GarageBand Recording: How Do You Start A New Project In GarageBand MAC?

GarageBand Recording: How Do You Start A New Project In GarageBand MAC? You start working in GarageBand by creating a new project or opening an existing one. A project is the document that contains all your recordings, the location of media files you add, and all the changes you make. Each project has a set of properties, including a tempo, time signature, and key signature, which you can define when you create the project, and change later while you’re working.

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For information about creating, saving, and deleting GarageBand projects, see Create, save, and delete projects. The basic elements of a GarageBand project include tracks, regions, and patches.


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The horizontal rows in the Tracks area are called tracks. Tracks help you organize and control the sound of the recordings, loops, and other material in a project. You record your performances on tracks, and arrange the regions representing the recordings, loops, and other material in a project on tracks. There are several types of tracks you can use in a GarageBand project:

  • Audio tracks: Can contain audio recordings, audio Apple Loops, and imported audio files.
  • Software instrument tracks: Can contain software instrument recordings, software instrument Apple Loops, and imported MIDI files.
  • Drummer tracks: Can contain Drummer regions, and are used in conjunction with the Drummer Editor.

There are additional track types used to control aspects of the overall project, including the master track, Arrangement track, Tempo track, Transposition track, and Movie track.
For more information about working with tracks, see Tracks overview. For information about arranging regions in the Tracks area, see Arranging overview.


Regions are the building blocks of a project. Each time you make a recording, drag an Apple Loop to the Tracks area, or add a media file to your project, a region representing the recording or file appears in the Tracks area. Regions appear as rounded rectangles in the Tracks area. Different types of regions correspond to different track types.

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  • Audio regions contain audio recordings, audio Apple Loops, or an imported audio file. When you edit the region in the Tracks area or the Audio Editor, the original audio file is not changed.
  • MIDI regions contain notes and other MIDI data, such as controller information. They are stored as part of the project, but can also be saved as individual files.
  • Drummer regions are similar to MIDI regions, but are generated automatically.

In the Tracks area, you can move, copy, and work with regions in a variety of ways to build your arrangement. You can also edit audio regions in the Audio Editor, edit MIDI regions in the Piano Roll Editor and the Score Editor, and edit Drummer regions in the Drummer Editor. For more information about working with regions, see What are regions? For more information about regions in the Tracks area, see Arranging overview.

For information about editing audio regions, see Audio Editor overview. For information about editing MIDI regions, see Piano Roll Editor overview. For information about editing Drummer regions, see Drummer Editor overview.


You can control the sound of the tracks in your project using patches. You can choose a patch for a track in the Library when you create the track, choose a different patch later while you’re working, and save custom patches in the Library.
For more information about working with patches, see Patches overview.

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You start working in GarageBand by creating a new project. In the Project Chooser, you can choose a template to use as the starting point for a new project. Each project has project properties: project tempo, key, and time signature. You can set project properties when you create a project, and change them later while you’re working. For more information about project properties, see Project properties overview. If you no longer want to keep a project, you can delete it from your computer.

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1. Choose File > New (or press Command-N).

2. In the Project Chooser, select an option from the list on the left:

  • To see all available project templates: Click New Project.
  • To see recently opened projects: Click Recent.

3. Select a template.

4. To edit project settings for the project, click the Details triangle in the lower-left part of the Project Chooser and do any of the following:

  • To set the project tempo: Drag the Tempo slider, enter a tempo in the Tempo field, or click the Tap Tempo button several times.
  • To set the project key: Choose a key from the Key Signature pop-up menu, then click Major or Minor.
  • To set the project time signature: Click the arrows to change the selected number, or double-click the time signature and enter a new time signature.
  • To set the audio input: Choose an input source from the Audio Input pop-up menu (for audio tracks only).
  • To set the audio output: Choose an output (device) from the Audio Output pop-up menu.

5. Click Choose.

  • The new project opens.


1. Choose File > Open (or press Command-O).

2. Locate and select the file, then click Open.

You can also open a GarageBand project by dragging it onto the GarageBand icon in the Dock.


Do one of the following:

  • Choose File > Open Recent, then choose your project.
  • In the Project Chooser, click Recent, then double-click the project.

You can clear all items in the Open Recent submenu by choosing Clear Menu.


  • Choose File > Save.

The first time you save a new project, the Save dialog appears. In the Save dialog, you can type a name for the project and choose the location to save it.


  • Choose File > Save As.

In the Save As dialog, enter a new name for the project, then click Save.

How do I delete GarageBand files?


1. Locate the project in the Finder.

  • By default, projects are saved in the GarageBand subfolder in the Music folder on your computer.

2. Drag the project to the Trash.

  • If you later decide you want to keep the project, you can drag it out of the Trash if you haven’t emptied the Trash. After you empty the Trash, the project cannot be recovered.

3. Choose Finder > Empty Trash.