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I just watched two different videos on two different sites where the sound was echoed coming out of my MacBook speakers. By echo, I mean imagine adding an echo effect in GarageBand. Is this some sort of weird setting I set off?
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I tried using a little mic plugged into the jack nearst the headphone jack and it's not working. Is that not a mic port?
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You probably need an amplified mic. What application are you using to record from your present mic?
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You probably need an amplified mic. What application are you using to record from your present mic?
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I'm trying to keep track of all my tracks in GarageBand, but I can't seem to rename them anything other than the default "No Effects"
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Double/triple click where it says No Effects, you should get a text edit box appear

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You need to make sure that monitoring is ticked in order to hear it back too.

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macbooks have internal mics as well. make sure you change your input from internal to line.
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That's a line-in port. Basically that means it'll only record signals at the level they come in at - it won't amplify them in any way. You'll either need to connect your mic to an external amplifier or buy a USB or Firewire audio interface with a built-in preamp.
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That's a line-in port. Basically that means it'll only record signals at the level they come in at - it won't amplify them in any way. You'll either need to connect your mic to an external amplifier or buy a USB or Firewire audio interface with a built-in preamp.
Yeah I plugged the guitar into that and it recorded the guitar to GarageBand.

Just something to chew on if you ever want to connect a bass guitar or guitar to your MB. Make sure you get the right cables though. A standard amp cable won't do Radioshack should have some things to do that.

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Let's say you have 3 components to a chorus: rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and vocal. You want these 3 components to be exactly the same during all the song's choruses. How can I combine these 3 components into one whole track? Currently I have to copy and paste each track and line them up for each chorus. I'd prefer, and it makes much more sense, to combine them into one whole track instead of a bunch of little ones that I have to mess with for each chorus section.
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Let's say you have 3 components to a chorus: rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and vocal. You want these 3 components to be exactly the same during all the song's choruses. How can I combine these 3 components into one whole track?
You would need to export them as a separate file, (for sake of example, let's say AIFF) and then insert that AIFF in the Master Project where applicable.
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Currently I have to copy and paste each track and line them up for each chorus.
On the contrary, I find that it is smarter to do this. Keeping your Master tracks separated allows you more control over them.
When you cobble them together into one track, you lose practically all of your editing ability for future recordings or mixes that would use the same tracks.
Copying each track/region is the preferred method, and while it can be tedious at times, makes the most sense.

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If that's the preferred method, what's the best way to do it? I'm doing it by eye, but it seems like there should be a way to hone in on the minutes/seconds between each track.
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If you look at the transport area, click either the down/up arrow until you're showing minutes and seconds. Then you can zoom in and drag the file to wherever you please.

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Thanks. What about fading in a track? I know you can Fade Out from the menu, but I can't seem to figure out fade in.
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