A patch contains the instrument, effects, and other settings that control the sound of a track. When you choose a patch, those settings are applied to the currently selected track. You can try a different sound for the track by choosing a different patch, as long as the patch is compatible with the track type.
You can choose a patch in the Library when you create a track, and choose a different patch at any time while you’re working. The Library always shows available patches for the currently selected track. You can search for patches by name in the Library.
Patches for audio tracks can include default effects settings. Patches for software instrument tracks include an instrument plug-in as well as effects settings.
If you have saved track instruments from a previous version of GarageBand, they appear along with patches when the corresponding track type is selected.
Choose a patch
You can view available patches for the selected track in the Library. When you create a new track, you can choose a patch from the Library, and choose a different patch for the selected track at any time.
A track can have only one patch for the length of a project, and you can only choose patches that match the track type of the selected track.
Choose A Patch For The Selected Track
1. Click the Library button Library button in the control bar (or double-click a track header) to open the Library.
2. Choose a patch category from the list on the left, then choose a patch from the list on the right.
You can quickly move through items in either list using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys, and move between lists using the Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys.
Search For Patches By Name
You can search for patches by name in the search field, located just below the patch icon in the Library. You can quickly compare the search results by selecting and playing them.
Search for patches
1. Select the track, then click the Library button Library button if the Library is not already open.
2. Enter search text in the search field.
Search results appear below the search field. You can audition patches by clicking them, then playing your connected instrument.
Save Custom Patches
You can save a patch’s settings in the Library and apply the settings to other instruments, or use them in another project.
You can delete a patch you created from the Library, but you can’t delete patches included with GarageBand.
Save a patch
- Select the track you want to use as a starting point for the custom patch.
- Change the patch settings by adjusting Smart Controls, or adding or adjusting plug-ins, until you have the sound you want.
- Click the Save button in the lower-right corner of the Library.
- In the dialog that appears, enter a name for the saved patch.
Custom patches are saved to a User Patches folder in the Library (created in the Library the first time you save a patch). You can use these patches in any GarageBand project.
Delete A Saved Patch
- Select the track, then click the Library button Library button if the Library is not already open.
- In the Library, select the patch to delete from the list on the right, then click Delete.
Important: After you delete a patch, it can’t be recovered for any project. Deleting a patch cannot be undone.
Control Timing With The Groove Track
You can set a track as a groove track, and match (synchronize) the timing of other tracks in the project to it. When you play the project, the timing of matched tracks adjusts to match the timing of the groove track.
Only one track in a project can be a groove track. You can select which tracks in the project match the timing of the groove track. When a track is set to match the groove track, time quantization is unavailable for that track.
Set The Groove Track
1. Control-click a track header, then choose Track Header Components > Show Groove Track from the shortcut menu.
2. Hold the pointer over the left edge of the header of the track you want to set as the groove track.
3. Click the star on the left edge of the track header.
Match other tracks to the groove track
- Select the Match Groove Track checkbox on the left side of each track’s header.
Tracks that aren’t selected won’t match the groove track.
Turn Off The Groove Track
- Click the star in the header of the current groove track to deselect it.
If a project contains Apple Loops, the original loop follows the groove track, but loop repetitions do not follow the groove track.
Undo And Redo Edits In GarageBand
You can undo your last edit operation if you change your mind, and redo an edit you have undone.
Undo your last edit operation
- Choose Edit > Undo (or press Command-Z).
- Choose Edit > Redo (or press Shift-Command-Z).
Download Additional Sounds And Loops GarageBand
After you install GarageBand on your computer, additional content—including patches, drummers, and Apple Loops—may be available.
Some additional content may be needed to perform certain tasks. In these instances, a dialog appears, informing you that additional content is needed, and asking if you want to download it.
In case the Sound Library is altered or stops working, you can reinstall the patches, loops, and other content in the Sound Library to its correct location.
Download Additional Sounds And Loops
- Choose GarageBand > Sound Library > Download All Available Sounds.
- In the dialog, click Get.
Reinstall The Sound Library
- Choose GarageBand > Sound Library > Reinstall Sound Library.
- In the dialog, click Reinstall.
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How To Get Help For GarageBand
GarageBand provides several ways for you to get answers to questions, learn about controls and functions while you’re working, and view detailed information about all aspects of the application. You can also view information directly in the application using the Quick Help feature.
In addition to being available from the GarageBand Help menu, GarageBand Help is available online using a web browser.
Get a brief description of windows, controls, and other elements of the GarageBand interface without leaving the application or interrupting your workflow. You can view Quick Help in a movable, floating window.
- To view Quick Help next to the pointer, choose Help > GarageBand Quick Help.
- To view Quick Help in a floating window, choose Help > Show Quick Help in Float Window.
See detailed information about the GarageBand interface, commands, and menus, and step-by-step instructions for creating GarageBand projects and for accomplishing specific tasks.
- To view GarageBand Help from within GarageBand, choose Help > GarageBand Help.
- To view GarageBand Help online, browse to https://help.apple.com/garageband/mac/.
For iPad users, the Logic Remote app (available from the App Store) lets you view detailed Help information on your iPad while you work in GarageBand.