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Missing all default Garageband effects, help!

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BoozieBooz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 28, 2011 3:13 PM

Hello,  I am using ilife 11 Garageband and ever since I first installed it, I have been missing software instrument effects.  When i select a software instruent, i select the Edit tab, then click one of the boxes and under Garageband, there are no effects at all.  Same goes for right above effects called the Sound Generator, there are no Garageband Modules at all either.  But when i select an instrument that already has some garageband effects preset, I am able to use it but only for that instrument.  I have tried re installing ilife 11 and all that junk and have surfed the web for hours trying to figure out what the issue is and cannot figure it out.  Please help.  Thank you.

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)
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    Jun 29, 2011 10:45 AM (in response to BoozieBooz)
    When i select a software instruent, i select the Edit tab, then click one of the boxes and under Garageband, there are no effects at all.

    If the effects are missing, they are probably not installed in your library.

     

    I suggest to check the Plug-In-Settings, they are located in

     

    Your System Disk > Library > Application Support > GarageBand > Instrument Library > Plug-In Settings

     

    There you should find all the effects. If this directory is empty or effects are missing, try reinstalling Garageband or restoring from you backup disk.

     

    Good luck

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jun 29, 2011 2:56 PM (in response to léonie)

    Your System Disk > Library > Application Support > GarageBand > Instrument Library > Plug-In Settings

     

    There you should find all the effects.

    No, that's not the effects, but the instrument settings.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:32 AM (in response to BoozieBooz)

    Does anybody actually know where the AU effects reside on the computer? As I understand it, they are not part of the iLife installation but come with the system, but I could be wrong. Searching for their names, even with 3rd party software (I know that Spotlight doesn't search certain folders) didn't turn up any results.

  • Mimu Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:41 AM (in response to BoozieBooz)

    I think it might reside within the application itself (so, if you right-click on GarageBand and select "show package contents" - however I wouldn't mess around in there. Might want to launch Disk Utility and run verify and repair disk permissions in case it's written strange permissions to a file you need access too

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:02 AM (in response to Mimu)

    (As I said, I don't think the effects are GB specific, they come with MacOS - so a re-install of GB wouldn't help.)

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)
    Does anybody actually know where the AU effects reside on the computer? As I understand it, they are not part of the iLife installation but come with the system, but I could be wrong.

     

    You question made me read through the documentation for the "Core Audio framework":

     

     

    The effects are audio units, plug-in components, see the "Audio Unit Programming Guide"

    http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/MusicAudio/Conceptual/Audi oUnitProgrammingGuide.

     

     

    An Audio unit is a bundled component, to be loaded by the component manager

    and resides in one of two places:

    - Basic Effects provided by apple come with of the Core Audio framework,

    /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/ and their settings are (mostly) stored in ".aupreset"-files.

     

     

    - Third party effects, "like MonstaChorus.component" or "melodyne.component" are installed in

    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and if you remove or rename them, they no longer show up in Garageband until you put them back .

     

     

    - Some of the factory presets for the effects can be found in /Library/Audio/Presets/Apple/ as ".aupreset"-files, e.g. "Soft Tremolo.aupreset".

    If you remove/rename them or change the protection (I do not advise to do so!), it does nor seem to bother Garageband at all.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jul 1, 2011 1:02 AM (in response to léonie)

    Great, thanks! So that would confirm that it's a System wide problem, not GB's. Can someone tell us how you find out which Aus are actually installed?

  • Mimu Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

    leonieDF has told us where the AU files reside, but we've done nothing to isolate this to a system issue or user issue yet. We know it's not GarageBand itself, as BoozieBooz has tried reinstalling.

    BoozieBooz - have you tried disk utility? Next step would be to create a new user to check if this is a user or system issue -- it might be that you have a corrupted plist or cache file or something in your user that is stopping access to the correct files. A new user is just an isolation step (not a solution), so let us know the results?

  • wwwrobbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 8:18 PM (in response to BoozieBooz)

    So, did you ever figure out how to fix the missing effects?

  • ruiz22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to BoozieBooz)

    I had the same prob and i coudnt figure it out for months. I ended up just creating another username on my mac and that worked.  But i figured it out and your gonna feel dumb after i tell you what happen. You created and saved a custom effect and when you loaded it you selected "my settings". Heres what you do. Create a "real instrument" then click on the tab right under the picture of the speaker that saids "my settings" and switch it to "show all".... You feel silly i know.....

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