Record additional software instrument takes

When you’re recording, you can record multiple versions, or takes, in quick succession. Later, you can preview the take recordings and choose the one you want to use in the project.

During recording, any adjustments to knobs or other controls in the Smart Controls area are recorded as region-based automation. You can use MIDI Draw to edit the Smart Controls Recording later.

Record multiple MIDI takes

  1. Choose GarageBand > Preferences.

  2. In General preferences, choose Create Takes from the “Cycle on” pop-up menu.

  3. 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.
  4. Click the Record button Record button in the control bar (or press R) to start recording.

    Recording starts automatically at the beginning of the defined cycle area.

  5. Use your MIDI keyboard, Musical Typing window, or onscreen keyboard to play some notes. Record as many cycle passes as you wish.

    Note: Each previously recorded take is automatically muted during recording.

  6. Click the Stop button Stop button in the control bar (or press the Space bar) to stop recording.

    The selected track contains a closed take folder with multiple take regions inside.