Zooming In to and Out of the Timeline
Now that you have identified the different regions and tracks, let's zoom in for a closer look.
You can zoom in to and out of the Timeline by using the Zoom slider, located in the lower-left corner of the window, or by using a keyboard shortcut.
GarageBand zooms in to your current playhead position in the Timeline. For this exercise, let's start by zooming in to the beginning of the song.
Exploring the Editor
Now that you're zoomed in to the Timeline, look at the green and purple regions visible in the Timeline.
Notice that the green regions have a series of dashes and lines to represent the musical note events. The purple regions, on the other hand, show a waveform that illustrates the digital recording.
The editor is a tool that lets you magnify and edit a particular region or track.
Opening the Editor
The editor can be used to edit an entire track or a specific region within that track.
The editor differs depending on whether you're working with a Software Instrument or a Real Instrument. You can have only one editor open at a time because they occupy the same space in the lower third of the GarageBand window.
Let's start with the editor for Software Instruments. Remember that the green regions are created by Software Instruments and can be edited in the editor.
There are four ways to open the editor:
Since we haven't used any of the menus in this lesson, this is a good time to try out the menus at the top of the screen. First, you need to select the track that you wish to open in the editor.
As described earlier, Software Regions display individual notes as note events. While in the editor, you can view and edit the MIDI note events in either Graphic view (bars) or Notation view (musical notes).