Saving Your Finished Project

Saving Your Finished Project

You're now finished with the song Alaska Sunrise. Let's save the project one last time.


Close the Track Info pane (if it is still open).


Press Cmd-S to save the current project.

That's it. You're ready to move on to the next lesson where you'll work extensively with Software Instruments to create the theme song to use for the opening of a show or podcast.

Lesson Review


How can you add a new track in the Timeline automatically with a loop from the Loop Browser?


Name three of the four ways to show the Track Info pane.


What track information is shown in the Track Info pane?


How do you change a track's name in the Timeline?


Which one of these three is the first step to delete a region from the Timeline: click the track header for the track containing the region, click the empty space within the track, or click the region itself?


What is a cycle region, and how do you access it?


When you mute a track, what happens to the regions within the track?


What steps are necessary to record a Software Instrument region in a new track?


Name two features found on the onscreen keyboard.


The onscreen keyboard changes its MIDI instrument to match what selection in the Timeline?



Drag the loop from the Loop Browser below the bottom track of the Timeline and release the mouse.


Click the Track Info button, press Cmd-I, choose Track > Show Track Info, or double-click a track's header.


The type of track, track's instrument category and instrument, icon, and, if it is a Real Instrument track, the track's recording settings. The Track Info pane will also show a Video Preview if the project includes a Video Track.


Click and pause over the track's name, then type a new name in the highlighted name field.


To delete a region, click and select only that region. Then press Delete. Selecting the track will select all regions within that track.


A cycle region plays a selected portion of the Timeline over and over; turn it on by clicking the Cycle button in the transport controls.


The regions in a muted track turn gray to indicate they have been silenced.


To record a Software Instrument region in a new track, you first create a new track. Then in the Track Info pane, you choose Software Instrument as the track type and choose the track's instrument category and instrument. You also need to make sure the track's Record Enable button is turned on and the playhead is in position. Finally, you click the Record button to begin.


You can resize the keyboard, use the overview to quickly change the range of notes, and control the velocity of the played notes depending on where you click.


The selected Software Instrument track.

Chapter 3. Editing and Recording Software Instruments

Lesson Files

GarageBand 3 Lessons > Lesson 3 > 3-1 Edit Recording


This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.


Monitor and minimize processor load


Split, trim, and join a Software Instrument region in the Timeline


Change a track's instrument


Work with project tempo


Start a new song and set its properties


Use the metronome to record a basic drum part


Record a multipass drum region using a cycle region

You already have a basic understanding of the GarageBand window, and you have some experience working with tracks. Now it's time to dive in and start filling those tracks with custom music that you create with Software Instruments.

In this lesson, you are going to learn editing and recording techniques for building music with Software Instrument regions. You'll also learn how to change the tempo, record your own beats, and split, join, and change instruments for Software Instrument tracks in the Timeline.