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Would appreciate help on editing a Voice Memo clip.

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txroger Calculating status...
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Aug 16, 2012 5:34 PM

I would greatly appreciate help (instructions) on how to edit a voice memo that I imported from iTunes. Thanks much!

GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 3:41 AM (in response to txroger)

    What exactly do you want to do? If you just want to cut out certain parts of the recording, an audio editor like Audacity would be the better tool.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to txroger)

    To remove the silence from a region, don't use cut. Position the cursor at the beginning of the section that you want to remove, then use "Edit > Split ⌘T"; then split again at the end of the section.


    Then delete the section you cut out.




    Afterwards drag the remaining segments to join them again.





  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 10:16 PM (in response to txroger)

    You are welcome, Roger.


    Gern geschehen!



  • Tigervision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 12:43 PM (in response to léonie)

    Hi foks...

    I have a voice memo I recorded on iphone 5.  I want to 'fade out' the end of it.  Can I do this with garage band... I went into finder and copied it and put on desk top... but I can't find a way to import it into GB.  I have never once used garage band.  I simply want to fade it out for a few seconds and then reimport the clip into itunes.


    Thanks for any help.

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)

    These are the simple steps:


    * Open GarageBand

    * From the Project Cooser, choose the "Voice" project

    * Drag your audio file from the FInder onto the GarageBand's  Track Lane

    * Edit the Audio Region (move, trim)

    * optional: apply any signal processing

    * Select "Fade Out" from the Track Menu

    * Select any option from the Share Menu where you want to export


    More details about each steps are found under the Help Menu



    Hope that helps


    Edgar Rothermich


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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
    • Open GarageBand.
    • In the welcome splash screen select "New Project".
    • Select to create a "Voice" project.


    • Choose a file name to save the project. Ignore the other options: Key, signature.
    • Drag your voice memo to one of the tracks "Male basic" or "Female basic".
    • Listen to your memo by pressing the "play back" button. ▷
    • Trim the clip (position the mouse cursor to select where to cut off the silence), press ⌘T to cut
    • Go to the main menu bar, select the "Track" menu, enable the "Fade Out" option
    • From the "Share" menu use the command "Send song to disk".


    Good Luck


  • Tigervision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many many thanks!!!  Did it!


    Another slightly more complicated question.  I have a voice memo with some music in the back ground.... anyway to lower the sound of the music portion and maintain the voice?


    I suspect not huh?


    Thanks again.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    There is not much you can do in GB to unmix tracks. You could try to use the audio effects:

    • Click the blue "i" button in the lower right to reveal the Inspector and select the track with your voice memo.
    • Click the "Edit" tab.
    • Click an empty brick to add an effect. Selct to add a speech enhancer.
    • Click the microphone to reveal the settings and experiment a little.





  • Tigervision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Leonie


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