Record multiple audio takes

When you’re recording, you can record multiple versions, or takes, in quick succession. This technique can be especially helpful when you’re improvising a lead or solo part and want to capture several versions while you’re feeling inspired. Later, you can preview the take recordings and choose the one you want to use in the project.

Record multiple takes to an audio track

  1. Drag left or right in the top part of the ruler.

    The cycle area appears as a yellow strip in the ruler, and Cycle mode is automatically turned on.

    Figure. Showing the yellow cycle area in the ruler.
  2. GarageBand includes a metronome, which plays a steady beat to help you play in time while recording. You can turn this on or off using the Metronome button Metronome button in the control bar.

  3. Click the Count-in button Count-in button in the control bar to have the metronome play a one- or two-bar count-in before recording starts.

    Note: For the initial setup, choose Record > Count-in, then choose a measure.

  4. Click the Record button Reord button in the control bar (or press R) to start recording.

    Recording starts automatically at the beginning of the defined cycle area. Record as many cycle passes as you wish. After the second cycle pass, a take folder is created on the track. Each subsequent cycle pass is added to the take folder.

    Figure. Showing a take folder recording in the Tracks area.
  5. Click the Stop button Stop button in the control bar (or press the Space bar) after you finish capturing cycle passes.