Apple Loops

Dean Davis
A free video tutorial from Dean Davis
Songwriter, Producer, Music Instructor
4.4 instructor rating • 5 courses • 24,009 students

Lecture description

What if I told you that GarageBand offers you an immensely creative band member who plays every instrument imaginable and this band member allows you to use any of his ideas in your songs for free?!  Let me introduce you to Apple Loops!

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English [Auto] In this video we're going to talk about how to use the Apple loops that come free with Garage Band loops are fun and creative music clips that you can import into your projects. Once again garage band is made using this feature as easy as A few clicks. So let's dive in and see how to use loops in your projects. First you'll go to the top right hand side of your screen and click on the loop's button. This will open up the apple loop's library where there's more than 1000. Fun and creative ways for you to use in your projects to listen to any loop within the library. Simply click on the blue or green icon next to the loop you want to hear. Then when you find one you like just drag it right into your project. I want to pause here and show you the loop POINAR tool. Hold your cursor over the end of an audio track in the top half of that track and the loop pointer will appear. This allows you to drag and duplicate the audio clip as many times as you need to. This is a handy tool and you can use it with any audio quit. Not just loops you can use it for all of your live audio tapes and many takes as well. Now let's keep talking about how loops work in your project. If you don't have a track set up to drag your loop into simply drag it into the blank space of your project and it will create a new track just for that loop. Now that I'd drag the green loop into this project let's talk about the difference in how blue and green loops work. Blue loops function just like any live audio take. So when you open the edit window you'll see the same options available as you would for any live audio take green loops on the other hand function just like a mini take. Which means in a midi editor you can adjust their performance any way you want to. You can change the timing or the pitch of a note. You can even copy and duplicate notes change up the line. You can drag and drop as many loops as you want to to fill out your song. Thanks but you have more than just the ability to drag and drop loops and do your project. You can add as many MIDI instruments and live audio takes as you want and you can edit and move those clips into place to really make it a song like this. Now I want to show you how to use the Lupe's menu to find exactly what you're looking for. In the left half of the menu you can choose specific instruments that you want to hear loops from. Maybe you're writing an electronic song and you want to hear synth loops click on the synth button and start listening. There are lots of cool Tektronix loops. Find one you like drag it in your project add some other electronic instrumentation and start writing in the right half of the menu. You can click on a specific genre or feel that you're going for clicking on the country tab will pull out all of the loops from any instrument that could be used in a country song guitars banjos drums whatever instrument loops are related to the country genre. They'll be in this folder. So as usual look around find the loops that you want to use and just start dragging them drop into your heart's desire and write you a country song. I got a banjo got a drum but I'm playing them with my thumb I used good playing but now I can get started. Country bass all go baby. Hands off to your garage band but in all seriousness there is a lot of great country loops in here as well as a lot of great loops and several other genres. Here's one suggestion on using loops in your projects. Avoid using too many loops at once and creating something that sounds kind of cool but it's also kind of muddy and a few of the notes clash here and there throughout make sure the loop that you're dragging into your project is complimentary to what's already there. Before we close this video I want to tell you that Apple loops are royalty free which means that you can use them in your projects and actually sell your music without having to ask permission to use the word and without having to pay royalties for using an Apple week in your song. The only thing you can't do is sell the whoops themselves. So there you have it using loops is a powerful yet easy way to out a lot of creativity to your songwriting process. The session drummer gave you a drummer and the arpeggio later gave you a piano player. Then Apple loops give you another member in your band who plays lots of different instruments. Generates tons of great ideas and doesn't take a pay cut.