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I can't get Garageband 11 to stretch out a note using Flex Time

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shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 7, 2011 5:54 AM

Hey all

I've recorded with a real guitar using a USB adapter and I can move a note thats in the wrong position OK but I cant stretch out a note to make it longer using Flex Time.

Its the last note of the song. It just always seems to split the note and move it as opposed to drag/lengthen it out.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • RyleeStrange Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    That sounds like an odd method of extending a note.  Which you can't really do with a real sound except by distorting the note.  Stretching would require slowing down the note.


    Why don't you just take the extra 30 seconds to cut in that last note?  Re-record it.  Simple as that.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
    That sounds like an odd method of extending a note.


    No, it's exactly one of the things that FlexTime allows you to do.

  • RyleeStrange Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    But not WELL.  First of all it's a round-about way to make something sound good, when a simple re-recording and cutting in the new note is all it takes.  Secondly, we're talking garageband, which is hardly industry standard for recording software.


    Yeah, they even make free auto-tune programs.  But wouldn't it sound a million times "better" (i use the term loosely with auto-tune) to use the actual auto tune in ProTools?

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)

    Did anybody talk about professional "industry standard" recordings?

  • gjmnz Calculating status...

    You mean GarageBand is NOT industry standard

  • RyleeStrange Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm not trying to start an argument.  I'm just saying in all the time you spent trying to drag a note, post on the forum, wait for a respone.  You could have re-recorded that one note and moved on.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,440 points)

    I could not try it with an USB-guitar, but with vocals and flutes the following seems to work:

    The last note behaves differently from all other notes, it will move and not stretch.

    So the remedy is to make sure that there is no space to move into: Paste some dummy loop right behind your last note in the track ( you can delete it afterwards) and then stretch the previously last note by grabbing it in the middle, where the volume is highest, not close to the end (that might split it).

    Good luck

  • SeveredGoatHead Calculating status...

    I have had the same problem too.   Also recorded from a USB guitar interface, but not sure if that is relevant at this point.   I have tried a few things to see if I could isolate the cause.   Sometimes single shot recordings work right away, sometimes they don't.   Somtimes combining clips cause Flextime to stop working.  I have completely rebuit a project.  Selected individual clips to play solo and exported the result.   Took that output and placed it back into a new song and was able to stretch it for the most part.  Which led me to believe that it was clip corruption causing the problem.   However, while working to get some usable audio clips for a guitar solo, the flextime problems with garageband are starting to make it unusable.  Right now I have two clips side by side in the song.   I can stretch the timing anywhere in either of the clips.   But if I join the clips, flextime no longer works in the joined region.   It will only split the notes apart.   So if either of those clips were corrupted, flextime would not work in one of them.

         I have found ways to get flextime working  normally again, sometimes taking up to an hour.  Then five minutes later it breaks again.  I'm getting really tired of having to recreate my songs to get flextime working again.   It would be nice if someone would look into this problem sometime before the year is out.


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