About the Apple Loops Utility Interface

There are two main tabs in Apple Loops Utility that you’ll use to work with tags. You may want to open Apple Loops Utility so you can familiarize yourself with the interface.

To open Apple Loops Utility
  • In the Finder, double-click the Apple Loops Utility icon in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.

You may choose to add the Apple Loops Utility icon to the Dock for easier access. For more information, see Mac Help.

The interface consists of a window with two tabs: the Tags tab and the Transients tab. The bottom of the window includes a set of playback controls and file management buttons. Apple Loops Utility also includes an Assets drawer, located to the right of the main window, where you manage open files.

Figure. Apple Loops Utility window.

Tags Tab

The Tags tab includes areas for different types of tags, as well as a set of playback controls you can use to listen to a file open in Apple Loops Utility. Listening to a file can help you decide which tags are appropriate for the file.

Figure. Tags tab in the Apple Loops Utility window.
Property Tags

These tags let you specify a variety of information in a file.

  • Number of Beats field: Displays the number of beats in the file.
  • File Type buttons: Set the file type, which can be Non-looping or Looping.
  • Author field: Displays the name of the file’s author. You can enter a new name by typing in the field.
  • Copyright field: Displays the file’s copyright data, if it exists. You can enter new data by typing in the field.
  • Comment field: Displays any comments about the file. You can enter comments by typing in the field.
Search Tags

These tags are used by the Search feature in Soundtrack Pro when you search for files matching specific criteria.

  • Collection: Displays the name of the collection the file is affiliated with, if one exists. You can enter new data by typing in the field.
  • Theme: Displays the name of the theme the file is affiliated with, if one exists. You can enter new data by typing in the field.
  • Instrument list: Displays choices for the musical instrument or instrument category recorded in the file. Selecting an instrument category in the left column displays the list of instruments in that category in the right column.
File Info

This information is for viewing only and cannot be edited in the Tags tab.

  • Kind: Displays the file type.
  • Length: Displays the length of the file.
  • Date Modified: Displays the last date the file was modified.
  • Bit Depth: Displays the bit depth of the file.
  • Sample Rate: Displays the sample rate of the file.
  • Channels: Displays a description of the number of channels in the file.
  • Tempo: Displays the tempo of the file.
  • File Location: Displays the full path to the file.
Descriptors

Descriptors are complementary pairs of keywords describing the mood or character of the music recorded in the file. Each pair of keywords has a row of buttons, allowing you to choose either one keyword from the pair, or neither keyword.

Transients Tab

The Transients tab contains a large waveform display, with a Beat ruler and a horizontal scroll bar. Markers indicate the position of transients in the file. Typically, transients correspond to the peaks or most pronounced amplitude changes in a sound’s waveform. The Transients tab includes controls for the beat division and sensitivity with which Apple Loops Utility detects transients in the file. You can also listen to the file using the playback controls to help determine where transients occur.

Figure. Transients tab in the Apple Loops Utility window.
  • Sensitivity slider: Sets the degree of sensitivity at which Apple Loops Utility detects transients.

Assets Drawer

The Assets drawer lists the files open in Apple Loops Utility. The drawer is open by default when you open Apple Loops Utility.

Figure. Apple Loops Utility window.
To show or hide the Assets drawer
  • Click the Assets button at the bottom of the Apple Loops Utility window.

The Assets drawer contains a Name column that lists the name of each open file and a Changes column that indicates which files have changes applied.

Figure. Assets drawer in the Apple Loops Utility window.

Playback and File Management Controls

The bottom of the Apple Loops Utility window contains a set of playback controls so that you can listen to the file in Apple Loops Utility. The playback controls do not affect the file’s tags, only the playback of the selected file.

Note: When multiple files are selected, the playback controls are not available. You cannot play more than one file at a time.

Figure. Playback and file management controls in the Apple Loops Utility window.
  • Go to Beginning button: Starts playback from the beginning of the selected file.
  • Play button: Plays back the selected file.
  • Stop button: Stops playback of the selected file.
  • Tempo slider: Sets the playback tempo of the selected file. You can also enter a value in the field.
  • Volume slider: Sets the playback volume of the selected file. You can also enter a value in the field.
  • Assets button: Shows and hides the Assets drawer.
  • Save button: Saves your changes to the currently selected files in the Assets drawer.