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You might have come across this like I did that when you start to record in garageband you can only record for about 8 seconds. For the musical types this might make sense but for those like me who pick up and fiddle about with things, its confusing. Here’s how you increase the recording time in Garageband.

It’s a mystery why Garageband limits recordings by defaults to 8 bars which just happens to equate to 8 seconds of auto.

Ready to record your first Podcast in Garage Band that’s longer than 8 seconds? Right then, fire up garageband and get the recording screen. On the top bar where the slider moves along at the top, tap the nicely hidden + button. This brings up the song sections dialogue.

The guide has been updated for the latest versions of Garageband for iPad and it applies to the Mac version of GarageBand as well.

And before we get into the HOW TO if you use GarageBand, produce a podcast or anything at all (within reason) let us know and we’ll be happy to share your creations with the world. Hit the contact us link at the top and go from there.

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Tap on the area that says “Section A 8 Bars” or whatever you have there if you’ve already been tinkering to get the below options.

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Slide Automatic to the right and Garageband should look like this.

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Tap anywhere on the screen and start recording.  You can now record for more than 8 seconds.

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  1. Remember when Apple products used to be intuitive? Now everything is just a pain the ass.

  2. I’d not say everything :). Sure GarageBand is a bit of a mystery as to why it only does 12 bars (something like that) but pages, numbers, Keynote give a blank slate to work with. Afaik the GarageBand issue has been like this since the iPad 2 times 🙂

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