two, identical, tracks featuring my voice. Let's play it again, you won't notice a big difference. (smooth jazz music) You're listening to the smooth sounds of Podcasting with GarageBand 3, lynda.com training. I'm your smooth host, Scott Bourne. Thanks for joining me. And you'll notice, it's a little bit out of phase. I did that on purpose, because it gives a fuller sound. That's an old trick from the Beatles, believe it or not. Now, after listening to that, I might decide well, that's a bit too much.
So, I can, simply, get rid of this track and I can just reverse the process. I can go up to the Track menu and say Delete Track, and now it's gone. No problem. So, what if I want to move this track around and change its order within the group of podcast tracks? I can, simply, click that track and drag it. And notice as I drag it underneath the female voice, it just, automatically, pops into place. It's that simple. You can move these tracks around. You can move the Jingle track up between the Female and the Male Voice.
Now, why might you want to do this? If you get a lot of tracks, then it becomes necessary to keep them together, sometimes, for instance, the voice tracks together, to help figure out where everything goes. Once again, I could drag the Jingles track down here below Radio Sounds. I can switch these up as often as I like. You get the idea how that works. It gives you more power to set things up the way that you like. Now, what if I just want to add a track that doesn't exist yet, that is going to have a completely different purpose? That's, also, very easy.
Down here on the left side of your pane you can click the create a new track icon. This gives you two choices, Software Instruments or Real Instruments. Software Instruments are sounds that are created by GarageBand, and Real Instruments are audio recordings such as voice, guitar, bass, that you can add later. Let's just, for now, make a software instrument. We'll click the Create button, and you'll notice that it, automatically, puts it on the bottom of the track list, and defaults to Grand Piano.
Now, any musical data you were to drag into that track would play in a grand piano sound. We can change that, we can modify that and I will cover all of that in a later movie, where I talk about how to use the loops and the software instruments. For now, I just wanted to show you it's that easy to create a new track. It's also very easy to go in and get the information for the track and rename it. Simply double click the name and type in any information that you like. In this case I'll change the name from Grand Piano to New Track.
You get the idea. If you were to have a lot of tracks featuring a lot of different instruments or people, you may want to identify them in a certain way, so that you can keep track of them. Once again, if we're done with that track, decide we don't want it for whatever purpose, we go back to the Track menu, Delete Track. So, that's all there is to it. You can add, delete, duplicate, reorder tracks as you see fit. You can name them, you can assign different functions to them, you have complete control when you're creating your podcast in GarageBand.
Hope you enjoyed this lesson.