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Re-recording Part of a GarageBand Track on a Mac

When needed, you can re-record part of a GarageBand composition until you feel it’s just right. Re-record a section of any GarageBand track when you need to replace it, and fix any flubs or mistakes.


Click the Cycle button.

After you click the Cycle button (it has two blue curved arrows), a yellow cycle region appears below the beat ruler. Click the track you want to re-record.


Resize the cycle region to define the section you want to re-record.

Drag and resize the yellow cycle region so that its left side aligns with the area you want to start recording and the right side aligns with where you want the region to end.


Click the appropriate track, then click Record to start recording.

The playhead moves across the region and then starts over again and again. Click Play when you want to stop recording.


Click Play to hear each take, and delete the ones you don’t want.

When you are finished with a take, a circled number appears in the upper-left corner of the cycle region, indicating the number of the active takes or the last take you recorded. So, if you recorded five takes, the circled number is 5.

Click Play to hear that take, or click the circled number (5 in this example) and choose another take from the Take menu that pops up. After auditioning all your takes, you can delete the ones you have no use for.

You can take the best performance from one take and combine it with another. To do so, select the cycle region and move the playhead to the point where you want to seamlessly transition from one take to another. Choose Edit→Split and then assign each take as before.

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