Garageband: Tips for recording guitar riff and making into seamless loop?

leverage7

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Jul 12, 2007
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Hello,

I recently have been playing around with garageband 3 and attempted to record a guitar loop using the line in as my input. The problem I am having is getting it to sound seamless when I drag the loop to repeat. I can always hear where the loop ends and begins (almost sounds like a static pop sometimes, others it just doesn't sound natural) and I've tried splitting and trimming many times and can not get it to sound seamless. I am using the metronome and am staying in time as far as I can tell. Are there any tips, tricks, or methods to accomplishing this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Garageband Newbie
 

zimv20

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Jul 18, 2002
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the start and end of your loop should be at a zero crossing. look down to the section called Click and Clack the Edit Brothers.

(i don't use GB, so i don't know how good the waveform edit tools are. this is where pro tools is brilliant)
 

leverage7

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Jul 12, 2007
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the start and end of your loop should be at a zero crossing. look down to the section called Click and Clack the Edit Brothers.

(i don't use GB, so i don't know how good the waveform edit tools are. this is where pro tools is brilliant)

Thanks! I tried to install Pro Tools Free version but it said it wasn't supported when I clicked to install. Are there any free tools where I can do cross-fades and the methods described in your link and re-import into garageband?

Thanks again,
Ben
 

QuarterSwede

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Oct 1, 2005
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Just some advice. I don't use Garageband for any waveform editing because it does some quirky things (it refuses to do anything less than 30 sec, pops and click are noticeable at the end of loops, etc). I use Audacity which is a free basic editor that does quite a good job and then reimport to GB.
 

leverage7

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Jul 12, 2007
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Just some advice. I don't use Garageband for any waveform editing because it does some quirky things (it refuses to do anything less than 30 sec, pops and click are noticeable at the end of loops, etc). I use Audacity which is a free basic editor that does quite a good job and then reimport to GB.
Thanks for the advice, I'll try audacity when I get home tonight.
 

zimv20

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I tried to install Pro Tools Free version but it said it wasn't supported
yeah, it never made the transition to osx. the audacity suggestions are good ones. the waveform editing techniques are universal, you don't necessarily need PT in order to perform them.