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How do I watch one track while recording another?

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Feb 1, 2013 5:04 PM

I have a piano recording and I'm trying to record vocals with it.  How do I watch the piano track (large enough to see for timing) while recording the vocal track?  GarageBand shows the track I'm editing (recording) in great detail.  I need to watch the piano with the same level of detail.  I've been searching all night with no success.  Either it's not possible or I don't know the correct terms to search for.

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thanks?

GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 10:34 PM (in response to cpingenot)

    This to me seems like a very strange request for audio recording, most people listen for the timing. Are you looking to mark certain changes in the song?

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 10:50 PM (in response to cpingenot)

    Usually the Track Editor at the bottom (where you see details about the MIDI Region) is shown for the selected Track. An usually you have to select the Track to record on it. So if you have Track 1 with your piano MIDI regions and Track 2 for your vocal recording, every time you want to record on Track 2, you cannot see the Track Editor for Track 1. - Unless

     

    Multitrack Recording

     

    Enable MultiTrack Recording from the Track menu. Now the record enabled Track is not the selected one but the one that you enable with the little red dot in the Track Header. Select that dot for Track 2 where you want to record on and select the Track 1 to display the Track Editor with your MIDI Regions.

     

     

    Hope that helps

     

    Edgar Rothermich

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  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 12:08 AM (in response to cpingenot)

    Actually, I often miss that too. Like I composed a vocal melody  in a piano track, and when I record it I want to sight-read the "notation" (really the piano roll) while I sing along. Not possible though.

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)

    Christoph Drösser wrote:

     

    Actually, I often miss that too. Like I composed a vocal melody  in a piano track, and when I record it I want to sight-read the "notation" (really the piano roll) while I sing along. Not possible though.

    For that purpose, I always have one Score Editor window open when working in Logic. It is so handy when doubling a melody line, playing a second voice, doubling the bass line or play the bass line following thepattern of the bass drum.

    This is also possible in GarageBand using the Multitrack feature that makes the record-enabled track independent from the the selected track.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)

    Thanks Edgar, I hadn't come across that!

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