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Creating Music with Apple Loops in GarageBand

Quick and Easy Music Creation

1. When GarageBand launches, select the Songwriting picture and click Choose. If GarageBand is
already open, go to File -> New and you should arrive at the same screen:

Music creation in GarageBand

2. Type in a file name in the Save As: box, choose a working location, and then click the Create

new project from template

3. By default there should be five tracks created (Voice, Acoustic, Piano, Muted Bass, and Drums). If you are not going to use a track, click on it, then press ? and the Delete keys on the keyboard, to delete the track.

deleting unused tracks

4. Click on loop browser icon (the small eye icon located on the bottom right) to expose the loop

loop icon

5. Use the descriptive buttons (Guitars, Strings, etc.) to choose a type of loop. You can get a
desired list of loops by narrowing the search by clicking a genre, instrument type, subtype, and
feel. You can also sort through instruments with the column view (shown right). Searching this way
will achieve the same effect as the musical button view (shown left). Click on the loop listing panel,
then click on a loop to preview it. When a loop is decided on, drag and drop it to the Tracks Panel.
A new track with the loop is created. If you already have a track or more, drag the loop below the
lowest track and a new track with the loop is created.


switching views tracks panel

6. To change the length of the track, move the cursor to the end of the track. The cursor will turn
into a bar and circle arrow. When the cursor changes, hold down the mouse button, and drag to
the right to lengthen the track, or to the left to shorten the track.

changing track length

7. To add a fade in (or out) you need to expose the master track. Do this by going to the Track
menu, and then clicking on Show Master Track.

show master track

8. You can adjust the volume of the track by clicking on points where you want to have the track
volume go up or down.

adjusting volume

9. To achieve a fade out or fade in, click on a point on the line (before the last point on a fade in,
or after the first point on a fade out) and drag it straight down, Move each point progressively
lower until the last dot reaches the bottom of the master track.

fading in and out

10. You can also change the volume levels of a single track by clicking the Down Arrow in the Track menu, and then clicking on points where you want the track to go up or down.

adjusting volume levels


using the Down Arrow in the Track menu

11. After completing the song, save the file by going to the File menu, then clicking Save.

saving the file

12. To use the song in other applications, it must be mixed-down and exported. To complete this,
click on the Share menu, the click Export Song to Disk.

export song to disk

13. Make sure the file is not compressed by un-checking the Compress checkbox. Clicking the Export button will prompt you to name the file and choose a location to save it to.

un-checking the Compress checkbox


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Last updated: December 1, 2022


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