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iLife Tutorial: Record and edit Magic GarageBand tracks

Not only is it possible to play along with Magic GarageBand, but you can edit the tracks too...

If you are any kind of musician then you’ll know that practice makes perfect.
It’s a universal rule and one that, if kept to, can improve your skills dramatically – even over a short period of time. As a Mac user you have a fantastic practice tool at your disposal in the form of GarageBand. The free music suite that comes pre-loaded on all new Macs is a total powerhouse, and one of the many unsung features is Magic GarageBand. Often regarded as a bit of a gimmick, Magic GarageBand actually has the power to be incredibly useful for musicians wishing to practice in a live situation without inviting the band or orchestra round to rehearse. It comes pre-loaded with nine styles for you to play along with and, as an added bonus, you can delve into any of these and edit them so they are tailored to suit your needs. As you would expect, the process is simplicity itself. Users of older Macs may find that Magic GarageBand takes a few minutes to load, but just be patient as the system is a little heavy on the processors.