10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2014 8:15 AM by léonie
James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

I played a piano piece into GarageBand at a slow tempo.  But I misjudged in how much I'd need to increase the speed by starting with the tempo set to high at the outset.  Now at the top of the tempo increase (240) the piece is still too slow.  Can I get around this, somehow to increase the tempo further or must I simply reenter all of the affected performance?

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,275 points)

    What is your GarageBand version?

     

    In GarageBand '11 you could finish the project at this slow speed, and then share the finished project to the disk as an audio file and import the audio to GarageBand to spped it up.

     

    To increase the tempo of an audio file create a project with a lsow tempo setting, import the audio file, enable "Follow tempos and pitch" for the track, and then increase the tempo of the project.

  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Okay.  I was thinking that would be the answer, but I was thinking I wouldn't be able to speed up an audio file imported in like that.  I'm going to get back to you and let you know my success.  In order to keep this thread going I'll wait and thank you with a "solved my question" status later.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,275 points)

    Are you using GarageBand '11?

     

    Then you can turn imported audio files (orange regions) into recorded, purple regions: See

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  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Oh, yes.  Thank you léonie, I am indeed in GarageBand '11.  I've been working on another song.  I'm taking a break and then I'll look at the article you sent me.  Thanks so much.  I REALLY don't want to enter in all the note data again so this will be so helpful.

  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Hi léonie, I turned the track purple, but I can not find the box to check to enable "follow tempos and pitch". I'm trying to get this done NOW for a project tomorrow.  If you get this and know the answer I would love your help. Thanks.

    James

  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    I found it!  I found it!  This is great to know.  Not just for this project but for the future projects.  Thanks Léonie.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,275 points)

    Sorry to be late, James, but we seem to live in different timezones.  Good luck for your project!

     

    Just for completeness' sake - for others who find this thread:  The "Follow Tempo & Pitch" is in the track editor.

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  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Hi Léonie:

    I was quite excited to find this feature on GarageBand, but when I used it I found that the sound of the piano (this piece is just one midi piano) was distorted so I'm going to still resort to re-entering most of the piece.  Do you think my problem is that my 7 year old iMac is too old and just not with enough memory of what ever sort it uses for this type of work?

     

    Just as an aside, I have been using GarageBand for about 6 years to create all of my choral accompaniments to the choirs that perform at school where I teach as music teacher.  I'm now in the process of moving up to Logic Pro - a long term learning process - primarily for the ability to start creating my own music.  I'm surely due for a more powerful iMac with this in mind and will probably be replacing my iMac this or next year. 

     

    Regardless, I'm hoping that it's my iMac's lack of power that is causing the GarageBand "follow pitch & tempo" to cause resulting distortion because I'd rather think that the GarageBand option works well if afforded proper hardware.

  • James Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    (oh yes, I noticed that you were located in Germany so we are speaking from two different time worlds)

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,275 points)

    Regardless, I'm hoping that it's my iMac's lack of power that is causing the GarageBand "follow pitch & tempo" to cause resulting distortion because I'd rather think that the GarageBand option works well if afforded proper hardware.

    Follow tempo & pitch will work fine, as long as you do not have to change the tempo too much. It is the resampling algorithm and not your mac, that is causing it. You could try to add a low pass filter to remove the high frequency artifacts, but that would make the piano sound  less brilliant. Piano sound is always very difficult.