Garage Band

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  1. cgarman29 macrumors newbie

    cgarman29

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    I have an iMac and I use Garage Band a lot. I'm trying to record Just Like Heaven in 3/4 time but I don't see any drum loops in 3/4. Can i adjust the drum loops to be 3/4 or do I need to buy some?
     
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020

    dXTC

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    There are a small amount of loops included with GarageBand that are 3/4 time. If you look at a list of loops, there is a column with the number of beats in that loop. Look for 6 or 12. You'll have to set GarageBand for 3/4 time as well.

    Of course, you could "roll your own" using the built-in drum kits. If you have a pretty good feel for rhythm, you probably won't find it difficult. Once they're created, Software Instrument note loops work more or less the same way as audio loops.
     
  3. cgarman29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    cgarman29

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    I have created a few loops but obviously if there is one already, then it saves me some time. Thank you for the info though.

    There is definitely no way to alter the loop to play faster/slower to fit the time signature?
     
  4. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    The number of beats in an Apple Loop is preset; Garage Band won't allow you to alter how those beats fall in your project. Logic Express/Pro may, but GarageBand's editing functions are quite limited in comparison.

    There's a workaround you could do, though. GarageBand does allow you to shorten an Apple Loop beat by beat, the same way that it extends a loop over several measures. You could shorten a given Apple Loop to 3 beats, then copy and paste that shortened loop three times more (giving four total 3-beat snippets).

    Then you can make those snippets consecutive, mute all other tracks, and export the track to a WAV or AIFF file. You can then paste that file back to your project as four measures in 3/4 time.

    It's one heckuva convoluted workaround, admittedly, but there it is.
     

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