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In the ongoing conversation with myself in regard to a recent GarageBand project, I said to my reflection, “Self, what’s up with GarageBand not allowing you to have two project windows open at the same time so that you can copy parts from one project into another—when you want to create an alternate mix of a tune you’re working on, for example? Surely there must be a way.”

And the voice within replied, “I agree that the non-transportable nature of GarageBand tracks is lame, Self, but there are a few kludgy ways around it.” They include:

  • Duplicate the file and work on the duplicate. Well, duh.
  • Work on the same file, duplicate the tracks you want to work with within that file, solo them so you hear only those tracks, and edit to your heart’s content. As you know, when you export the finished product to iTunes, only those tracks that are configured to play (soloed tracks or tracks that aren't muted) are mixed and sent to iTunes.
  • Create each track you want to work with and choose Edit: Add to Loop Library to do exactly that. Once in the Loop Library, you can easily call them up in another tune.
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