Renaming Tracks and Regions in the Editor


Renaming Tracks and Regions in the Editor

While you're in the editor, this is a good time to change the name of the Wind Chime recording from No Effects.1 to Chime. Keep in mind that regions don't have to be named after the track and vice versa. They often share the name of the track because GarageBand automatically names regions after the track when you record. The No Effects region was originally recorded in a track named No Effects.

1.

In the Chime and Timpani track of the Timeline, double-click the No Effects.1 region to open it in the editor.

The No Effects.1 region appears in the editor.

2.

Type Chime in the Name field and press Return.

The region's name changes to Chime in the Timeline and editor.

You can also use the same technique to change the name of a track in the editor.

3.

In the Timeline, click the No Effects track header.

The No Effects track and all of its regions are selected.

4.

Click the empty gray track space to the right of the No Effects track header and mixer to deselect the regions within the track.

The editor now shows that you're working on the full track instead of just a region. Notice that the header on the left side of the editor now reads Track instead of Region.

5.

Type Jazz Kit 2 in the Name field to change the name of the track. Press Return.

The track header for the selected track changes to Jazz Kit 2.

Tip

You can also change the name of a track header by double-clicking the name in the header and typing the new track name.

Your editor work is complete for this lesson.

6.

Click the editor button, or press Cmd-E, to hide the editor.



Exploring the Loop Browser

The Jazzy Rock Drums regions came from a library of over 1,000 prerecorded Apple Loops that are included with the GarageBand software. Loops are musical parts that can be repeated (looped) over and over seamlessly. These loops can be accessed through the Loop Browser. The Loop Browser organizes the loops by categories and helps you search for loops using the Musical Button, Column, or Podcast Sounds views.

There are three ways to open the Loop Browser:

  • Click the Loop Browser button.

  • Choose Control > Show Loop Browser.

  • Press Cmd-L.

Let's open the Loop Browser now.

1.

Click the Loop Browser button to open the Loop Browser.

The Loop Browser and the editor occupy the same space in the GarageBand window. You cannot open both at once.

Imagine if you had to listen to hundreds of loops just to find the sound you want. Luckily, the Loop Browser sorts and organizes the loops for youall you need to do is narrow the search. The Loop Browser has the following controls:

  • Keyword buttons or columns Click the keywords to display the matching loops. Click additional keywords to narrow the search.

  • View buttons Changes the layout of the Loop Browser to Column view, Musical Button view, or Podcast Sounds view.

  • Scale type pop-up menu Narrows your search to a specific scale type.

  • Search text field Type the name of the loop or the kind of loops you want to find.

  • Preview Volume slider Adjusts the volume of the loops as you preview them.

  • Results list Shows the results that match whatever keywords you have selected or text you have entered in the Search field. Once you have used keywords or buttons to narrow or refine your search, the results are listed in this pane. You can sort the results by columns, including by name, tempo, and key.

  • Loop library pop-up menu Click to choose the loops you want to show in the Loop Browser.