Stereo Placement of Drums in Garageband?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by gvdv, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. gvdv macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Is there any way of doing stereo drums in Garage Band 3 using the software kits in Garage Band? (Panning various parts of the kid across the stereo 'picture').

    The only way that I can think of is by duplicating tracks, panning each track to a different position, and deleting the instruments so that only one instrument is on each track (e.g., tom on track 1, panned +85, cymbal track 2 panned -85, hi hat track 3 panned -65).

    Presuming that the above works, would it be possible to then 'join' the tracks and have the individual instruments retain the individual panning settings?

    Or, if the above works, maybe that is when one would choose inputs 1 & 2 as 'destinations' for the drums.

    Is there any other way of doing this?

  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    The best way to do this in Garage Band is to have one instrument or part of a drum kit per track. When you're finished mixing your stuff, you can merge all the tracks while retaining all your stereo and effect settings by sending the song to itunes ("share" in the menu bar). This will create a mixdown that you can simply drag back to Garage Band as a single stereo track.
  3. gvdv thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Jolly Jimmy,
    Thanks so much for telling me this. I would never have got to it on my own because I tried creating different parts of a kit in different tracks and combining them *in GarageBand* and found that the last ('top') track wrote over the others.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to reply as nobody else here, or on other forums, has.

    I have another question, too, but to be fair to others here (who, like me, may want to do searches and see this in a separate thread), I'm going to post it in a separate thread. I do hope that you reply.

    I'm calling it 'Working on GarageBand Files On The Internet'.

    Thanks, once again,

  4. gvdv thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Although not quite the same thing, because this does not result in placing various drums in the stereo 'picture' it is possible to build a drum track quickly and easily by using the 'cycle' function (in the Software Instrument mode) to build up a drum track.

    In this mode, GB will keep looping from the beginning to end of a user defined region until stop is pressed, allowing one to build a track by adding instruments/sounds to the region with each pass.

    In the Real Instrument cycle mode, what one records each time is recorded over the previous recording, erasing that previous recording.

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