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How to record multiple tracks in GarageBand on iPad & iPhone

Learn how to get to grips with the mutliple tracks in the Tracks view of GarageBand for iPad and iPhone

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mainThe Tracks view in GarageBand is essentially your mobile musical post-production suite. You’ll probably be in the numerous Instrument views while you’re actually recording your music but, when it comes to editing, the Tracks view is where you’ll be spending most of your time. It’s the perfect place to edit your tracks, with a simple double-tap on the screen opening up a wide range of options, from getting inside your keyboard recordings and changing each individual note to looping a recording.

However, even if you get all your takes right first time, the Tracks view is still a great way to tune your song in different ways, by muting or soloing the different instruments you’ve used, adjusting each track’s volume, or even adding reverb and echo effects.

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1 Access your tracks

Once you’re done recording, tap the Tracks view button (the three broken lines to the left of the Play controls) to access this view. These are the tracks that you have just laid down.

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2 Get more options

Tap any instrument on the left side of the screen, then drag your finger from left to right to open up a new menu. Here you can control each instrument’s track separately.

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3 Adjust the volume

You can change a track’s volume by dragging on the slider to the left of its picture. Play your piece. If the slider bar goes into the red, you may want to lower the track’s volume.

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4 Solo and mute

To stop a track from playing, tap the Mute (speaker) icon. If you want only that track to play, tap the Solo (headphones) icon. These can be done while your music is playing.

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5 Rearrange your tracks

Sometimes, the order in which you record your tracks isn’t how you want to arrange them. To re-order, tap and hold the track you want to move, then drag it to where you want it to be.

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6 Merge tracks

You can only have eight tracks, so it makes sense to merge similar ones. Tap once on a selected track’s instrument, then tap Merge and choose the tracks you wish to combine.

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7 Trimming tracks

Merging our vocal tracks has made the region far longer than the rest of the song. To trim it, tap once on the recording, then drag the yellow trim handles to resize the regio

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8 Add reverb

To add echo and/or reverb to a specific track, select one and then tap the slider button on the top bar (to the right of the loop). Adjust the Echo and Reverb levels to suit your song.

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9 Adjust song length

Your recordings may not fit with GarageBand’s default project length. To change this, tap the ‘+’ icon in the top-right and then tap the section. Choose the number of bars you wish to use.

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