How do I record several different instruments into separate tracks on Garageband?

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  1. Grad

    Grad Junior Member

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    I have a Macbook Pro and I want to be able to carry it to a friends' house and record some of our jam sessions. Is there a way to record several guitars, some vocals, and a harmonica all at the same time into Garageband? Can they go in as different tracks so I can adjust them later? If not...can I buy a cheap mixer and connect it to a USB interface like a Line 6 or M-Audio Fast Track which will feed the audio into Garageband?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. mattD

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    how you arm multiple tracks will depend on which version of GB you have. you can record up to 8 tracks simultaneously, to my knowledge. however, if you have a 4 channel usb interface then you will be limited to 4 armed tracks.

    Here is GB '11
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EhaHFY4rRU]YouTube - How to Multi Track in Garageband 11, iLife 11[/ame]

    and the same guy showing older version of GB:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21DUC_x_z5g]YouTube - How to record multiple tracks at a time using Garageband[/ame]

    for what it's worth Lewin has a ton of good GarageBand tutorials. There is even a series on mixing.
     
  3. BMS

    BMS Senior Member

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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I agree and think gb is limited to 8ch. multitrack and the number of inputs on your interface....going beyond that will require logicpro which i am not ready to mess with yet

    one trick: run your guitar into an a/b/y box and send the two feeds into your interface, say channel 1&2. Enable the multitrack recording and you can record two guitar tracks at a time...
     
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    Thanks mattD. Thank you so much.
     
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    we have an electronic drum set and we plan to record the drum parts through midi into logic via a midi interface. i would like to be able to record each drum pad into a separate track so that each drum part can be treated independantly, i.e. different compression or eq for the kick, snare etc.


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