GarageBand

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Getting Started

  1. timeline
  2. track headers
    • Record Enable button (red circle) turns on track for recording
    • Mute button (speaker icon) silences the track
    • Solo button (headphone icon) hear the track by itself
    • Lock track (padlock) - locks the track from editing
    • triangle - show track's automation curves (and effects)
    • Pan dial - adjust position of track in stereo
    • Volume slider (level meter above gives feedback)
  3. Zoom slider - bottom left, adjusts how much you see in timeline.
  4. Add track and editor buttons - bottom left, add a track, and toggle editor visibility
  5. Transport controls - record, stop and start play, go to beginning, rewind, fast forward, cycle region toggle
  6. LCD display - 5 modes, time, measures, chord, tuner, Project. Icons at left side of LCD to choose mode.
  7. Master volume and slider - watch for clipping!
  8. Loop Browser, Track Info, Media Browser

Timeline

  1. Beat Ruler the top
  2. Tracks stacked underneath
  3. Master track at the bottom - Use automation curves in the master track to add a fade-in or fade-out, change tempo, transpose parts of the project to a different key.
  4. Playhead - cut and copied items are pasted at the playhead position
  5. Arrange track - the sections underneath the beat ruler, for intro, chorus, verse, like tabs on a web browser that can be rearranged.
  6. Grid Button - topmost right corner - toggle choosing a note value for timeline, or default to automatic
  7. Regions - the things that make up the stack. The sine wave audio signals dance around within these.
  8. Automation Curve - thing in the master track

Editor

  • The scissors next to the plus sign, bottom left - "like a microscope showing a close-up view of the region
  • Edit
  • loop browser
  • editor
  • track info pane