When it comes to loops and tracks the mix and match in GarageBand, we are talking about one of my personal favourites. It is the most impressive features on GarageBand since its release, the inclusion of a large gallery of pre-recorded audio clips called Loops that you can insert in your projects. This also turns out to be every artist’s favourite feature about using this app, Loops are fun and creative and can be edited and customised to fill out spaces in your soundtrack, so easily.
FYI, All Loops included in the library are also completely royalty-free so you can use them on monetised projects without having to worry about copyright infringement. You can also create loops on Windows if you install garageband on PC. Here’s the guide.
In this article we will take a look at different kinds of the loop, how they function and how to add them to your tracks:
How to Add Loops in GarageBand?
- Go to the top right-hand side corner of your screen, you will see a tab with three icons, click on the Loops icon (the second one)
- The Apple Loop library will now open up which contains thousands of Loops that you can choose from to use in your project.
- Click on any Loop once, to listen to it.
- Once you find a loop that you like, click on it, drag and drop it to add it to your project.
If you don’t have a track set up for your project, you can just drag the loop into a blank space of your project and it will automatically create a new track for that loop.
How to Duplicate Loops in a Project?
To duplicate a loop in your project hover and hold your cursor on the top half of the loop towards the end of the track and a Loop pointer will appear. You can simply drag this pointer and duplicate the Loop as many times as you want.
Alternatively, you can also copy and paste your Loops. Click on the loop you want to duplicate and use the keyboard shortcut “Command+C” to copy, then move the play-head to where you want your copied Loops to go and hit the keyboard shortcut “Command+V” to paste. You can then paste and duplicate the Loop as many times as you want to.
In the latest version of GarageBand 10, you have the additional option to loop the loop for the full length of your project. For this, click on the Loop and just tap the L key on your keyboard.
How Do Loops work?
GarageBand has three types of Loops: the Blue, Green and recently added to the latest version – the Yellow Loops.
The Blue Loops function just like any Live audiotape would, which means the edit options available for these are the same as live audios, I hear you, it is not a lot as compared to the other Loops but these generally sound a lot better in quality. In professional audio, quality matters over quantity.
The Green Loops, on the other hand, function like any MIDI tape would, which means that in the MIDI editor, you can adjust the performance any way you want to – change the timing or the pitch of a note, etc. You can even copy and duplicate notes to change up the line This is especially useful if you like the melody of a Loop but not the instrument playing it, you can edit and change that.
The Yellow Loops, which are the latest additions available in GarageBand 10 are drummer tracks that can be customized to play along with your song. The best thing about Loops is that there is no restriction to the number of Loops you can use in the project.
The Loop Library
GarageBand has an inbuilt loops Library where you can search for Loops using a large selection of criteria like genres and instrument types. At the top of the window, next to Loop packs, you’ll find ‘all genres’ and a drop-down menu that you can use to refine your search by genre type. Below that, you will also find the instrument, genre, and moods tabs, and you can use one, two or all three of these filters to narrow down your search.
To further refine your search, some loops have a key signature next to them, along with a tempo value and the amounts of beats that they last for. By clicking the top of any of these columns, you can change the order of the loops based on Key, tempo, or beats. This can be especially handy if you’re looking for a specific key or tempo.