Display Loops’ Tempo & Key in GarageBand

In this edition of Minute GarageBand, we’re going to show you how to display the tempo and key of loops in the loop browser and explain why that’s useful in earlier versions of Garageband.

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such as version five when you open the loop browser and select a category of loops both the tempo as well as the key of each loop were displayed in the scrolling list the next release of GarageBand version six changed not only the icon for displaying loops but also the amount of information that was displayed both the tempo and key of each loop are hidden by default in order to display them again simply open garage band’s preferences, click on the loops tab and turn on the checkbox labeled display original tempo and key at the bottom of the window now when you view the list of loops both the tempo and key of each loop are also displayed which leaves the question why this information important to us when using audio loop which apple refers to is the real loop deviating too far from its original key or tempo can make the loop sound very unnatural.

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as an example, we have a loop called acoustic picking zero one it was played in the key of A at one hundred and ten beats per minute and it sounds very natural if we drop it into a project that matches how it was played we can even change those parameters slightly and it will still sound good for instance changing the key to B or setting the temple one hundred it still sounds fine if we make a radical change however things begin to fall apart if we change our project from A to say D, listen to it now and if we drop the tempo down to GarageBand’s minimum tempo of forty, it becomes even worse having these parameters visible can help you determine if a loop might sound good at your projects temple in its key so may find it worthwhile to display them.