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How to split, join and arrange Regions in GarageBand OS X

Learn to gain even more control over your recordings

Regions are the building blocks of any GarageBand project, and learning how to work with them is the key to becoming a real master of this amazing app. Whether it’s a MIDI arrangement, sound recording or Drummer track, every time you start and stop recording in GarageBand you’ll have created a region.

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If you’re using a metronome to record and keeping time well while you do so, you’ll find it incredibly easy to change the structure of your song or podcast by simply moving around your regions, joining them together or splitting them up as necessary. It saves a lot of time re-recording and enables you to focus much more on that all-important song structure. Read on and find out how to master region editing in your projects.

Step-by-step: Edit Regions in GarageBand


1 Pick a point

Start by selecting a region in your project (if you’ve recorded from a microphone these will be blue) and dragging the playhead to where you’d like to split it into two.


2 Split ’em up

With your playhead in place, hit Cmd+T on your keyboard or head to Edit>Split Regions at Playhead to split your selection into two separate regions for further editing.


3 Become a joiner

To join two separate or split regions, they’ll need to be next to each other on the same track (horizontal lines in your project). Hold Shift, select both and hit Command+J.


4 Get a move on

Re-arranging regions is as easy as clicking and dragging them to a different location, be it up onto a new track or left or right, changing their timing in the project.



Step-by-step: Loop and length


Editing your project’s regions doesn’t stop at joining, splitting or moving them. There’s plenty more you can do. Here are a couple more tips to help your editing workflow…

1 Going loopy

Place your cursor in the top-right corner of a region and the pointer will change into a looping arrow. Click and drag and you’ll extend the region and loop the recording.


2 Cut it down

Audio recordings often include some unwanted sound either side of a take. To get rid of this, click and drag in the bottom-right of your region to shorten its length.