Using the Loop Browser in Podcast Sounds View

Using the Loop Browser in Podcast Sounds View

You'll be using the Loop Browser extensively throughout this book. Rather than search for music loops at this time, let's try something new to GarageBand 3 and browse the Podcast Sounds.


Click the Podcast Sounds View button to change the Loop Browser to the Podcast Sounds view.

The podcast sounds in the Loop Browser are neatly organized by Jingles, Stingers, Sound Effects, and Favorites. The Jingles and Stingers are prere-corded musical pieces you can use for your podcasts or videos. The Sound Effects can also come in handy for all types of projects including songs. Since this project was inspired by nature, adding some nature ambience to the piece would be nice.


In the first column of the Browser, click Sound Effects.

The Sound Effects column appears to the right, listing different sound effect categories.

The song 1-1 Alaska Sunrise could use some forest ambience with cheerful chirping birds to go with the mood of the music.


Select Ambience from the Sound Effects column.

The results list shows 14 different ambience sound effects.


The blue icon next to each of the sound effects indicates that it is a Real Instrument loop.


Click any of the sound effects in the results list to preview (listen to) the sound.

When previewing a Real Instrument file in the Loop Browser, the entire duration of the file will play and stop automatically at the end. You can stop the preview any time by clicking the file again or selecting another file to preview.


Press the up or down arrow keys to move up or down through the results list.


Select the Forest sound effect.

This sound effect should work well with the song, but the only way to be sure is to audition it with the music.

Auditioning Loops with a Song

Now that you have found a sound effect for the song, you can audition it to make sure it works before adding it to the project.


Press Return to move the playhead to the beginning of the song.


Press the spacebar, or click the Play button, to start playback.


In the search results, select the Forest sound effect to hear it with the song.

Sounds great. A little loud, but the volume can easily be adjusted once the loop is added to the project.


Audition a few more ambience effects with the music just for fun.


Press the spacebar to stop playback of both the sound effect loop and the song.

Once you have auditioned your loops and selected one that works, you can add it to the Timeline and make it part of the song, which will be the first thing we do in the next lesson.


Click the Loop Browser button to close the Loop Browser.

Adding Movies to the Media Browser and Timeline

There is one last thing to do in this tour-de-interface: see the exciting new Media Browser, where you can access the music, photos, and movies on your computer to add to your GarageBand projects.

To add a video clip to your project, you first need to show the video track in the Timeline.


Choose Track > Show Video Track.

The Video track appears at the top of the Timeline and the Track Info pane opens on the right side of the window.


In the lower-right corner of the GarageBand window, click the Media Browser button.

You can also open the Media Browser by choosing Control > Show Media Browser or by pressing Cmd-R.

The Media Browser appears on the right side of the GarageBand window.

The Media Browser lets you browse through the Movies, Photos, or Music (Audio) folders already on the computer. You can also access additional folders of audio, photos, or movies by simply dragging them from their current location on the computer to the appropriate pane of the Media Browser.

Adding a folder of media to the Media Browser creates a reference to that media in its current location on your computer and does not actually move the media.

The GarageBand 3 Lessons folder includes a Movies for GarageBand folder containing all of the movies you'll use for this book. Let's take a moment and add that folder to the Media Browser.

First, you'll need to move or resize the GarageBand window so that you can see the GarageBand 3 Lessons folder on the Desktop.


Drag the GarageBand window by the title bar at the top, or by the wooden side panels, toward the left to reveal the right half of your computer's Desktop.


If your GarageBand 3 Lessons folder is on the left side of the Desktop, drag the GarageBand window downward to reveal the folder. The important thing is to drag the GarageBand window so that you can still see the Media Browser onscreen.


Double-click the GarageBand 3 Lessons folder.


In the Media Browser, click the Movies button.

Now you'll add the Movies for GarageBand folder.


Drag the Movies for GarageBand folder from the GarageBand 3 Lessons folder to the Media Browser.

The Movies for GarageBand folder and its contents are now added to the GarageBand Media Browser.


In the Media Browser, click the Movies for GarageBand folder to see the contents, which are displayed in the lower pane of the Media Browser.


Move the GarageBand window back to its normal position on the screen.

Now that you've added the content to the Media Browser, you can add one of the movies to the project.


Drag the Alaska movie from the Media Browser to the Video Track in the GarageBand window.

An alert appears, warning you that there is no audio that can be used (because the video clip you are importing does not contain audio).


Click OK.

The Video Preview pane appears so that you can see the video as you play the project.


Play the project from the beginning to see and hear it with the video track.


This video is home movie footage from a trip to Alaska with my family, and isn't part of any documentary or professional production.