GarageBand ‘11: Record over a specific part of a project

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Record over a specific part of a project

You can record over a specific part of a project by turning on the cycle region. Before you start recording, you define the part of the project you want to record over by setting the cycle region in the area below the beat ruler. As you record, the playhead returns to the start point of the cycle region each time it reaches the end of the region.

To set the cycle region:

  1. Click the Cycle button (with two curved arrows) in the control bar to turn on the cycle region.

    Transport-Cycle button

    A yellow ruler appears below the beat ruler, showing the cycle region. The first time you turn on the cycle region, it extends from the first to the fifth measure. If you move the cycle region, it appears in its new position the next time you turn it on.

  2. Drag the cycle region to the position in the timeline where you want your recording to begin and end. You can also drag in an empty part of the cycle region ruler to set the cycle region to a new position.

    Cycle region

To record using the cycle region:

  1. Select the track you want to record in.

  2. Click the Record button (the red circle) in the control bar to start recording.

    Add Track button
  3. Play your instrument. As you record, the playhead moves from the start to the end of the cycle region, then repeats from the start point. The new region appears in the timeline.

  4. When you’re finished, click the Play button to stop recording.

    Transport-Record button
  5. When you're finished using the cycle region, click the Cycle button to turn it off. You can also drag the cycle region up to turn it off.

Recording with the cycle region works differently for Real Instruments than for Software Instruments:

  • For Real Instruments: You can only record the first time through the cycle region. When the cycle region repeats, you hear the newly recorded region.

  • For Software Instruments: You can record each time the cycle region repeats, and your new recordings are merged with the region created the first time through the cycle region.

Last Modified: Sep 4, 2015

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