Editing recordings using GarageBand for iOS

Step through the editing features in GarageBand for iPad and iPhone which will allow you to polish your compositions.

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GarageBand's most useful editing tool is its Track controls panel. Drag out the left column in Tracks view to reveal the instruments in your recording, along with volume sliders, headphone and mute options. Press Play and you’ll also see animated, real-time volume levels for the tracks.

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GarageBand's most useful editing tool is its Track controls panel. Drag out the left column in Tracks view to reveal the instruments in your recording, along with volume sliders, headphone and mute options. Press Play and you’ll also see animated, real-time volume levels for the tracks.

 

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The Mute button can help you determine how a particular instrument affects the rest of the mix. To zone in on a couple of instruments tap the Solo (headphone) button to isolate them. You can also adjust the volume of each track, listening out for any that either dominate or get lost in the mix.

 

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Tap the instrument icon next to a track to access basic editing options, including Delete, Duplicate (creates a new track based on it, but doesn’t copy recordings), Rename and Merge. GarageBand limits the number of tracks you can have, so merging tracks is a way of increasing this number.

 

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Double-tapping a track brings up more editing options. Cut, Copy, Delete, Rename and Loop are straightforward; Split and, for Midi tracks, Edit are also very useful. To split the track place the playhead where you want the break, tap Split, then drag the scissors icon to create two regions.

 

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Tap Edit to reveal a grid with a keyboard to the left. Green blocks on the grid represent notes: to change the timing drag them left or right; to make them longer or shorter tap and hold a block; to alter the pitch drag them up or down. Slide the pencil icon at the top to add or delete notes.

 

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To access more powerful tools tap the Settings icon at the top right. This brings up settings for whichever track is selected. Colour is used to distinguish types of audio – green for Midi, blue for live audio and loops – and the settings for each will vary accordingly.

 

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By default you will hear the same volume from the left- and right speaker or headphone for a given track, but the Track Pan slider lets you adjust this. This is useful when mixing as it can create space for instruments and widen the sound. Experiment to hear how it can affect your song.

 

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Echo Level repeats the notes after they play, making a recording sound richer (but use it sparingly). Reverb Level replicates the echoes of a stadium or small club to make the track sound as though it was recorded there. Master Effects lets you specify the Echo and Reverb type for each track.

 

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When recording instruments it’s crucial to play in time. With a Midi controller keyboard Quantization can help. It lets you take a sloppy track and snap the notes into tight alignment with the tempo. Experiment with Straight, Triplet or Swing effects, and the note values listed below.

 

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Transposition lets you change the pitch of a recording. Say you’ve put together an arrangement, but decided that you’d like a high keyboard part rather than the one you have. Tap on the Transposition button, move the Octaves option up by one, and you’re done.

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