Saving and Closing Your Project

Saving and Closing Your Project

The last step is to save your finished project. For this exercise, you'll do a basic save. In the later lessons, you'll learn about the other GarageBand save features. To save the project, first you'll open the Save As window, then you'll create a new folder to save all of your GarageBand book projects.


Choose File > Save As.

An alert appears asking if you'd like to save your project with an iLife preview.

This saving method is great for finished projects, but takes longer to save, and is not necessary until you are ready to share the project with other iLife applications. You'll save files with iLife Preview in Lesson 10.


Click the Do not ask me again box on the Alert. Then click No.

The Save As dialog opens.


To expand the Save As dialog, click the downward pointing arrow at the right side of the Save As field.


Click the Desktop icon on the Sidebar (left side) of the Save As window.

You've now selected the Desktop as the location to save your project.


Click the New Folder button, located in the lower-left corner of the window.

A New Folder dialog opens.


Type My GarageBand Projects in the "Name of new folder" field. Click Create.

The new folder is created on your Desktop.


In the Save As window, click Save.


Press Cmd-W or choose File > Close Project.

Your project has been successfully saved to the folder you created on your Desktop and closed.

Congratulations! You completed the first lesson in the book, and have a good working knowledge of the GarageBand basic interface.

Now you're ready to move on to the next lesson.

Lesson Review


What are three ways that you can launch Garageband?


How can you move or resize the GarageBand window?


Where in the interface can you see the current playhead position?


Which keys on the computer keyboard are shortcuts to move the playhead one measure at a time?


What are the four different colored musical regions in the Timeline?


Where can you find and preview the over 1,000 audio files that come with GarageBand?


What is the difference between Software Instrument regions and Real Instrument regions?



Double-click the application icon in the Finder, click once on the Garage-Band icon in the Dock, or double-click any GarageBand song file.


To move the GarageBand window, click and drag any edge of the window. To resize the window, drag the resize control in the lower-right corner of the window.


You can see the playhead position in the time display or the Beat Ruler.


You can move the playhead one measure at a time left or right with the left and right arrow keys.


The four different colored regions are: purple Real Instrument recordings, blue Real Instrument Apple Loops, green Software Instrument recordings and Apple Loops, and orange imported Real instrument regions.


You can find and preview the different loops in the Loop Browser.


Software Instrument regions include MIDI information, and each note can be edited or modified. Real Instrument regions are digital recordings of audio waveforms, and the individual notes cannot be edited.

Chapter 2. Working with Tracks in the Timeline

Lesson Files

GarageBand 3 Lessons > Lesson_02 > 2-1 Alaska Sunrise


This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.


Understand tracks


Work with the Track Info pane


Use the time display as a reference


Add and extend a loop region in the Timeline


Use the onscreen keyboard


Add a Software Instrument track


Record a basic Software Instrument part


Create a cycle region


Delete a region from the Timeline


Change a track's icon and instrument


Save a project

In this lesson, you'll learn how to work with tracks. Sure, that doesn't sound like much fununtil you get a better perspective on the power of tracks. Have you ever heard of a 4-track recorder? In its time, the 4-track revolutionized the music industry as much as the mouse revolutionized computers. The 4-track recorder made it possible to record four different instrument tracks one at a time, and play them back all mixed together. Eventually, 4-track recorders were replaced by 8-track recorders, and finally by digital recording.

What does that mean to you? For one thing, you don't have to limit your songs to four tracks. In fact, you can have up to 255 Real Instrument tracks or 64 Software Instrument tracks, depending on the speed of your computer. Chances are, most of your songs can be arranged in 10 or fewer tracks, but it's nice to know that if you need more tracks, they're there for you.

This lesson focuses on the different types of tracks. You'll learn to add, delete, and change tracks, as well as evaluate tracks to determine how well they fit with the song.