Saving Your Song

Now that you have successfully recorded a Software Instrument region, it's a good idea to save the changes you've made to the song.

You can also Save As to save a new version of the song with a different name. Let's try that for this exercise.

To Save As, you can either press Shift-Cmd-S, or choose File > Save As.


Choose File > Save As.

A Save As window appears so you can change the song name and location.


Change the name to Alaska Sunrise (delete the 2-1) in the Name field.

If you have been working with 1-1 Alaska Sunrise from Lesson 1, change the name to Alaska Sunrise also.


Click the blue downward-pointing arrow to the right of the Save As field for an expanded view of the Save As window (if it is not already expanded).

The window extends to show the expanded view. If you were already looking at the expanded view, clicking the upward-pointing arrow takes you back to the minimized view. Click the downward-pointing arrow again to see the full window.


Select the My GarageBand Projects folder on your computer's Desktop as the destination for your files.


Creating the My GarageBand Projects folder was part of the last exercise in Lesson 1. If you didn't complete Lesson 1 and don't have a My GarageBand Projects folder, click the Desktop in the sidebar, then click the New Folder button at the bottom of the Save As window and create the folder.

GarageBand offers several additional save options. The first save option is to Save as Archive, which saves all of the media for a project into the project, including the movie and all loops, so that you can move it to another Mac and continue working. Saving a file as an archive is only necessary at the end of a project, or if you're moving it. So you can leave this option deselected until needed.

The Compact Project option, new in GarageBand 3, lets you reduce the size of a project to make it easy for sharing. You'll work with this feature in Lesson 10. For now, leave this option deselected as well.


Make sure the Hide Extension option is selected. If it isn't, select it now.

Now the .band extension will be hidden from your saved project.


The .band extension is useful if you are copying your projects to a computer or server that may not have the application installed. The .band extension makes it easier for the new computer to recognize or maintain the GarageBand file format. However, since you will be using one computer for the lessons in this book, let's leave the Hide Extension option selected to hide the extension on all the files you save as GarageBand projects. (Note that the default setting for GarageBand is to hide the .band extension.) Hiding the extension is not the same as deleting the extension. You never want to delete a file extension from a filename because then applications won't recognize or open the file.


Click Save to save the song into the My GarageBand Projects folder.

Apple Training Series GarageBand 3
Apple Training Series: GarageBand 3
ISBN: 0321421655
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 134
Authors: Mary Plummer
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