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Sep 22, 2009

Tutorial: Quickly duplicate GarageBand tracks

by iCreate Team

When you need to double-up some sounds, add effects or just need an exact replica of an existing track in GarageBand, there’s a handy method to help you save time

Picture 1When you need to double-up some sounds, add effects or just need an exact replica of an existing track in GarageBand, there’s a handy method to help you save time

There are plenty of reasons why a GarageBand user would want to duplicate a track. For starters, you may need to boost the volume of a particularly quiet track. With two identical tracks playing side by side, the volume is naturally increased. You might want to add effects to a portion of a track and then return it to the original sound. You can easily do this by applying the chosen effect to a duplicate track and trimming out the original for the duration of the effect. You can also duplicate MIDI tracks and then alter the notes within one of the tracks to create harmonies. There are then many uses for track duplication, but how is it done? This quick tip will show you how to quickly make a carbon copy of a track to save time and provide more creative options.

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1: Select and duplicate
Start by selecting the track you wish to duplicate in the main GarageBand timeline. You can now hit Cmd+D or choose Duplicate Track from the Track menu to perform the duplication.

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2: Copy the contents
The track, but not its content, will now be duplicated. In order to copy the instrument track or loop to the duplicate track, hold down the Alt key when clicking the content and drag it to the new track.

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    • dyl

      I have a movie track that i am adding sound to. If i had a loop or two that like and want them to continue for the whole movie – is there a way to duplicate them automatically for the whole movie? (about 9 mins long). Holding down option and dragging will take too long…

      Cheers
      D

    • Nate4134

      its Command+D.