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How do I loop say, "measures" not, "regions?"

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Jayme Halbritter Calculating status...
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Oct 21, 2012 10:58 PM

i've done it before, and can't figure it out again!  i don't want to "loop a region," i want to loop a 4 bar measure, so it just plays over and over... i know it was in the timeline that it happened... anyone?  help?! :^)

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (960 points)

    The feature you are refering to is called "Cycle Mode"


    You can toggle the Cycle Mode by clicking on the Cycle Mode Button in the Control Bar (it turns blue if activated) or by using the Key Command C. (you can also drag the yellow Cycle Range up, to turn off Cycle Mode)


    When you turn on Cycle Mode, two things will happen in the Timeline Area:

    1. The single Time Ruler on the top becomes a double Time Ruler.
    2. On the second Time Ruler appears a yellow bar that marks the Cycle Range.


    Cycle Mode.png



    Modify Cycle Range

    • Click-drag on the yellow Cycle Range to move it along the Time Ruler. This changes its position while maintaining its relative length.
    • Click-drag the left or the right edge of the yellow Cycle Range to change the position of the Left Locator or Right Locator. If you drag the right edge towards the left beyond the left edge, then the Right Locator becomes the Left Locator. Play with it and you quickly get the hang of it.



    Please note:

    • You can change the Cycle Range only if the yellow bar is visible which is, when Cycle Mode is activated.
    • The Snap to Grid function, if activated, applies to the dragging of the Cycle Range.
    • When you start to play or record while the Cycle Mode is active, then GarageBand will not start at the current Playhead position but moves the Playhead position to the beginning of the Cycle Range first. GarageBand doesn't have any memory locator, so you could use this behavior as a "Play from Left Locator" function. Just press the C key before hitting the Space key.
    • The Cycle Range is also used to define the range of your song you want to export.



    Hope that helps


    Edgar Rothermich

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