Creating Apple Loops in the Apple Loops Utility

The Apple Loops Utility provides sophisticated functions for creating Apple Loops from audio regions. It can detect transients present in an audio file, and you can add markers for additional transients. You can also move these transient markers to new locations.

To create an Apple Loops file in the Apple Loops Utility
  1. Select an audio region in the Arrange area.

  2. Choose Audio > Open in Apple Loops Utility from the local Arrange menu (or use the corresponding key command).

If the length of your audio file does not match the bars or beats, the following dialog appears:

Figure. Open audio file in Apple Loops Utility dialog.

There are two possible reasons for the wrong length:

  • The audio recording was recorded at the project tempo, but not cut correctly. In this situation, you can reduce the length of the recording using the Shorten button. The purpose of the Shorten button is to cut off small areas before the first bar/beat and after the last bar/beat of a region. For example, if your recording (without a defined cycle area) starts at 1 4 4 200 and stops at 5 1 1 180, using the Shorten button automatically shortens the region to start at 2 1 1 1 and to stop at 5 1 1 1.

    Note: The Shorten button does not shorten the region to the entered number of bars or beats.

  • The loop uses a different tempo. In this case, you can set the length of the audio loop in the “Loop length” box and choose “Use set length.”

For more information about the Apple Loops Utility, see the Apple Loops Utility User Manual.